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Maidenhead and Cookham Arts Trail

Showcasing the work of many of the artists taking part in this year’s trail.

Works in diverse media include painting, glass, jewellery, ceramics, printmaking and photography. The exhibition is open either side of the trail weekend itself.

Private View: Thur 13 Sept 6pm – 9pm.

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Nunsense

Five of the nineteen surviving Little Sisters of Hoboken stage a variety show in the Mount Saint Helen's School auditorium.

They need to raise funds to bury the last four residents of the convent who are stored in the deep freeze.

WHY? The entertainment includes songs, dance routines, and an audience quiz

Presented by The Grimm Players

Studio
£15

@TheGrimmPlayers
@nordenfarm

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Gary Delaney: Gagster's Paradise

One of Britain's leading one-liner comics returns to the road with another onslaught of lean, expertly crafted gaggery.

A Mock The Week regular and recent star of the new Live At The Apollo series, Gary's shows are renowned in the business for a near unrivalled volume of high-class gags. You should expect no different from this, his brand new tour for 2018. Please note Coolio will not be appearing.

‘A cavalcade of brilliantly inventive puns’ ★★★★ Guardian

‘More quality jokes in one hour than most comics have in their entire careers...Quite brilliant’ ★★★★ Scotsman

‘A master craftsman’ ★★★★ Times

‘One of Britain's grandmasters of the one-liner' ★★★★ Chortle

Supported by Andy Robinson.

Suitable for ages 16+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£17

@GaryDelaney
@nordenfarm

Gary Delaney's Website

  •  21 Sep SOLD OUT
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Align and Flow Yoga

Led by Deborah Le Vene-Page.

A dynamic yoga class with precise alignment focus. Linking the breath with a flow of postures and time at the end for relaxation will leave you feeling stronger, more flexible, calm and renewed. Deborah Le Vene-Page has been teaching yoga since 2005, her classes are fun, friendly, inspiring and suitable for all levels. Please bring a yoga mat with you.

Suitable for 18+ years

Summer
Sat 5 May – 28 Jul (exc 2 Jun)
Sat 4 and 11 Aug (drop in)
10am – 11.15am
£9 per class | £96 per 12 week term

Autumn
Sat 15 Sept – 8 Dec (exc 10 Nov)
10am – 11.15am
£9 per class | £96 per 12 week term

Suitable for all levels of experience. Please bring a yoga mat with you.

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Portrait Drawing

Led by Harriet Brittaine.

Learn about the stages of portraiture, drawing with charcoal from a live model.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Autumn
Sat 22 Sept and 20 Oct
10am – 3pm
£34 per session

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The Australian Ballet: The Merry Widow

114 mins

Created especially for The Australian Ballet and captured live at the Sydney Opera House. Based on the beloved operetta, this lively tale is set in the ballrooms and salons of Belle Époque Paris. Expect enough tangled affairs, narrow misses and jealous lovers to fuel a French farce.

'The Merry Widow is a real crowd pleaser' Dance Australia

Click here to read the full review.

WHY? A laugh-along favourite with hum-along melodies and its heart on its sleeve

£15

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Gregg Wallace - Doesn't Get Tougher Than This

The star of BBC's MasterChef, Inside The Factory and Eat Well For Less takes to the stage for this brand new live show.

He mixes hilarious behind the scenes tales with demonstrations and audience fun and games. Join Gregg as he answers the questions you’ve always wanted to ask, shares classic anecdotes and dishes up a sumptuous serving of MasterChef’s juiciest bits.

Complete with a Q&A, this really is a must-see event for any foodie and Gregg fan!

Suitable for ages 14+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£20

@GreggAWallace
@nordenfarm

Gregg Wallace's Website

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Zumba (Sundays)

Led by Annet Bowler.

A fun and friendly, easy to follow class. Get fit and exercise in disguise to uplifting Latin rhythms.

Summer
Sun 6 May – 26 Aug (exc 3 Jun and 5 Aug)
11am – 12pm
£6 per class

Autumn
Sun 16 Sept – 16 Dec (exc 14, 21, 28 Oct)
11am – 12pm
£6 per class

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Big Dog Little Dog: Parent & Child Yoga

Led by Carly Brown

A class for parents/carers and their children. Connect and bond through movement and breath. Get ready to fly! Class includes elements of acroyoga.

Bring one yoga mat (per pair) and one blanket each.

Suitable for ages 4 – 8 years, must be accompanied by an adult.


Autumn
Sundays
23 Sept | 11.15am – 12.15pm
14 Oct | 11.15am – 12.15pm
11 Nov | 10am – 11am
9 Dec | 10am – 11am
£15 per pair (1 adult and 1 child)

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Sunday Stories

Interactive storytelling in the magical story den.

Join in or unwind in the Café Bar with a latte and the Sunday papers, while your little ones get involved in telling stories from all over the world. Age guidance 4 – 7 years.

WHY? A sociable, creative and entirely relaxed way to do Sundays for families with young children

Stories for Sunday 23 September:

Welcome to Alien School by Caryl Hart

Hugless Douglas by David Melling

£3 per person (45 mins)

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Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! (PG)

Dir: Ol Parker 2018 | 114 mins, US

Get ready to sing and dance, laugh and love all over again! Sophie finds out more about her mother Donna's past while seeking guidance on how to handle her pregnancy. The all-star cast includes Meryl Streep, Lily James, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth.

WHY? An all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA

'Full of hits and emotion' ★★★★★ The Guardian

Click here to read the full review.

£10.50 (£9.50 conc)

Special Ticket Offer
£9 (£8 conc) tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

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Youth Theatre (H)

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

Join the only youth drama group in Maidenhead which rehearses in a professional theatre!

'Gave me the skills and confidence to get into drama school and pursue a career in acting' Lizzy Maillard

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends. Each term you'll create a show and perform in our studio or on the main stage, with lighting, sound and staging from Norden Farm's technical crew.

Plus receive discounted tickets to shows and gain opportunities to work alongside Troublemaker Theatre Company at our Summer Theatre Week.

‘I went on to get a degree in film and theatre, and now teach drama to children myself’ Ryan Tomlinson

Pick up performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from famous playwrights or made up by you.

Terms 10 weeks long, no auditions, suitable for all abilities and end with a sharing or a performance.


'Film-making at 15, scripting at 16, and crying that it had to end at 18. 5yrs later, I'm working full-time in television' Kat Mace

Thursdays or Sundays
4pm
£97 per term
School Year 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11

day dependent on availability

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Crochet and Rosé

Led by Sophie Woods.

Do you like to crochet or knit? Or have you ever wanted to learn? A relaxed and creative get together over a drink of your choice.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Please bring your own project along. Some spare needles and wool will be available for if you just wanted to give it a go!

Sun 23 Sept, 28 Oct, 25 Nov and 23 Dec
4pm – 5.30pm
£5 includes a drink from the bar

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Line Dancing

Led by Julie Antonsen.

A mix of dance styles ranging from Waltz and Cha Cha to Irish Dancing style. A variety of music accompanies these styles such as Shania Twain and Keith Urban (country) to Rebecca Ferguson and Megan Trainer (pop) with everything in between.

No partner necessary.

Summer
Sun 6 May – 26 Aug (exc Sun 1 Jul)
6.15pm – 7.45pm
£7 per class

Autumn
Sun 16 Sept – 16 Dec (exc 21 and 28 Oct)
6.15pm - 7.45pm
£7 per class

Suitable for 18+ years

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Son of Town Hall

Welcome to the mythical world of Son of Town Hall.

They are musicians Ben Parker, from London, and David Berkeley, from New Mexico. They create a world that transcends time and space, complete with Victorian-era outfits, meditations about the sea and songs that beg you to sing along. They have performed to packed audiences across America and Europe.

WHY? ‘Think Simon & Garfunkel lost at sea, and you get a sense of the mythic world at play here’ Philadelphia Inquirer

Studio
£14


@sonoftownhall
@nordenfarm

Son of Town Hall's website

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Adam Kay - This is Going to Hurt

Award-winning comedian Adam Kay shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in this 'electrifying' (Guardian) evening of stand-up and music.

Absolute sell-out Edinburgh Fringe 2016 and 2017 and Soho Theatre 2017.

The accompanying book, This is Going to Hurt is a Sunday Times bestseller – and copies will be available to purchase and for signature after the performance.

WHY? ‘Intersperses horror stories from the NHS frontline with a catalogue of sublimely silly spoof songs, and some blissfully brilliant wordplay’ ★★★★★ Mail on Sunday

‘Viscerally raw and passionately delivered’ ★★★★ Chortle

Courtyard Theatre
£17 (£15 conc)

Presented by Seabright Productions.


@amateuradam
@nordenfarm

Adam Kay's Website

  •  23 Sep SOLD OUT
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Little Wrigglers (Mondays)

Led by Rachel Walsh.

A thrilling, energetic and creative dance class. Explore imaginative themes and adventures through dance, song and mime.

Summer
Mondays (exc 23 July)
10am – 10.45am
£6 | £4.50 siblings | £20 for block booking of 4 sessions

Autumn
Mondays (from 17 Sept exc 8 Oct, 22 Oct)
10am – 10.45am
£6 | £4.50 siblings | £20 for block booking of 4 sessions

Suitable for ages 2+ years.

If you would like to book the offer price for 4 sessions, please enter a ticket for each date you would like to attend into your basket and the offer will apply automatically

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Splat! Messy Play

Led by Clare Lynskey.

Giving children the opportunity to learn and explore through exciting and fun art activities – and we do all the clearing up!

Summer
Mondays (from 14 May, exc 28 May, 18 Jun, 25 Jun)
11.30am – 12.15pm
£6 | £4.50 siblings | £20 for block booking of 4 sessions

Autumn
Mondays (from 24 Sept exc 8 Oct, 22 Oct)
11.30am – 12.15pm
£6 | £4.50 siblings | £20 for block booking of 4 sessions

Suitable for ages 6+ months.


If you would like to book the offer price for 4 sessions, please enter a ticket for each date you would like to attend into your basket and the offer will apply automatically

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Monday Morning Yoga

Led by Julie Potter.

Feeling the need to wind down and relax, have a little bit of time to yourself. Come along and enjoy some yoga and relaxation with Julie. We will look at some gentle yoga spinal movements to relax and rejuvenate the nervous system, some simple, basic yogic breathing practises and some guided relaxations to take us to a state of relaxed wellbeing.

These classes are suitable for everyone, with or without previous yoga experience. Please bring a blanket, a yoga/pilates mat, and wear loose comfortable clothing.

17 Sept – 5 Nov (exc 8 and 22 Oct)
12 Nov – 17 Dec
11.30am – 12.45pm
£10 per class | £42 per 6 week course

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Tai Chi Chuan (Improvers)

Led by Patricia Miller.

Learn the Yang Style of Tai Chi together with Qigong. Both can improve your sense of wellbeing, relax your body and mind, reduce stress, improve your balance, boost your immune system and strengthen muscles and bones.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Summer
Mon 14 May – 2 Jul and 9 Jul – 20 Aug (exc 28 May, 25 Jun and 30 Jul)
1pm – 2pm
£7 per class

Autumn
Mon 17 Sept – 5 Nov (exc 8 and 22 Oct) and Mon 12 Nov – 17 Dec
1pm – 2pm
£7 per class

Suitable for 18+ years

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Tai Chi Chuan (Beginners)

Led by Patricia Miller.

Learn the Yang Style of Tai Chi together with Qigong. Both can improve your sense of wellbeing, relax your body and mind, reduce stress, improve your balance, boost your immune system and strengthen muscles and bones.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Summer
Mon 14 May – 2 Jul and 9 Jul – 20 Aug (exc 28 May, 25 Jun and 30 Jul)
2.15pm – 3.15pm
£7 per class | £42 per 6 week course

Autumn
Mon 17 Sept – 5 Nov (exc 8 and 22 Oct) and Mon 12 Nov – 17 Dec
2.15pm – 3.15pm | £42 per 6 week course

Suitable for 18+ years

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Ballet Beats - Pre School Ballet (2-3 years)

Led by Abbi Lewin

A fun, creative way for children to explore their dance skills. Each week they will have the chance to go on an adventure using imagination and play to help learn basic ballet techniques.

Summer
Tuesdays (exc 3 Apr, 10 Apr and 29 May)
2 – 3 years | 10am – 10.30am
£6

Autumn
Tuesdays (from 11 Sept exc 2 Oct, 23 Oct)
2 – 3 years | 10am – 10.30am
£6

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Rain or Shine

Led by Jo Hall.

Use soft pastel to depict our changing weather, rain, mist, wind and snow and perhaps even sunshine! Cloud and storm studies by John Constable, Turner and the contemporary artist Kurt Jackson will be referenced.

Please bring your own materials.

Tues 11 Sept – 9 Oct (exc 2 Oct)
10am – 1pm
£70 for 4 week course

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Ballet Beats - Pre School Ballet (3-4 years)

Led by Abbi Lewin

A fun, creative way for children to explore their dance skills. Each week they will have the chance to go on an adventure using imagination and play to help learn basic ballet techniques.

Summer
Tuesdays (exc 3 Apr, 10 Apr and 29 May)
3 - 4 years | 10.45am – 11.15am
£6

Autumn
Tuesdays (from 11 Sept exc 2 Oct, 23 Oct)
3 – 4 years | 10.45am – 11.15am
£6

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Pilates - Intermediate

Led by Zoe Brennan.

Suitable for people with some Pilates experience or those who are looking for a slightly more challenging class. Still covering alignment, breathing and centering but with more focus on strengthening and toning your body. At the end of the class we will take a few moments to relax and unwind.

Autumn
Tues 11 Sept – 9 Oct, 16 Oct - 13 Nov and 20 Nov – 18 Dec
11.30am – 12.30pm
£12 per class
£50 per 5-week course

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Pilates - Beginners

Led by Zoe Brennan.

Suitable for anyone new to Pilates or wishing to improve their flexibility, co-ordination, posture, balance, breathing and focus on stabilizing the core. At the end of the class we will take a few moments to relax and unwind.

Summer
Tues 22 May – 19 Jun and 26 Jun – 24 Jul
1.30pm – 2.30pm
£50 per 5 week course

Autumn
Tues 11 Sept – 9 Oct, 16 Oct - 13 Nov and 20 Nov - 18 Dec
12.45pm – 1.45pm
£12 per class
£50 per 5-week course

Suitable for 18+ years.

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BlacknBluenotes Art Exhibition

Local artist and guitarist Glenn Stevenson showcases his love of influential musicians.

They come alive through his detailed and life like pencil drawings.

Meet the artist at his Private View on Thur 27 Sept 7pm – 9pm.

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Youth Dance

Norden Exposure led by Becky Hinton.

A lively fast paced class to a soundtrack of current music. This is contemporary dance smashed up and easy to learn!

All terms are 10 weeks long and suitable for all abilities.

Suitable for 9+ years.

Summer
Tuesdays (from Tues 1 May)
5.45pm – 7pm
£67 per 10 week term

Autumn
Tuesdays (from Tues 11 Sept exc 2 Oct, 23 Oct)
5.45pm – 7pm
£67 per 10 week term

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Autumnal Table Decoration

Led by Louise Temple.

Tues 25 Sept | 7pm – 9pm | £30 per session plus £15 materials fee

Hands on and creative workshops led by a professional florist

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A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)

Presented by Silent Uproar.

A hilarious cabaret musical about depression that explains, sings and throws glitter about how it’s OK not to be OK. Sally’s a happy person. She doesn’t let little things get her down and she almost never cries. But she’s got an illness. It makes her feel like she isn’t the person she wants to be, but she doesn’t want anyone to know about it.

It’s joyful, buoyant, gleeful, slightly silly, sugar coated, unrelenting and completely super happy! (Except for all the bits about depression).

Written by Jon Brittain (Olivier Award-winning Rotterdam), with music by Frisky and Mannish’s Matthew Floyd Jones. Winner of a 2017 Fringe First and the Musical Theatre Review Best Musical.

Suitable for ages 14+ years.

WHY? ‘A mix of wit and low-key emotion that suddenly grips your heart’ The Guardian

★★★★ WhatsOnStage | ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide | ★★★★ The Scotsman

Click here to read the full review

Studio
£14 (£12 Advantage Card)
1 hour

@SilentUproarPro
@nordenfarm

Silent Uproar's Website

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Norden Farm Improv Group

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

A brand new drama group for adults based on improvisation skills and techniques. Fuel your imagination and liberate your creativity while connecting with new people in these fun weekly sessions that will explore improvisation variously with props, music and topical debate.

AUTUMN
Tues 11 Sept – 4 Dec (exc 23 Oct)
8.30pm – 10pm
£8 per class or £88 for 12 week course

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Teddies Music Club

Sing • Dance • Play

We’ll get you bouncing, jumping, tickling, giggling, laughing, oh and singing!

Teddies is energetic, lively and fun for grown-ups and children alike, with a singer and musician at every session.

Autumn
Wednesdays (from 12 Sept exc 24 Oct)
10am – 11am
£6 for 1st child 0-5 years (including one adult) | £4 per siblings or additional adult

Suitable for ages 0-5 years.

Please book one free 'Accompanying Adult' tickets for this workshop, and a free 'Baby Seat' if you are bringing a sibling under 6 months

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Youth Theatre (A)

Norden Lights led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

Join the only youth drama group in Maidenhead which rehearses in a professional theatre!

'Gave me the skills and confidence to get into drama school and pursue a career in acting' Lizzy Maillard

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends. Each term you’ll create a show and perform in our studio or on the main stage, with lighting, sound and staging from Norden Farm’s technical crew.

Plus receive discounted tickets to shows and gain opportunities to work alongside Troublemaker Theatre Company at our Summer Theatre Week.

‘I went on to get a degree in film and theatre, and now teach drama to children myself’ Ryan Tomlinson

Pick up performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from famous playwrights or made up by you.

Terms 10 weeks long, no auditions, suitable for all abilities and end with a sharing or performance.

'Film-making at 15, scripting at 16, and crying that it had to end at 18. 5yrs later, I'm working full-time in television' Kat Mace

Wednesdays
4.15pm
£67 per term
School Year 2 & 3

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Youth Theatre (B)

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

Join the only youth drama group in Maidenhead which rehearses in a professional theatre!

'Gave me the skills and confidence to get into drama school and pursue a career in acting' Lizzy Maillard

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends. Each term you'll create a show and perform in our studio or on the main stage, with lighting, sound and staging from Norden Farm's technical crew.

Plus receive discounted tickets to shows and gain opportunities to work alongside Troublemaker Theatre Company at our Summer Theatre Week.

‘I went on to get a degree in film and theatre, and now teach drama to children myself’ Ryan Tomlinson

Pick up performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from famous playwrights or made up by you.

Terms 10 weeks long, no auditions, suitable for all abilities and end with a sharing or a performance.

'Film-making at 15, scripting at 16, and crying that it had to end at 18. 5yrs later, I'm working full-time in television' Kat Mace

Wednesdays
5.30pm
£67 per term
School Year 4, 5 & 6

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Youth Theatre (Academy)

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

Join the only youth drama group in Maidenhead which rehearses in a professional theatre!

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends. Each term you'll create a show and perform in our studio or on the main stage, with lighting, sound and staging from Norden Farm's technical crew.

Pick up performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from famous playwrights or made up by you.

Terms 10 weeks long, no auditions, suitable for all abilities and end with a sharing or a performance.


'The Troublemaker gang had me film-making at 15, scripting at 16, and crying that it had to end at 18. 5yrs later, I'm working full-time in television' Kat Mace

'Troublemaker helped foster the creativity I use every day in my animation and video work' James Willis

'Troublemaker gave me the skills and confidence to get into drama school and pursue a career in acting' Lizzy Maillard

Wednesdays
6.45pm
£97 per term
School Year 12 & 13

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Acoustic Guitar - Absolute Beginners

Led by Richard Lee.

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. Learn guitar right from the beginning. These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Summer
Wed 6 Jun – 4 Jul and 11 Jul – 8 Aug
7pm – 8pm
£40 per 5 week course

Autumn
Wed 12 Sept – 10 Oct and 31 Oct – 28 Nov
7pm – 8pm
£40 per 5 week course

Suitable for 18+ years.

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James and Black

Bruce James and Bella Black joined musical forces in Austin, Texas.

The roots of their music spring from the tradition of the Southern Soul from Texas, New Orleans and Memphis, yet they are no throwback. The foundation of James & Black is the voices and stories in their songs. They are joined by Sam Kelly (drums) and Richard Sadler (bass).

WHY? This is the American duo’s first UK tour

Studio
£14 (£12 Supporters)

James and Black's Website

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners

Led by Richard Lee.

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. Learn guitar right from the beginning. These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Summer
Wed 6 Jun – 4 Jul and 11 Jul – 8 Aug
8.15pm – 9.15pm
£40 per 5 week course

Thur 7 Jun – 5 Jul and 12 Jul – 9 Aug
7pm – 8pm
£40 per 5 week course

Autumn
Wed 12 Sept – 10 Oct and 31 Oct – 28 Nov
8.15pm – 9.15pm
£40 per 5 week course

Thur 13 Sept – 18 Oct (exc 27 Sept) and 1 Nov – 29 Nov
7pm – 8pm
£40 per 5 week course

Suitable for 18+ years.

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Zumba (Thursdays)

Led by Annet Bowler.

A fun, friendly and easy to follow dance based class. Get fit and exercise in disguise to uplifting Latin rhythms.

Summer
Thur 3 May – 30 Aug (exc 31 May and 2 Aug)
10am – 11am
£6 per class

Autumn
Thur 13 Sept – 6 Dec (exc 25 Oct and 1 Nov)
10am – 11am | £6 per class

A fun, friendly and easy to follow dance based class. Get fit and exercise in disguise to uplifting Latin rhythms.

Suitable for 18+ years.

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Calligraphy (Beginners)

Led by Stuart Maxwell.

The beginners course introduces calligraphy using arguably the most popular and accessible hand – Italic.

Thur 13 Sept – 11 Oct | 2.30pm – 4.30pm
£55 for 5 week course plus £10 materials fee to tutor
£45 for 4 week course plus £10 materials fee to tutor

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Youth Theatre (C)

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

Join the only youth drama group in Maidenhead which rehearses in a professional theatre!

'Gave me the skills and confidence to get into drama school and pursue a career in acting' Lizzy Maillard

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends. Each term you'll create a show and perform in our studio or on the main stage, with lighting, sound and staging from Norden Farm's technical crew.

Plus receive discounted tickets to shows and gain opportunities to work alongside Troublemaker Theatre Company at our Summer Theatre Week.

‘I went on to get a degree in film and theatre, and now teach drama to children myself’ Ryan Tomlinson

Pick up performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from famous playwrights or made up by you.

Terms 10 weeks long, no auditions, suitable for all abilities and end with a sharing or a performance.

'Film-making at 15, scripting at 16, and crying that it had to end at 18. 5yrs later, I'm working full-time in television' Kat Mace

Thursdays or Sundays
4.40pm
£97 per term
School Year 7, 8 & 9

day dependent on availability

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Youth Theatre (F)

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

Join the only youth drama group in Maidenhead which rehearses in a professional theatre!

'Gave me the skills and confidence to get into drama school and pursue a career in acting' Lizzy Maillard

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends. Each term you'll create a show and perform in our studio or on the main stage, with lighting, sound and staging from Norden Farm's technical crew.

Plus receive discounted tickets to shows and gain opportunities to work alongside Troublemaker Theatre Company at our Summer Theatre Week.

‘I went on to get a degree in film and theatre, and now teach drama to children myself’ Ryan Tomlinson

Pick up performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from famous playwrights or made up by you.

Terms 10 weeks long, no auditions, suitable for all abilities and end with a sharing or a performance.

'Film-making at 15, scripting at 16, and crying that it had to end at 18. 5yrs later, I'm working full-time in television' Kat Mace

Thursdays or Sundays
6.45pm
£97 per term
School Year 8, 9, 10 & 11

day dependent on availability
Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

'All human beings are commingled out of good and evil…'

Edward Hyde alone, in the ranks of mankind, was pure evil. An experiment to separate virtue from wickedness in his own nature results in the respectable Dr Jekyll releasing the demon within. A fast paced adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel.

WHY? ‘Done in fine style… A good, vivid, popular version of a great story, told with notable passion’ The Scotsman

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)

Isosceles' website

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The Marriage of Figaro

A truly special opportunity to enjoy this wonderful and powerful Mozart opera.

It recounts a single day of comic madness in the palace of Count Almaviva near Seville, Spain. Fully staged, traditional costumed under the outstanding professional direction of Fraser Grant and the excellent orchestra lead by Music Director, Lindsay Bramley.

WHY? With a full cast of outstanding professional soloists and the excellent WEO Chorus

Presented by The Windsor and Eton Operatic Society

Courtyard Theatre
£20

Windsor and Eton Operatic Society's Facebook Page

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Yoga - Intermediate

Led by Julie Potter

These Friday morning classes are intended for all ages and abilities and levels of experience, although beginners are advised to attend the later class. We will practise traditional breathing techniques (pranayamas), general yoga postures (asanas) with some relaxation.

Summer
Fri 8 Jun – 13 Jul and 20 Jul – 31 Aug (exc 3 and 10 Aug)
9.30am – 10.45am
£42 per 6 week course
(£10 per week drop in price available for 11am beginners’ session)

Autumn
Fri 14 Sept – 19 Oct and Fri 2 Nov – 14 Dec
9.30am – 10.45am
£42 per 6 week course
£49 per 7 week course
(£10 per week drop in price available for 11am beginners’ session)

Suitable for 18+ years.

Please bring a mat.

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Little Wrigglers (Fridays)

Led by Rachel Walsh

A thrilling, energetic and creative dance class. Explore imaginative themes and adventures through dance, song and mime.

Summer
Fridays (exc 13 and 20 July)
10am – 10.45am
£6 | £4.50 siblings | £20 for block booking of 4 sessions

Autumn
Fridays (from 14 Sept)
10am – 10.45am
£6 | £4.50 siblings | £20 for block booking of 4 sessions

Suitable for ages 2+ years.


If you would like to book the offer price for 4 sessions, please enter a ticket for each date you would like to attend into your basket and the offer will apply automatically

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Yoga - Beginners

Led by Julie Potter

These Friday morning classes are intended for all ages and abilities and levels of experience, although beginners are advised to attend the later class. We will practise traditional breathing techniques (pranayamas), general yoga postures (asanas) with some relaxation.

Summer
Fri 8 Jun – 13 Jul and 20 Jul – 31 Aug (exc 3 and 10 Aug)
11am – 12.15pm
£42 per 6 week course
(£10 per week drop in price available for 11am beginners’ session)

Autumn
Fri 14 Sept – 19 Oct and Fri 2 Nov – 14 Dec
11am – 12.15pm
£42 per 6 week course
£49 per 7 week course
(£10 per week drop in price available for 11am beginners’ session)

Suitable for 18+ years.

Please bring a mat.

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The Enchanted Garden

Led by Jo Hall.

Paul Klee made many ‘Magic’ paintings of fish and imagined gardens and structures. Taking Klee’s work and the enchanting works of contemporary pastel artist, Richard Cartwright for inspiration, we will make our own magic gardens in watercolour and/or pastel.

Please bring your own materials: see information sheet for details.

Sat 29th Sept
10.00am to 3.00pm
One day workshop £38

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Princess Charming

Some girls like football. Some boys like pink. Everyone likes a good story. Exploring gender stereotypes in a fun, questioning way, Princess Charming is a celebration of being exactly who you are.

This show is for anyone who doesn’t like being told what to do and is about finding the courage to defy expectations.

Cabaret performers explore what really matters about being a boy and being a girl with dances, songs and skits created with children, for children.

The theatre is transformed into a family friendly cabaret club full of laughter and sing-a-longs. Join in at the end as the next generation of cabaret stars take over the stage.

Recommended for ages 6 – 11 years.

WHY? ‘Pertinent and powerful, but most of all it’s extremely fun! Princess Charming teaches kids (and adults) that they can just be themselves’ A Younger Theatre

‘A hilarious, touching and truthful performance with a powerful, important message’ ★★★★ Female Arts

‘An absolute gem of a show. Exploring gender stereotypes using the very clever medium of a cabaret.. it is entertaining, informative (though never preachy) and vitally, incredibly relevant’ ★★★★★ WestEnd Wilma

Click here to read the full review

Presented by Spun Glass Theatre

Studio
£10 (£8 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £32

Tickets/seats are not required for children under 18 months who are happy to sit on laps.

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Sicilian Ghost Story (15)

Dir: Fabio Grassadonia | Antonio Piazza 2017 122 mins, It/Fr/Ch

(Italian with English subtitles)

Set in a small Sicilian village. 13-year-old Giuseppe vanishes, kidnapped by the men his father crossed. His classmate Luna refuses to accept his mysterious disappearance. Rebelling against the code of silence and collusion that surrounds her, she refuses to give up her search.

WHY? ‘Bewildering in all the right ways, this is a poetic, sublime interpretation of a sorry story' ★★★★ Empire

Click here to read the full review.

£10.50 (£9.50 conc)

Special Ticket Offer
£9 (£8 conc) tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

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Dan Walsh & Alistair Anderson

Two of the most dynamic musicians in folk music strike sparks off each other with songs, Northumbrian rants, jazzy ballads and Old Time reels.

Alistair Anderson (Concertina and Northumbrian Pipes) and former BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year nominee, Dan Walsh (Banjo, Guitar and Vocals) share a warm chemistry on stage and their performance combines high energy with world class musicianship.

WHY? ‘A tangible magic’ Folkwords
‘Nifty fun with bags of wow factor’ FRoots

Presented by RM Promotions

Studio
£16.50

@DanWalshBanjo
@nordenfarm

Alistair's website
Dan's website

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Hearts Beat Loud (12A)

Dir: Brett Haley 2018 | 97 mins, US

Single dad and record store owner Frank is preparing to send his daughter Sam off to college. Hoping to stay connected through their shared musical passions, Frank urges Sam to turn their weekly ‘jam sesh’ into a father-daughter live act.

WHY? Heart-warming drama starring Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson and Toni Collette

'Very likeable, low-key and laid-back comedy-drama' ★★★★ The Independent

Click here to read the full review.

£10.50 (£9.50 conc)

Movie Mondays Offer
Monday film screening tickets are £7 and include a free cup of tea or filter coffee.

Parent and Baby Screening
The screening on Tuesday 2 October at 11am is exclusively for parents with children under 2 years. Lights are kept on low level and you can move around if you need to. Tickets are £5.50 for adults (including a cup of tea/coffee); babies and infants are free of charge. Seating is unreserved and unaccompanied adults are not admitted.

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124 Studios

A diverse group of artists who work and exhibit together in and around Maidenhead.

Artworks in the exhibition range widely in style and medium. They include subjects such as portraits, flowers and abstraction.

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Maidenhead Community Choir

Led by Tina Reibl.

An opportunity for all those who enjoy singing a toe-tapping repertoire, from Bach to the Beatles and Gershwin to Gospel. No audition or sight-reading required.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Summer
Tues 1 May – 17 Jul (exc 29 May and 5 Jun)
7pm - 8.15pm
£80 per 10 week term

Suitable for 18+ years.

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Creative Arts Social Club

Led by Amanda Schenk.

A sociable group for people who want to make art, but just aren’t doing it right now!

Do you have a box of art materials that you keep meaning to use? Did you used to create art but stopped doing it somewhere along the line? Are you inspired to make art when you go to exhibitions?

Professional artist Amanda Schenk leads this creative community. Play with materials, go on art adventures and explore your arty side. You’ll grow in creative confidence, meet new people and have fun getting playful with a range of art techniques.

Autumn
Tues 2 – 16 Oct and Tues 30 Oct – 20 Nov | 7.30pm – 9pm
£36 per 3 week course
£48 per 4 week course

Suitable for 18+ years

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Book Club

Price includes a drink from the bar.

Share your thoughts on contemporary fiction with other readers in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.

Autumn
Wed 12 Sept, 3 Oct, 7 Nov and 5 Dec | 7.30pm – 9.30pm
£5 per session including a drink from the bar

  • Wed 12 Sept - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

  • Wed 3 Oct - One of Daphne du Maurier’s Cornwall novels
Choose from:
Rebecca
My Cousin Rachel
Jamaica Inn
Frenchman’s Creek
The House on the Strand
Castle Dor

  • Wed 7 Nov - Choose one book from the Man Booker Prize short list. The short list will be announced on 20th September.

  • Wed 5 Dec - The Dry by Jane Harper

Suitable for 18+ years.

Spaces are limited, early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

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The Muddy Choir

Written by Jesse Briton

“Nee killing, anly singing, and we all go home together.”

It is November 1917 and the Third Battle of Ypres is lurching towards its bloody conclusion. Young soldiers Will, Robbie and Jumbo are thrust into a landscape starkly different to the playing fields and estates of their Sunderland home.

United by their childhood oath “nee killing, anly singing”, Robbie dreams their music will be a ticket away from the front, but attracting the attention of their commanding officers may prove more dangerous than bullets and gas.

Nominated for Best Play for Young Audiences at the Writers Guild of Great Britain Awards 2015, The Muddy Choir tells the story of three soldiers serving with the Durham Light Infantry. Including traditional wartime songs, it is a play about childhood friends growing up in unbearable circumstances and the humanising power of music.

WHY? 'A sensitive memorial to a generation of young men' ★★★★ The Stage

Click here to read the full review

Suitable for ages 13+ years.

Presented by Theatre Centre

Courtyard Theatre
£15 (£13 conc)

@TCLive
@nordenfarm

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Dr Phil Hammond - Happy Birthday NHS?

Nye Bevan's beautiful baby is 70 this year, but will she make a ton?

Dr Phil charts the course of the NHS from 1948 to as long as she lasts. Come cheer the heroes, boo the villains and look to the future of robot surgeons, Fitbit nurses and iPhone GPs. Batteries not included.

Dr Phil Hammond has worked in the NHS for 31 years and loves it so much he still does. He is also a broadcaster, journalist, author, campaigner and comic.

WHY? ‘If Dr Phil were a medicine, you should swig him by the litre’ ★★★★ The Times

‘One of the most entertainingly subversive people on the planet’ The Guardian

Courtyard Theatre
£16 (£12 NHS Staff)

@drphilhammond
@nordenfarm

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Acoustic Guitar - Intermediate

Led by Richard Lee.

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. Learn guitar right from the beginning. These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Summer
Thur 7 Jun – 5 Jul and 12 Jul – 9 Aug
8.15pm – 9.15pm
£40 per 5 week course

Autumn
8.15pm – 9.15pm
£40 per 5 week course

Suitable for 18+ years.

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Acrylics: Paul Klee Inspired Townscapes

Led by Karen Carter.

Using Paul Klee’s townscape images as our inspiration we will create a mixed media quirky stylized image combining acrylic painting, collage & drawn elements that can be done on both paper and fabric. There will be demos and individual help throughout the day. Bring own materials.


Fri 5 Oct
10.30am – 3.30pm
£38 per class

Suitable for all levels of experience.

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Globe on Screen: A Winter's Tale

180 mins

Encore screening. The play illustrates how uncontrollable emotions can range across gender, country, class and age. Its universe is full of monsters, gods and natural disasters. Taking audiences from the stifling atmosphere of the Sicilian court to the unbuttoned joy of a Bohemian festival.

WHY? Shakespeare’s great play of the irrational and inexplicable

'A superb cast deliver striking performances in a production that is knowingly dissonant, from the costumes to the climax' ★★★★ The Guardian

Click here to read the full review.

£15

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Digi Den I

Led by DJ Mhlanga

The digital arts club. Improve, develop and learn various arts with a digital focus. Work on group or personal projects over the 10 week term. Take advantage of our fantastic hardware, Adobe Creative Cloud software and settings. Have fun filming, podcasting, creating stop-motion animation, using green screen special effects and more!

Suitable for all levels of experience for School Year 7 – 13.


Autumn
Fridays (from 14 Sept exc 28 Sept, 26 Oct)
5pm – 6.30pm
£80 per 10 week term

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Autumn Ceilidh

You’ll be in safe hands with the expert calling and playing from our band Nedron’s Jig.

Between them they play squeezebox, fiddle, mandola and bass. The four musicians consist of two from the folk super-group Feast of Fiddles and two from the band Phungus.

WHY? A social evening of dance in our atmospheric 18th century Long Barn - no experience necessary!

Long Barn
£15 (£13 conc)

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Limehouse Lizzy

The boys are back!

Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive, well and dominating stages worldwide. The band have also added a tribute into their show to ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist (and world renowned solo artist) Gary Moore.

From their Official PRS award, performing for Virgin Atlantic in Barbados, television appearances and to being recruited to record and tour by members of the original Thin Lizzy, Limehouse Lizzy enter their 25th year with their most explosive show and critically acclaimed line up yet.

WHY? 'Limehouse Lizzy's Wayne Ellis, an uncanny ringer for Phil Lynott' The Guardian

'Entertainment for more than a decade…fantastic live music' Arena BBC2

'If you're sceptical about tribute acts, you won't be after seeing Limehouse Lizzy' Radio Times

'Gig of the week' The Mirror

Courtyard Theatre
£17

@limehouselizzy
@nordenfarm

Limehouse Lizzy's Website

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Water Lilies in Acrylic Paints

Led by Caroline Crawford.

Inspired by Monet water garden in Givani.

Students learn how to paint like Monet. They blend and apply paint with impressionist painting techniques. With a focus on composition, relfection, detail, colour blending and application. This day course is full of techniques, demonstrations and carefully guided tuition. Materials are provided.

Sat 6 Oct
10am – 3pm
£44 per session plus £4 materials fee to tutor per session

Suitable for all levels of experience. Watercolour paper available to purchase from tutor.

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Harry Hill’s KIDZ SHOW: How To Be Funny - For KIDS!

Harry Hill joins us for this exclusive warm-up show to Celebrate The Launch Of Harry Hill’s new book Matt Millz Stands Up!

Is your kid a bit of a joker? Do you have more than one comedian in the family?

This is a brand new, family-fun-filled show from Harry Hill the star of ITV’s Alien Fun Capsule and TV Burp and the voice of You’ve Been Framed.

This show is jam packed with laughs and ties in with the release of Matt Millz Stands Up, the sequel to Harry’s critically lauded kids’ book, Matt Millz, about the world’s youngest comedian who dreams of making it big.

This show will offer hints, tips and anecdotes for children who fancy themselves as a bit of a comic, with the self-styled floppy collared loon Harry Hill on hand to run through his dos and don’ts, as well as offering kids the chance to try out their comedy skills.

So kids – bring your best jokes! And if you’re sitting near the front, bring your umbrella! Expect big laughs, practical tips and bucket loads of water silliness.

Harry Hill is a national treasure who has created some of the most successful TV shows of the last two decades, collecting three BAFTAs, eight British Comedy Awards and a Golden Rose of Montreux along the way.

Age guidance ages 6 – 16 years.

Courtyard Theatre
£15 (£10 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £35

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NT Live: Julie

95 mins.

Encore screening. Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival.

WHY? A new version of August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie, starring BAFTA Award winning actress Vanessa Kirby (The Crown)

'Provocative and profound’ ★★★★ The Stage

Click here to read the full review.

£15

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Viviana Zarbo Jazz Trio

Italian born Viviana is a versatile artist whose musical theatre background enriches her naturally multifaceted jazz vibe.

She performs some of her favourite music from across the world, and generations, in her fresh jazz way. Accompanied by her trio: Craig Milverton on piano and Renato d’Aiello on saxophone

WHY? ‘The audience could not keep their eyes from the stage’ thejazz.co.uk

Studio
£15 (£13 conc)

Viviana Zarbo's Website

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Pope Francis: A Man of his Word (PG)

Dir: Wim Wenders 2018 | 96 mins, Ch/Va/It/De/Fr

The Pope’s ideas and his message are central in this documentary. It explores his work of reform and his answers to today’s global questions. From his deep concern for the poor and wealth inequality, to his involvement in environmental issues and social justice.

WHY? A personal journey with Pope Francis

£10.50 (£9.50 conc)

Special Ticket Offer
£9 (£8 conc) tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

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Rachel Harrington

The singer songwriter is a sixth generation Oregonian.

She feels a strong connection to place and to creating music that captures some of the stories and heritage of The West. Rachel has played major festivals throughout Europe and the US. She’s made four live appearances on BBC’s legendary Bob Harris Show and reached millions of listeners through airplay at Starbucks.

WHY? ‘Songs that capture the ghosts of old America’ ★★★★ Mojo

Studio
£14

Rachel Harrington's Website

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The Heiresses (12A)

Dir: Marcelo Martinessi 2018 | 98 mins, Py/De/Uy/Br/No/Fr

(Spanish and Guarani with English subtitles)

Chela and Chiquita have been together for over 30 years. They are both descended from wealthy families, but recently their financial situation has worsened. When their debts lead to Chiquita being imprisoned on fraud charges, Chela is forced to face a new reality.

WHY? ‘Ana Brun’s tender lead performance is something to behold’ Little White Lies

Click here to read the full review.

£10.50 (£9.50 conc)

Movie Mondays Offer
Monday film screening tickets are £7 and include a free cup of tea or filter coffee.

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Oscar Wilde Season Live: The Importance of Being Earnest

150 mins

Filmed live at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End. Jack, Algy, Gwendolyn and Cecily discover how unsmooth runs the course of true love, while Lady Bracknell keeps a baleful eye on the mayhem of manners.

WHY? Wilde’s much-loved masterpiece throws love, logic and language into the air to make one of theatre’s most dazzling firework displays

'A joyous, irreverent and enjoyable production' ★★★★★ Stage Review

Click here to read the full review.

£15

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Fairport Convention

The band has been making great music for over fifty years. Credited with originating British folk-rock music, they retain a passion for live performance.

Whether you are a long-time fan or a newcomer to their music, an evening with Fairport Convention is sure to surprise and delight you.

WHY? ‘Impressive musicians with a great back catalogue... (they) take chances and clearly enjoy themselves’ The Guardian

‘Vigorous and confident... the music leapt around the room’ The Mirror

Courtyard Theatre
£26

Presented by RM Promotions.


Fairport Convention's Website

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Wine Club

Led by The Wine Inspector.

A series of wine workshops exploring the wonderful world of wine! All you need is your palate and an open mind – no experience necessary! Our resident wine expert uncorks the doors of wine, tasting 3 wines each month.

Autumn
Fri 14 Sept, 12 Oct, 9 Nov and 7 Dec | 8pm – 9pm
£15 per session

Suitable for 18+ years


14 Sept - Reds for Autumn
Why do we see wines by season and does it matter?
Summer holidays may be over and the evening drawing in, so it’s time to look at some different red wines for autumn.
We will taste three more structured red wines from different parts of the world to warm the cockles of your heart as we come into autumn.

12 Oct - Oaky and Non Oaky Wines
Many people say ‘I don’t like oaky wines’ and yet oak is used as a winemaker’s tool in many wines over many centuries. They use it to affect not just taste but texture as well in the wines that we drink. In this Norden Farm Wine Club, The Wine Inspector will look at three wines with and without oak ageing and examine the difference.

9 Nov – Sparkling & Champagne
By popular request! There is only one Champagne region that produces the wine of the same name in the world.

Mme Lily Bollinger famously said
“I drink Champagne when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it - unless I'm thirsty.”

However, Champagne does get rather expensive, so The Wine Inspector will look at three great value sparkling wines including one Champagne.

7 Dec – Something different – fortified, sweet and sweetish?
Wine is an incredibly versatile drink and has so many different expressions sparkling, still, red, rose, white, dry to sweet and everything in between. As Christmas comes closer this is a look at some different pre- and post-dinner options and some wines that might not usually be in the repertoire.

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Ayesha Hazarika - Girl on Girl: The Fight for Feminism

Phew! After Weinstein and #MeToo, women of the world have finally united… Who cares about smashing the patriarchy when you can go full-on Prisoner: Cell-Block H? So, what happened to feminism? Is it too posh? Too white? When did Germaine Greer become Richard Littlejohn? Whose feminism is it anyway?

Ayesha is an ex-political adviser and regular pundit on Sky, BBC, CNN and LBC. She analyses the fight for feminism with humour and honesty, and asks – are sisters doing it to themselves?

WHY? ‘One of 9 Hilarious Women to Look Out for’ The Metro

‘Hazarika is terrific company - relaxed, mischievous and with a mind like a steel trap… go and see what she has to say’ ★★★★ The Scotsman

‘Extremely funny… sharp and on the money, she is never cruel and manages to create a world I never thought possible. Catch her if you can’ The Guardian

‘Hazarika is an acute observer of the political world’ Arts Desk

‘Insightful, humorous and at times simply ‘hide behind the sofa’ stuff’ ★★★★ Edinburgh Reporter

‘Patently super smart and extremely eloquent, she offers an intriguing insight’
The Herald

‘Hazarika provides a fresh, sharp insight into what it’s really like to be a woman in British politics today… not to be missed’ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

‘Genuinely engaging… hers is a story worth hearing’ Chortle

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)

@ayeshahazarika
@nordenfarm

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The Selfie and Self Portrait

Led by Jo Hall.

Bring a print of a ‘selfie’ other photograph of yourself and if possible a small mirror.
We will spend the day sketching then painting a self portrait in pastel and/or watercolour referencing the drawings and paintings of Rembrandt, probably the most famous self portrait painter of all time.


Please bring your own materials and any suitable still life objects.

Sat 13 Oct
10am to 3pm
One day workshop £38

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Patrick Monahan - #Goals

The multi award winning comedian and Edinburgh Fringe favourite returns to Norden Farm.

We all have life goals – whether it’s to win the lottery or marry up. Make it your goal to come and watch an hour of great comedy from an Irish Iranian smoggy!
For the last three years, Patrick has been listed by comedy website Ents24 as one of the Top 3 hardest working comedians in the UK.

WHY? ‘A definite must see’ ★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

★★★★ The Scotsman

‘Patrick’s a Fringe legend and it is easy to see why!’ ★★★★ The Mirror

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)


@PatrickJMonahan
@nordenfarm

Patrick's website

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BlacKkKlansman (15)

Dir: Spike Lee 2018 | 135 mins, US

Early 1970s. Ron Stallworth is the first African-American detective to serve in his police department. He sets out on a dangerous mission to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. Stallworth soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman, into the undercover investigation of a lifetime.

WHY? The incredible true story of an American hero, from visionary filmmaker Spike Lee

There are few filmmakers as consistently, burningly passionate as Spike Lee. This is vital and timely work that’s up there with his best' ★★★★ Empire

Click here to read the full review.

£10.50 (£9.50 conc)

Special Ticket Offer
£9 (£8 conc) tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

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Cliff Richard Live: 60th Anniversary Tour

150 mins

Britain’s ultimate pop star, Cliff Richard is celebrating 60 years in the music industry and he wants to invite you to the most fabulous big screen party of the year! His incredible energy and passion on stage will sweep you off your feet and be sure to have you swaying in the aisles.

WHY? With a repertoire featuring six decades of such timeless hits as Devil Woman, Congratulations or We Don’t Talk Anymore

£15

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The Arts Society Maidenhead

The Arts Society Maidenhead provides an exciting programme of monthly lectures on the third Monday of the month, covering a wide range of subjects.

The speakers are all engaging communicators, who excel in their field. The Society offers enjoyable opportunities to discover and support the arts of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Come along to make new friends in convivial surroundings.

To enquire about membership or to attend a lecture as a guest, please email maidenhead@theartssociety.org

Mon 18 June - Dick Bolton – Gardens Great and Small
Mon 17 Sept - Steve Kershaw – The Elgin Marbles
Mon 15 Oct - Malcolm Kenwood – The Fine Art of Crime, Fakes and Forgeries

If you are already a member, you can also pre-book a lunch meal deal for your next lecture, please click here for more information.

  •  15 Oct
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The Arts Society Lunch

Make the most of your day at Norden Farm by booking for lunch.

Arts Society Lunch tickets entitle you to a main course from our lunch menu and hot or cold drink for just £10.

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Cold War (15)

Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski 2018 | 88 mins, Pl/Fr/UK

(French and Polish with English subtitles)

In the ruins of post-war Poland, Wiktor and Zula fall deeply and destructively in love. They are musicians, forced to play into the Soviet propaganda machine. As they spot their chance to make a break for Paris, both make a split decision that will mark their lives forever. Winner of Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival 2018.

WHY? ‘Mysterious, musically glorious and visually ravishing’ ★★★★★ The Guardian

Click here to read the full review.

£10.50 (£9.50 conc)

Movie Mondays Offer
Monday film screening tickets are £7 and include a free cup of tea or filter coffee.

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Shacks, Stones, Walls and Ruins

Led by Jo Hall

Make ink and watercolour drawings of constructions in the landscape, from allotment sheds and stone walls, to dolmens and ancient hill forts inspired by the works of John Piper. These may include resist and found paper collage elements.

Please bring own materials.

Tues 16 Oct – 6 Nov
10am – 1pm
£70 for 4 week course

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Windsor Festival Schools Exhibition

Winning pieces from the Windsor Festival’s 2018 creative competition for secondary school students.

Featuring a wide variety of creative work, including paintings, photography, textiles and sculpture.

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NT Live: King Lear

Run time tbc.

Ian McKellen stars in this encore screening from London’s West End. A contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

Two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.

WHY? ‘Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production’ ★★★★★ The Telegraph

Click here to read the full review.

£15

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Introduction to Jewellery Making

with Grant Forsyth

Learn the fundamentals of jewellery making and design, including mark making and stone setting. Advanced students are welcome to join and expand their skills and create their own design led work. Materials cost to tutor £28 (approx).

Thur 13 Sept - 11 Oct and 18 Oct – 8 Nov | 10am - 11.30pm and 12pm - 1.30pm

£63 for 5 week course
£51 for 4 week course

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Calligraphy (Intermediate)

Led by Stuart Maxwell.

The intermediate course is for students who wish to expand their skills in the italic and gothic hands.

Thur 18 Oct – 8 Nov | 2.30pm – 4.30pm
£55 for 5 week course plus £10 materials fee to tutor
£45 for 4 week course plus £10 materials fee to tutor

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Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage

An intimate show of American roots and English folk music.

Hannah and Ben perform huddled round a single microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar. They are a folk duo that look and sound classically timeless, yet feel refreshingly unique.

WHY? ‘An exquisite soundscape, which is the result of passion, precision and unbridled intimacy’ R2 Magazine

Studio
£14

@HannahBenMusic
@nordenfarm

Hannah and Ben's Website

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Make Silver Jewellery 1

Led by Janet Richardson.

Beginners learn techniques including sawing, filing, polishing, ring making, stone setting, texturing, doming and soldering, to make some beautiful jewellery. More experienced participants are taken forward with their skills.

Suitable for all levels of experience. Materials cost to tutor for 5 weeks £28 (approx).

Autumn
Fri 14 Sept – 12 Oct and Fri 19 Oct – 9 Nov
10am – 12pm
and 12.15pm – 2.15pm
£84 per course

Suitable for 18+ years.

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Make Silver Jewellery 2

Led by Janet Richardson

Beginners learn techniques including sawing, filing, polishing, ring making, stone setting, texturing, doming and soldering, to make some beautiful jewellery. More experienced participants are taken forward with their skills.

Suitable for all levels of experience. Materials cost to tutor for 5 weeks £28 (approx).

Autumn
Fri 14 Sept – 12 Oct and Fri 19 Oct – 9 Nov
12.15pm – 2.15pm
and 12.45pm – 3.15pm
£84 per course

Suitable for 18+ years.

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An Enemy of the People

Ibsen’s masterpiece is adapted for the 21st century.

Having rejuvenated the fortunes of a crumbling town, eminent doctor Tamsin Stockmann expects to be hailed as its saviour once again when she exposes a major public health risk. But the town’s prosperity hangs in the balance and opposition grows. Will she be lauded as hero of the hour or will Dr Stockmann be declared an enemy of the people?

Flintock Theatre employ their signature high-energy storytelling, music and live digital interaction.

WHY? A searing examination of fake news, whistleblowing and who really wields power in contemporary Britain

Recommended for ages 14+ years.

Presented by Flintlock Theatre

Courtyard Theatre
£14

@flintlocktheatr
@nordenfarm

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No Jacket Required - The Phil Collins Tribute

The UK's top Phil Collins tribute returns by popular demand, as part of their 15th Anniversary Tour.

This stunning eleven piece band performs two hours of non-stop hits from Phil's award-winning solo career, plus a little Genesis thrown in for good measure.

From Another Day In Paradise to Easy Lover and the classic In The Air Tonight, there's something for everyone in this spectacular show which spans three decades of chart-topping success.

WHY? A sell-out show every time they perform with us, so don’t miss out!

Courtyard Theatre
£18

@PCTribute
@nordenfarm

No Jacket Required's Website

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The Vinyl Frontier: Sade vs Terence Trent D'Arby

Two heavyweight debut LPs by two giants of soulful 80s pop, but which one is better…?

Vinyl Frontier's website

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Arts and Crafts Session

Craft activities to keep the little ones entertained this half term.

The crafts vary so you can create something new every day!

Age guidance: 5-8 years.

£5 per child


Wed 25 Jul - Beach with Umbrella
Thurs 26 Jul - Fish and Jellyfish
Fri 27 Jul - Lobster and Starfish


Mon 30 July - Beach Hut and Bucket & Spade
Tues 31 July - Sailing Boats and Seagull
Wed 1 Aug - Shell Candle Decoration and Beach Sign
Thurs 2 Aug - Butterfly Money Banks
Fri 3 Aug - Pirate Treasure Chests and Map Making


Mon 6 Aug - Wooden Car Building Kit
Tues 7 Aug - Massive Space Rockets with Glow Stickers
Wed 8 Aug - Sponge and Stencil Painting with UV paints and Glitter
Thurs 9 Aug - Canvas Bags Decorating with Felt
Fri 10 Aug - Fish and Jellyfish


Mon 13 Aug - Sunglasses and Sun Visor
Tues 14 Aug - Carnival Mask Making
Wed 15 Aug - Owls and Birds
Thurs 16 Aug - Crowns and Costume Designs
Fri 17 Aug - Whale and Puffa Fish


Mon 20 Aug - Surf Board and Keyring
Tues 21 Aug - Crab and Clay Seahorse
Wed 22 Aug - Octopus and Stingray
Thurs 23 Aug - Lobster and Starfish
Fri 24 Aug - Ice Cream and Summer Drink


Tues 28 Aug - Turtle and Shark Picture
Wed 29 Aug - Ship's Porthole and Foil Fish
Thurs 30 Aug - Octopus and Fishing Game
Fri 31 Aug - Sailing Boat and Seagull


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Storytelling

1.30pm and 3.30pm.

Join our storytellers in the magical story den this summer holiday!

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adult spaces must be booked.

Age guidance: 3-7 years.

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The Musicians of Bremen

A visually stunning adaptation of the Grimm’s fairy tale.

A donkey, a cat, a cockerel and a dog are too old to be of any use to their masters. In this tumbling, musical adventure follow their adventures and their extraordinary friendships. It shows that despite our differences, we can be friends, and that we are never too old to live our dreams. With puppetry, movement and trapeze, all accompanied by live music.

Age guidance: 3 – 7 years.

WHY? A highly visual show and non-verbal work for young and hearing impaired audiences

Presented by Compagnie Animotion

Courtyard Theatre
£10 (£8 under 16s), Family & Friends (4 people) £32

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The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (U)

Dir: Patrick Imbert, Benjamin Renner 2017 | 83 mins, Fr/Be

The countryside isn't always as calm and peaceful as it's made out to be. On this farm, you’ll find a fox that thinks it's a chicken, a rabbit that acts like a stork and a duck who wants to replace Father Christmas!

WHY? Fun-filled animation featuring the voices of Bill Bailey, Adrian Edmondson and Celia Imrie

'The hand-drawn, 2D animation is utterly beguiling, conveying the pleasingly nostalgic feel of a beloved children's book' ★★★★ The List

Click here to read the full review.

£7 (£5 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £20

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James Campbell - The Hilariously Funny World of....

A stand up comedy show for children, their parents and anyone who likes comedy without the rude words.

James finds The Hilariously Funny Things about everything including pets, couscous, spaniels, making your own yoghurt, bees and why we have hair. Age guidance 6+ years.

WHY? ‘James Campbell pioneered the idea of stand-up for children, and it is still genuinely impressive to watch him hold the attention of a theatre full of six- to 11-year-olds’ The Guardian

Courtyard Theatre
£10 (£8 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £32

Tickets/seats are not required for children under 18 months who are happy to sit on laps.

@ComedyCampbell
@nordenfarm

James Campbell's Website

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Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation (U)

Dir: Genndy Tartakovsky 2018 | 97 mins, US

Drac decides to take a summer vacation on a cruise ship. But the dream holiday soon turns into a nightmare when Mavis realises Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain, Ericka - who is hiding a dangerous secret…

WHY? Featuring the voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Kevin James and Steve Buscemi

'The third outing for the Drac Pac proved a success' Empire

Click here to read the full review.

£7 (£5 under 16s)
Family & Friends (4 people) £20

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Mindfulness

Led by Jane Barker.

Step out of 'busy, busy, doing, doing' and drop into just 'being', to find some calm amongst the chaos. Learn how to focus on the present to help manage thoughts and feelings and to improve mental well-being.

Mindfulness - Just noticing
Tues 14 Aug
Expanding on last month session we will continue to explore how noticing what is
going on in the present moment can bring us more in touch with ourselves and
free us up from worry and anxiety.

7.30pm – 9pm
£10 per session

Suitable for 18+ years

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Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy (PG)

Dir: Thomas Riedelsheimer 2017 | 97 mins, UK/De

Documentary following Andy Goldsworthy on his exploration of the layers of his world and the impact of the years on himself and his art. As Goldsworthy introduces his own body into the work, it becomes even more fragile and personal. But also sterner and tougher.

WHY? Thomas Riedelsheimer’s exquisite film illuminates Goldsworthy’s mind as it reveals his art

'A mesmerising film about art and time' ★★★★ The Guardian

Click here to read the full review.

£10.50 (£9.50 conc)

Special Ticket Offer
£9 (£8 conc) tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

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Singalong Concertini

Bring the whole family and sing along to a fabulous 45 minutes of music from stage and screen.

West End singer Mairi Cowieson and friends perform songs from Mary Poppins, Matilda, Frozen and more. The 11.30am show is a relaxed performance – ideal for children with SEND.

WHY? Come in costume or grab something from our dressing up box before the concert

Studio
£10 (£8 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £32

@ConcertiniUK
@nordenfarm

Concertini's Facebook Page
Concertini's website

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Funny Girl - The Musical

160 mins.

Live screening (Wednesday). Based on the life and career of Broadway star, film actress and comedienne Fanny Brice (Sheridan Smith) and her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein. Featuring a host of iconic numbers including People, I’m the Greatest Star, and Don’t Rain on My Parade.

WHY? ‘Triumphant revival of the classic Broadway show’ ★★★★★ The Stage

Click here to read the full review.

£15

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Rachael McShane and the Cartographers

The singer, cellist, fiddle and viola player is an original member of folk big band Bellowhead.

She toured internationally with them as well as making several TV appearances. Bellowhead recorded 5 studio albums and won a total of 8 BBC Folk Awards in their 12 years together. Rachael is now working on a new solo project of traditional songs. She plays with a brand new band, featuring guitarist Matthew Ord (Assembly Lane) and melodeon player Julian Sutton (Kathryn Tickell, Sting).

WHY? ‘A classy musician and a singer of striking elegance’ Mike Wilson’s Music Blog

‘You're in the presence of something very special… what a voice’ Sid Smith, BBC Music

Courtyard Theatre
£14, £12 Advantage Card

Rachel McShane's Website

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Snow White Rose Red Bear Brown

Snow White and Rose Red are sisters, twins, best friends. They have lived in the forest since they were Babes in the Wood. Not as worldly wise as their Mother would have liked, they are nonetheless, kind, caring and sometimes a little over enthusiastic in their deeds!

When their quiet life is interrupted by a friendly bear a new chapter begins. But why has the bear chosen them as playfellows? Why is there sadness in his eyes? And who on earth is that rude little man with a ridiculously long beard that they keep bumping in to?

Suitable for ages 5+ years.

WHY? A new show from the Woods of Widdershins, using puppets, storytelling, original music and a fantastical fairytale forest

Presented by Theatre of Widdershins

Studio
£10 (£8 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £32

Tickets/seats are not required for children under 18 months who are happy to sit on laps.

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The Heath String Quartet Return

Bach Three choral preludes
Britten Quartet no 2
Beethoven Quartet no 15, op 132

The Heath have built up a loyal following for their distinctive style. Their reputation is spreading worldwide as they undertake concerts across Europe and North America.

WHY? Masterly playing of a Bach arrangement followed by a 20th century British masterwork and one of Beethoven’s last great works

Presented by Maidenhead Music Society

Courtyard Theatre
£17, MMS Members £12

@MaidenheadMusSo
@nordenfarm

The Heath Quartet Website

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The Slocan Ramblers

Dynamic, entertaining bluegrass from Canada.

The Slocan Ramblers are rooted in traditional music, yet fearlessly creative, blending impressive bluegrass virtuosity with a fresh and modern appeal. They blend lightning fast, devilishly intricate instrumentals with evocative vocals on songs ranging from fine originals to rowdy old-time numbers.

WHY? ‘Superb picking. ‘Bluegrass’ hardly defines it all’ ★★★★ R2 Magazine

Studio
£15

@slocanramblers
@nordenfarm

The Slocan Ramblers Website

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Acrylics: Autumn Woodlands

Led by Karen Carter.

A fun day using expressive techniques, applying paint with palette knives, cardboard, sticks, pipettes etc to convey the many qualities of trees. We will be working in the rich warm colours of autumn with a little gold leaf and metallic paint to bring a bit of sparkle to our paintings! Lots of demos and step-by-step instruction. No experience needed. Bring own materials (see below) - plus £2 fee for additional materials

Fri 26 Oct
10.30am – 3.30pm
£38 per class

Suitable for all levels of experience.

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Christopher Robin (PG)

Dir: Marc Forster 2018 | 104 mins, US

Join Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and he gang in a brand new adventure. The beloved characters from The Hundred Acre Wood head to London to help find Christopher Robin’s lost briefcase - because the best friends will always be there for you.

WHY? Starring Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell and Mark Gatiss

'As Much a Movie For Adults as It Is For Kids' Time

Click here to read the full review.

£7 (£5 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £20

Parent and Baby Screening
The screening on Tuesday 30 October at 11am is exclusively for parents with children under 2 years. Lights are kept on low level and you can move around if you need to. Tickets are £5.50 for adults (including a cup of tea/coffee); babies and infants are free of charge. Seating is unreserved and unaccompanied adults are not admitted.

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Julian Siegal

The immensely creative musician forms a duo with trumpeter Paul Jordanous.

They are joined by the superb Pendulum Rhythm Section, headed by Clark Tracey (drums) with Alex Hutton (piano) and Andy Cleyndert (bass). Julian has won Best Instrumentalist at the BBC Jazz Awards and a London Jazz Award in 2011.

WHY? ‘One of the UK’s most creative saxophonists’ MOJO

Studio
£15 (£13 conc) (£5 under 16s)

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The Children Act (12A)

Dir: Richard Eyre 2017 | 105 mins, UK

Eminent High Court judge Fiona Maye’s (Emma Thompson) marriage to Jack (Stanley Tucci) is floundering. Alongside this, she finds herself having to make a life-changing decision at work - should she force a teenage boy to have the blood transfusion that will save his life?

WHY? Drama based on the novel by Ian McEwan

£10.50 (£9.50 conc)

Movie Mondays Offer
Monday film screening tickets are £7 and include a free cup of tea or filter coffee.

SOLD OUT
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Make Silver Jewellery - Workshops

Led by Janet Richardson.

Beginners can create up to three pieces. There are projects to follow if you wish, to help you learn techniques and make beautiful pieces of jewellery.

Suitable for all levels of experience. Materials cost to tutor dependent on weight of what you make.

Summer
Sat 12 May, 23 Jun, 7 Jul and 14 Jul
10am – 4pm
£50 per workshop plus materials fee.

Autumn
Sat 15 Sept, 27 Oct and 10 Nov (silver workshops)
Sat 3 Nov (metal clay workshop)
10am – 4pm
£50 per workshop plus materials fee

Suitable for 18+ years.

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Black and White

Led by Jo Hall.

Working with black paper, white paper, black ink and white ink or white gouache we will discover the power of working in areas and lines of stark black and white and of positive and negative shapes. During the day we will make collages of black and white papers, black and white drawings and collages embellished with black and white line.

Please refer to the information sheet for equipment to bring. There will be a materials charge not exceeding £5.

Sat 27 Oct
10am to 3pm
One day workshop £38

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The Thinking Drinkers – Pub Crawl

A brand new, hilarious, intoxicating bar-hop through history.

Enjoy five free drinks as the award-winning experts take you from the symposiums of Ancient Greece to the classic British boozer via Wild West saloons, Victorian gin palaces and the secret Speakeasy. You'll learn a lot, you'll laugh a lot and, don't forget, you get five free drinks.

WHY? ‘Pioneers of alcohol based comedy’ ★★★★ Sunday Times

‘A terrific show. The best value for money in town’ ★★★★ The Scotsman

★★★★★ Deadline | ★★★★★ British Theatre | ★★★★ Broadway Baby

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£16


@thinkingdrinks
@nordenfarm

Thinking Drinkers' website

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Steve Bugeja - Almost

The comedian comes to Norden Farm following three critically acclaimed shows and direct from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He’s hit the road for his third and largest UK tour.

Steve has been seen on ITV2’s Love Island: Aftersun and Comedy Central’s Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central. He’s also been making a name for himself internationally as he has been invited to perform at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival twice, appearing on both ABCTV’s Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow and on Comedy Up Late.

Steve hates showing off, so for each accolade below, he’s listed one negative to balance it out!

BBC New Comedy Award Winner.
Voted ‘most likely to be forgotten’ at school (the reunion was in February, apparently).

Prolific writer for shows such as The Russell Howard Hour, Mock The Week and The Now Show.
The poems he wrote for Emily Newton in Year 12 went ignored.

Invited to perform at the prestigious Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Was one of only three people in his year not to be invited to Emily Newton’s 18th birthday party.

WHY? ‘Drum tight, as if polished by a sitcom writers’ room to cram as many jokes in as humanly possible’ Chortle

‘An eye for comic detail that’s all his own’ The Guardian

‘Plentiful jokes and compelling storytelling’ The Scotsman

Studio
£12.50

@SteveBugeja
@nordenfarm

Steve Bugeja's Website

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Monski Mouse's Baby Disco Dance Hall

Monski Mouse brings her acclaimed baby disco to Norden Farm!

Join the Australian DJ, producer and mum of two, with her dancers in this interactive early childhood event. Parents and under 5s are let loose on the dance floor in the friendliest of discos. Get your disco-dancing-booties on!

WHY? ‘Monski has the Midas touch in creating just the right atmosphere for grown-ups and little ones to let themselves go’ ★★★★★ Families Online

Age guidance: Under 5 years

Studio
£10 (£8 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £32
Tickets are not required for children under 6 months

@MonskiMouse
@nordenfarm

Monski Mouse's website

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ROH Live: Die Walkure

280 mins

Live screening (Sunday). The second opera Richard Wagner’s epic Der Ring Des Nibelungen. Among the musical fireworks and Norse mythology, at the centre of this opera are the unforgettable characters and the complex entanglements between them.

WHY? Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera, conducts an international cast

£15

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Katharsis

A multi-sensorial show fusing music with dance and visual art.

Three musicians merge elements of soundtracks, soundscapes, ambient, ethnic and electronic music. A dancer performs choreographies and improvises, following the ever-changing music flow. Visual art projections on the background complete the hypnotic sensorial experience.

WHY? Be led into a dreamlike journey of the mind, a total experience intended for the purification of one's emotions

Studio
£12

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post (15)

Dir: Desiree Akhavan 2018 | 90 mins, US

Cameron Post looks the part of a perfect high school girl. But after she’s caught with another girl in the back seat of a car, Cameron is quickly shipped off to a conversion therapy centre. At the facility, she finds herself subjected to outlandish discipline, dubious ‘de-gaying’ methods and earnest Christian rock songs.

WHY? ‘Chloë Grace Moretz puts in a career-best turn’ ★★★★★ The Guardian

Click here to read the full review.

£10.50 (£9.50 conc)

Special Ticket Offer
£9 (£8 conc) tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

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Maidenhead Painting Club Exhibition

An energetic art group formed of amateur and professional artists.

Members develop their creative and artistic skills through groups and tutored classes at Norden Farm and other venues. The Club offers innovative demonstrations, exciting sketching days, social events and exhibitions throughout the year.

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A Tale from Transylvania

Tom's sister vanishes inexplicably. The search for her yields nothing; the police shelve the case.

Driven by the need to find Sophie, Tom is led into a dark underworld where his mind becomes increasingly fragile. His lifelong ability to perceive people and objects that are invisible to others both enlightens and complicates his quest.

WHY? The imaginative world and reality are interwoven in this modern gothic tale of mystery and fear

Presented by Generation27 Theatre

Studio
£10 (£8 conc)

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Juan Martin

The guitarist/composer plays and introduces his compositions within the forms of the great tradition. His exquisite style is enhanced through minimal amplification to capture his very pure flamenco sound: just Juan and his sublime guitar to lift and transport you to another dimension - melodic beauty and rhythmic passion. ¡Viva el arte!

WHY? ‘The master Flamenco guitarist’ The Guardian

‘One of the top three guitarists in the world’ Guitar Player, USA

‘A giant of the flamenco guitar tradition’ The Times

‘No flash, just plenty of panache’ The Age, Melbourne

‘Highly sophisticated contemporary music’ International Herald Tribune

‘The Chopin of the flamenco guitar’ Berner Nachrichten, Switzerland

Studio
£14

Juan Martin's Website

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NT Live: Allelujah! (12A)

by Alan Bennett

170 mins.

Alan Bennett’s sharp and hilarious new play is ‘just what the doctor ordered’ (Daily Telegraph). Filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre during its limited run.

The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward and the triumphs of the old people’s choir.

Alan Bennett’s celebrated plays include The History Boys, The Lady in the Van and The Madness of George III, all of which were also seen on film. Allelujah! is his tenth collaboration with award-winning director Nicholas Hytner.

WHY? ‘Leaves you bobbing on a wave of happiness’ Independent

£15

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Bob Drury's Viva Neil Diamond

Described in Vegas as 'one of the world's finest vocal tributes to Neil Diamond', Bob Drury's one-man show is an absolute 'must-see' for all Diamond fans.

All the hits including Cracklin' Rosie, America, Love on the Rocks, Play Me, Hello Again, Pretty Amazing Grace, Song Sung Blue, Sweet Caroline and many more

Whilst performing in Las Vegas two years ago Bob Drury was described 'one of the world's finest vocal tributes to Neil Diamond' and he's now back touring the UK with his new show

A celebration of the legendary Neil Diamond and his incredible back catalogue of songs. Bob Drury's one-man show is a must see for any Diamond fan. His performance in Vegas has been described as ‘one of the world's finest vocal tributes to Neil Diamond’. His vocal likeness has been delighting audiences around the world.

This year's show includes all the favourites such as Cracklin' Rosie, America, Love on the Rocks, Play Me, Hello Again, Forever in Blue Jeans, Beautiful Noise, I'm a Believer, Red Red Wine and of course Sweet Caroline. Also expect Neil Diamond's UK hit Pretty Amazing Grace and a few lesser known songs.

WHY? ‘An uncanny resemblance to Neil Diamond's voice. That sent tingles down my spine Bob!’ Debbie McGee, BBC Radio Berkshire

‘Bob, it was great hearing you last night and I was totally blown away by your level of musicianship on guitar’ Mark LeVang, keyboard player with Neil Diamond's band

‘Bob is well established as one of the world's finest vocal tributes to Neil Diamond’ Steve Tatone, Film Producer, Midnight Pass Productions

‘If I didn’t know better I’d have said that was Neil Diamond singing’ Pat Marsh, BBC Radio Kent

‘Oozing class’ Nolan Dean, Cruise Director, M/V Island Star

‘Neil Diamond fans will be delighted with the sound-alike quality and the nifty guitar work’ UK Cabaret Magazine

Courtyard Theatre
£16

@drury_bob
@nordenfarm

Bob Drury's Website

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Croft & Pearce - Double Take

The stars of BBC Radio 4’s The Croft & Pearce Show and Sketchorama are winners of the Mervyn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe Award. They are also recipients of the official Edinburgh Fringe Total Sell-Out Show laurel and WhatsOnLondon Comedy Award nominees 2017.

This BBC Next Big Thing Act have sold out theatres in London, New York and around the UK.

WHY? ‘A good double-act can always bring the house down, and this pair of Fringe favourites show us how to do just that’ ★★★★ The Skinny

‘Tomorrow's TV stars’ ★★★★ The Herald

‘A laugh-out-loud sketch show’ Daily Express

‘Masters of pinpoint observation and characterisation’ The Telegraph

‘Head flingingly funny’ ★★★★★ Broadwaybaby

★★★★ The List, Edinburgh

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)

@CroftAndPearce
@nordenfarm

Croft and Pearce's Website

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Life Drawing

Led by Harriet Brittaine.

Explore the complexities of the human form by working from a professional life model. With a variety of short and long poses. Learn both traditional charcoal drawing methods and new experimental techniques.

Summer
Sat 19 May, 23 Jun and 25 Aug
2pm – 5pm
£25 per session

Autumn
Sat 3 and 24 Nov
2pm – 5pm
£25 per session

Suitable for 18+ years

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St John's Chamber Orchestra

Rebecca van den Berg (soprano)
Jonathan Stone (violin)
Nigel Wilkinson (conductor)

Mozart Idomeneo: Overture and Aria Se il padre perdei
Beethoven Symphony No.1 in C
Brahms Violin Concerto in D

Brahms’ epic Concerto is one of the peaks of the violin repertoire. The programme also includes Beethoven’s impressive statement of intent and an exquisite aria by Mozart, with enchanting woodwind solos.

Courtyard Theatre
£18 (£16.50 conc) (£5 under 16s)

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A Celebration of Gershwin, Porter and other greats

The ever popular Tony Jacobs (Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra, Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Friday Night Is Music Night) performs with his pianist Jim Barry (BBC Radio Band).

They celebrate the great American and British songwriters of the 20th century. Expect timeless classics from the likes of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Harry Warren to name just a few.

WHY? ‘This show is sheer quality’ Encore Magazine

Studio
£14

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Oscar Wilde Season Live: An Ideal Husband

160 mins.

Encore screening, filmed live at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End. This entertaining and still topical play brings an act of political sin into the heart of the English home. An ambitious government minister, Sir Robert Chiltern’s smooth ascent to the top seems assured until Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning proof of his previous financial chicanery.

WHY? The talented ensemble cast includes real-life father and son Edward and Freddie Fox

'Edward and Freddie Fox, as a father and son, are the star turn in this stylish revival of Wilde’s send-up of a money-mad society' The Guardian

Click here to read the full review.

£15

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Canary

Meet Agnes, Anne and Betty. They make bombs.

An air raid strikes sending them on a TNT-fuelled journey through euphoric emancipation, forbidden friendship and anarchic dreams. A rare insight into life during the First World War from the unique perspective of Britain’s munitions workers.

WHY? A thrilling physical tragi-comedy commemorating the lives of the 'Canary Girls' and based on true stories

Suitable for ages 12+ years.

Presented by Fun in the Oven Theatre

Studio
£14

This tour is produced in association with Carole W Productions with the generous support of Arts Council England and Sunday for Sammy, and with the partnership of the Royal British Legion's #thankyou100 campaign.

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Felicity Ward – Busting A Nut

The multi-award winning comedian is a regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist Podcast. She is the star of BBC Radio 4’s Appisodes and Netflix’s Live from the BBC. This is Felicity’s second nationwide tour – she’s back and ready to bust a nutful of jokes.

As seen on BBC2’s Mock The Week, BBC1’s The John Bishop Show, BBC2’s Russell Howard’s Good News, The Inbetweeners 2 and as heard on BBC Radio 4’s The Museum of Curiosity.

Suitable for ages 16+ years.

WHY? ‘Tremendous… unrelenting… she’s so bloody funny‘ List

‘A laugh a minute... sharp, upbeat and self-mocking’ The Guardian

‘Thoroughly engaging... Warm and witty’ The Independent

★★★★★ The Mirror | ★★★★ The Times | ★★★★ The Guardian | ★★★★ The Sunday Times | ★★★★ Chortle | ★★★★ Time Out | ★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals | ★★★★ Three Weeks | ★★★★ TV Bomb | ★★★★ The Skinny | ★★★★ Fest Mag

Studio
£12 (£10 conc)

@felicityward
@nordenfarm

Felicity Ward's Facebook Page
Felicity Ward's Website

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John Piper inspired building study in mixed media

Led by Caroline Crawford.

We look at artist John Piper and his paintings of bomb damaged second war buildings. Students create a mixed media piece referencing photographic images. They learn how to build their study, and experiemnt with wax resist, layering of ink washes & ink crystals. Finished with coloured chalk pastels. This day course is full of techniques and carefully guided tuition. Materials are provided.

Sat 10 Nov
10am – 3pm
£44 per session plus £4 materials cost to tutor per session

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James Mullinger Live - One Night Only

The Maidenhead-born comedian has taken Canada by storm since moving there in 2014.

He has been nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award and a Just For Laughs Award for Best Comedy Show. His stand up special Anything Is Possible was performed to over 5000 people, released internationally on Amazon Prime and was a bestseller on Blu Ray in North America.

James twice beat Jerry Seinfeld's sales record with his colossal arena shows. In 2015, James Buckley (The Inbetweeners) played James in a big screen movie about his early years in comedy (starring actors from Twilight, Downton Abbey and Notting Hill and comedians such as Jimmy Carr and Gilbert Gottfried). James works closely with many charities and in the past few years has raised over half a million dollars for children in need and women affected by violence.

He has sold out Norden Farm four times and loves it here so much that has picked this venue for his only UK tour date of 2018!

WHY? ‘Something of a sensation. The anecdotes come thick, fast and raucously funny’ Evening Standard

‘The moment this veteran British comic bounds on to the stage, you are in for an amazing hour of solo comedy’ Montreal Times

‘A great stand up’ Jimmy Carr

‘Fantastic, very talented and very funny. The next big thing’ Michael McIntyre

Supported by Ethan Ash and Andrew Doyle.

Courtyard Theatre
£15 (£13 conc)

@nordenfarm
@jamesmullinger

Click here to visit James's website

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Harry Manx

The Canadian based artist has been dubbed an essential link between the music of East and West.

He creates musical short stories that wed the tradition of the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. Harry’s signature instrument is the 20-stringed Mohan Veena, blending Indian folk melodies with slide guitar blues.

WHY? Winner of a Canadian Folk Music Award and CBC Radio’s Great Canadian Blues Award

Studio
£15 (£13 Advantage Card)

Harry Manx's Website

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Oscar Wilde Season Live: A Woman of No Importance

155 mins.

Encore screening from the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End. An earnest young American woman, a louche English lord and an innocent young chap join a house party of fools and grotesques. Nearby a woman lives, cradling a long-buried secret.

First performed in 1893, Oscar Wilde’s marriage of glittering wit and Ibsenite drama satirised the socially conservative world of the Victorian upper class, creating a vivid new theatrical voice which still resonates today.

WHY? Starring Olivier award winner Eve Best and BAFTA nominated actress Anne Reid

'An exhilarating payoff that's a long time coming' The Telegraph

Click here to read the full review.

£15

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ROH Live: La Bayadere

185 mins.

Live screening (Wednesday). Marius Petipa’s fantasy, set in legendary India, tells the tale of a temple dancer and the prince who loves her but marries another. The melody and moods of Minkus’s music perfectly match the fluidity and precision of the classical choreography and the drama of the storytelling.

WHY? Natalia Makarova’s production of this 19th century classic ballet brings an exotic world of temple dancers and noble warriors to life

£15

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RSC Live: Troilus & Cressida

Run time tbc.

Live screening. Troilus and Cressida swear they will always be true to one another. But in the seventh year of the siege of Troy their innocence is tested and exposed to the savage corrupting influence of war, with tragic consequences.

WHY? Virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie collaborates with RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran to create a satirical futuristic vision of a world resounding with the rhythm of battle

£15

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Printing for Christmas: Cards and Decorations

Led by Karen Carter.

Discover the wonderful world of printing on fabric, paper and card using high-density foam & polystyrene. We will be working with paper, calico, beads, buttons & dimensional paints to produce prints suitable for cards, decorations and fabric things!

Plenty of demos, no experience needed.

£5 materials fee

Fri 15 Nov
10.30am – 3.30pm

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Christian Garrick and his Budapest Cafe Orchestra

Christian Garrick (violin, darabuka)
Eddie Hession (button accordion)
Adrian Zolotuhin (guitar, saz, balalaika, domra)
Kelly Cantlon (double bass)

The Budapest Café Orchestra were established in 2009 by British composer, violinist and band leader, Christian Garrick.

They play traditional folk and gypsy-flavoured music from across the world. Raucous, toe-tapping Balkan and Russian numbers are combined with jazz and swing inflections. Klezmer, Romanian Doinas and Hungarian Czardas are awarded fresh treatments before they give way to a disarmingly beautiful arsenal of ballads such as the Schindler's List theme or Andy Statman's bitter sweet The Flatbush Waltz. The diverse repertoire often even strays over into the technicolour territory of many a well-loved film or television score.

WHY? ‘Back by popular demand, the fiery vivacity and awe-inspiring musicianship of the finest purveyors of Eastern European gypsy music this side of a Lada scrap heap will leave you with a grin on your face and rhythm in your feet’ The Times

‘The music is magic in their hands’ Sean Rafferty BBC Radio 3

‘Evoking vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest café life and gypsy campfires - plus a few surprises along the way - hugely entertaining, immense skill and profound musicianship, a show by the BCO is good enough to make you want to book that holiday down the Danube!’ Songlines

‘The boys from the BCO eek out an interesting advantage over others in that they are musically connected to the culture rather than culturally connected to the music and this manifests itself in their performances which are among the most fulfilling live entertainment spectacles you are ever likely to find of any genre’ BBC Celtic Connections

Courtyard Theatre
£16, £14 Supporters

@bco100
@nordenfarm

Budapest Café Orchestra's Website

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Norden Farm Night Market

This year our ever popular Artisan Fair has a new night-time dimension.

The night market is an atmospheric evening perfect to browse for unique artisan presents. With stalls in the 18th century Long Barn and live music, plus all your favourite festive snacks and beverages together with a well stocked bar featuring craft ales, fine wines and a full food menu.

WHY? Your Christmas shopping just got a whole load more fun!

WHY? If you would like to apply for a stall, please click here to complete a booking form

Long Barn and Nordens Free entry

  •  16 Nov FREE
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Lucy Frederick and David Mills Double Bill

Lucy Frederick – Even More Naked

Some years ago, the comedian appeared in a reality TV show in which she had to get naked. Like, completely naked. No socks or anything. And while that might sound alarming, she's since discovered that actually, there's a far more terrifying way to get your bits and bobs out for other people. And you don't even have to take your coat off.

This show is another eye wateringly honest confessional from Lucy about having courage and taking the plunge with life, friendships and love.

A show about negotiating the tricky world of emotional intimacy while wearing a giant suit of armour.

WHY? ‘A genuinely gifted performer, I am so happy l found this show…’ ★★★★ The Scotsman

‘Quite frankly, she’s pretty adorable’ ★★★★ TVBomb


David Mills – Focus People

Smart, sharp, laugh-out loud stand up comedy for adults sick of being scolded by celebrities and policed by children. David gets you through the coming apocalypse feeling dynamite.

The London based American actor and comedian has a cocktail-lounge-lizard image which belies an acerbic wit cut with fire-and-brimstone rants! Smart observations on contemporary life are set to superb comedic delivery alongside witty banter and salty sarcasm.

'A superior act. Politics to surrealism... an hour in his company an indulgent delight.' ★★★★★ Chortle

‘Essential viewing’ ★★★★ BroadwayBaby

Studio
£12

@LucyFrederick

David Mills Website

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The Carnival of the Animals - Lantern Making Workshop

Get ready to join the parade!

Weave and decorate willow to create lanterns inspired by the animal world. Lanterns created at these family workshops will by illuminated at Norden Farm’s annual Lantern Parade on Saturday 8 December.

Workshops take place throughout November and December:

Norden Farm
Sun 18 and 25 Nov, Sun 2 Dec
10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Maidenhead Town Centre
Sat 17 and 24 Nov, Sat 1 Dec
10am – 4pm (drop in)

Last chance workshop (drop in)
Maidenhead Town Centre
Sat 8 Dec
10.30am – 2pm


Suitable for all ages and all the family.

£4 per person. (Please note a space must be booked for every person attending the workshop – including supervising adults)


Lantern Parade

Sat 8 Dec | Outside Maidenhead Town Hall | Free event!

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Artisan Fair

The 18th century Long Barn provides the perfect backdrop to pick up a unique Christmas gift.

Browse stalls from local sellers showcasing handmade wares. This year's stalls include jewellery, ceramics, glassware, decorations, candles, textile gifts and more!

WHY? The Café Bar is open all day, and will be serving mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas flavoured coffee

If you would like to apply for a stall, please click here to complete a booking form.

Long barn and Nordens 10am - 3pm Free entry

  •  17 Nov FREE
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Never 42

The UK’s premier Level 42 tribute return, bringing Level 42's music live!

The line up includes Howie Rogers (bass & vocals), Garreth Hicklin (keyboards & vocals), Mike Wheeler (drums & vocals), Tom Wright (guitar & vocals) and Richard Pardy (sax). They perform Level 42's greatest hits alongside fan favourites.

Expect to hear Livin it up (The Sun Goes Down), Lessons In Love, Something About You, The Chant Has Begun, Starchild, Are You Hearing What I Hear, Hot Water… and so many more!

Courtyard Theatre
£17

@42never
@nordenfarm

Never 42's website

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On Reflection

Led by Jo Hall.

Set up a small still life on a piece of mirror card and see the objects and their surroundings reflected. Reposition your objects and a whole new view will be revealed. Record several arrangements in charcoal or pencil before painting your chosen composition in pastel, in a representational or more abstract way. Mirror card and some reference objects including fruit will be supplied.

Please bring your own materials: see information sheet for details.

Sun 18 Nov
10am to 3pm
One day workshop £38

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Alvin Youngblood Hart

The New Orleans native is known as one of the world's foremost practitioners of country blues.

Alvin is also known as a faithful torchbearer for 1960s and 1970s guitar rock, Western Swing and vintage country. He is a Grammy Award winner and has released a Grammy Award nominated album. He has apperared on BBC2’s Later with Jools Holland and BBC4’s Blues on Later.

WHY? ‘The boy got thunder in his hands!’ Taj Mahal

Studio
£14

Alvin Youngblood Hart's Website

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Wintertide

As the days grow short and the evenings long, dark are the days of Wintertide.

The Gallery is transformed with work by local children from our art competition.

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NT Live: The Madness of King George

Run time tbc.

Live screening from Nottingham Playhouse. It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown.

WHY? Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett

£15

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The Abingdon Wind Ensemble

Danzi Wind Quintet in B flat Major
Milhaud La Cheminée du Roi
Ibert Trois Pièces Brèves
René Parker Mississippi Five
FranÇaix Wind Quintet no 1

The wind quintet of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn was formed when its members were at the Royal Academy of Music. They have since played at prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall.

WHY? Be delighted as the Abingdon explore the repertoire for wind chamber music

Presented by Maidenhead Music Society

Courtyard Theatre
£15, MMS Members £10

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Larry Dean - Bampot

The comedian performs fresh from a sell-out international tour and smash-hit Live at the Apollo debut.

Larry Dean has a new hour of 'unexpected and excellent' ★★★★ (Times) thoughts on Scottishness, sodomites and self-esteem.

As seen on Comedy Central at the Comedy Store and Roast Battle. Larry is Winner of the Amused Moose Comedy Award 2016 and nominee for Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer 2015.

WHY? 'Confessional storytelling at its funniest' ★★★★★ The Herald
'The easy charm of an arena comic and the high joke rate, too' The Guardian
'A winning combination of being daft and being a smart aleck' Chortle

Studio
£10

@larrydeancomedy
@nordenfarm

Larry Dean's Website

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Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human

Zoe is a regular on BBC2's Mock The Week and BBC1's Live at the Apollo. She is also all over BBC Radio 4, with stints on The News Quiz, Just a Minute and The Now Show.

All this makes it sound like Zoe Lyons has some sort of idea what she's doing in life. But does she? Or is she the perfect example of an Entry Level Human?

WHY? 'Confident and razor sharp' The Observer

Courtyard Theatre
£15

'A hugely enjoyable mix of brutal putdowns and richly funny stories, Lyons has what it takes to delight any crowd' The Guardian

'Zoe Lyons really cuts the mustard' Scotsman

@zoelyons
@nordenfarm

Zoe Lyons's Website

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Wine Club Fine Wine Evening

Led by The Wine Inspector.

Fri 23 Nov | 8pm – 9.30pm | £25

A helping hand with the hunt for the Christmas special – try 6 wines carefully selected from various accessible and local retailers.

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Jim Mullen

One of the world's leading jazz guitarists and an icon of the UK jazz scene.

Jim's bountiful and melodic sounds will enchant you. He’s known for his work with Average White Band and being one half of jazz funk band Morrissey-Mullen. He performs with his rhythm section of choice: Clark Tracey (drums), Andy Cleyndert (bass)
and Alex Hutton (piano).

WHY? ‘Mullen’s palette of raunchy blues, graceful bebop and purring tenderness still glows’ The Guardian

Studio
£15 (£13 conc) (£5 under 16s)

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The Fir Tree

by Tove Jansson

From Tales in Moominvalley

The Moomin family was hibernating in the drawing room as they were wont to do. They had been sleeping for a few months already and were going to keep it up until spring… Now all at once a cold draught disturbed Moomintroll’s dreams. And someone was pulling at his quilt and shouting that he was tired and Christmas was coming.

Featuring live puppetry and music, The Fir Tree is an adventure set in the idyllic and peaceful Moominvalley. It is a gloriously unselfish take on Christmas.

Suitable for all audiences from 3 years and upwards.

Presented by Norden Farm, The Ding Foundation, Bernadette Russell and Steve Tiplady.

Tuesday 20 November – Sunday 30 December

£13.50 (£11.50 under 16s)
£46 Family and Friends (4 people) after Friday 31 August. Offer applied in basket.

Pre-show Touch Tours

For children with SEND and sensory impairments. Contact the Box Office on 01628 788997 for more details.

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The Vinyl Frontier: My Favourite vs Your Favourite

A new format – six challengers play their favourite in a specific category against your host’s choice. Who will win in each duel?

Vinyl Frontier's website

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Soul Kinda Wonderful

The UK’s number one tribute to the legendary Drifters and award winners at the National Tribute awards.

They breathe new life into songs such as Saturday Night at the Movies, Under the Boardwalk and Stand by Me. Expect three separate shows in one as the set includes Motown from The Four Tops and Temptations plus 70s disco classics such as Disco Inferno and Love Train.

WHY? Led by Richie Sampson – a former member of the hit recording group The Drifters

Courtyard Theatre
£17

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Incompatible Couples An Evening of Musical Theatre classics

Join West End leads Stephen John Davis (Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, Les Miserable, South Pacific) and Jane Bardos (Phantom of the Opera, Carousel, West Side Story, Singin' in the Rain) for a light-hearted and varied repertoire of musical theatre’s most famous love stories!

WHY? A fabulous, light-hearted evening of musical theatre classics

Courtyard Theatre
£18
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Faustus

Three of the leading lights of their generation:

Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Steeleye Span, Bellowhead), Saul Rose (Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, Waterson:Carthy, Whapweazel) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast). Deeply rooted in the English tradition, they are brought together in a virtuosic display of strong vocals, musicianship and testosterone.

WHY? ‘One of Britain’s outstanding folk bands’ The Guardian

Presented by RM Promotions

Studio
£17.50

@FaustusFolk
@nordenfarm

Faustus Website

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Christmas Wreath Making

Led by Louise Temple

Tues 27 Nov | 7pm – 9pm | £27.50 per session plus £20 materials fee

Hands on and creative workshops led by a professional florist.

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Festive Floral Roadshow - The Beanstalk Tale

Multi award winning floral designer Mig Kimpton brings a fun fresh approach to festive floral design. He creates a unique fun evening of entertainment with a new live floral show to brighten up this year’s winter evenings.

Watch Mig create amazing festive designs from scratch, using fresh flowers and unusual materials.

WHY? Mig combines his theatrical past with his extensive experience of working with flowers, to provide an evening of flowers, fun and festive excitement!

Courtyard Theatre
£15

Mig Kimpton's Website

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The Kast Off Kinks

Former members of legendary band The Kinks are back together playing great music. They re-live the good times whilst keeping alive the songs that made The Kinks a household name.

The line-up features Mick Avory (original drummer on all the classic hits from 1964-84), Ian Gibbons (keyboards/vocals, Kinks 1980s/1990s and still with Sir Ray Davies), John Dalton (bass/vocals, Kinks 1960s/1970s) alongside Dave Clarke (guitar/vocals, formerly of the Beach Boys, Noel Redding and Tim Rose).

WHY? Expect an evening of iconic hits including You Really Got Me, Dedicated Follower of Fashion, Sunny Afternoon, Lola, Days, Waterloo Sunset, Come Dancing, All Day and All of the Night plus more.

Courtyard Theatre
£18

@KastOffKinks
@nordenfarm

The Kast Off Kinks Website

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Winter landscape study in watercolours

Led by Caroline Crawford.

Student create the stillness of a snowy landscape we focus on opacity of paint, layering of colour washes and how to create the feeling of distance in a painting, referencing photographic images. Students learn how to build their study, how to create a winter sky and water. Finished with coloured chalk pastels. This day course is full of techniques and carefully guided tuition. Materials are provided.

Sat 1 Dec
10am – 3pm
£44 per session plus £4 materials cost to tutor per session

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James Phelan - Trickster

A night of light hearted, prank focused magic - utilising audience participation to comic effect.

Described by the Radio Times as having a 'cheeky charm'. join James for an evening of entertainment that is both jaw-dropping and laugh-out-loud funny.

Age guidence 13+ years.

WHY? James is nephew of the late Paul Daniels and has headlined for The Magic Circle

Studio Theatre
£15

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Jewel Tones - December Delights

Join Jewel Tones and friends for and evening of music!

Courtyard Theatre
£10
COMMUNITY HIRE

Jewel Tones website

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Bollywood Dance

Led by Parveen Chana

An energetic modern Indian dance style. These classes are a fusion of Indian and western styles with Latino and Arabic influences. All terms are 10 weeks long and suitable for all abilities.

Tuesdays (from Tues 11 Sept exc 2 Oct, 23 Oct)
4.30pm – 5.30pm
£67 per 10 week term

Suitable for 6+ years.

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Christmas Table Decoration

Led by Louise Temple.

Tues 4 Dec | 7pm – 9pm | £30 per session plus £15 materials fee

Hands on and creative workshops led by a professional florist.

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Pop Music

A wedding. A free bar. G and Kayla’s lives are a mess but tonight they’re determined to have it large.

Their veins course with adrenaline and prosecco as they take an epic journey through thirty years of pop. Can the DJ save them as they become Dancing Queens, reliving their Teenage Dream, Staying Out for The Summer and Spicing Up Their Lives? Age guidance 14+ years.

WHY? For anyone that’s ever been a dick on the dance floor

Studio
£12 (£10 conc)

Presented by Paines Plough and Birmingham Repertory Theatre in association with Latitude Festival

@painesplough
@nordenfarm

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The Fabulous Duck Bros - Tribute to the Music of Eric Clapton

A collection of professional and experienced musicians pay tribute to Eric Clapton’s solo career.

Fronted by long term Clapton fan Phil Astles, the band perform songs produced by Eric throughout his long career. These include the great songs of 24 Nights, The Blues Era and also his time with Derek and the Dominoes and the Cream.

WHY? With a set list that includes classics such as Layla, Wonderful Tonight, Forever Man, Cocaine, Lay Down Sally, Badge, I Shot the Sheriff, Change the World and Bell Bottom Blues

Courtyard Theatre
£15

LIMITED AVAILABILITY
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Harry and Chris Save the World

The hottest comedy-rap-jazz duo out there.

They might also be the only one. After sell-out runs of their 2016 and 2017 shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, Harry Baker and Chris Read have been featured three times on Sky’s The Russell Howard Hour.

Last year they prevented a apocalypse and got a panda pregnant, so they're now drunk on comedy-rap-jazz power, intent on bringing love and laughter to a world that needs both more than ever.

WHY? ‘Amazing, fabulously entertaining’ Jonathan Ross

‘A wonderful blend of infectious songs packed with sharp, clever wordplay… Harry and Chris’ family friendly set leaves the audience with a smile on their face and the catchy tunes stuck in their head for the rest of the day’ ★★★★★ The Sunday Post

‘The numbers are upbeat and feel-good, and all of them are about surprising and inventive subjects or points of view’ ★★★★★ Fringe Guru

'The pair are inspiring Instagram posts in human form' Chortle

Studio
£12.50

@harrynchris
@nordenfarm

Harry and Chris Website

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The Zoots - Sounds of the 60s

Experience the sixties show that's wowing audiences around the world.

It’s sold out and headlined venues from the Palladium to Old Trafford. The five piece band perform the 60's hits that everyone loves. Expect The Beatles, The Stones, The Monkees, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, The Searchers, The Four Seasons, Elvis and more.

WHY? ‘The Zoots are impossible not to like’ The Stage

Courtyard Theatre
£18

@nordenfarm
@TheZoots

The Zoots Website

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A Christmas Carol

Based on Charles Dickens own performance adaptation.

Simon Callow and director-designer Tom Cairns have created a one-man theatrical extravaganza of festive story-telling. Following critically acclaimed, sold out theatre seasons in 2011, 2012 and again in 2016, Simon Callow returns to wow audiences with this tour de force performance, reimagined especially for cinema.

WHY? Both heart-warming and deeply moving – it’s a Christmas must see!

'As Christmas theatre goes, it doesn't get more trad than this' TimeOut London

£15

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Stephen K Amos: Bouquets and Brickbats

Highly acclaimed stand-up comedian Stephen K Amos hits the road this Autumn with his brand new tour.

As Brexit looms on, Trump reigns rampant and everyone seems pushed to extremes, Stephen’s main aim is to cheer us up.

Forget everything that’s going on in the world and immerse yourself in the warmth of “one of the most likable figures in British Comedy“ (Radio Times). As seen on QI, The People’s History of LGBT, Live At The Apollo, Have I Got News For You and What Does The K Stand For? on BBC Radio 4.

WHY? ‘Deliciously deft… we roared at ad-libbing that was first rate throughout… you’ll leave the show smiling’ The Times

'Unashamed feel-good entertainment’ The Evening Standard

Age guidance 16+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£17.50


@stephenkamos
@nordenfarm

Stephen K Amos Website

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The Vinyl Frontier: Your Best of...The Musicals

Eleven volunteers play their favourite track from their favourite musical. One will be crowned King or Queen of the stage.

Vinyl Frontier's website

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ROH Live: The Nutcracker (U)

150 mins.

Encore screening. Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music is matched to a magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll. Their journey to the Land of Sweets brings with it some of the most familiar of all ballet moments, such as the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers.

Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet keeps true to the spirit of this Russian ballet classic, with period details and dancing snowflakes.

WHY? One of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet

'The Nutcracker is perfect for bringing the magic of the festive season to the stage' ★★★★ The Telegraph

£15

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Clare Deniz - Trio Pierne Concert

This exciting trio comprises of Lois Geldard (flute), Clare Deniz (cello) and Alan Brown (piano).

Handel Sonata in B minor ‘Halle’
Beethoven Seven Variations on a theme from Magic Flute (cello/piano)
Kuhlau Grand trio in G major Op 119
Debussy Syrinx (solo flute)
Debussy Trio
Kapustin Trio Op 86


WHY? A delightful concert sharing a sparkling and effervescent repertory

Studio
£14

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Cara Dillon - Upon a Winter's Night

Cara and her band capture the mystery of Christmas with a collection of songs ancient and modern.

They weave Celtic and folksy rhythms alongside reverent and atmospheric carols while Cara holds the darkness at bay with the purity of her voice.
The Christmas story is retold with genuine wonder and celebrated with the dignity, passion and beauty it deserves. Christmas is one of Cara’s passions and her live show and album only go to prove it.

WHY? ‘Simple and stunning’ The Sunday Times
‘An instant Christmas classic’ BBC
‘There’s enchantment aplenty’ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Independent
‘A reminder of the real meaning of the Festive Season, uplifting and inspirational” The Daily Echo

Presented by RM Promotions

Courtyard Theatre
£26

@CaraDillonSings
@nordenfarm

Cara Dillon's website

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A Charity Christmas Concert in Aid of the Brett Foundation

A mixture of songs from the shows, Big Band sounds, popular classics and some Christmas music.

WHY? A good night out for the whole family

Presented by Maidenhead Concert Band

Courtyard Theatre
£8
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An Evening of Burlesque and Cabaret

Have you been naughty or nice this year? Hundred Watt Club's gift to you is this hot toddy of a show, jam packed full of festive burlesque, cabaret, circus and drag acts.

Always seductive, always sublime, and always that little bit ridiculous. This is an evening of vintage inspired, Christmas themed entertainment. If you like your Winter nights bawdy and a little bit naughty, this is for you!

Starring: Your host, fabulous hostess and angel atop the Christmas tree Eva Von Schnippisch; slinky sugarplum fairy showgirl Lena Mae; circus royalty and her tinselled hula hoops Abi Collins; the queen of 'look-at-me', lametta bedecked Lolo Brow; and the ridiculous, but hairy and hunky Santa Claus, Dave The Bear!

WHY? Perfect for an alternative festive night out with work or friends.

Ages 18+ years only. Adult themes, strong language and partial nudity employed and embraced!

Presented by Hundred Watt Club

Courtyard Theatre
£16

@100WattClub
@nordenfarm

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Seasons Greetings with Steve Waterman

A long awaited return of this great UK jazz artist.

Steve is one of the busiest jazz musicians in Europe. Steve forms an excellent duo with the flowing sounds from the young saxophonist Piers Green. They are joined by The Pendulum Trio: Alex Hutton (piano), Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums).

WHY? Steve has won numerous jazz awards over the years, including a BBC British Jazz Award

Studio
£15 (£13 conc) (£5 under 16s)

Steve Waterman's Website

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Christmas Ceilidh

An evening of dance in the atmospheric 18th century Long Barn.

A caller will guide you through the dances while ceilidh band Nedron’s Jig provide the live music.

WHY? A perfect social event for Christmas parties

Long Barn
£15 (£13 conc)

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Silent Disco

After the sell out inaugural Silent Disco this summer, Jeff and Dave return.

They’ll be doing battle on the dance floor as one plays 80s and one plays 90s.

WHY? With some festive tunes thrown in, you decide which decade to listen and dance to!

Studio
£15

@nordenfarm

Vinyl Frontier's website

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The King and I from the London Palladium

180 mins.

Recorded live from London’s iconic Palladium. The multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Centre Theatre’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical.

Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

With one of the finest scores ever written including Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You, and Shall We Dance and featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers.

WHY? ‘Five stars for a sumptuous King and I. Book Now. It’s a hit’ The Times

‘We left the London Palladium on a bright cloud of music - joyous!’ Daily Mail

‘Looks and sounds ravishing. Complete rapture’ The Telegraph

£15

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NT Live: Antony and Cleopatra

Run time tbc.

An encore screening from the National Theatre of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of politics, passion and power.

Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.

WHY? Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play the famous fated couple

£15

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New Year's Eve Hoedown at The Farm 2018

Heck yeah, it’s a hoedown!

Our popular New Year’s Eve event returns to ring in 2019! Join ceilidh and barn dance band Cut a Shine for foot stomping, rip-roaring, thigh-slapping traditional music and a night of all types of barn dancing. A fun, lively and thrilling way to celebrate this New Year's Eve! Age guidance 12+ years.

WHY? Dust off your cowboy hats, gingham checks or general fancy dress for frolics on the Courtyard Theatre dance floor

£20 before 31 October, £25 after
Supporters £17 before 31 October, £22 after

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New Year's Day Concert

The annual sell out concert returns for the 18th year.

WHY? With a programme including Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and works by JS Bach and Handel

Presented by St John's Chamber Players

Courtyard Theatre
£18 (£16.50 conc) (£5 under 16s)

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Hal Cruttenden - Chubster

Hal's literally filled our screens recently on BBC1’s Have I Got News For You, BBC2’s The Apprentice: You're Fired, Channel 4’s Bake Off: Extra Slice and BBC’s Live at the Apollo.

His daughters chose the title of his new stand-up show. He's now on a diet.

WHY? 'On top form' ★★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News
'He had the audience in stitches' ★★★★★ Daily Record
'Hilarious' ★★★★ Evening Standard
' Hugely talented' ★★★★ The Times
'Go and see Hal Cruttenden' ★★★★ Daily Mirror

Courtyard Theatre
£18

@Halcruttenden
@nordenfarm

Hal's website

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Paddington's First Concert

Following their sell out concerts last year Chamberhouse Wind are back with a delightful performance.

This concert for families and children to join Paddington at his first classical concert – with disastrous results!

Specially arranged for wind quintet and narrated by Jonathan Butcher. The ensemble will also play a selection of other short fun pieces to introduce the instruments before the story begins. A New Year treat for the whole family!

Age guidance 3+ years

WHY? Stay on afterwards for the chance to try the instruments courtesy of Dawkes Music

Courtyard Theatre
£10 (£8 under 16s), Family and Friends (4 people) £32

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Andrew Doyle: Friendly Fire

Andrew Doyle is one of the UK’s foremost political satirists.

Friendly Fire is his seventh solo stand-up show. It follows the critically acclaimed Thought Crimes, which ran at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year and later transferred to the Soho Theatre in London.

Andrew is co-writer of internet sensation Jonathan Pie, and has collaborated with Pie creator Tom Walker on numerous viral videos. Their response to Donald Trump’s election has been viewed online more than 150 million times and a more recent piece was described by Ricky Gervais as “one of the most perfect (and important) pieces of comedy I’ve ever seen."

WHY? 'Comedy gold' Broadway Baby

'Prepare for all your internal organs to burst with laughter' Independent

'One of the country’s most exciting comedic talents' Gay Times

'Utterly hilarious' Fest

Studio
£11

Andrew's Website

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ELO Again

The 7 piece band give a dramatic taste of what a real ELO concert was like back in their heyday.

The whole experience is professionally re-enacted with a great sound reproduction, light show and visual effects.

ELO Again bring the spectacular live effect of ELO’s famous orchestrations, soaring strings and vocals, full of depth and tone. They certainly know how to entertain too, as the hits just keep on coming. All the big hits are performed – Mr Blue Sky, Livin’ Thing, Sweet Talkin’ Woman, Roll Over Beethoven, Wild West Hero, Don't Bring Me Down, The Diary of Horace Wimp, Telephone Line, Turn to Stone plus many more.

WHY? Relive the age of glam rock in the 21st century as Elo Again pay tribute to the beautifully crafted songs of Jeff Lynne

Courtyard Theatre
£18

Elo Again Website

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Ed Gamble - Blizzard

After a sellout national tour in 2017, Ed Gamble is back with another bracing flurry of idiocy.

He’s been seen on BBC2’s Mock the Week, Sky’s The Russell Howard Hour, Comedy Central at the Comedy Store, Comedy Central’s Drunk History, BBC2’s The Apprentice You’re Fired and more.

WHY? ‘A comic who may be about to become more of a force in the game’ Chortle

Courtyard Theatre
£15

@nordenfarm
@EdGambleComedy

Ed Gamble's Website

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Justin Moorhouse – Northern Joker

These days Justin’s not certain about anything apart from his uncertainty – Brexit looms, it appears the Cold War is being rebooted and that’s before we begin to worry about what’s happening in America…..closer to home he’s starting to feel redundant as a parent. One kid is leaving home, the dog is getting older and doesn’t need much walking, and the youngest kid hits thirteen and cancels the family subscription to The Beano.

On top of this the golden age of the Northern straight white male comedian has gone the way of the dinosaurs. How will he adapt if he wants to survive? What next for this Northern Joker? What can he talk to his daughter about now she cares little for Dennis the Menace and the Bash St Kids?

Hang on. Perhaps nothing has changed that much. When he was thirteen, the Russians were scary, the White House was a madhouse and he’d never been to Europe anyhow. Thinking back this was when his reading habits changed too, more Dark Knight than Desperate Dan, more Catwoman than Minnie the Minx. Perhaps our heroes never went away….they just waited for us to pick them up again. Perhaps she just needs a different type of comic.

WHY? 'Comedic tour-de-force… brought a tear to a critical glass eye' The Herald

'Simultaneously down-to-earth and out of this world' The List

'The amount of first-rate comic craft that goes into his deceptively simple routines is worthy of admiration' Guardian

Age guidance: 14+ years.

Studio
£14 (£12 Unwaged)

@justinmoorhouse
@nordenfarm

Justin Moorhouse's Website

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Vishten

Twin sisters Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc, from Prince Edward Island, join forces with Pascal Miousse - a direct descendant of the first colonial families to inhabit Quebec’s remote Magdalene Islands.

Tight sibling harmonies, layered foot percussion and a compelling trademark blend of fiddle, guitar, accordion, whistles, piano, bodhrán and jaw harp create an expansive sound that triumphantly defies the parameters of a trio.

Whilst all three are form a rich musical upbringing and heritage, their take on their musical traditions looks forward as much as it looks back. The Cajun tradition - spread by Acadians throughout America - mixes with Celtic and world strands, altogether redefining the possibilities of French-Canadian folk.

WHY? A live show that combines song-writing elegance with the dynamism of three experienced and truly passionate performers

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)

@VishtenMusique
@nordenfarm

Vishten's Website

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Flo and Joan – Alive on Stage

The musical comedy duo and sisters are travelling the country with a new hour of their dark and witty songs.

Flo and Joan enjoyed a sell out run of their critically acclaimed 2017 show The Kindness of Stranglers. They were winner of Best Musical Act at Leicester Comedy Festival 2018 and winner of Best Music and Variety Act in the 2018 Chortle Awards. Suitable for ages 14+ years.

WHY? ‘These intricately crafted, flawlessly performed numbers will have you howling with laughter one minute, wiping away a tear the next' ★★★★ The Telegraph

'Their style is stiletto sharp, their diction perfect as they race through their complex rhymes' Evening Standard

Studio
£12

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Pete Firman - Marvels

The UK's leading comedy magician is back on the road with his astonishing new show.

You've seen him on television, now experience his trademark blend of laugh-out-loud comedy and jaw-dropping magic live on stage!

As seen on ITV1's Tonight at the London Palladium and The Next Great Magician, BBC1’s The Magicians, The John Bishop Show and The Sarah Millican Television Programme.

Suitable for ages 14+ years.

WHY? 'The man from Middlesbrough sets the pace for comedy-meets-magic in the 21st century’ The Times
'The new poster-boy for British comedy magic’ he Telegraph
'Seamless blending of quality magic and stand-up comedy. It is a joy to watch’ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
'Breathtaking illusions’ The List
‘The best magic tricks in the Universe’ Independent
‘Firman is responsible for making it socially acceptable to say that you like magic again’ The Guardian

Courtyard Theatre
£16 (£14 conc)

@petefirman
@nordenfarm

Pete Firman's Website

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London Klezmer Quartet

The line up includes Ilana Cravitz (violin), Susi Evans (clarinet), Carol Isaacs (accordion) and Indra Buraczewska (double bass). Indra's sultry vocals also breathe new life into old songs of love, life, food and drink.

WHY? ‘A fantastic sound with inventive arrangements, virtuosity, exciting original tunes and soulful playing’ Songlines Magazine

‘Exuberant yet cultured playing... no shortage of dynamism here... The tradition is safe in the hands of the next generation’ Sunday Times

‘Dynamic and authentic’ Time Out

Studio
£15 (£13 conc)

London Klezmer Quartet Website

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Strictly Ann - An Evening with Ann Widdecombe

Sailing dangerously close to National Treasure status, one of the most outspoken politicians of our time embarks on her first ever national tour.

Entertaining, enlightening and as controversial as you would expect, Margaret Thatcher and Craig Revel Horwood collide as Ann lifts the lid on life in Westminster and shares behind-the-scenes gossip from some of the nation’s best-loved programmes, including Strictly Come Dancing, Have I Got News For You and Celebrity Big Brother.

Ann Widdecombe's Website

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Andrew Maxwell - Showtime

A memorable cocktail of personal stories, astute political observations and the odd surprise foray into character cameos.

Andrew is known for his eagle-eyed, passionate current-affairs comedy showcased in his many appearances on BBC Radio 4 (News Quiz, Welcome To Wherever You Are, Public Enemies).
He's been seen on BBC1’s Live at the Apollo and Have I Got News for You, ITV2’s Celebrity Juice and BBC2’s Mock the Week. To a whole new generation he is the devilish voice of MTV's Ex On The Beach.
Suitable for ages 14+ years.

WHY? ‘One of the most significant comedians working in the country today’ ★★★★★ The Independent

‘Showtime is a masterclass in mirth, sublime timing, and killer punchlines’ ★★★★★ The Herald

Courtyard Theatre
£14

@andrewismaxwell
@nordenfarm

Andrew's website

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Glenn Wool: Wool's Gold II (The Iron Pirate)

The award winning comedian is now comfortably in his forties and a new dad.

He delves into his back catalogue of material spanning 25 years to perform some of his more subversive routines. Does he still agree with those points of view or has he finally grown up? Plus a little navel gazing tossed in for the arty-farty types. Ages 16+ years.

WHY? ‘Lethally funny’ Metro

‘Absolutely hilarious’ Independent

‘Effortlessly funny… You have to go and see Glenn Wool’ Guardian

‘Why aren't you in a queue somewhere buying a ticket?’ Scotsman

@GlennWool
@nordenfarm

Glenn Wool's Website

Studio
£14

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The Amy Winehouse Experience AKA Lioness

Stars in Their Eye’s finalist and X Factor boot-camp contestant Emma Wright provides an authentic tribute to the enormous talent of Amy Winehouse.

Accompanied by a full backing band, they recreate the sound of this heady mix of jazz, soul and pop.

WHY? Be taken on a journey through the emotional rollercoaster of Amy’s song writing, guaranteed to have you singing and dancing throughout this full stage show

Courtyard Theatre
£15

The Amy Winehouse Experience Website

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Alan Johnson - In My Life

Alan Johnson is one of the most popular politicians of recent times and now a best-selling author.

His memoirs have sold half a million copies to date. This highly entertaining show is inspired by his latest book In My Life. From growing up as an orphan in a West London slum in the 1950s to becoming a postman before rising through the Labour Party ranks to hold several cabinet posts, including Home Secretary.

WHY? Alan tells his personal story with the help of some of the music that has soundtracked his life

Courtyard Theatre
£18

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A New Flame - The Simply Red Tribute Show

The exceptional 9-piece band recreates every slick groove and perfect melody from Mick Hucknall’s remarkable global career in an unparalleled display of authenticity and style, guaranteed to keep the audience dancing and singing all night.

Expect a truly memorable evening of great music, featuring the vocals of Dave Duckmanton as Mick Hucknall.

WHY? With all the hits including Stars, Money's Too Tight To Mention and Holding Back The Years

Courtyard Theatre
£16

A New Flame website

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Stephen Bailey: Our Kid

Everyone’s favourite ‘guilty pleasure’ (Daily Record), stand-up comedy star, Stephen Bailey is back on tour with his brand-new show Our Kid – a story full of Northern warmth, some working-class guilt and a bit of blue.

2018 has been an exciting year for Stephen. The past six months have seen him embark on his first critically acclaimed UK tour, perform a season at the prestigious Soho Theatre in London plus support Katherine Ryan on her recent sold-out UK outing. His friendly brand of gossipy humour has made him one of the Britain’s most exciting up-and-coming acts in comedy at the moment.

His recent and varied TV work includes him becoming the resident agony uncle on ITV1's Zoe Ball on Sunday and appearances on Five's Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side and Comedy Central’s Live at The Comedy Store adding to his extensive back catalogue of TV and radio work. Most recently he was the host of the reality show Celebs On The Farm on 5star.

WHY 'Stephen’s show was hilarious from the first line, and for the whole performance I don’t think a single joke died' ★★★★★ Voice Magazine

Studio
£14

@stephencomedy
@nordenfarm

Stephen's Website

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Gyles Brandreth - Break a Leg!

They say all political careers end in tears.

In Brandreth's case it's tears of laughter as the actor, author, ex-MP, One Show reporter and QI, Have I Got News For You and Countdown star is back on tour with his new show celebrating all things theatrical.

Without hesitation or repetition (and just a touch of deviation), the BBC Radio 4 Just a Minute regular delivers a dazzling hour of wit, wisdom, high drama, low comedy, and hilarious name-dropping.

WHY? ‘A master raconteur’ ★★★★★ The Telegraph

‘Total joy’ ★★★★★ Scotsman

Suitable for ages 12+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£20

@GlyesB1
@nordenfarm

Gyles Brandreth's Website

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John-Luke Roberts: All I Wanna Do Is [FX: GUNSHOTS]

One of the Edinburgh Fringe's most celebrated talents of recent times sets out on his first full national tour.

John-Luke Roberts' show this year was a complete sell-out run and one of the most talked about shows of the festival: a dizzying avant-garde ride through the mind of a gifted comic-philosopher. One with a blue moustache. Who thinks far more about the Spice Girls than anyone should. A masterclass in prop, clown, costume and Mel C-themed comedy.

And that's all we can tell you in the brochure, because his stupid title takes up the rest of the allotted space.

Suitable for ages 16+ years.

'An impeccably choreographed, giddily inventive, turbo-charged hour' ★★★★ The Telegraph

'A hit' ★★★★ The Times

'Killer gags... glorious idiocy' ★★★★ The Guardian

'Mind warping hour which follows through brilliantly on its own absurd logic...relentlessly funny' ★★★★ The List

Studio
£12

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Lucy Porter - Pass It On

A brand new stand-up show from the TV favourite. As seen on BBC’s QI, Room 101 and Live at the Apollo. As heard on BBC Radio 4’s News Quiz and The Now Show.

Always warm, witty and thought-provoking, this is Lucy’s best show yet. She muses on what we receive from our ancestors and what we pass on to future generations. Lucy’s inherited dodgy knees and global warming from her parents, but can she leave a better legacy for her children? Suitable for ages 16+ years.

WHY? ‘Impeccably punch-lined anecdotes … Genuinely delightful’ The Telegraph

‘A treat from start to finish’ The Herald

Courtyard Theatre
£15

@lucyportercomic
@nordenfarm

Lucy Porter's Website

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Mark Watson – The Infinite Show

He’s been cluster-bombed with yoghurt on Dave’s Taskmaster and half-killed on Channel 4’s Bear Grylls' Celebrity Island. Now Mark returns to what he's best at: being indoors.

Inspired by the mostly alarming state of the world his children are growing up in, and a genuine, urgent desire to do something about it, this show is about empathy. 99 percent of the world's population is made up of other people: why can't we understand them? As scrawny and impassioned as ever, one of the UK's most beloved and thinnest acts offers some suggestions, with his usual notoriously high joke-and-rant-per-minute rate.

Suitable for ages 14+ years.

WHY? ‘He sparkles with originality and verve' Chortle

'A kind of unstoppably funny Superhero' Sunday Times

'Hugely entertaining, craftsmanlike, remarkable' Telegraph

Courtyard Theatre
£19

@watsoncomedian
@nordenfarm

Mark Watson's Website

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