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Zumba

Led by Annet Bowler

Party yourself into shape with the Zumba® programme.

An exhilarating, effective, easy to follow, Latin inspired, calorie burning dance fitness party™. Dance to various Latin rhythms including salsa, reggeaton, merengue, cumbia, bellydance and more.

Autumn
Thur 14 Sept – Thur 14 Dec (exc Thur 26 Oct) | 10am – 11am
Sun 17 Sept – Sun 17 Dec (exc 22 Oct and 19 Nov) | 11am – 12pm
£6 per class

Suitable for 18+ years

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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!

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.

'I started with Troublemaker at 10yrs old, although acting wasn't for me but offered many opportunities. From that followed a scholarship to drama school and many jobs, of which Troublemaker are still always a key part of interview chat. I continue to wear their t shirts with much respect and love. Please ask me back soon' Hilary Williamson, Head of Stage at Young Vic Theatre

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

£97 per term
School Year 7, 8 & 9

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

  •  23 Nov
  •  30 Nov
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Pip

A film by Phoebe Nightingale and William Webb.

A pregnant woman reminisces on her childhood and wonders how she will bring up her own children without her late mother's guidance. Pip explores the space between motherhood and motherlessness, through the analogy of an orange tree.

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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!

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.

'I started with Troublemaker at 10yrs old, although acting wasn't for me but offered many opportunities. From that followed a scholarship to drama school and many jobs, of which Troublemaker are still always a key part of interview chat. I continue to wear their t shirts with much respect and love. Please ask me back soon' Hilary Williamson, Head of Stage at Young Vic Theatre

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

£97 per term
School Year 8, 9, 10 & 11

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

  •  23 Nov
  •  30 Nov
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Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales: The Vaudevillians

After selling out an often-extended Off-Broadway run, an Australian tour and a sell-out run at Soho Theatre, RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon presents The Vaudevillians, a bawdy, rowdy musical comedy co-starring composer and musician Major Scales.

Throughout the 1920’s husband and wife performers Kitty Witless and Dr. Dan Von Dandy toured the United States as The Vaudevillians, wowing audiences with their edgy, original music. One day, while touring through Antarctica, they were victims of a devastating avalanche and were buried under two tons of sleet and snow – instantly freezing them alive.

But thanks to Global Warming, they recently thawed out only to discover that pop artists had stolen their music and passed it off as their own. Now, at long last, they are taking to the stage to reclaim their songs, performing their music as originally composed. It’s a vintage cabaret with a twist of drag.

Suitable for 16+ years.

WHY? ‘The laughs are jam-packed and the musicianship is flawless.’ Time Out Melbourne

Courtyard Theatre
£16.50

@JinkxMonsoon
@nordenfarm

Jinkx Monsoon Website

  •  23 Nov SOLD OUT
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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.

Autumn
Thur 7 Sept – 12 Oct and 2 Nov – 7 Dec
8.15pm – 9.15pm

£45 per 6 week course

Suitable for 18+ years

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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.

Autumn
Fri 15 Sept - 20 Oct and Fri 10 Nov - 15 Dec
Intermediate | 9.30am – 10.45am
Beginners | 11am – 12.15pm
£42 per 6 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

Led by Rachel Walsh

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

Suitable for ages 2+ years.

Mondays (exc 16, 23 Oct and 13 Nov)
Fridays (exc 20, 27 Oct)
10am – 10.45am
£6 | £4.50 siblings | £20 for block booking of 4 sessions

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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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.

£28 materials fee (approx.) to tutor (for first 5 weeks).

Autumn
Fri 15 Sept – 13 Oct and Fri 20 Oct – 24 Nov (exc 27 Oct)
10am – 12pm
£84 per 5 week course

For 18+ years.

  •  24 Nov
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Printing for Christmas - Cards & 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!

Suitable for all levels of experience

Fri 24 Nov
10.30am – 3.30pm
£38 per class | £5 materials fee.

Suitable for 18+ years

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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.

Autumn
Fri 15 Sept - 20 Oct and Fri 10 Nov - 15 Dec
Beginners | 11am – 12.15pm
£42 per 6 week course
(£10 per week drop in price available for 11am beginner’s session)
Suitable for 18+ years


Please bring a mat.

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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 first 5 weeks £28 (approx)

Autumn
Fri 15 Sept – 13 Oct and Fri 20 Oct – 24 Nov (exc 27 Oct)
12.15pm – 2.15pm
£84 per 5 week course

Suitable for 18+ years

  •  24 Nov
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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. School Year 7 – 13.

Tuesdays (from Tues 15 Sept)
4.30pm – 6pm
£80 per 10 week term

  •  24 Nov
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The Mountain Between Us (12A)

Dir: Hany Abu-Assad 2017 | 112 mins

Two strangers are stranded after a tragic plane crash. The pair must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. They realize help is not coming and embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness. Based on the book by Charles Martin.

WHY? Starring Academy Award winner Kate Winslet and Golden Globe winner Idris Elba

'Witty, romantic adventure film' Empire Magazine

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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Friday Night Flamenco

Led by Leticia Abella Iglesias

Start the weekend with the rhythm and passion of Flamenco! Step into the atmosphere of Andalusia – its movements and music. Start by learning the basic steps and progress through the courses, in a relaxed and fun environment!

Autumn
Fri 15 Sept – 20 Oct (exc 13 Oct) and Fri 3 Nov – 8 Dec
7.45pm – 8.45pm (7.45pm - 9.15pm on Fri 15 and 22 Sept)
£42 per 6 week course
Suitable for 18+ years

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Peter King (alto sax)

The international icon Peter King is one of the greatest ever jazz saxophonists. Forming a sax duet on the night, the challenger is the extraordinary multi-reedist Simon Allen. Supported by one of the acknowledged best rhythm sections in the UK: Alex Hutton (piano), Arnie Somogyi (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums).

WHY? A rare treat for all devotees of this consummate musician to hear his jazz sets of exceptional quality in this intimate club style setting

Studio
£15 (£13 conc) (£5 under 16s)

Peter King website

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The Snowman (15)

Dir: Tomas Alfredson 2017 | 125 mins

An elite crime squad’s lead detective (Michael Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter. He fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit, the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one. Can he outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall?

WHY? Crime thriller based on Jo Nesbø’s global bestseller

£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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Align & 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.

Autumn
Sat 9 Sept (drop in) - Sat 9 Dec (exc 28 Oct)
10am – 11.15am
£9 per class | £96 per 12 week term (from 16 Sept)
Suitable for 18+ years

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

SOLD OUT
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Make Silver Jewellery - Workshops

Led by Janet Richardson

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

Materials cost to tutor dependent on weight of what you make.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Autumn
Sat 30 Sept, Sat 21 Oct and Sat 25 Nov
10am – 4pm
£50 per session plus materials fee.

Suitable for 18+ years.

  •  25 Nov SOLD OUT
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The Carnival of the Animals - Lantern Making Workshops

Get ready to join the parade!

Weave and decorate willow to create lanterns inspired by the animal world.

Workshops take place throughout November and December:

Norden Farm | Sun 19 Nov, Sun 26 Nov, Sun 3 Dec | 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm

Maidenhead Town Centre | Sat 18 Nov, Sat 25 Nov, Sat 2 Dec | 10am – 4pm (drop in)

Last Chance Workshop | Maidenhead Library | Sat 9 Dec | 11am – 2pm (drop in)


Lanterns created at these family workshops will be illuminated at Norden Farm’s annual Lantern Parade on Saturday 9 December.

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)


Other dates for your diary!

Lantern Parade

Sat 9 Dec | Outside Maidenhead Town Hall | Free event!

• 4.30pm – Live music and entertainment from 4x4 Bhangra – the Kings of Bhangra!
• 5pm – Parade departs from Maidenhead Town Hall
• 5.45pm – 6.15pm – Live music and entertainment continues

The After Party

Thur 14 Dec | Norden Farm | Free event!

A chance to share photos, videos and chat about the event.
Join us for drinks and buffet to look back on the Carnival of the Animals Lantern Parade – everyone welcome!

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Fit Steps

Led by Julie Antonsen

An energetic, upbeat dance workout mixing the graceful steps of Ballroom and the up-tempo steps of Latin dances. Transform your body and have fun dancing to music that will get your heart pumping!

Autumn
Sat 9 Sept - 2 Dec (exc 16 and 30 Sept)
10.15am – 11am
£5 per class
Suitable for 18+ years

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Miki

Miki, Polar Bear and Penguin live in a very far away place. It’s an icy world where nothing ever grows. One midwinter eve, they make a wish and Miki embarks on a magical adventure in search of a star...

Based on the book by Stephen Mackey, Miki is an inspiring story about friendship, courage and adventure. It features amazing underwater creatures, enchanting music and extraordinary puppetry.

'Young audiences alternate between giggling with delight and total transfixion' ★★★★ The Stage

This magical show returns after its debut at Norden Farm in 2011. Miki is created by Slot Machine, the company that have previously brought hit shows One Snowy Night and Kipper's Snowy Day to our stage.

Suitable for ages 3+ years.

£13.50 (£11.50 Under 16s)
Family & Friends (4 people) £46

Presented by Norden Farm and Slot Machine.

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Dance Workshops - Back to the 70s and 80s

Led by Julie Antonsen

Dance Line Dance and FitSteps (including quickstep, tango and disco routines) to a soundtrack of 70s and 80s music such as Earth, Wind and Fire, Abba, Madonna and Wham!

Saturday 25 November
2pm – 5pm
£15

Suitable for 18+ years

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Our Favourite Things

Presented by Thames Valley Gay Chorus.

Thames Valley Gay Chorus was formed in 2003 and since then they’ve been singing in harmony (mostly) ever since!

In this special year for our community, they’ve decided to sing some of their favourites from over the years they’ve been together and so the idea of Our Favourite Things concert was born.

Join us for a beautiful night of music from the Silver Screen to Classical, Broadway to Pop Charts and plus some new surprises!

£13 (£11 conc)

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The Studio Session

Part of the Farm’s programme to support emerging musicians. Local acts play three numbers – at least one of which is an original.

November's Line Up

Maidenhead local Hayley India Canham is just 15 years old but has already appeared on the West End stage as Matilda in Matilda the Musical. She will be performing three original songs.

Livvy Beer is a solo artist from Windsor. She is a singer/songwriter of acoustic pop, influenced by the likes of Ed Sheeran.

Seven piece band Riot of Gollins take to the stage performing a mix of alt folk, country and humorous material.

Guitarist and vocalist Tara Deane returns with original songs and upbeat, toe-tapping covers. She is currently in the studio recording her album which is due to be released in March.

Sarah Charlotte takes inspiration from singer-songwriters such as Adele and The Carpenters. She enjoys playing tunes from old musicals.

Harrison Stevens is an acoustic guitarist and singer, influenced by The Beatles, The Stone Roses and Oasis. He performs indie rock and will be playing two original songs.

Denise Barnett is a singer-songwriter living in Windsor. She loves to share her own songs, influenced by her roots in the North West of Ireland and a love of Americana.

If you would like to perform at next Spring's event, please email: jane.corry@nordenfarm.org

Studio
£8

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Mindfulness for Families

Led by Lynne Wilkes

Take time to be with yourself and your family. Learn to be in the moment, quieten the mind and settle the body with different strategies and becoming aware of all your senses.

Suitable for ages 4+ years.

Sun 26 Nov
11am – 12pm
Family and Friends (up to 4 people) £15

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Artist in Residence: Alfie Griffin

Join Norden Farm's first ever artist in residence Alfie Griffin for some laid-back sets of acoustic music in our Cafe Bar this November - entry is free!

Alfie is a Reading based singer/songwriter. You may recognise him as a regular at our Studio Sessions events and this year's Big Berkshire Beach Gig where he was a firm fan favourite!

Alfie's influences include Jack White, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Mac Demarco. Expect a mix of originals and covers, spanning folk, blues and indie.

Norden Farm Cafe Bar | Free entry

Click here to check out Alfie's EP.

Check out Alfie's session on Wycombe Sound in the clip below.

  •  26 Nov FREE
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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!

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.

'I started with Troublemaker at 10yrs old, although acting wasn't for me but offered many opportunities. From that followed a scholarship to drama school and many jobs, of which Troublemaker are still always a key part of interview chat. I continue to wear their t shirts with much respect and love. Please ask me back soon' Hilary Williamson, Head of Stage at Young Vic Theatre

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

£97 per term
School Year 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

  •  26 Nov
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Line Dancing Beginners - Autumn

Led by Julie Antonsen

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

No partner necessary.

Autumn
Sun 10 Sept – 29 Oct (exc 17 Sept, 22 Oct)
Sun 5 Nov – 10 Dec
6.15pm – 7.15pm
£7 per class or £42 per 6 week course
Suitable for 18+ years

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Line Dancing Improvers - Autumn

Led by Julie Antonsen

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

No partner necessary.

Autumn
Sun 10 Sept – 29 Oct (exc 17 Sept, 22 Oct)
Sun 5 Nov – 10 Dec
7.30pm – 8.30pm
£7 per class or £42 per 6 week course
Suitable for 18+ years

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Yoga & Meditation

Led by Julie Potter

Why not start your week with a relaxing and stimulating yoga class, to set you up for the week to come. Included in this class is traditional yoga postures, breathing and is finished with a guided relaxation.

Please bring a blanket, a yoga/pilates mat, and wear loose comfortable clothing.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Autumn
Mon 4 Sept - 9 Oct and 16 Oct – 27 Nov (exc 13 Nov)
Mon 4 and Mon 11 Dec (additional sessions)
11.30am – 12.45pm
£7 per class
Suitable for 18+ years

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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.

Autumn
Mon 4 Sept – 18 Dec (no class 23, 30 Oct & 13 Nov)
1pm – 2pm
£7 per class
Suitable for 18+ years

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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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Loving Vincent (12A)

Dir: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman 2017 | 94 mins

27 July 1890. The small French country town of Auvers. A gaunt figure stumbles down a drowsy high street at twilight. The man is carrying nothing, his hands clasped to a fresh bullet wound. This man is Vincent van Gogh, then a little known artist. The story of his tragic death is told in this breathtaking animated drama.

WHY? ‘A one-of-a-kind work of art’ Variety

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.

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

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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.

Autumn
Mon 4 Sept – 18 Dec (no class 23, 30 Oct & 13 Nov)
2.15pm – 3.15pm
£7 per class
Suitable for 18+ years

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Collage: Found & Prepared Papers, Ink, Watercolour or Gouache

Led by Jo Hall

In six weeks, you will reference collage works by three famous artists; Matisse, John Piper and Max Ernst. Make collage compositions using similar techniques, spending two sessions on each.

Tues 7 Nov - 12 Dec
10am – 1pm
£99 per 6 week course or £18 per class
Suitable for 18+ years

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Tutus - Pre School Ballet (2-3 years)

Led by Abbi Lewin

A fun and 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.

Tuesdays (from Tues 12 Sept, exc 10 and 24 Oct)
2 – 3 years | 10am – 10.30am
£6

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Tutus - Pre School Ballet (3-4 years)

Led by Abbi Lewin

A fun and 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.

Tuesdays (from Tues 12 Sept, exc 10 and 24 Oct)
3 - 4 years | 10.45am – 11.15am
£6

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Body Control Pilates - Beginners

Led by Gillian Burn

Give yourself a moment to relax, unwind and stretch your body. Pilates helps to strengthen and tone muscles, improves posture, balance and flexibility, and helps you have a longer, leaner and stronger body.

Suitable for 18+ years

Autumn
Tues 12 Sept – 3 Oct, 31 Oct – 21 Nov and 28 Nov – 19 Dec
1.30pm – 2.30pm
£40 per 4 week course

'Body Control Pilates' is a Registered Trade Mark used on licence.

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Bollywood Dance

Led by Geeta Rai

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.

Suitable for ages 6+ years.

Tuesdays (from Tues 12 Sept)
4.30pm – 5.30pm
£67 per 10 week term

  •  28 Nov
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Digi Den II

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. School Year 7 – 13.

Fridays (from Fri 19 Sept)
4.30pm – 6pm
£80 per 10 week term

  •  28 Nov
  •   5 Dec
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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

Tuesdays (from Tues 12 Sept)
5.45pm – 7pm
£67 per 10 week term

  •  28 Nov
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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.

Suitable for 18+ years

Autumn
Tues 19 Sept – 5 Dec (exc 24 and 31 Oct)
7pm - 8.15pm
£80 per 10 week term

  •  28 Nov
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Swing Crazy: 1930s-style Dance

Led by John and Debra Scanlon (of RockinRhythm)

Learn to Lindy Hop with a couple who have danced, performed and taught together since meeting on the dance floor in 1996. Lindy Hop is the great partner swing dance from New York's Savoy Ballroom. From exuberant and light-hearted to laid back and smooth, Lindy Hop is an expressive dance that puts a smile on every face. Join us for some beginner classes and you will soon be dancing to some of the greatest music ever.

No previous experience needed - come ready to have bags of fun. Bring a partner or come alone - it's up to you.

Tues 5 Sept – 5 Dec (exc 24 Oct)
7.30pm – 8.40pm
£8 per class or any six Swing Crazy or Jive Cats dance classes for £36

Suitable for 18+ years

Offers applied in basket

You should wear comfortable clothes that leave you arms free and do not restrict movement. Layers are a good idea as you will be exercising indoors. Your shoes should be comfortable, flexible and secure. Smooth soles are highly recommended so that you can easily turn on the ball of the foot. Heavy shoes, raised soles or high heels are very much to be avoided.

Click here to visit the Swing Crazy Website

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Drama Classes for Adults

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

A handpicked selection of bespoke theatre workshops for keen amateur actors, students and semi-professionals. All sessions are practical in nature and encourage meeting new like-minded friends and potential colleagues.

Autumn
Tues 12 Sept – 28 Nov (exc 24 Oct, 7 Nov)
8.30pm – 10pm
£8 per class or £72 for 10 week course
Suitable for 18+ years


12 Sept - Mime and Mask
19 Sept - Improvisation
26 Sept - Focus and Concentration Games
03 Oct - Physical Theatre
10 Oct - Murder Mysteries
17 Oct - Accents (International)
31 Oct - Stage Make-up
14 Nov - Invisible Theatre
21 Nov - Anthropomorphic Performance
28 Nov - Comedy and Clowning

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Jive Cats: 1950s-style Dance

Led by John and Debra Scanlon (of RockinRhythm)

Have you often wished that you could just get up a jive in a 1950s-style when you hear that classic music? Now you can! Join us for some beginner classes and you will be on the floor dancing authentic free-style jive to classic Rhythm & Blues and Rock 'n' Roll.

No previous experience needed - come ready to have bags of fun. Bring a partner or come alone - it's up to you.

Tues 5 Sept – 5 Dec (exc 24 Oct)
8.45pm – 10.30pm
£8 per class or any six Swing Crazy or Jive Cats dance classes for £36
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All bookings include the practice session from 9.40pm to 10.15pm

Suitable for 18+ years

Offers applied in basket

You should wear comfortable clothes that leave you arms free and do not restrict movement. Layers are a good idea as you will be exercising indoors. Your shoes should be comfortable, flexible and secure. Smooth soles are highly recommended so that you can easily turn on the ball of the foot. Heavy shoes, raised soles or high heels are very much to be avoided.

For more information about this class visit the Jive Cats Website

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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.

Suitable for ages 0-5 years.

Wednesdays (exc 25 Oct)
10am – 11am
£5 | £4 siblings

Please book one (or more) free 'Accompanying Adult' tickets for this workshop, and a free 'Baby Seat' if you are bringing a baby 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!

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.

'I started with Troublemaker at 10yrs old, although acting wasn't for me but offered many opportunities. From that followed a scholarship to drama school and many jobs, of which Troublemaker are still always a key part of interview chat. I continue to wear their t shirts with much respect and love. Please ask me back soon' Hilary Williamson, Head of Stage at Young Vic Theatre

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

£67 per term
School Year 2 & 3

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

  •  29 Nov
  •   6 Dec
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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!

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.

'I started with Troublemaker at 10yrs old, although acting wasn't for me but offered many opportunities. From that followed a scholarship to drama school and many jobs, of which Troublemaker are still always a key part of interview chat. I continue to wear their t shirts with much respect and love. Please ask me back soon' Hilary Williamson, Head of Stage at Young Vic Theatre

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

£67 per term
School Year 4, 5 & 6

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

  •  29 Nov
  •   6 Dec
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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.

'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

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

£97 per term
School Year 12 & 13

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

  •  29 Nov
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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. Fun and friendly lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Autumn
Wed 6 Sept – 11 Oct and 1 Nov – 6 Dec
7pm – 8pm

£45 per 6 week course

Suitable for 18+ years

  •  29 Nov
  •   6 Dec
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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.

These are fun and friendly lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years' experience.

Autumn

Wed 6 Sept – 11 Oct and 1 Nov – 6 Dec
8.15pm – 9.15pm

Thur 7 Sept – 12 Oct and 2 Nov – 7 Dec
7pm – 8pm

£45 per 6 week course

Suitable for 18+ years

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The Behn String Quartet

Presented by Maidenhead Music Society.

Haydn Opus 63 no. 5
Mendelssohn Opus 44 no. 2
Debussy String quartet

This new young string quartet won the prestigious Amadeus prize in 2016 and has played across the UK and internationally.

WHY? Come and hear three great works of the quartet repertoire played by four young women from four different countries

Courtyard Theatre
£15, £10 MMS members (£5 under 18s, free with an adult)


@MaidenheadMusSo
@behnquartet
@nordenfarm

Maidenhead Music Society website
The Behn String Quartet website

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The Real Thing

Multi-million selling soul band The Real Thing are ready to give their much loved disco inspired hits a new lease of life with an extensive UK tour.

Featuring the group’s three original vocalists Eddie Amoo, Chris Amoo and Dave Smith, along with their 5-piece band, the trio deliver a funky in your face show with a strong retro flavour with the band’s classic songs mixed with contemporary grooves.

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of their debut hit single You to Me Are Everything, the Liverpool based trio boast three million selling hit singles including Can’t Get by Without You, Whenever You Want My Love and Can You Feel the Force, making them the UK’s best-selling groups of the late 70s.

WHY? Hear all the hits plus some fantastic covers such as Ladies Night, Celebration, Good Times, and Ain’t no Stopping Us Now

Courtyard Theatre
£22.50

@eddychrisdave
@nordenfarm

The Real Thing Website

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Oil Pastel: As a Resist with Ink and Watercolour

Led by Jo Hall

Inspired by the works of John Piper we will draw with oil pastel and waterproof ink before washing watercolour or gouache across the work and watching the pastel break through.

Saturday 2 December
10am – 3pm
£38

Suitable for 18+ years

  •   2 Dec SOLD OUT
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Storytelling

Join our storytellers in our magical story den this festive season for wintry tales from around the world!

Keep an eye on our website for full listings of all the stories.

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

Suitable for ages 3+ years.
£2 per person

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Dire Streets

Capturing the distinctive, authentic sound of one of the biggest guitar bands of all time.

Fronted by finger picking guitar ace John Brunsdon, Dire Streets are known for their attention to detail and musicianship. They are joined by special guest Steve Wiltshire on saxophone and flute.

WHY? With tracks from early classics like Sultans of Swing and Lady Writer, through to the hits of the 80s and Brothers in Arms

Courtyard Theatre
£16

@direstreetstrib
@nordenfarm

Dire Streets website

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Arts and Crafts Session

Join us this festive season for wintry themed craft activities.

The crafts vary so you can create something new at each session.

Suitable for ages 5+ years.

£5 per child

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Remember Baghdad (15)

Dir: Fiona Murphy 2016 | 69 mins

The untold story of Iraq. An insight into how the country developed through the eyes of the Jews who lived there for 2,600 years until only a generation ago. Eight people tell their remarkable stories - of fun that was had and the fear that followed as Iraq laid foundations for decades of unrest. Featuring vivid home movies and archive news footage.

WHY? The film follows one Iraqi Jew on a journey home, back to Baghdad

'Fiona Murphy’s absorbing documentary focuses on members of London’s Iraqi Jewish community to tell a little-known slice of Middle Eastern history' ★★★★ The Guardian

£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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The Party (15)

Dir: Sally Potter 2017 | 71 mins

Janet is hosting an intimate gathering of friends to celebrate her promotion. Her husband, Bill, seems preoccupied. As their friends arrive, some of whom have their own dramatic news to share, the soirée gradually unravels. Starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Timothy Spall and Cillian Murphy.

WHY? ‘Stingingly funny short comedy’ ★★★★ Evening Standard

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.

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

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Miki Exhibition

An exhibition of entries from our art competition for local children, inspired by our Christmas show Miki.

Miki Art Competition

Enter our art competition for the chance to win a Miki goody bag containing 4 tickets to a family show in 2018, a copy of Miki and some art goodies! Plus the winners of each age group will be invited to turn on the Christmas Lights on Saturday 25 November 2017 with Miki at the Town Hall!

Artwork entered will be displayed in our Gallery between Tues 5 - Sat 30 Dec.

Deadline for entries: Friday 10 November Click here to download full details of how to enter and here to download an entry form.

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Floristry Night School: Christmas Wreath Making

Led by Louise Temple

Learn from a professional florist how to make your very own festive door wreath out of fresh materials.

Tues 21 Nov and 5 Dec
7pm – 9pm
£35 plus £5 materials fee

Suitable for 18+ years

  •   5 Dec SOLD OUT
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ROH Live: The Nutcracker

Live screening from the Royal Opera House (Tuesday).

With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, The Nutcracker is the perfect Christmas entertainment.

WHY? Featuring Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music - the most recognisable of all ballet scores

£15

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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 6 Sept - Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
Wed 4 Oct - The Muse by Jessie Burton
Wed 1 Nov - From the Man Booker Prize shortlist
Wed 6 Dec - Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

7.30pm – 9.30pm
£5 per session including a drink from the bar
Suitable for 18+ years

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NT Live: Young Marx

Broadcast live from the Bridge Theatre, London.

1850, Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his only hope is a job on the railway.

WHY? Rory Kinnear is Marx and Oliver Chris is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman

£15

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Jo Harman

Soul, blues, gospel and Beatles-worthy pop. These are the core ingredients of singer Jo Harman’s latest album People We Become. Produced and recorded at Nashville’s famed Sound Emporium Studio, it has seen her narrow her focus to the building blocks of ageless music - from powerful melodies to organic, natural-sounding arrangements.

WHY? Jo has racked up more than half-a-dozen nominations from the British Blues Awards

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)

@jo_harman
@nordenfarm

Jo Harman's website

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The Small Fakers

A tribute to The Small Faces and the hits that kept 1960s London swinging.

The line up features Maidenhead's own Matt Bond as Steve Marriott and Dan Taylor as Kenney Jones. They perform the smash hits All Or Nothing, Lazy Sunday, Itchycoo Park and Sha La La La Lee as well as lots of fan favourites and selected tracks from the 1968 LP Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake.

WHY? The UK's only Small Faces tribute band

Courtyard Theatre
£15

@thesmallfakers
@nordenfarm

Small Fakers website

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The Carnival of the Animals - Maidenhead's Community Lantern Parade

We are excited to bring the annual Community Lantern Parade to Maidenhead town centre on Saturday 9 December.

The event begins with live music and entertainment from 4x4 Bhangra - The Kings of Bhangra outside Maidenhead Town Hall from 4.30pm.

The Lantern Parade is free to attend and suitable for all ages.


What happens when!

  • 4.30pm Live music and entertainment from 4x4 Bhangra

  • 5pm Parade departs from Maidenhead Town Hall and is led through the streets of the town by 4x4 Bhangra and Beatroots Samba Band

  • 6pm More live music and entertainment

Lanterns are waterproof so the parade will go ahead come rain or snow!

All are welcome at the parade – with or without lanterns. Simply turn up and walk through the town centre with the parade.

If you have made lanterns at one of our workshops, Norden Farm’s Young Volunteers will be on hand to help illuminate the lanterns and guide the parade.


Not taken part before? Or have a question about the Lantern Parade? Take a look at our handy FAQ’s. If you can’t find the answer to your questions, give our Box Office team a call on 01628 788997.

Click here for the Lantern Parade FAQs

Share you photos and videos with us! #nordenfarm


Don't forget the After Party!

Thursday 14 December 2017 from 4.30pm

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


  •   9 Dec FREE
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Bye Bye Baby

A celebration of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

This full theatre show covers the journey of the Four Seasons from their beginning to the disco era and the rock and roll hall of fame. Featuring many of the band’s worldwide hits including Beggin', Can't Take My Eyes Off You, Walk Like a Man, Bye Bye Baby and Sherry.

WHY? Expect thirty-one numbers performed in close 4-part harmony, with slick choreography and that instantly recognisable falsetto

Courtyard Theatre
£20

@ByeByeBabyLive
@nordenfarm

Bye Bye Baby website

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The Vinyl Frontier: Dark Side of the Moon and Beyond - The Best of Hipgnosis

Hosted by Jeff Lloyd.

Featuring Pink Floyd, Muse, 10cc, T Rex and more (in association with Hypergallery in Henley).

The late Storm Thorgerson, of the Hipgnosis design group, left a legacy of amazing album artwork, from Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon to Led Zeppelin, The Police, ELO and more. Emily and Rob from Hypergallery specialise in album print artwork and worked closely with Storm Thorgerson for many years. Together, we'll look at specific LP artwork and play the same albums on the turntable.

WHY? Hear music in its finest form – on vinyl and on a fabulous hi-fi!

Studio
£8

@TheVinylFrontier
@nordenfarm
 
The Vinyl Frontier website

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Family Chocolate Workshop

Led by The Chocolate Factory.

Have fun creating your very own chocolate bar and lollipop with only the best Belgian chocolate! Learn how to mould the chocolate and then decorate your bar and lollipop to make them unique.

(Minimum age 4 years)

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Call Me by Your Name (15)

Dir: Luca Guadagnino 2017 | 132 mins

Northern Italy in the summer of 1983. Elio Perlman, a precocious 17-year-old, spends his days in his family's villa. His idyllic summer break takes a tumultuous turn when he meets Oliver, a charming American academic working with his father. A sensual and transcendent tale of first love, based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman.

WHY? ‘Masterful coming-of-age tale’ ★★★★★ 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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Simon Mayor and Hilary James: A Winter Warmer

Musical charm and humour with a seasonal twist.

Britain’s leading hot-fingered mandolin virtuoso Simon Mayor is joined by silver voiced songstress and mando-bass maestro, Hilary James. Expect a fresh look at some familiar favourites alongside mandolin classics, lively fiddle tunes, beautiful French carols, traditional songs, original settings of poems and the silliest of seasonal sing-alongs.

WHY? ‘A witty and captivating mix of folk, blues, swing and classical showstoppers, spiced with a unique brand of off-beat humour’ The Guardian

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)

@HilaryJamesUK
@simonmandolin
@nordenfarm

Simon Mayor & Hilary James website

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The Death of Stalin (15)

Dir: Armando Iannucci 2017 | 106 mins

In the days following Stalin’s collapse, his core team of ministers tussle for control. Some want positive change in the Soviet Union, others have more sinister motives. Their one common trait? They’re all just desperately trying to remain alive. From writer/director Armando Iannucci and starring Steve Buscemi, Jason Isaacs, Michael Palin and Simon Russell Beale.

WHY? Combining comedy, drama, pathos and political manoeuvring

'Armando Iannucci's most impressive feat yet' ★★★★★ Empire Magazine

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.

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

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Mindfulness

Led by Jane Barker.

Relaxed drop in sessions (advance booking recommended).

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 wellbeing.

Beginner's Mind

Tues 12 Sept
With a new academic year just starting it gives an opportunity to see things with a new perspective. Mindfulness teaches us to step out of automatic pilot to see things with beginner’s mind.

Mindfulness for Anxiety

Tues 10 Oct
Anxiety is a natural, if unpleasant, response to stressors which can really interfere with our enjoyment of life. Come and see how mindfulness can help us recognise and manage our anxiety.

Mindfulness for Depression

Tues 14 Nov
Research at Oxford University has proven Mindfulness as effective in dealing with recurring depression through taking a neutral stance on negative feelings and accepting what we feel with detachment. Come and find out more.

Christmas Peace

Tues 12 Dec
An opportunity to step away from all the usual frantic Christmas preparations and hold an intention to embody the peace and goodwill of the season.

7.30pm – 9pm
£10 per session
Suitable for 18+ years

LIMITED AVAILABILITY
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Charity Christmas Concert in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

A good night out for all the family, with a wide variety of music including big band sounds, songs from the shows and films as well as some Christmas music.

WHY? The annual event is conducted by Peter Ripper

Courtyard Theatre
£8

Maidenhead Concert Band website

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The Lantern Parade After Party!

Join us on Thursday 14 December 2017 to relive the Lantern Parade.

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

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

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


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

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

Didn’t get a chance to come along this year? Pop by the After Party and find out what it’s all about! Then make a note in your dairy for 2018!


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

  •  14 Dec FREE
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Floristry Night School: Christmas Table Decorations

Led by Louise Temple

Design and create your very own Christmas candle table decoration to take home and enjoy over the festive period.

Thur 14 Dec
7pm – 9pm
£35 plus £5 materials fee

Suitable for 18+ years

  •  14 Dec SOLD OUT
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The Horne Section - Christmas Show

What is Christmas all about? It's about telling bad jokes, singing badly, drinking lots and, despite all these, having the best time together.

So who better to spend Christmas with than The Horne Section? In this festive fiesta they will do everything in their power to make your Christmas dreams come true with a night of comedy gold, frankincense frolics and musical myrrh.

WHY? ‘An absolute blast’ ★★★★★ Metro

Courtyard Theatre
£15

@hornesection
@nordenfarm

The Horne Section website

  •  14 Dec SOLD OUT
LIMITED AVAILABILITY
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Christmas Ceilidh

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

A caller will guide you through 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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Bessie Smith: Empress of the Blues

Bessie Smith was an American blues singer. Nicknamed the ‘Empress of the Blues’, she was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s.

Ma Bessie (Julia Titus) and her blues troupe perform to a narrated show, featuring music and songs from that era alongside Bessie's work.

WHY? Chronicling Bessie’s life from a one room shack in Blue Goose Hollow, to becoming the highest paid black entertainer of the time

Studio
£14

@titus_julia
@nordenfarm

Julia Titus website

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Murder on the Orient Express (cert TBC)

Dir: Kenneth Branagh 2017 | Run time tbc

What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe, unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. Thirteen strangers are stranded on a train, where everyone’s a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again.

WHY? Kenneth Branagh directs and leads an all-star cast including Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp and Olivia Colman

£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.

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 Monday 18 December 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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Omid Djalili: Schmuck for a Night

Award winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili is known for his legendary stand up performances.

Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining, expect a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass. Omid has recently starred in BBC1’s Dickensian, Sky1’s Lucky Man and BBC4’s Going Forward with Jo Brand.

WHY? ‘Belly laughs with a subtle blend of mainstream gags and subversive twinkle’ Sunday Times

Courtyard Theatre
£24

@omid9
@nordenfarm

Liza Pulman's website

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Breathe (12A)

Dir: Andy Serkis 2017 | 117 mins, UK

Robin (Andrew Garfield) is handsome, adventurous and brilliant. At the age of 28, he is struck down by polio. Confined to a hospital bed, Robin is given only a few months to live. Against all advice, his wife Diana (Claire Foy) brings him home. Diana’s intimacy and witty determination transcends his disability and sets him free.

WHY? A heart-warming celebration of bravery and human possibility

'The film is as much about Cavendish’s wife Diana (Claire Foy on leave from The Crown) as it about Cavendish himself' ★★★★ The Independent

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.

LIMITED AVAILABILITY
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The Albion Christmas Band

An evening of traditional English Christmas music, songs and celebration.

Featuring the combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band), Simon Care (Edward II) and the Guvnor himself, Ashley Hutchings. Expect a collection of new material alongside seasonal favourites including carols, spoken word, humorous readings and dance.

WHY? ‘The perfect antidote to the corporate Christmas’ The Guardian

Courtyard Theatre
£20

@albionxmas
@nordenfarm

Albion Band's website

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Tina May (vocalist)

Truly ‘The Lady of Jazz’, with a stunning range and repertoire ideally suited to the intimate club-style setting of Jazz in the Studio at Norden Farm.

In combination with the remarkable musicianship of Piers Green (alto and tenor sax), Robin Aspland (piano) and Andy Cleyndert (bass).

WHY? ‘That great rarity, a singer who enhances a song’ The Observer

Studio
£15 (£13 conc) (£5 under 16s)

Tina May's website

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The Man Who Invented Christmas (cert TBC)

Dir: Bharat Nalluri 2017 | Run time tbc

Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) thinks he has run out of ideas. While desperately trying to put pen to paper for his next novel, he suddenly finds that inspiration is all around him. Eccentric real life characters mix with Dickens' vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale.

WHY? Telling the magical journey that led to the creation of A Christmas Carol

£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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Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (cert TBC)

Dir: Paul McGuigan 2017 | 105 mins

The story of the relationship between Peter Turner and the eccentric Academy Award winning actress Gloria Grahame. What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover, quickly grows into a deeper relationship. But their passion and lust for life is ultimately tested to the limits by events beyond their control.

WHY? Starring Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters and Vanessa Redgrave

'There is a tremendous warmth and tenderness to this sweet, sad love story' ★★★★ 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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New Year's Eve Hoedown at The Farm

Heck yeah, it’s a hoedown!

Our popular New Year’s Eve event returns to ring in 2018! 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

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

@cutashine
@nordenfarm

Cut A Shine website

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New Year's Day Concert

The annual sell out concert returns for a 17th year.

Charpentier March (Te Deum)
Telemann Concerto grosso in B flat
Vivaldi Concerto in C for 2 trumpets
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.6
Handel Overture: Hercules
Vivaldi Concerto in D for 2 violins and 2 cellos
Bach Suite No.3 in D

WHY? Including works by Handel, Vivaldi and J S Bach

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

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Paddington 2 (cert tbc)

Dir: Paul King 2017 | Run time tbc

Paddington is happily settled with the Brown family, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. He finds perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, a unique pop-up book. Paddington embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, can he and the Browns unmask the thief?

WHY? The much-anticipated sequel to the worldwide hit family film

LIMITED AVAILABILITY
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The Snowman

An enchanting family friendly concert adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved story The Snowman.

Performed by Chamberhouse Winds, with narration by Jonathan Butcher. The ensemble will also play a selection of other short fun pieces to introduce the instruments before the story begins.

Suitable for 3+ yrs.

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

Courtyard Theatre
£10 (£8 conc), Family & Friends (4 people) £32

@ConcertiniUK
@nordenfarm
 
Concertini website

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Alan Barnes - A Winter Warmer

Presented by Jazz at the Farm.

Alan is a much sought-after jazz artist both internationally and in the UK. This is a most pleasurable and welcome return to Maidenhead of this multi-reedist supremo. Supported by the astounding Pendulum Rhythm Section – Alex Hutton (piano), Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums).

WHY? ‘A brilliant multi-instrumentalist who’s at home with the jazz repertoire of 30s and 40s swing, and the subsequent “modern” jazz style of bebop’ The Guardian

Studio
£15 (£13 conc) (£5 under 16s)

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The Total Who Show

'Talkin' 'bout my generation!' Get ready for two hours of hits from The Who – including Won't Get Fooled Again, My Generation, Pinball Wizard, and Substitute.

The Total Who Show is performed by Johnny Warman's Magic Bus. They have worked with Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and John Entwistle from The Who.

WHY? Two hours of all the hits and classics by one of Britain's most legendary bands

Courtyard Theatre
£15


@magicbusbanduk
@nordenfarm

The Magic Bus website

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Maidenhead Music Society Young Winners

Maidenhead Music Society presents Young Winners from the recent WMSO Young Musicians’ Competition.

Ewan Millar, 16, and Evie Rogers, 17, will astound you with their virtuoso playing. Hear Ewan on oboe playing blues, Bach, Dutilleux and Malcolm Arnold.

Violinist Evie will perform masterworks by Ravel including his second sonata and the gypsy-inspired Tzigane, and Kodaly’s Adagio.

Book for the special lunch deal at the Cafe Bar while buying your ticket.

WHY? Marvel at the amazing musical talent of these Young Winners

£9, MMS members £6
Under 18s £4 or up to four free with an adult

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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 on Sunday 12 November:
The Magical Flying Carpet and a Patchwork of Other Fantastical Tales

£3 per person (45 mins)

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Sari Schorr and The Engine Room

One of today's most exciting blues-rock singers performs direct from Brooklyn.

Sari Schorr gained prominence in the blues world through tours with blues legend Joe Louis Walker and renowned guitarist Popa Chubby. She was recently inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame.

WHY? ‘During her performances her vocal range and delivery are a compelling combination that just holds your attention right from the start, casting a spell over the audience that is incredible to witness’ Blues Matters

Courtyard Theatre
£15

@SariSchorr
@nordenfarm

Sari Schorr's website

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Thünderbards: 4nd

The critically-acclaimed sketch duo bring their 4nd hour of gag-laden comedy. Filled with their trademark off-beat jokes, fast-paced sketches and overwhelming politeness.

With a potent combination of heartfelt absurdity, high-concept silliness and sweat-drenched toil, Thünderbards will stop at nothing to make your day great again. Stars of BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama.

WHY? ★★★★ The List | ★★★★ The Telegraph | ★★★★ Broadway Baby | ★★★★ ThreeWeeks

Studio
£12 (£10 conc)

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Rob Tognoni

The Australian blues guitarist delivers a powerfully charged experience with every performance. After 40 years in the business, his explosive guitar playing and unique songs are being compared with the greats of his genre.

Rob Tognoni is firmly established across Europe and has gained fans of hard blues rock worldwide.

WHY? ‘One of the finest guitar players around today. His work is a combination of classic rock, blues and blues rock and is done with utmost passion and precision’ Bandit Blues Radio

Courtyard Theatre
£15

Rob Tognoni's website

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The Vinyl Frontier: 2018 Album Championships

8 contestants bring their favourite LP and try to make it through three rounds to be crowned 2018 Vinyl Frontier Album Champion.

The audience chooses the winner of each round – last year’s winning Album was ‘American Idiot’ by Green Day. What will it be this year…?

WHY? Hear music in its finest form – on vinyl and in fabulous hi-fi!

Studio
£8

@vinyljeff
@nordenfarm

Vinyl Frontier website

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Stephen K Amos - Bread and Circuses

Brexit. Trump. No more Mary Berry on the Great British Bake Off. Things are looking bleak, so wouldn’t it be better to just forget all about it?

Comic maestro Stephen K Amos might not be able to provide bread to the hungry masses, but no one else is going to put on a better circus. Leave your problems behind for the evening in the company of the ‘effusively charming’ Amos and who knows? Maybe the world will seem just a little bit brighter.

After all, when Ancient Rome needed to distract itself from politics, a few solutions were suggested, but none hit the spot quite like the simple idea of giving the people cheap food and plentiful entertainment – ‘panem et circenses’ or ‘bread and circuses’. Our circuses might no longer involve gladiator fights to the death, but the same principle applies. Modern politics is a confusing mess, so no one can blame you for giving it a miss in favour of a night of laughs.

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

‘The feel good comedy of a true stand-up legend’ Perth Now

‘Laughs came thick and fast throughout… don’t miss it’ The Age Melbourne

‘A note perfect hour’ ★★★★★ Metro

Age guidance 16+ years.

£17.50

@stephenkamos
@nordenfarm

Stephen K Amos website

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Anthony Strong

Jazz singer-pianist Anthony Strong has won plaudits around the world for his high energy, feel-good shows.

His repertoire is unashamedly ‘old school’ – from jazz standards and classics, through to early Stevie Wonder and Motown. Anthony is joined by his trio who have performed with him at jazz festivals and concert halls on 4 continents!

WHY? A journey through the history of the greatest male jazz singers of all time!

Studio
£14

@AnthonyStrong_
@nordenfarm

Anthony Strong's website

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Anthem - The Ultimate Queen Concert Show

The 40th anniversary of We are the Champions is celebrated by the all-action production that has been proclaimed as the best Queen concert show ever.

The show recreates the excitement of Queen's legendary stadium spectaculars, reprising Freddie’s on-stage antics and irrepressible personality. All driven on by a band brimming over with superb musicianship, and featuring a score of non-stop belters.

Expect all Queen's iconic hits including; We Will Rock You, Bohemian Rhapsody, I Want to Break Free, I Want it All, Killer Queen, Somebody to Love, Radio Ga Ga, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Another One Bites the Dust, One Vision, Tie Your Mother Down, You’re My Best Friend, The Show Must Go On and more!

WHY? An unmissable night out featuring two hours of right royal entertainment!

£17.50

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Mozart Birthday Concert

St John’s Chamber Orchestra

Antonia Kesel (violin)
Edward Bale (viola)
William Padfield (horn)
Yehuda Inbal (piano)
Nigel Wilkinson (conductor)

Mozart Divertimento in D, K.136
Sinfonia concertante in E flat .K.364
Horn Concerto in E flat, K.447
Piano Concerto No.18 in B flat, K.456

WHY? A full-length afternoon concert, with a delightful array of masterworks featuring an impressive array of gifted young soloists

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

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John Spiers with Jackie Oates

John Spiers has made a name for himself as one of the leading melodeon players of his generation. A key part of the multi award winning Bellowhead and also a member of Eliza Carthy’s band for five years.

Jackie Oates is synonymous with the reinvigoration of English folk. Her mellifluous voice, plaintive fiddle and tantalizing approach to traditional songs gained her several BBC Folk Awards.

WHY? An evening of enthralling music and humorous banter

Studio
£16.50

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I Love Lou C

Lou’s ground breaking show about her experiences with baby loss.

Imagine visiting your favourite friend/aunty/spinster. She's a touch eccentric but always ‘alright’. Until last year. With a bit of self-discovery and some painful yet funny situations, this is a story about life and, ultimately, death.

WHY? ‘That she can spin between the happy and sad so quickly is testament to her abilities as an innately strong storyteller… she has the room rapt’ ★★★★ Chortle

Studio
£12 (£10 conc)

@LouConran
@nordenfarm

Lou Conran's website

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Jonathan Pie - Back To The Studio (work in progress)

Jonathan Pie returns to the stage in early 2018 with a brand new live show following a sell out tour ending at The London Palladium, A show that was described as 'electrifying' Chortle, 'Blistering' Evening standard and 'desperately misjudged’ The Times.

The frustrated News reporter is back and he’s angrier than ever. Pie attempts to host a night of serious discussions on current affairs whilst simultaneously attempting to smash the system from within. Join him for a night of political comedy that soon descends into chaos.

This is political satire at its finest and Pie is ’the Most exciting satirical creation since partridge’ Rory Bremner.

Age guidance 16+ years.

£15

@JonathanPieNews
@nordenfarm

Jonathan Pie website

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Papa Truck

British Bluegrass from the Chiltern Hills!

Papa Truck have been performing their own style of bluegrass for over 10 years. The popular five piece band bring original songs from their 3 albums, as well as new material and a few inspired covers.

WHY? Vocals, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and bass come together to unite sweet harmonies and fine musicianship

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)

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Horns of Plenty with Martin Shaw

Presented by Jazz at the Farm.

A UK jazz hero. Martin is a featured soloist with The BBC Radio Big Band. He teams with young jazz giant Will Gibson (saxes). They are joined by a rhythm section headed by Clark Tracey (drums) with Alex Hutton (piano) and Andy Cleyndert (bass).

WHY? Martin has worked with most of the leading jazz artists of the last 30 years including Cleo Laine, John Dankworth and Pete King

Studio
£15 (£13 conc) (£5 under 16)

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The Bob Dylan Story

A stunning and definitive live concert celebration of rock music’s greatest icon.

Bob Dylan created the soundtrack for 1960s America. Now Bob and ‘The Band’ transport you back to the glory days. An authentic and affectionate celebration, complete with evocative visuals and authoritative insights into the stories behind the songs.

WHY? Featuring 25 of Dylan’s hits including Blowin’ In The Wind, The Times They Are A-Changin’, Mr Tambourine Man, Like A Rolling Stone and All Along The Watchtower

Courtyard Theatre
£20 (£18 conc)

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Pop Up Bowie

Paul Anthony has amazed and entertained audiences throughout the nation.

Accompanied by a full band, he performs 2 hours of Bowie’s biggest hits. Experience the masterpieces that made the late, great David Bowie the immortal legend he is today.

Experience the magic of Bowie’s music live with thrilling artistry, a theatrical performance that honours the revolutionary icon himself in the most respectful of ways.

WHY? Paul Anthony was voted the UK’s No 1 David Bowie Tribute Act at the National Tribute Awards 2016

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Three Billy Goats Gruff & Other Furry Tails

Do you really know what happened to the wolf and those three little pigs? What about Goldilocks – why was she walking in the woods? And as for the three Billy Goats Gruff, how did they really deal with that troll? All will be revealed in this beautiful show using puppets and props.

Suitable for ages 3+ years.

WHY? A show full of fun, laughter and an enthralling gypsy soundtrack you’ll be singing long after the show

Studio
£10 (£8 conc), Family & Friends (4 people) £32

@thewidders
@nordenfarm

Theatre of Widdershins website

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Griff Rhys Jones - Where Was I?

The star of Not the Nine o'clock News, Smith & Jones and Three Men In A Boat.

Griff as he airs stories, anecdotes, reminiscences and outright lies – from forty years of travelling – down rivers and up mountains, into Africa, out of India, and across the arid wastes of the BBC canteen. It's a career, if you mean bouncing chaotically downhill without a map.

WHY? ‘Great comedy’ ★★★★ The Telegraph

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Stuart Goldsmith

The host of the Comedian’s Comedian podcast brings his best ever show.

Stuart says “it's stupider and less clever-clogs and just the funniest stuff I've ever created. OK?”. Winner of Best New Show at Leicester Comedy Festival 2017 and British Comedy Guide Top 20 Best Reviewed Edinburgh Fringe Shows 2017.

WHY? 'Master of the form' Independent

Studio

£10

@ComComPod
@nordenfarm

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Family Concertini: Music to Dance to with Manouche Etcetera

Grab your tiny dancers and join in for fiery gypsy dances, curious klezmer and retro swing.

With tunes you'll know, others you won't, and some original material too. This versatile trio will take you everywhere from Buenos Aires to 1920s London and Paris.

WHY? A concert all about inspiring children of all ages and their grown-ups with live music in a relaxed and friendly environment

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

@ConcertiniUK
@nordenfarm
 
Concertini website

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Little Red Riding Hood's Musical Adventure

Join Scarlet and her side-kick Stanley the Squirrel as they try to outwit Walter the Wolf. They discover it's not just the enchanted forest that has magical powers...

A forest full of family fun and live music, this is a joyous new version of the classic fairy tale. From the creative team behind the hugely popular Hairy Maclary Show.

Suitable for ages 2+ years.

WHY? 'At its heart, it's a clever, funny, well-written musical' ★★★★ Scotsman

Courtyard Theatre
£10 (£8 conc), Family & Friends (4 people) £32

@Nroomproduction
@nordenfarm

Nonsense Room Productions website

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Mark Watson - MW

After more than 100 dates on the road in 2016 with his best-reviewed show to date, 'I'm Not Here', and a similarly marathon effort with the previous tour, Mark Watson is amazed to find there are STILL some areas of the country he's not visited much, and some towns that have been neglected altogether.

It's hard to be everywhere at once, so he's narrowed it down to a sensible plan: for the next tour, Watson will only visit places beginning with M or W, his initials - as they've already shown a commitment by having those names in the first place. A few of these will be favourite old haunts like Winchester or Manchester, but quite a few of them are the result of Googling and quite a number are so remote that we won't know they definitely exist until we get there. Also, some aren't actually towns so much as trains (from Marylebone to Wycombe), or ferries (across the Mersey), or a helicopter museum (in the double-point-scoring Middle Wallop).

The material will be a mixture of the classic and the never-before-seen. And in some cases a fair bit of it will be about being on a train.

@watsoncomedian
@nordenfarm

Mark Watson website

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Cracking Cryptics

Tony Long's amusing talk on how to master the art of solving cryptic crosswords. He explains the different kinds of clues, gives his three golden rules for solving them, and includes examples of cryptic clues.

Tony’s show is peppered with humorous quips and quotes, providing light relief from all the hard work!

WHY? A light hearted treat for crossword lovers and those who would like to get started!

Studio
£10

Cracking Cryptics website

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Honey and the Bear

The British folk and roots inspired duo combine delicately interweaving vocal harmonies with powerful guitar riffs, foot stomping rhythms and catchy melodies.

Between them, Jon Hart and Lucy Sampson play guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele, banjo and percussion. They have played various UK folk festivals and toured Germany.

WHY? The amalgamation of both their unique musical styles makes for a dynamic and ever-changing live performance

Studio
£12

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The Thing That Came From Over There!

A rip-roaring comedy adventure, inspired by horror movies of the 1950s

It’s 1912 and a meteor has crashed near the base camp of hapless explorer Captain Reginald Cranston Scot-t-t. What ancient evil lurks inside the crater? What is the dark secret of the slimy fungus and the parasitic space worms? With visual gags, verbal wit, giant puppetry and even a little bit of live music.

WHY? ★★★★★ Venue Magazine | ★★★★ Fringe Review | ★★★★ Chortle | ★★★★ Fest Magazine

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)

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Iain Stirling - U OK Hun? X

Iain Stirling is back after a summer narrating ITV2's smash hit Love Island and now you can see his actual face on his brand new tour!

After selling out his entire Edinburgh Fringe run out in advance and adding shows due to extra public demand, the BAFTA winning comedian now hits the road to perform his acclaimed, hot ticket show around the UK.

Join the 'star of comedy' (The i) as he explores dinner party etiquette and the pressures on a generation brought up in a world of instant gratification. How has modern living affected our ability to find long term happiness? Can social media ever reflect real life? And why is the floor lava?

As well as hosting ITV2’s newest hit comedy gameshow CelebAbility, Iain’s intuitive razor-sharp humour has previously been seen on E4's Virtually Famous, Comedy Central's Drunk History and Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central, BBC Three's Russell Howard's Good News and Sweat the Small Stuff and ITV2's Fake Reaction and Safe Word.

‘Expect this performer to be playing to huge arenas long after Love Island star Marcel Somerville’s book has begun gathering dust’ ★★★★ Metro

‘At his best the Edinburgh native is an unhinged free-form anecdotist - his closing tale of a disastrous CBBC gig is a belter ★★★★ Mail On Sunday

‘An extremely funny hour of observational and surreal comedy’ The Telegraph

‘He’s a natural performer who commands your attention’ ★★★★★ One4Review

‘A whirlwind hour of comedy’ ★★★★★ Theatre Weekly

‘Riotously funny’ ★★★★★ Fringe Biscuit

‘A delight to watch’ ★★★★ Voice Magazine

‘A hilarious show’ ★★★★ I Talk Telly

'Provides an intriguing twentysomething perspective on the current state of his nation'
The Guardian


@IainDoesJokes
@nordenfarm

Iain's Website

  •  22 Feb SOLD OUT
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Tiff Stevenson - Bombshell

You may know critically acclaimed comedian Tiff Stevenson from BBC2’s Mock the Week, Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats and the BAFTA nominated People Just Do Nothing.

Some say she oscillates wildly between Sylvia Plath and Beyonce, like Belva Lockwood fused with your drunken aunt. Tiff says she's very funny and a right old smarty-pants. She also says she's very, very, very modest

WHY? ★★★★★ Fringe Review | ★★★★ Broadway Baby | ★★★★ Funny Women | ★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

Studio
£14

@tiffstevenson
@nordenfarm

Tiff Stevenson website

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Cancion

Classical Soprano Brit Nominee Izzy Cooper invites you to experience Cancion live in concert.

A spectacular and intimate musical event with exquisite vocals, featuring a variety of classical, musical and jazz favourites, adding a fresh and innovative approach to the classical world today! Accompanied by guitarist Robin Hill

WHY? ‘Virgin Records has developed a clear strategy that distinguishes Izzy as a mould-breaking artist capable of overstepping musical boundaries’ Classic FM Magazine

£22.50

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The Vinyl Frontier: OK Computer by Radiohead

This LP has just celebrated it’s 20th birthday and in recognition of this we’ll tell the story of how Oxfordshire’s finest came to record one of the ground-breaking LPs of the past quarter century.

WHY? Hear music in its finest form – on vinyl and in fabulous hi-fi!

Studio
£8

@vinyljeff
@nordenfarm

Vinyl Frontier website

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Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis

Multi-award winning folk singers and musicians Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis share a common interest in roots music. They are two of the most well respected and innovative musicians on the UK folk scene. The duo are also the main writing partnership behind the hit folk band Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys.

WHY? Expect inventive interpretations of songs and tunes in between humorous anecdotes and stories of their misadventures

Studio
£16.50

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To Helen Back

Helen Seymour admits you into a surreal hospital to create a funny, unique and powerful theatrical experience. It blurs the boundaries between spoken word, comedy and performance art.

So come on, be on the look-out while Helen sneaks around wards, X-ray rooms and cupboards to discover the bizarre, the bemusing and the ba… ah, well that would be telling.

WHY? A witty, thought provoking analysis of sickness, health and what it really means to recover

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)

WHAT THE HELEN? website

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The Florin String Trio

Schubert String trio in B flat D471
Hugh Wood Ithaca
Kodaly Intermezzo
Gideon Klein Trio
Mozart Divertimento K563

The renowned string trio of Charles Mutter on violin, Alistair Scahill on viola and Catherine Rimer on cello. Hear thought-provoking interpretations with a distinctive sense of common musicianship from one of the leading string trios in the country.

WHY? Be entertained by three of the best chamber music players in a stimulating concert

Courtyard Theatre
£15 (MMS Members £10)

Maidenhead Music Society 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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Stephen Bailey - Can’t Think Straight

Meet your new potty-mouthed best friend, who supported Katherine Ryan and Jenny Éclair on their recent sell-out UK tours.

Stephen Bailey’s friendly, open brand of gossipy humour has made him one of the most enjoyable acts on the UK comedy circuit today. He is 'annoyingly sharp' (The New Current) and in 2015, his show was nominated for the Amused Moose Comedy Award for Best Show.

He is a regular on ITV's Weekend with Aled Jones and Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side and has appeared on ITV2's Safeword and CelebAbility, ITVBe's Kate's Wardrobe Secrets, W's Celebrity Advice Bureau and Channel 5’s It's Not Me, It's You.

He also guest-hosted Sunday Takeover on Virgin Radio, featured on The Art's Show with Jonathan Ross on BBC Radio 2 and was named one of Attitude Magazine's Top 100 Bachelors of the Year.

As well as being a working-class, ginger, gay, northern comic, he is also a black belt in Tae Kwon-Do, has a degree in Languages AND loves a conspiracy theory.

'Bailey has a natural chemistry with his audience and this is where he truly comes into his own' Broadway Baby

'Bailey is an absolute crowdpleaser, getting the room howling with laughter' Chortle

Studio
£12.50 (£10 conc)

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A Beethoven Journey

Ron Colyer and Nigel Wilkinson (violin and piano)

Bartholomew Lafollette and Ljubica Stajanovic (cello and piano)
Bethany Cox (soprano)
Robert Cheung (piano)
Kat Ho Hu (piano)

Beethoven
Sonata for piano duet, Op.6
Violin Sonata in F, Op.24 (Spring)
Piano Sonata in C sharp minor (Moonlight), Op.27 no.2
Cello Sonata in A, Op.69
An die Hoffnung, Op.94
Piano Sonata in A flat, Op.110

WHY? A chronological journey through 25 years of Beethoven’s remarkable career.

Courtyard Theatre
£16 (£14.50 conc) (£5 under 16s)

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The Grahams

A dynamic Americana duo who've married their love of adventure with a desire to build on foundations laid by their musical predecessors.

Alyssa and Doug Graham draw on the deep, recurring sources of American folk culture. Their music is inspired by railroad and river journeys. Doug's masterful resonator slide-work and harmonies fuel Alyssa's locomotive voice and acoustic guitar chords.

WHY? ‘Real emotive, powerful lyrics that make your hairs on your arms stick up’ Fatea Records

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)

@TheGrahamsMusic
@nordenfarm

The Grahams website

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John Robins - The Darkness of Robins

Edinburgh Comedy Award winner 2017!

John Robins – one of the most exciting and distinctive voices in comedy – returns reflecting on love, loss and lamenting the fact he can’t break up with himself.

The stand-up, vibe magnet and London’s saddest DJ ™ would love to promise The Darkness of Robins won’t be an hour-long yell of a show, but he can’t. He’ll shout, snarl and sneer in his attempts to grapple with life’s fall-outs in what promises to be a pivotal moment in his being. Powerful, angst-ridden comedy at its finest, this is a must-see from one of the UK’s brightest talents.

John has firmly established himself on the comedy circuit since his debut in 2005, and with fellow comedian Elis James has enjoyed a meteoric success with The Elis James and John Robins show on Radio X, which, like Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Adam & Joe before them, has spawned one of the UK’s most popular podcasts. The pair recently completed an acclaimed UK tour, selling out Shepherd’s Bush Empire within minutes.

He will headline the upcoming series of BBC2's Live from the BBC and is a regular face on TV, with recent appearances including BBC2's Mock The Week, Dave's Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled and BBC3's Russell Howard’s Good News. He also has a host of radio credits under his belt including BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, The News Quiz and Dilemma.

'Hugely Entertaining' ★★★★ The Daily Mirror

'An hour in his charming, generous and honest company is so effortlessly entertaining' ★★★★ Chortle

Courtyard Theatre
£14.50

Suitable for 16+ years. No latecomers admitted.

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Bilal Zafar - Biscuit

The 2016 Best Newcomer nominee and Hackney Empire New Act of the Year winner of the same year.

Bilal explores the fascinating world of online dating and finding love on social media in increasingly confusing times. He has appeared on Channel 4, BBC Three, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Asian Network and has written for the Independent.

WHY? 'Catch him before he hits the mainstream’ The Guardian

‘Fascinating and hilarious in equal measure' i-D

‘Endearing, relaxed and naturally funny… hilarious’ ★★★★ EdFestMag.com

★★★★★ Shortcom

★★★★ Skinny

£12

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Geoff Norcott - Traditionalism

The world is changing at a dizzying rate. Geoff is trying to hold modern views, but worries that tradition is becoming a dirty word.

Geoff is the star of BBC2’s The Mash Report and Live at the Apollo. As a satirical comic, he’s written for programmes including Channel 4’s Alternative Election. He is has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, The Today Programme and his own forthcoming Radio 4 stand-up special.

WHY? 'An absolute tonic' ★★★★ Telegraph

Suitable for ages 16+ years.

Studio
£12

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Northern Soul Live

The Edwin Starr Band featuring Angelo Starr with special guest Lorraine Silver.

Angelo Starr is Edwin’s brother and the original musical director of The Team. He has taken over the lead vocals and performs with the original 8 piece band to perform all the hits of Edwin Starr. They are joined by Northern Soul legend Lorraine Silver who will bring her classic tracks.

WHY? Expect to hear War, Stop Her on Sight, Headline News plus Lorraine’s Lost Summer Love, Landslide and many covers

Courtyard Theatre
£20

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Hardeep Singh Kohli - Alternative, Fact

Join Hardeep as he gives his unique take on the political climate combined with his trademark ‘quick witted patter’ ★★★★ (The Skinny).

Hardeep is a BBC Radio 4 favourite, BAFTA winner and regular on BBC1’s Question Time, This Week and Daily Politics. His new show had a critically acclaimed run to packed houses at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

WHY? ‘Immensely Funny’ Daily Express

Studio
£14

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The Linos Piano Trio

Debussy L’apres-midi d’un Faune
Beethoven ‘Ghost’ Trio op.70 no.1 in D major
Ravel Pavane
Ravel Trio

The trio were First Prize and Audience Prize winner of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 2015. They have achieved recognition as an extremely dynamic and creative young chamber ensemble.

WHY? Discover the best in the piano trio repertoire played by the highly-talented musicians

Courtyard Theatre
£15 (£10 MMS Members)

Maidenhead Music Society website

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Lucy Porter - Choose Your Battles

Lucy Porter’s brand new stand-up tour.

In these combative times, it's easy to be irritated, offended or downright enraged by other people. How do we know which causes are worth fighting for? Lucy uses her hilarious experiences to help you decide.
Lucy's recent TV and radio appearances include: QI, Insert Name Here, Alan Davies' As Yet Untitled, Room 101, News Quiz, The Now Show.
Suitable for ages 16+ years.

WHY? 'Impeccably punch-lined anecdotes… Genuinely delightful' The Telegraph
'A treat from start to finish' The Herald
'Rich with fine routines… an endearing hour' The Guardian

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Testosterone

Kit is in an amusing and unique position, having transitioned from female to male in his early thirties, he has experienced adult life on both sides of the gender fence.

When he enters a male gym changing room for the first time he's confronted by masculinity in all its forms - the good, the bad and the ugly.

This refreshingly honest and irreverent physical theatre comedy by critically acclaimed Rhum and Clay and darkly comic theatre writer and director Kit Redstone, they explore the epic path that we all have to take when forging an identity.

WHY? 'Multi-layered and gripping' Lyn Gardner

Suitable for ages 16+ years.

Studio
£15 (£13 conc)

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The Vinyl Frontier: Guilty Pleasures

Guilty Pleasures – an evening where 12 volunteers (including a celebrity contestant) will spin a vinyl track that they love, but they feel nobody else will (and maybe they shouldn’t…!) The audience will vote for it’s favourite at the end.

Bring on the Eurovision/novelty hits/James Last!

WHY? Hear music in its finest form – on vinyl and in fabulous hi-fi!

Studio
£8

@vinyljeff
@nordenfarm

Vinyl Frontier website

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Nick Sharratt's Big Draw-Along

Join this much-loved children's writer and illustrator in a family-friendly, fun filled draw-along for all ages.

Nick's best-selling picture books include You Choose, Shark in the Park and Pants. He's also the illustrator of Jacqueline Wilson's phenomenally popular children's novels.

He'll be showing you how he creates characters like Tracy Beaker and Timothy Pope, sharing ways to invent your own crazy creatures and giving loads of top tips as your draw along with him.

Bring pencils, paper and something to lean on.

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

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The Heath String Quartet with Guy Johnston (cello)

Haydn String Quartet op.71 no.2
Tchaikovsky String Quartet no 1
Schubert Cello Quintet

The Heath Quartet have established themselves among the foremost string quartets in the UK. Guy Johnston was BBC Young Musician in 2000. He is one of the most exciting and versatile British cellists of his generation.

WHY? Hear the sublime Schubert Cello Quintet played by the ever-popular Heath String Quartet and Guy Johnston

Courtyard Theatre
£17 (£12 MMS Members)

Maidenhead Music Society website

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The Vinyl Frontier: Rumours by Fleetwood Mac (revisited)

Vinyl Frontier 2 featured this LP and 4 years later we go back to it to hear it once more.

We’ll hear about the excess, the fights, the band who were forced to pretend to be Fleetwood Mac and how this amazing LP has rightfully reclaimed it’s place in the ‘Best ever…’ lists.

WHY? Hear music in its finest form – on vinyl and in fabulous hi-fi!

Studio
£8

@vinyljeff
@nordenfarm

Vinyl Frontier website

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Alun Cochrane

Grumpy-joyful, silly-serious stand up.

Jokes, ideas and (possibly) movement will all be deployed for your amusement during this show. As seen on blah blah and blah, and heard on various funny radio shows.

WHY? ‘A master storyteller, holding the audience before dropping an exploding but simple punchline’ Metro

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Voodoo Room

A high energy show featuring all of your favourite Hendrix and Cream tunes.

Voodoo Room deliver an incredible performance in the true spirit of these legendary superstars, with a virtuosity that transcends tribute band status. Members of the band have played with the likes of Steve Winwood, Duran Duran and Ben E King.

‘Incredible Musicians!’ Neneh Cherry

’10/10 Superb!’ Classic Blues Mag

WHY? Enjoy classics tracks including Sunshine of Your Love, Purple Haze, I Feel Free and Hey Joe

Courtyard Theatre
£15

@VoodooRoom1
@nordenfarm

Voodoo Room's website

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Craig Campbell: Easy Tiger

The majestic mountain moose in a tiger striped onesie brings his thrilling new show to Maidenhead.

Find yourself a comfy lap and settle in for an evening of hilarity with Canada's furriest friend. He disgorges all your favourite spittle impregnated cultural furballs (such as why the hell do your coffee shops close at 6pm!!!?? You don't even like coffee!? This isn't your call to make!!) onto your favourite comfy tea-sipping slippers.

Expect a raucous evening of post-scratchin' and kickin' litter aboot the hoose while Campbell tickles chins. No rabbits, mice or children and please be kind to our neighbours by not crapping in their gardens on the way home!

WHY? ‘A fantastic yarn weaver, with charming tales of his travels and hugely funny observations’ Time Out

about 8 hours ago Brush up on the magical story of Miki with our free storytelling sessions at Maidenhead Library this Saturday 25 November and Saturday 9 December! Then catch it live on our stage this Christmas! ❄️⭐

about 11 hours ago Brace yourselves as Darren Aronofsky riveting psychological thriller Mother heads to our screen tonight at 8pm! --> https://norden.farm/events/mother-18 ‘Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem are tremendously operatic’ ★★★★★ The Guardian Check out the trailer below...

about 12 hours ago RT @Jdelarre: On our way to @nordenfarm with @TheRealMawkin look we have with us! @smileysaul #nofilter https://t.co/tjLkfVARRh

about 16 hours ago 'Ellams is a voice that needs to be heard' Huge thanks to the Maidenhead Advertiser for their review of Inua Ellams captivating show An Evening with an Immigrant with us yesterday evening.

about 18 hours ago Each year we fundraise over £15,000 to be able create Norden Farm's Annual Community Lantern Parade This year we have been supported by the following fabulous people: RBWM; The Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Charitable Trust; The Spoore, Merry and Rixman Foundation; and The Prince Philip Trust Fund We can't thank them enough! ❤️❤️❤️ Enjoy Maidenhead Same Sky The Slough Observer

1 day ago 'The dramatist and poet tells the tale of his tortuous path to the UK from Nigeria with passion and humour' ★★★★ The Guardian Inua Ellams brings his ridiculous, fantastic and poignant immigrant-story to our Studio tonight at 7.30pm --> http://bit.ly/2yGA3z6

1 day ago RT @FuelTheatre: Tonight! @InuaEllams arrives in Maidenhead with his award winning show #AnEveningWithAnImmigrant @nordenfarm for one night…

1 day ago We love this snap of the wonderful @slotmachineahoy team ahead of the first performance of Miki today! ❄️ https://t.co/QaDqGHt4uH

1 day ago RT @housetheatre: We are heading over to Maidenhead tonight, to see @InuaEllams and #Evening With an Immigrant. It's @nordenfarm as part of…

2 days ago Do not be Superstitious? THE TOTAL WHO SHOW 13th January 2018 Buy a ticket....I dare you x You Better You Better You Bet x https://norden.farm/whatson/2018-01-13

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