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Lantern Making Workshops

Our Lantern Making workshops are run by professional practitioners from Same Sky.

Working with willow, withe and tissue paper, participants create animal inspired lanterns ready to be illuminated at the parade.


Public Workshops

Our public workshops are held at Norden Farm and in Maidenhead Town Centre in the run up to the event.

This year's public workshops take place on the following dates:

Saturday 19 November | Maidenhead Town Centre | 10am – 3pm

Sunday 20 November | Norden Farm | 11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm

Saturday 26 November | Maidenhead Town Centre | 10am – 3pm

Sunday 27 November | Norden Farm | 11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm

Saturday 3 December | Maidenhead Town Centre | 10am – 3pm

Sunday 4 December | Norden Farm | 11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm

Saturday 10 December | Last Chance Workshop, Maidenhead Library | 11am – 2pm

Workshops cost £3 per person and pre booking is highly recommended.

For lantern making workshops, each person attending the session needs to buy a ticket. This includes supervising adults.

Take a look at our Lantern Making Workshop FAQs here!

You can book by following the above links, or calling our Box Office team on 01628 788997.

The public workshops are suitable for all the family.


Community Groups

Each year we offer a number of workshops to local community groups.

This year we are working with Family Friends, Maidenhead Innovation Project and Thames Valley Adventure Playground.

If you have a community group which you think would benefit from a Community Lantern Making Workshop in 2017 please get in touch.


School Groups

As part of the Lantern Parade project we offer subsidised workshops to local primary schools in the weeks before the parade.

Workshops are suitable for KS2 and SEN students, and take place at your school. The sessions are run by professional arts practitioners, who are DBS checked.

During these hands on workshops students create withe and tissue animal inspired lanterns. The workshops allow children to develop 3D visual skills and experience working with different materials in your school environment.

All schools taking part in these exciting workshops are encouraged to come along with friends and family to see their hard work light up the town during the Parade on Saturday 10 December.

Schools workshops cost: £85 donation towards having one full day workshop in your school. (Lantern Parade workshops do not form part of the SMR Farm Out allocation.)

School Workshop bookings are taken directly through Same Sky, but to register you interest, or for more information please email robyn.bunyan@nordenfarm.org


The Parade

This year’s Carnival of the Animals Lantern Parade takes place on Saturday 10 December.

You don’t need to have a lantern to take part! – just come on down, enjoy the music, walk the parade and celebrate with the town.

  • 4.30pm - Live music and entertainment from the Bollywood Brass Band
  • 5pm - Parade departs from Maidenhead Town Hall
  • 5.45pm – 6.15pm - Live music and entertainment continues

all times tbc

Live Entertainment

Bollywood meets Brass meets Bhangra again for 2016.

This year sees the return of the fantastic Bollywood Brass Band.

Funky drummers and a hot six-piece horn section play massive hits, driven by the huge beat of the dhol.

The Bollywood Brass Band is the UK’s pioneering Indian-style band, playing the great tunes and compulsively danceable rhythms of Bollywood.

The band has performed all over the world is one of the most colourful, joyful and exhilarating acts around – don’t miss them leading the parade through Maidenhead Town Centre.


The After Party

Join us at Norden Farm on Thursday 15 December 2016 to relive the Lantern Parade.

A chance to share photos, videos and chat about the event.

Join us for drinks and buffet to look back on the Carnival of the Animals Lantern Parade – everyone welcome!

Share your photos and videos with us, and see them on the big screen with everyone else’s memories.

Email your photos and videos to robyn.bunyan@nordenfarm.org

#nordenfarm / www.facebook.com/nordenfarmcentreforthearts / @nordenfarm


Volunteer

We are always looking for proactive volunteers that can help at the event, and keep the parade moving.

Last year we were joined by around 1200 people on the parade, and expect more people to take part in 2016.

If you would like to get involved on parade day, please get in touch – email robyn.bunyan@nordenfarm.org

(Video credit Mike Swift, Berkshire Media)

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