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The Maidenhead Beach at Norden Farm

Aloha! The Hawaiian Elvis themed beach is back – all summer long.

Relax at a beachside café table while the little ones play in the sand. Join in arts and crafts or storytelling sessions in the specially designed story den or try some indoor surfing courtesy of green screen technology!

Family films screened throughout the holidays, click here to browse the full summer line up.

Grand Opening: Tuesday 26 July 10.30am

Join us to celebrate the launch of the beach:

  • Prizes for best Hawaiian / Elvis fancy dress
  • Enter our free prize draw for the chance to win a family ticket for one of our summer family shows or films
  • Take photos in our prop-filled Hawaiian photobooth
  • Free tropical juice drink for children - available from the café bar between 10.30am - 11.15am (subject to availability)
  • Free activity and colouring sheets
  • Just announced - Free 15 minute Little Wrigglers Taster Session in the café bar at 10.30am

The beach will be officially opened by Lead Member for Culture and Communities Cllr Samantha Rayner at 11am - with a Hawaiian Leis cutting ceremony (of course!). Just in time to join our Arts and Crafts Session at 11.15am - click here for more information and booking.

The Beach runs Tuesdays - Sundays 10am - 4pm until Sunday 4 September

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The Sun Always Shines on Turtle Beach

The Hawaiian Beach continues indoors, so whatever the weather it's always summer at the Farm.

Film yourself surfing in the waves courtesy of green screen technology, then share your movie with family and friends. Featuring beachcraft created by local school children.

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Storytelling

1.15pm and 3.30pm.

Join our storytellers in the magical story den this Summer!

This weeks stories:

Tue 26 Jul
1.15pm – The Mermaid’s Song
3.30pm – The Snail and the Whale

Wed 27 Jul
1.15pm – The Night Pirates
3.30pm – Lost and Found

Thur 28 Jul
1.15pm – The Taniwha
3.30pm – The Mermaid’s Song

Fri 29 Jul
TBC

Sat 30 Jul
1.15pm – Lost and Found
3.30pm – The Taniwha


Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adult spaces are free and must be booked.

Suitable for ages 3+ years.

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Digi Den I Summer Drop In

Led by DJ Mhlanga

Animate, record and edit in our Digi Den. Students will work together to develop their technique and understanding of filming, podcasting, green screen and stop motion animation. Suitable for all levels of experience.

School Year 7 – 13 | 4.30pm – 6pm | £40 per 5 week term or £9 per session

Fridays (from Fri 22 Jul)

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Friday Night Flamenco

Led by Leticia Iglesias.

A great way to start the weekend - discover 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!

Summer

Fri 6 May - 17 Jun (excluding 3 Jun) and 24 Jun - 29 Jul
8pm – 9pm

Autumn

Fri 2 Sept – 14 Oct (exc 23 Sept), 21 Oct – 2 Dec (exc 28 Oct)
8pm – 9pm

£42 per 6 week course

For 18+ years.

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The Vinyl Frontier: Singles Championship 2016

Jeff Lloyd hosts a highly sociable evening of music, trivia and chat.

Eight challengers bring 3 singles each but only two people get to play all 3 as they battle out through 3 rounds to see who emerges as the champion!

£8

@vinyljeff
@nordenfarm

The Vinyl Frontier website

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Mid Summer Jazz with the Pete Billington Jazz Group

A refreshing and expansive ensemble perform direct from their tour of Holland and Denmark.

The line up is Peter Billington (piano), Noemi Nuti (voice), Manolo Polidario (guitar), Raph Misraki (bass) and Sophie Alloway (drums). Peter has risen through the jazz ranks both a pianist and double bassist. He is known as a brilliant musician and witty soloist.

WHY? Peter has performed with Peter King, Don Weller, Salena Jones and Ben Castle

£15 (£13 conc) (£5 under 16s)

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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 with 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.

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

For 18+ years.

Summer
Sat 7 May - 13 Aug
10am – 11.15am

£8 per class or £105 for 15 week course

Autumn
Sat 10 Sept – 10 Dec (exc 15 Oct)
10am – 11.15am

£8 per class or £91 for 13 week course

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ArtiSun Fair

Our popular fair comes to the summer months!

The original 18th century barns provide a gorgeous backdrop for browsing stalls from local sellers.

WHY? Showcasing hand made wares including jewellery, gifts, crafts, cards, glassware, toys and more.

  •  30 Jul FREE
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The Angry Birds Movie (U)

Dir: Fergal Reilly, Clay Kaytis 2016

A paradise island is populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. Red, Chuck and Bomb are the grumpy outsiders. When the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it's up to the unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.

WHY? Finally find out why the birds are so angry!

'A fast, fizzy and frenetically entertaining extension of the manic gaming franchise' Variety

Click here to read the full review.

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

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The Nice Guys (15)

Dir: Shane Black 2016

Action comedy set in 1970s Los Angeles. Shady private detectives Holland March and Jackson Healy work on the case of a missing girl and the death of a porn star. They uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.

WHY? ★★★★ The Independent | ★★★★ The Guardian | ★★★★ Empire Magazine

'An impressive hit rate of gags and one-liners' ★★★★ The Guardian

Click here to read the full review.

£10.50 (or 3 films for £27) / £9.50 conc (or 3 films for £24)

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Money Monster (15)

Dir: Jodie Foster 2016

Lee Gates is a TV personality and money expert. When he promotes a stock that crashes, an irate investor takes Lee and his TV crew hostage. Unfolding in real time, Lee beings to uncover the truth behind the crash.

WHY? A taut and tense thriller starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell

'Jodie Foster’s best movie as a director' ★★★★ Empire

Click here to read the full review.

£10.50 (or 3 films for £27) / £9.50 conc (or 3 films for £24)

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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.

Summer
Sun 1 May - 28 Aug
11am – 12pm

Autumn
Thur 8 Sept – 15 Dec (exc 15 Sept, 27 Oct)
Sun 4 Sept – 20 Nov
10am – 11am
£6 per class

For 18+ years.

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Arnold's Big Adventure

Arnold the acorn is about to drop from his tree and begin his amazing adventure in search of somewhere to put down his roots.

Join Arnold as his story flies in the wind, wiggles across the land and splashes into the sea... Who will he meet along the way and will he ever find the perfect spot to call home?

WHY? ‘Tessa Bide understands children in a way that can’t be taught’ Children’s Theatre Reviews

Suitable for ages 3+ years.

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

@tessabide
@nordenfarm

Tessa Bide's website

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Suzi Ruffell and Paul McCaffrey

An Edinburgh Preview from comedy agent Off the Kerb.

Paul McCaffey is the star of BBC3's Impractical Jokers, BBC3’s Russell Howard’s Good News, Comedy Central’s Stand Up Central and CBBC’s The Dog Ate My Homework.

Suzi Ruffell has starred in Live at the Comedy Store, LOLz Lounge, as well as numerous appearances on Radio 4 including Fresh From The Fringe.

WHY? Paul is an award winning comedian and Suzy has supported Alan Carr, Josh Widdicombe and Kevin Bridges on tour

£12

@suziruffell
@paulmccaffreys
@nordenfarm

Suzi Ruffell's website
Paul McCaffrey's website

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Summer Theatre Week

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Superhero City

Where do superheroes get extra kit for their utility belts? What does Wonderwoman’s mum think of her outfit? Does the incredible Hulk go to the gym? Help us answer these and many more questions in our annual create a show in a week project. You are the actors and will be supported be a professional theatre company to make your own show.

Suitable for ages 10 - 18 years.

Mon 1 - Fri 5 Aug
10am - 4pm (5pm Fri)
£110 (£95 Advantage Card)

Make the most of your time here and book in to see a film at the end of the session. Screenings start at 4.15pm, under 16s tickets £5.

Tues 2 Aug 4.15pm - Angry Birds (U)
Wed 3 Aug 4.15pm - Top Cat (U)
Thur 4 Aug 4.15pm - Alice Through the Looking Glass (PG)

Children will be seated in the balcony, accompanied by a chaperone.

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Arts and Crafts Session

Hour long craft activities to keep the little ones entertained this Summer.

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

Suitable for ages 5+ years.

Tues 26 Jul - Beach Hut and Bucket & Spade
Wed 27 Jul - Fish and Jellyfish
Thur 28 Jul - Seagull and Starfish
Fri 29 Jul - Lighthouse and Sailing Boat


Tues 2 Aug - Submarine and Porthole Window
Wed 3 Aug - Beach with Umbrella and Keyring
Thur 4 Aug - Octopus and Turtle
Fri 5 Aug - Surfboard Door Name Plate and Campervan

Tues 9 Aug - TBC
Wed 10 Aug - TBC
Thur 11 Aug - TBC
Fri 12 Aug - TBC

Tues 16 Aug - Crab and Clay Seahorse
Wed 17 Aug - Sea Monster Sock Puppet and Sea Cave
Thur 18 Aug - TBC
Fri 19 Aug - Shell Candle Decoration and Sand Pictures

Tues 23 Aug - Beach with Umbrella and Keyring
Wed 24 Aug - Sunglasses and Sun Visor
Thur 25 Aug - Shark and Fishing Game
Fri 26 Aug - Seagull and Starfish

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Thomas and Friends: The Great Race (U)

Dir: David Stoten 2016

Thomas wants to go to the Great Railway Show, but the big engines laugh at him. They say he's not strong or big enough to compete. Thomas is determined to get there but his plans go wrong. Will he find out that friendship always wins?

WHY? An action packed musical adventure

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

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Body Control Pilates - Beginners

Led by Gillian Burn.

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

Summer
Tues 5 Jul – 9 Aug (exc 26 Jul)
1.30pm - 2.30pm

Summer drop in session Tues 16 Aug | £8

Autumn
Tues 6 Sept – 4 Oct, 11 Oct – 15 Nov (exc Oct 25) and 22 Nov – 20 Dec
1.30pm - 2.30pm
£50 per 5 week course

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

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Digi Den II Summer Drop In

Led by DJ Mhlanga

Animate, record and edit in our Digi Den. Students will work together to develop their technique and understanding of filming, podcasting, green screen and stop motion animation. Suitable for all levels of experience.

School Year 7 – 13 | 4.30pm – 6pm | £40 per 5 week term or £9 per session

Tuesdays (from Tues 26 Jul, exc 23 Aug)

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Bobby (PG)

Dir: Ron Scalpello 2016

The revealing story of triumph and tragedy behind British football’s greatest hero.
With archive footage, the golden era of English football and the World Cup victory are vividly brought to the big screen like never before.

WHY? Celebrating the 50th anniversary of England’s 1966 World Cup win

'A must-see film on Bobby Moore' Evening Standard

Click here to read the full review.

£10.50 (or 3 films for £27) / £9.50 conc (or 3 films for £24)

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Top Cat (U)

Dir: Andres Couturier 2015

Top Cat is poor, lonely and living on the streets. When he meets kind hearted cat Benny the pair become best friends – and partners in crime.

WHY? The ‘tail’ of how TC created his infamous Manhattan alley cats gang

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

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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.

Titles for Spring / Summer are:

July: Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
August: A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
September: The Children Act by Ian McEwan
October: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
November: From The Booker shortlist
December: Orfeo by Richard Powers

For 18+ years.

Summer
Wed 4 May, 1 Jun, 6 Jul and 3 Aug

Autumn
Wed 7 Sept, 5 Oct, 2 Nov, 7 Dec

7.30pm – 9.30pm
£5 per session including a drink from the bar

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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.

Summer
Wed 27 Apr - 25 May, 8 Jun - 6 Jul and 13 Jul - 10 Aug
8pm – 9pm

Autumn
Wed 7 Sept – 5 Oct, 12 Oct – 16 Nov (exc 26 Oct) and 23 Nov – 21 Dec
8pm – 9pm

£36 per 5 week course

For 18+ years.

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Embrace of the Serpent (12A)

Dir: Ciro Guerra 2015

(German and Portuguese with English subtitles)

Karamakate is an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people. He is befriended by two German scientists in search of a hallucinogenic plant. Inspired by the real life journals of two explorers.

WHY? ‘Haunting and beautifully shot’ ★★★★ Empire Magazine

'Enthralling, politically tinged, psychedelic, historical adventure film' ★★★★★ The Guardian

Click here to read the full review.

£10.50 (or 3 films for £27) / £9.50 conc (or 3 films for £24)

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Alice Through the Looking Glass (PG)

Dir: James Bobin 2016

Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland. She is joined by The Mad Hatter, The White Queen, The Red Queen and some new friends. Stars Anne Hathaway, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.

WHY? A spectacular new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories

'Plenty of imagination here to honour the spirit of Carroll’s topsy-turvy tales' Time Out

Click here to read the full review.

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

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners

Led by Richard Lee.

An opportunity for novice guitarists who can string chords together, and strum, to take the next step learning some classic songs, interesting chords, light music theory and the 12 bar blues.

Summer
Thur 28 Apr - 26 May, 9 Jun - 7 Jul and 14 Jul - 11 Aug
7pm – 8pm

Autumn
Thur 8 Sept – 6 Oct, 13 Oct – 17 Nov (exc 27 Oct) and 24 Nov – 22 Dec
7pm – 8pm

£36 per 5 week course

For 18+ years.

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Acoustic Guitar - Intermediate

Led by Richard Lee.

Play guitar but stuck in a rut? Want to play an entire song and impress your friends? Then this is course for you. Rediscover your 6 string and why you took it up originally. Learn some classic songs and reignite your guitar skills.

Summer
Thur 28 Apr - 26 May, 9 Jun - 7 Jul and 14 Jul - 11 Aug
8.15pm – 9.15pm

Autumn
Thur 8 Sept – 6 Oct, 13 Oct – 17 Nov (exc 27 Oct) and 24 Nov – 22 Dec
8.15pm – 9.15pm

£36 per 5 week course

For 18+ years.

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Yoga

Led by Julie Potter.

Learn breathing techniques to improve general wellbeing and aid relaxation. Practise traditional yoga postures and enjoy short guided relaxation sessions. Julie has been practising yoga since 1993 and qualified as a British Wheel teacher in 2004.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Summer
Fri 29 Apr - 10 Jun (except 3 Jun) and 17 Jun - 22 Jul
Intermediate 9.30am – 10.45am
Beginners 11am – 12.15pm

Autumn
Fri 5 Aug – 2 Sept (exc 26 Aug, 4 weeks), 16 Sept – 21 Oct and 4 Nov – 16 Dec (exc 18 Nov)
Intermediate 9.30am – 10.45am
Beginners 11am – 12.15pm

£42 per 6 week course

For 18+ years.

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Never 42

The UK’s forerunner Level 42 tribute band.

The seven piece band are all well travelled musicians in their own right. They have performed throughout the UK, Europe and Asia. They perform all the hits of the 80s stalwarts including Lessons In Love, Something About You and The Sun Goes Down.

WHY? Get ready for a high impact night of funk driven tunes

£15

@nordenfarm
@42never

Never 42's website
Never 42's Facebook page

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Deco Ensemble

The ensemble combine classical, jazz and traditional influences.

Their adventurous programming and virtuoso performances display extraordinary breadth and creativity. The Deco Ensemble are: Sabina Rakcheyeva (violin), Bartosz Glowacki (accordion/accordina), Ricardo Gosalbo (piano), Robert Luft (electric guitar) and Elena Marigómez (double bass).

WHY? Performing an eclectic and colourful combination of classical masterpieces and little known gems

£14, Supporters £11

@DecoEnsemble
@nordenfarm

Deco Ensemble website

The programme includes:
Emiliano Greco Sísima
Astor Piazzolla Tango del diablo
Astor Piazzolla Romance del diablo
Astor Piazzolla Vayamos al diablo
Gustavo Beytelmann Otras voces
Ramiro Gallo Viejo sabio
Frédéric Devreese Passage à 5
Ramiro Gallo Las malenas
Astor Piazzolla Kicho
Frédéric Devreese Gemini
Diego Schissi Líquido 3
Astor Piazzolla Concierto para quinteto

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Race (PG)

Dir: Stephen Hopkins 2016

Jesse Owens is an athlete determined to become the greatest track and field athlete in history. He is thrust onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, held in Hitler’s Germany.

WHY? An inspiring drama about one man’s fight to become an Olympic legend.

£10.50 (or 3 films for £27) / £9.50 conc (or 3 films for £24)

'A powerful, racially charged gladiator match' The Telegraph

Click here to read the full review.

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Where to Invade Next (15)

Dir: Michael Moore 2015

Political provocateur and film maker Michael Moore confronts the most pressing issues facing America today. He will stop at nothing to figure out how to actually make America great again.

WHY? A provocative and hilarious comedy, just in time for election season

'Moore heads abroad to examine how foreigners live, work, play and punish' ★★★★ Time Out

Click here to read the full review.

£10.50 (or 3 films for £27) / £9.50 conc (or 3 films for £24)

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Summer Art Week

Led by Michaela Clarke.

Work on individual craft activities with lots of messy materials and also work together on a group art project.

Suitable for ages 8+ years.

Mon 8 - Fri 12 Aug
10am - 4pm
£115 (£110 Advantage Card)

  •   8 Aug SOLD OUT
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Glyndebourne: Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict

A live screening from the opera festival.

The sunniest and funniest elements of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing are set to ravishing music, creating a witty love-hate duel. With the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Glyndebourne Chorus.

WHY? This comic gem makes its long awaited Glyndebourne premiere in Festival 2016

£15

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Mindfulness

Led by Jane Barker.

Relaxed drop in sessions (advance booking recommended).

A monthly opportunity to step out of 'busy, busy, doing, doing' and to 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.

Dealing with Stress

Tues 12 Jul

You Are Not Your Thoughts

Tues 9 Aug

Acceptance

Tues 13 Sept

Having it All – The Paradox of our Time

Tues 11 Oct

Kindness

Tues 8 Nov

Silent Night

Tues 6 Dec

7.30pm – 9pm
£10 per session
For 18+ years.

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Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach (cert TBC)

Dir: Louise Osmond 2016

Ken Loach is one of Britain’s most celebrated and controversial film directors. Having just won a second Palme D’Or at Cannes, this is a funny, provocative and revealing account of his life and career.

WHY? ‘Osmond’s excellent new documentary’ ★★★★ The Independent

'An engrossing study of this mild-mannered giant of British social realism' ★★★★ The Guardian

Click here to read the full review.

£10.50 (or 3 films for £27) / £9.50 conc (or 3 films for £24)

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Tale of Tales (15)

Dir: Matteo Garrone 2015

A stunning and unique work of gothic imagination, based on folk myths by Giambattista Basile. From the bitter quest of the Queen of Longtrellis, to the King of Highhills obsessed with a giant flea. Stars Salma Hayek, John C Reilly and Vincent Cassel.

WHY? ‘Fabulous in every sense’ ★★★★★ The Guardian

Click here to read the full review.

£10.50 (or 3 films for £27) / £9.50 conc (or 3 films for £24)

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Viennese Connections - Summer Concert Series 1

The programme features two contrasting sonatas by Beethoven, heart-warming works by Schubert and Mozart at his most profound and searching.

Alexandra Vaduva (piano)

Beethoven Sonata in G, Op.31No.1
Schubert Sonata in A minor, D.537
Mozart Adagio in B minor, K.540
Schubert Impromptus in E flat and G flat
Beethoven Sonata in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 (Moonlight)

The Romanian pianist Alexandra Vaduva returns to Norden Farm to open the summer recital series.

£16 (£14 conc) (£5 under 16s)

@nordenfarm

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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.

Fridays
10am – 10.45am
£6 | £4.50 additional children | £20 for block booking of 4 sessions

Please note - the session on Fri 29 July has be cancelled

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (cert TBC)

Dir: Dave Green 2016

Supervillain Shredder escapes custody and joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman. They unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. The Turtles prepare to take on Shredder but find themselves facing an even greater evil.

WHY? Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo and Raphael are back with sidekick April

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

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Learning to Drive (15)

Dir: Isabel Coixet 2014

Wendy is a fiery Manhattan author whose husband has just left her. Darwan is a soft spoken taxi driver from India on the verge of an arranged marriage. Wendy hires Darwan to teach her to drive and they strike up an unlikely friendship.

WHY? Stars Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley

'Touching, insightful and occasionally unpredictable' ★★★★ The Guardian

Click here to read the full review.

£10.50 (or 3 films for £27) / £9.50 conc (or 3 films for £24)

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Elvis & Nixon (15)

Dir: Liza Johnson 2016

In December 1970, the King of rock ’n roll shows up on the lawn of the White House. He requests a meeting with President Nixon. This is the untold story behind the revealing, yet humorous meeting. It is a moment forever immortalised in the most requested photograph in the US National Archives.

WHY? Stars Michael Shannon as Elvis Presley and Kevin Spacey as President Nixon

£10.50 (or 3 films for £27) / £9.50 conc (or 3 films for £24)

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Band Academy

Led by Elliott Harrison and James Vigurs

Do you dream of playing in a band, selling out the O2, performing every night to cheering crowds? Work with professional musicians and play alongside them! Learn popular songs, master improvisation and get your performance down to a tee! Finish your day by rocking out on the main stage. Suitable for ages 11 – 19 years.

Sat 13 Aug
10am – 5.30pm
£50

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The Mick Ralphs Blues Band

Performing tracks from their new album If It Ain’t Broke – Mick’s first studio album for a number of years.

Mick Ralphs formed both Mott the Hoople and Bad Company. His career features stadium tours, platinum selling songwriting and a huge devoted fan base.

WHY? Expect new tracks written by Mick and the band, plus a a mixture of classic blues tracks, some soul and a nod to Bad Company

£16

@realmickralphs
@nordenfarm

Mick Ralphs Blues Band website

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Family Concertini with the Blakes Heaven Big Band

An original and enjoyable live music experience designed for grown ups to enjoy with their children in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Blake’s Heaven Big Band is a 17 piece ensemble performing jazz, swing, pop, funk, TV themes, Latin and rock all with a unique twist!

Concertini has been nominated for Best New Activity For Children in the International What’s On 4 Juniors Award. Click here to vote by scrolling to Best New Activity for Children box (14th box down) and choosing Concertini from the drop down list.

WHY? Be inspired by sizzling saxes, screaming trumpets and soulful trombones whilst your little ones dance, sing, wriggle or sleep

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

@ConcertiniUK
@nordenfarm

Presented by Concertini
Blake's Heaven Big Band Website

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When Marnie Was There (U)

Dir: Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Jamie Simone 2014

Shy and artistic Anna moves to the seaside where she meets a mysterious young girl called Marnie. The two girls instantly form a unique connection and friendship that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality.

WHY? The final film from Studio Ghibli

'A tender, elegiac story about a young woman who learns the power of drawing (from) the past' ★★★★ Time Out

Click here to read the full review.

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

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The Colony (15)

Dir: Florian Gallenberger 2015

Lena and Daniel become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973. Daniel is abducted by Pinochet’s secret police. Lena tracks him to Colonia Dignidad. It is supposedly a charitable mission but no one has ever escaped from there. Stars Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl.

WHY? Inspired by true events

£10.50 (or 3 films for £27) / £9.50 conc (or 3 films for £24)

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Notes on Blindness (U)

Dir: Pete Middleton, James Spinney 2016

Documentary about John Hull who loses his sight but is determined to understand blindness. In 1983 he begins to keep an audio diary. What follows is a beautiful account in which actors lip synch to John’s original recordings.

WHY? A poetic and intimate story of loss, rebirth and transformation

£10.50 (or 3 films for £27) / £9.50 conc (or 3 films for £24)

'A beautiful, accessible and thoughtful one-off' ★★★★★ The Guardian

Click here to read the full review.

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Absolutely Fabulous (15)

Dir: Mandie Fletcher

Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone are still oozing glitz and glamour. They live the high life – shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hotspots. When they become entangled in a media storm, the pair flee to the French Riviera.

WHY? The stars of the award winning sitcom hit the big screen

£10.50 (or 3 films for £27) / £9.50 conc (or 3 films for £24)

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The Secret Life of Pets (cert TBC)

Dir: Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney 2016

In a Manhattan apartment building, Max is the favourite pet. But his life is turned upside down by the arrival of a sloppy mongrel named Duke.

WHY? Comedy about the lives our pets lead when we leave the house for the day

'Strong visual gags and a witty script' Empire

Click here to read the full review.

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

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Maggie's Plan (15)

Dir: Rebecca Miller 2015

Maggie is a practical thirty something New Yorker. Still single, she decides now is the time to have a child on her own. But when she meets struggling novelist John Harding, she adjusts her plans for motherhood.

WHY? A sweet, sophisticated and funny exploration of the unexpected complexities of modern romance

'A perfectly cast comedy of manners that couches complex emotional questions in joyous farce' ★★★★ Empire

Click here to read the full review.

£10.50 (or 3 films for £27) / £9.50 conc (or 3 films for £24)

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The Big Berkshire Beach Gig

A showcase for the most exciting local musical talent in our main theatre.

The line up includes: 

Circa Never - a gritty hard-hitting rock band with a captivating on stage energy and unrivalled presence. The band capture the feel of the 90's but pull it right up to date with blinding vocal melodies and a heavy groove.
 
Love That Jazz will be bringing glamour to the Courtyard stage - playing a mix of contemporary jazz and Latin with lots of style and humour.

Maidenhead based five piece From the Top join the line up with blistering bass lines and soulful vocals. The band will be putting their own mark on some select covers that are guaranteed to get you moving!

The evening wouldn't be complete without breaks between the acts - so you can soak up the atmosphere on our Hawaiian inspired beach!

£8

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A Real Mermaid's Tale

An exciting adventure on the high seas with pirates, monstrous sea creatures and mermaid treasure.

Follow our intrepid explorer, Amelia Buttersnap, on a journey full of magic, puppetry and mutinous rats.

WHY? From the company behind 2015’s A Real Fairy Story

Suitable for ages 3+ years.

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

Ripstop Theatre website

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The Legend of Tarzan (12a)

Dir: David Yates 2016

The man once known as Tarzan now lives as Lord Greystoke with his beloved wife Jane. He is invited back to the jungle to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament. But he is about to enter a game of greed and revenge.

WHY? Brand new action adventure about the legendary character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs

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

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Chevalier (18)

Dir: Athina Rachel Tsangari 2015

(Greek with English subtitles)

Six middle aged men charter a fishing trip on a luxury yacht. They decide to play a game to decide who is ‘the best in general’. The challenges are personal, physical and absurd. A satirical black comedy.

WHY? Winner of Best Film at the BFI London Film Festival

£10.50 (or 3 films for £27) / £9.50 conc (or 3 films for £24)

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Viennese Connections - Summer Concert Series 2

A rare chance to hear the quintets for piano and wind instruments by Mozart and Beethoven in the same evening.

St John’s Chamber Players

Mozart Sonata for piano duet in B flat, K.358
Schubert 3 Songs
Beethoven Quintet for piano and wind instruments, Op.16
Schubert Military Marches for piano duet, D.733
Beethoven 2 Songs
Mozart Quintet for piano and wind instruments, K.452

Nigel Wilkinson and Juliet Allen share the pianistic pleasures. Their thirty year duo partnership continues with endearing duets by Schubert and Mozart.

£16 (£14 conc) (£5 under 16s)

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Asterix and Obelix: Mansion of the Gods (cert TBC)

Dir: Louis Clichy, Alexandre Astier 2014

The setting is 50 BC. The entire territory of Gaul is occupied by the Romans – except for one village. To force out the Gauls, Julius Caesar plans to build a luxury residential complex right next to the village.

WHY? Can Asterix and Obelix foil Caesar's plans?

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

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Sari Schorr and The Engine Room

The New York Blues Hall of Fame singer performs hard driving blues-rock influenced by the late '60s British blues movement.

Sari mixes blues, rock, and soul with concrete melodies and poetic lyrics to striking effect. Her US and European 2016 tour launches at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

WHY? ‘With a powerhouse voice and a band to match this lady will certainly entertain. With whispers of Joplin and Turner her honeyed tones will raise the roof off the marquee’ Blues on the Farm

£15 (£13 conc)

@SariSchorr
@nordenfarm

Sari Schorr's website

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Ice Age: Collision Course (U)

Dir: Mike Thurmeier, Galen T Chu 2016

Scrat the saber toothed squirrel is still in pursuit of the elusive acorn. His search catapults him into the universe. He accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World.

WHY? Voiced by Simon Pegg, Adam Devine and Jennifer Lopez

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

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Ghostbusters (12A)

Dir: Paul Feig 2016

The long awaited return of the 1980s classic, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Who you gonna call? This summer, the Ghostbusters are here to save the world!

WHY? Written by Dan Aykroyd and starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig

£10.50 (or 3 films for £27) / £9.50 conc (or 3 films for £24)

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Summertime (15)

Dir: Catherine Corsini 2015

(French with English subtitles)

In 1971, farmers’ daughter Delphine moves to Paris to break free from the shackles of her family and to gain financial independence. Carole is a Parisian, living with Manuel, actively involved in the stirrings of the feminist movement. Their encounter turns their lives upside down.

WHY? ‘Radiant, heartfelt performances’ Screen Daily

£10.50 (or 3 films for £27) / £9.50 conc (or 3 films for £24)

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Dave Gorman (work in progress)

The comedian hits the road in preparation for the next series of his hit TV show Modern Life is Goodish.

Taking a mischievous look at modern life, Dave will share his observations and frustrations with a little help from his laptop.

WHY? ‘Has transformed the seemingly mundane into hours of unabashed hysteria’ Metro

@DaveGorman
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Dave's website

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Lisa Mills

The Mississippi native is an award winning soul and blues singer.

She is influenced by a variety of genres including country blues, gospel and Americana. Lisa is known for her raw vocals and can belt out the blues then effortlessly switch to a ballad.

‘If you like your Americana with some southern soul and blues, and a big, big voice, then this is the singer for you’ Maverick Magazine

£14, Supporters £11

@LisaMillsMusic
@nordenfarm

Lisa Mills' website

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The British Invasion Show

Remember a time when Britannia ruled the airwaves.

Go back to the sixties when British bands captured America's charts and minds. Get ready for classic tracks by all conquering heroes like The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Cream, Them, The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Pink Floyd, The Kinks and many more.

WHY? Featuring Johnny Warman (Peter Gabriel) and Dave Gregory (XTC)

£15

@magicbusband
@nordenfarm

The British Invasion Show's website

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Introduction to Mindfulness

Led by Jane Barker.

A day long introduction to mindfulness. A chance to step out of the ‘doing mode’ and to explore just ‘being’ for a few hours. The day combines information about mindfulness and practices.

‘You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf’ Jon Kabat-Zinn

Sun 4 Sept
10am – 4pm
£45

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Sunday Stories at the Farm

Led by Julie Loison.

Interactive storytelling in the magical story den, followed by a yummy Sunday lunch. 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

£3 per person. Lunch menu from £5.

Theatre Sparks Facebook page

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A Musical Soirée

A Musical Soiree Celebrating Rotary Young Musicians.

A Musical Soiree Celebrating Rotary Young Musicians. Featuring the winner of the 2014 RIBI competition, Robert Cheung; Isabela Irvine, the 2016 RIBI vocal winner; and other musicians from this year’s competition.

£16

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Teddies Music Club

Sing • Dance • Play

We’ll get you bouncing, jumping, tickling, giggling, laughing, oh and singing! It’s 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
10am – 11am
£5 | £4 additional children

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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Viennese Connections - Summer Concert Series 3

A rare chance to hear Mozart’s last chamber work, originally featuring glass harmonica.

St John’s Chamber Players

Schubert Sonatina in D for violin and piano
Beethoven 2 Songs
Mozart Piano Quartet in G minor, K.478
Mozart Adagio and Rondo in C, K.616
Schubert 3 Songs
Beethoven Piano Trio in D, Op.70 No.1 (Ghost)

The summer recital series devoted to great works from the Viennese classics concludes with a fine programme of masterworks.

£16 (£14 conc) (£5 under 16s)

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Nashville in the Round

Experience a taste of Nashville with three Nashville residents and female voices performing together and individually whilst supporting each other.

Sarah Darling, Jenn Bostic and Kyshona Armstrong are each recording artists in their own right. They come together for an evening of songs in the round from the music city.

WHY? An evening in the style of the Nashville’s famous Bluebird Café

Studio
£14

@SarahDarling
<a target="
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@kyshona
@nordenfarm

Sarah Darling's website
Jenn Bostic's website
Kyshona Armstrong's website

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The Real Thing

The three original vocalists from Britain's number one soul band perform with their 5 piece band.

They sold three million singles in the 1970s which were remixed and re-released to huge acclaim in the 1980s. They perform regularly at Rewind Festival alongside Rick Astley, Boy George and Belinda Carlisle.

WHY? Celebrating 40 years of hits including You to Me Are Everything, Can’t Get By Without You and Can You Feel the Force?

£22.50
This is a standing event with some allocated seating

The Real Thing's website

@nordenfarm

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Make Silver Rings and Bangles

Led by Janet Richardson.

Learn traditional metal working techniques whilst making your own jewellery. Create tings, bangles or a combination of the two.

Whatever you make will look professional – you’ll be proud to wear it as well as gaining skills. Materials cost to tutor dependent on weight of what you make (as a guide a ring would be between £2 - £5 depending on the thickness of metal).

Sat 10 Sept
10am – 4pm
£50

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Mindfulness for Children 1

Led by Lynne Wilkes.

Helping to improve concentration and learning. The course teaches skills for coping with stress and anxiety. It helps children to feel happier and more fulfilled as they make their way in life. Bring a cushion and blanket.

Saturday 10 – 24 Sept | 11.45am – 12.45pm
£10 per session or £24 for 3 sessions

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Going South

Brace yourselves for a very special evening of musical frivolity.

This fabulous trio unleash their zany mix of comedy and stunning harmonies. Expect an act unlike any other - opera meets West End and irreverent humour abounds. Going South's incredible vocals are guaranteed to make you leave wanting more.

WHY? Put simply, a class act – utterly loveable.

£12

@nordenfarm

Going South website

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An Evening of Jazz - Raising Money for MacMillan

Gina Squires invites you to an evening of jazz with six of the UK’s finest musicians and singers.

Geoff Castle (pianist), Emiliano Caroselli (drummer), Shireen Francis (vocalist),
Jenny Howe (vocalist), Paul Morgan (double bass) and Tim Whitehead (saxophone).

WHY? Supporting the Macmillan Well Being Programme in Berkshire

£17 (£5 under 16s)

@nordenfarm

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It's Show Time! with the Noteworthy Vocal Quartet

Join William, James, Liz and Cat for classics from stage and screen.

Hits include favourites from The King and I, 42nd Street and Carousel. Suitable for ages 0–5 years.

WHY? A relaxed family concert where children can move around and interact with the music

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£10 (£8 under 16s), Family & Friends (4 people) £32, Babies under 18 months – free

@noteworthy_uk
@nordenfarm

The Noteworthy Vocal Quartet's website

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Drawing in Colour: Eyes, Ears, Nose, Mouth, Face

Led by Jo Hall.

Focus each week on drawing a different part of the face, looking at the structure of each and relating each to the whole head. The final week will be drawing a whole head from life. Any drawing medium may be used: ink, conté crayon, charcoal or pencil. Please bring your own materials.

Tues 13 Sept - 11 Oct
10am – 1pm
£82 for 5 week course or £18 per class

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Digi Den II

Led by DJ Mhlanga

Animate, record and edit in our Digi Den. Students will work together to develop their technique and understanding of filming, podcasting, green screen and stop motion animation.

Each term is 10 weeks long. Suitable for all levels of experience.

From Tues 13 Sept
School Year 7 – 13 | 4.30pm – 6pm | £80 per term

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Maidenhead Community Choir

Led by Tina Reibl.

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

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Summer
Tues 21 Apr – 7 Jul (exc 26 May and 2 Jun) | 7pm – 8.15pm

Autumn
Tues 13 Sept – 22 Nov (exc 25 Oct) | 7pm – 8.15pm

£70 per 10 week course

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Made in Dagenham

1968: the women workers at Ford’s Dagenham car plant fight for equal pay.

A musical comedy about friendship, love and the importance of fighting for what is right. Made In Dagenham shows how ordinary people can do extraordinary things when they stand together

WHY? This musical adaptation of the award winning film is based on a true story

£16 (Tues)
£17 (Wed-Sat)

@nordenfarm

SWMTC's website

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Jonathan Pie - Live

Jonathan Pie is a respected news reporter for a respected news broadcaster but he has a problem.

He hates his job. He hates his colleagues. But mainly he hates the f**king news. Suitable for ages 14+ years.

WHY? Join Jonathan as he hilariously reveals the truth behind recent news events both home and abroad

£13.50

@JonathanPieNews
@nordenfarm

Jonathan Pie's website

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Make Silver Jewellery 1

Led by Janet Richardson.

Beginners work on projects which introduce classic techniques in metalworking and will end with a set of jewellery. Learn skills including cutting, soldering, filing, polishing and texturing.

Experienced students are shown new techniques and guided on how to move forward with their own designs and projects.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

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

Summer
Wed 27 Apr - 25 May and 15 Jun - 13 Jul
10am – 12pm
£84 per 5 week course

Autumn
Wed 14 Sept - 19 Oct and 2 Nov – 30 Nov
10am – 12pm
£84 per 5 week course

For 18+ years.

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Make Silver Jewellery 2

Led by Janet Richardson.

Beginners work on projects which introduce classic techniques in metalworking and will end with a set of jewellery. Learn skills including cutting, soldering, filing, polishing and texturing. Experienced students are shown new techniques and guided on how to move forward with their own designs and projects.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

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

Summer
Wed 27 Apr - 25 May and 15 Jun - 13 Jul
12.15pm – 2.15pm
£84 per 5 week course

Autumn
Wed 14 Sept - 19 Oct and 2 Nov – 30 Nov
10am – 12pm
£84 per 5 week course

For 18+ years.

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Youth Theatre (A)

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

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

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

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

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

Juniors £67 per term
School Year 2 & 3

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Youth Theatre (B)

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

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

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

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

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


Juniors £67 per term
School Year 4, 5 & 6

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Youth Theatre (Academy)

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

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

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

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

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


Academy £97 per term
School Year 12 & 13+

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Art Adventures: Drawing Experiments

Led by Amanda Schenk

Discover how different drawing materials make marks to create artworks.

Explore all the possibilities of playing with art materials to build up your drawing skills. Experiment with a wide range of drawing materials and exploring mark making.

Suitable for ages 7+ years.

Thur 15, 22 and 29 Sept
4pm – 5.15pm
£30 per 3 week course

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Arts Award - Creative Crusaders

Led by Julie Loison

An exciting opportunity to enjoy and explore the arts. Participants use blogs, scrapbooks, pictures and reports to work towards the Trinity Arts Award. They can discover how their interests relate to Norden Farm by investigating activities and careers. Norden Farm workshops, live events and leadership projects can all be part of the experience.

Terms are 10 weeks and awards can be achieved over one or more terms.

School Year 7 – 13

Autumn Term
(from Thur 15 Sept) 5.15pm – 6.45pm

£80 per term

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De Temps Antan

An explosion of violin, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki and foot tapping.

The three piece band all hail from Quebec and join us direct from a tour of Canada and the US. They showcase the very best of traditional Quebecois music and propel folk to a whole new level. Expect time honoured melodies from the stomping grounds of Quebec’s musical past.

WHY? An invitation to celebrate, with non stop songs, jigs, foot-tapping and reels!

Studio
£14, £11 Supporters

@detempsantan
@nordenfarm

De Temps Antan's website

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Make Silver Jewellery 3

Led by Janet Richardson.

Beginners work on projects which introduce classic techniques in metalworking and will end with a set of jewellery. Learn skills including cutting, soldering, filing, polishing and texturing. Experienced students are shown new techniques and guided on how to move forward with their own designs and projects.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

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

Summer
Fri 22 Apr - 20 May and 10 Jun - 8 Jul
10am – 12pm
£84 per 5 week course

Autumn
Fri 16 Sept - 21 Oct and 4 Nov - 2 Dec
10am – 12pm
£84 per 5 week course

For 18+ years.

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Fun with Acrylics: Large and Loose

Led by Karen Carter.

Free up the way you paint by working large and fast! We will be producing a number of still life studies in one day with an emphasis on energetic and expressive brushwork combined with careful colour selection to create lively and vibrant images. A basic knowledge of acrylics is desirable. Please bring your own materials.

10.30am – 3.30pm | £38 per class

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Make Silver Jewellery 4

Led by Janet Richardson.

Beginners work on projects which introduce classic techniques in metalworking and will end with a set of jewellery. Learn skills including cutting, soldering, filing, polishing and texturing. Experienced students are shown new techniques and guided on how to move forward with their own designs and projects.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

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

Summer
Fri 22 Apr - 20 May and 10 Jun - 8 Jul
12.15pm – 2.15pm
£84 per 5 week course

Autumn
Fri 16 Sept - 21 Oct and 4 Nov - 2 Dec
12.15pm – 2.15pm
£84 per 5 week course

For 18+ years.

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Digi Den I

Led by DJ Mhlanga

Animate, record and edit in our Digi Den. Students will work together to develop their technique and understanding of filming, podcasting, green screen and stop motion animation. Each term is 10 weeks long. Suitable for all levels of experience.

From Fri 16 Sept
School Year 7 – 13 | 4.30pm – 6pm | £80 per term

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The Vinyl Frontier - Rio by Duran Duran vs True by Spandau Ballet

Hosted by Jeff Lloyd.

Two New Romantic giants battle it out for pop supremacy. Which album would get your vote? The audience votes for their favourite at the start of the night and again after playing them both – will it be the same result?

Studio
£8

@vinyljeff
@nordenfarm

The Vinyl Frontier's website

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Kathak Dance - Intermediate

Led by Ambika Dhir and Devika Shangari.

Experience the dance style from Northern India known for intricate footwork and fast pirouettes. Incorporates bells around ankles and chance to perform in traditional costumes with jewellery.

Intermediate l 10.30am – 11.30am l £73 per term (from Sat 17 Sept)

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Kathak Taster Class

Led by Devika Shangari and Ambika Dhir.

Experience the dance style from Northern India known for intricate footwork and fast pirouettes.

Incorporates bells around ankles and the chance to perform in traditional costumes with jewellery.

Join one of our two half hour trial classes this September before signing up for the whole term.

Saturday 17 and 24 September
11.30am - 12pm
Free

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So Comedy Live - On the Road

The producers of the Graham Norton Show bring you their pick of the very best names on the comedy circuit.

Brett Goldstein’s television credits include his regular role as Tom in Channel 4’s Derek and co-starring roles in Sky’s 30 & Counting plus the BBC’s Live at the Electric and Uncle.

WHY? 'Sharply written, impeccably delivered, always charming... warm, wise stuff’ ★★★★ The Telegraph

Studio
£12

@so_comedy
@nordenfarm

So Comedy's website

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Jessica Martin - You Made Me Love You

The West End star celebrates one of the world's greatest entertainers – Judy Garland.

This show is a personal journey of one performer's discovery of Judy Garland through her songs, life story and her matchless craft. Accompanied by James Church.

WHY? ‘A gutsy, versatile singer and also a very talented mimic, a musical comedy star of the first magnitude’ Time Out

Studio
£14

@jessica7martin
@nordenfarm

Jessica Martin's website

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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.

(from Tues 20 Sept) 4.30pm – 5.30pm
£67 per term.

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Youth Dance - Junior

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.

From Tues 20 Sept
9+ years l 5.45pm – 7pm l £67 per term

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Swing Dance 1

Led by Jennifer Maghzal.

Reading Swing Jam is teaming up with Norden Farm Centre for the Arts to bring swing dancing to Maidenhead! Learn the Lindy Hop and partner-dancing from the 1920s-50s in a fun and informal environment. The Lindy Hop is often referred to as the most joyful dance. Once you get started it's easy to catch the jitterbug.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Tues 20 Sept – 8 Nov (exc 27 Sept, 25 Oct)

Level 1 Class | 7.30pm – 8.30pm | £8 (£7 conc), £30 (£25 conc) per 5 week course
Social Dancing | 8.30pm – 9.30pm | £3

@nordenfarm
@RdgSwingJam

Reading Swing Jam website

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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.

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


£97 per term
School Year 7, 8 & 9

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Youth Theatre (F)

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

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

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

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

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


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

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Gilmore and Roberts

The contemporary folk/acoustic duo combine award winning songwriting with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies.

Gilmore and Roberts have been nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) have toured Canada and mainland Europe. They have played some of the UK's biggest acoustic festivals, toured with folk rock legends Fairport Convention and won countless accolades for their genre-spanning work.

The duo have appeared on several Best Album lists and received national airplay on both BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6Music.


WHY? 'Hot property' fRoots

'Gilmore & Roberts take English folk and scuff it up with indie rock drama' Q Magazine

'Enthralling… consistently compelling' Pure M Magazine

'Head and shoulders above their contemporaries' Rockin' Magpie

Studio
£14

@gilmoreroberts
@nordenfarm

Gilmore & Robert's website

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Fun with Acrylics: Pen, Ink and Wash

Led by Karen Carter.

Learn how to create an image using acrylic paints and inks in a loose & fluid way. We will use wet-in-wet techniques, spattering, resists and water-soluble pencils to produce vibrant texture and colour along with dip-pens, sticks and acrylic ink for line work and detail. A basic knowledge of acrylics is desirable. Please bring your own materials.

10.30am – 3.30pm | £38 per class

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Autumn Ceilidh

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

They'll guide you through dances like Muffin Man's Jig, Gay Gordon's and Cumberland Square 8 with familiar tunes including Atholl Highlanders, Rogue's March and Dashing White Sergeant.

WHY? A social evening of dance in our glorious 18th century barn

Long Barn
£15 (£13 conc)


@nordenfarm

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Lee Nelson (work in progress)

Lee Nelson says 'A unique opportunity to come and see me perform some brand new material in an intimate venue for not much money, before it’s any good.'


WHY? Join the comedian as he warms up for his 2017 tour

Studio
£15

@RealLeeNelson
@nordenfarm

Lee Nelson's website

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Introduction to Technical Theatre

Led by Norden Farm Technicians.

A taster for anyone interested in technical theatre. Maybe you work with community performance groups or are interested in becoming a Norden Farm volunteer technician. If you want to see what’s involved and how it all works or just fancy hanging around backstage here’s the place to start. We will cover lighting, sound, rigging, set building, flying and more.

Sat 24 Sept and Sat 1 Oct
10am – 12pm
£10

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Caerphilly Male Group Voices Concert

Uplifting music, stirring melodies, rich harmonies; the Caerphilly Male Voice Choir delivers on all these.

Uplifting music, stirring melodies, rich harmonies; the Caerphilly Male Voice Choir delivers on all these. Established in 1906 this is one of the longest running choirs in Wales and, boy, they love to sing.

WHY? With a wideranging repertoire, expect to hear anything from male voice classics to operatic pieces and showstopping songs from popular musicals

Courtyard Theatre
£15

@nordenfarm

Caerphilly Male Voice's website

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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.

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


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

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Layla's Room

For Layla, every day is a battleground.

The pay gap, the thigh gap and selfies that are photoshopped– they’re just part of the world she lives in. But Layla’s world is about to change. Award winning writer Sabrina Mahfouz weaves together the voices of 1000 UK teens collected from a national survey. From the company who previously brought Rise Up and The Muddy Choir to Norden Farm.

WHY? A hard hitting yet hopeful story of how girls just wanna have fun(damental human rights)

Courtyard Theatre
£14 (£12 conc)

@TCLive
@nordenfarm

Theatre Centre's website

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Hi-de-Hi

Maplins Holiday Camp 1950s. Joe Maplin announces that he is setting up a new camp in the Bahamas and the annual ‘Miss Yellowcoat of the Year’ competition will decide who is to go. Meanwhile a drunken incident with Jeffrey and Gladys keep the staff of Maplins gossiping!

For those who fondly remember the TV show that was so popular in the 1980's, your favourite characters are all here, the shy Jeffrey, over amorous Gladys, grumpy Partridge and smelly Fred to name but a few.
Our performances of ‘Allo ‘Allo! sold out last year, so order your tickets now.

£15


@TheGrimmPlayers
@nordenfarm

The Grimm Player's website

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Invent Your Artwork: Artist's Sketchbooks Workshop

Led by Amanda Schenk and Maggie Kluba.

Discover new processes by taking creative risks to achieve exciting and original artworks using mixed media, paper and stitch.

In this session you will create your own sketchbook while exploring expressive mark making. £15 materials fee to tutor.

Thur 29 Sept - 20 Oct
10am – 1pm
£68

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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The Heath String Quartet with Adrian Brendel

The Heath are among the foremost string quartets in the UK.

Their programme includes quartets by Haydn (op 54 no 4) and Beethoven (op 130). They are joined by renowned cellist Adrian Brendel (son of pianist Alfred Brendel) to play the sublime Schubert cello quintet.

WHY? Don’t miss this superb performance of the best in classical music played by the best

Courtyard Theatre
£17, £12 MMS Members

@heathquartet
@nordenfarm

The Heath Quartet's website

Adrian Brendel's website

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Fun with Acrylics: Towards Abstraction - Natural Forms

Led by Karen Carter.

Using ideas such as scale, mark making and repetition we will work through a process of taking a realistic starting point and creating an abstracted interpretation of it. This workshop is about approaches to abstraction, not producing a finished piece of work. No experience needed. £1.50 materials fee to tutor.

10.30am – 3.30pm | £38 per class

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Debra Stephenson - Night of One Hundred Voices

An evening of comedy, music and impressions!

Debra is the star of BBC Radio 4's Dead Ringers and The Impressions Show, ITV1's Newzoids, Coronation Street and Bad Girls.

WHY? 'An amazingly accomplished performer' Radio Times

Courtyard Theatre
£15

@DebraStephenson
@nordenfarm

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Portrait Drawing

Led by Harriet Brittaine.

Learn about the stages of portraiture and work from a live model in this relaxed yet structured workshop. Students are taught about proportion, the structure of the head and values. Drawing with charcoal, the class will experiment with creating contrast between light and dark (chiaroscuro) to depict facial features. Materials included.

Sat 1 Oct
10am – 3pm
£34

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Showtime (unplugged)

Celebrating the very best of the musicals.

Expect songs from some of the biggest shows from the UK and overseas. Joining host Tom Murton are the exceptional Amelia Wall, Lorna Young and Niven Willett.

WHY? An unforgettable evening of musical theatre, performed by some of Berkshire’s leading musical theatre talents

Studio
£10 (£8 conc)

@nordenfarm

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The Lindisfarne Story

Tyneside group Lindisfarne exploded onto the music scene in 1970.

They became the standard bearers for acoustic based rock music. The group achieved international success and their music is still ever present on UK radio. Former group members Billy Mitchell and Ray Laidlaw tell The Lindisfarne Story from the very beginning.

WHY? Featuring stories and live acoustic versions of the classic songs, all illustrated with archive video and stills

Courtyard Theatre
£18

@nordenfarm

The Lindisfarne Story's website

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Macbeth: Blood will have Blood

This one man adaptation takes us on a break-neck journey through the blood-soaked world of Macbeth.

It uses razor sharp storytelling, a dramatic on screen world and a heart-stopping soundtrack. Young audiences (and their families) are offered a glimpse into life under Scotland’s tyrant King. Suitable for ages 9+ years.

WHY? An unforgettable introduction to Shakespeare’s shocking story of ambition, greed and the abuse of power

Presented by Contender Charlie, China Plate and Warwick Arts Centre

Courtyard Theatre
£14 (£10 under 16s) Family & Friends (4 people) £40

Macbeth: Blood will have Blood's website

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Fun with Acrylics: Portraits for Beginners

Led by Karen Carter.

During this workshop we will explore aspects of colour, form, proportion and brushwork in portrait painting. There will be demos, handouts, exercises and individual help throughout the day. A basic knowledge of acrylics is desirable. Please bring your own materials.

10.30am – 3.30pm | £38 per class

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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The Vinyl Frontier - Your Best of...Prince

Hosted by Jeff Lloyd.

Celebrate the music of Prince in a night of purpleness. Twelve champions choose their favourite Prince track and spin it on vinyl. Vote at the end to choose your favourite.

Studio
£8

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The Pendulum Jazz Orchestra

The 25 piece orchestra returns to Norden Farm.

The young lions of Pendulum perform with featured guest artist Julian Siegel (sax) and surprise guests. The orchestra’s CD is nominated for ‘Re-issue CD of the Year 2016’. Expect a festival of jazz in one swinging, fiery, creative night. A memorable evening– creating echoes of Summer thunder, Autumn storms and evoking still, clear nights of Winter.

WHY? ‘The future of jazz is safe in the hands of these young chefs’ Brecon Jazz

Courtyard Theatre
£16 (£14 conc) (£5 under 16s)

@nordenfarm

The Pendulum Jazz Orchestra's website

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Ink Drawing: Weathered

Led by Jo Hall.

Explore drawing in line and tone with the pen and with the brush. Use ink to draw natural objects from life, especially those that are decaying or weathered (stones and lichen encrusted branches, skeleton leaves, eroded rocks etc).

10am – 3pm
£38

For 18+ years.

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Family

Writer-performer and UK poetry slam champion Ben Norris battles the country’s most notorious service stations and the perils of lower-league football in search of the man who became his father.

A hilarious and moving ramshackle road trip that asks searching questions of identity. Winner of the IdeasTap Underbelly Award 2015.

WHY? ‘A truly talented performer with genuine presence and charisma to burn’ ★★★★★ Three Weeks

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)

@BenNorris7
@nordenfarm

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Family's website

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Back to Blackbrick

Cosmo keeps a promise to his grandad – to go to Blackbrick.

He finds a forgotten corner of a distant past. It is a past that his grandad has never talked about. A brand new adaptation of Sarah Moore Fitzgerald's beautiful novel about Alzheimer's and time travel. With a live original folk score.

WHY? 'A triumph… captures the imagination and the heart' ★★★★★ BroadwayBaby.com

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

@Patch_of_Blue
@nordenfarm

Patch of Blue Theatre's website

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Alexander Technique

Led by Martin Smith.

A body awareness workshop teaching poise, balance and an easier way of carrying out everyday activity. It helps to relieve pain and discomfort brought on by poor posture and can help those with back and neck problems. Bring a blanket and some paperback books to rest your head on.

Sun 9 Oct
2.30pm – 5pm
£30

For 18+ years.

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Flux

The four piece band perform music packed with intricate melodies and surging rhythms.

Shammi Pithia (bansuri) is an accomplished producer and multi-instrumentalist Michael Goodey has worked with artists such as Plan B. Suroj Sureshbabu has developed a unique percussive guitar style that drives the rhythm in Flux live sets.

WHY? Expect shades of folk, indie, Western and Indian classical music

Studio
£14, £11 Supporters

@flux_official
@nordenfarm

Flux's website

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Fun with Acrylics: Colourful Landscapes

Led by Karen Carter.

The group of painters known as the Fauvists – Matisse, Derain, Dufy & Vlaminck – were renowned for their uninhibited use of vivid bold colour. We will follow in their footsteps and create vibrant energetic landscape paintings from your own photos and sketches. Demos and individual help throughout. A basic knowledge of acrylics is desirable. Please bring you own materials.

10.30am – 3.30pm | £38 per class

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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The Billy Joel Songbook performed by Elio Pace & his Band

A sensational tour celebrating the phenomenal music of Billy Joel.

Featuring the massive hits, Uptown Girl, Just The Way You Are and My Life as well as fan favourites such as Scenes From An Italian Restaurant, Goodnight Saigon and Piano Man.

WHY? An electrifying concert performed by this dynamic singer/songwriter and his 6 piece band

Courtyard Theatre
£22.50 (£20 conc)

@eliopace
@nordenfarm

Elio Pace's website

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Life Drawing

Led by Harriet Brittaine.

In these exciting and welcoming sessions, explore the complexities of the human form by working from a professional life model. With a variety of short and long poses, learn both traditional charcoal drawing methods and new, experimental techniques.

Sat 15 Oct |10am – 3pm | £34
Sat 29 Oct | 2pm – 5pm | £25
Sat 12 Nov | 2pm – 5pm | £25

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Adult Upcycle Mixed Media and Print Day

Led by Caroline Crawford.

Learn to create drawings and prints with paper, textiles, recycled materials and simple printing techniques. With a wide variety of materials and techniques to create and experiment with. Caroline gives lots of guidance, tips and techniques; you will learn how to combine your materials to create rich textural compositions. This project is material-led and everyone will be guided to use different techniques. Suitable for all levels of experience. £3 materials cost to tutor.

Sat 15 Oct
10am - 3pm
£23

For 18+ years.

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Felicity Ward - 50% More Likely To Die

In 2015 Felicity wrote a show about mental illness and her bumhole (IBS).

At the Edinburgh Festival Fringe it was the third-best reviewed comedy show. Always one to flog a dead horse, this is her latest show about mental illness.

WHY? ★★★★ The Times | ★★★★ The Guardian | ★★★★ The Sunday Times | ★★★★ Chortle ★★★★ Time Out | ★★★★ Three Weeks ★★★★ The Independent

Studio
£12

@felicityward
@nordenfarm

Felicity Ward's website

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The Collector

  1. Mazrat Prison, Iraq. Previously a notorious torture house, it is now under Allied command.

Nassir works here, translating for the American interrogators. He’s local, pro-Western and determined to bring liberal values to his country. When he is recognised by a new prisoner and psychotic supporter of the old regime, his life becomes a living hell. Winner of the Fringe First Award.

WHY? A compelling tale of murder, evil and betrayal born from Henry Naylor’s own experiences

Courtyard Theatre
£15 (£13 conc)

@ProductionsKB
@nordenfarm

The Collector's website

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Pajama Men: 2 Man 3 Musketeers

The spectacularly surreal Pajama Men have won acclaim across the globe.

Peek into the labyrinthine minds of two of comedy’s greatest talents with an audacious show packed with new, dizzyingly hilarious characters.

The shape-shifting double act return with a live, comic existential meltdown that takes place as two comedians attempt to stage an epic, historical, romance novel in under an hour.

WHY? 'One of the most dazzling displays of comedy theatre I’ve ever seen. It’s weird. And it’s wonderful' ★★★★★ The Times

'Without props and costumes, but with expert skill and an impish sense of fun, the Pajama Men create a cartoon of the mind – a shape-shifting world in which anything seems not just possible, but imminent' ★★★★★ The Guardian

'One of the most original, innovative and hilarious comedy acts around' ★★★★★ The Telegraph

Ages 16+ years

Studio
£14


@pajamamen
@nordenfarm

Pajama Men's website

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Printing Workshop: Monoprinting

Led by Karen Carter.

Learn the basics of this simple hand-printing process and produce a set of single and multi-colour prints in this structured but relaxed workshop. Look at creating interesting layers using additive and subtractive mark-making techniques together with drawn monoprints. Suitable for all levels of experience. £4 materials fee to tutor.

Fri 21 Oct
10.30am – 3.30pm
£38 per class

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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A Night of ELO

A dramatic taste of what the classic ELO were like in the heyday.

The whole experience is a professional re-enactment of an ELO concert with a great sound reproduction and light show. It brings back age of Glam Rock and pays tribute to the beautifully crafted songs of Jeff Lynne.

WHY? All the big hits are performed – Mr Blue Sky, Livin’ Thing, Sweet Talkin’ Woman, plus many more

£17.50

@ELOAGAIN
<a target="
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ELO Again's website

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Upcycled Dragonfly Mobile

Led by Caroline Crawford.

Delve into the wonderful world of insects! Look at how an insect is made up then work with recycled materials and glass paint. Create several individual dragonflies, suspending them as a beautiful mobile to take home and display. Suitable for ages 7 – 11 years

Sat 22 Oct | 10am - 3pm | £23 (plus £2 materials)

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Wifi Wars

A live comedy game show where you play along!

Login with your smartphone or tablet and compete in games, quizzes and challenges to win the show – and prizes! Hosted by comedian and regular videogames commentator Steve McNeil. He’s appeared on Challenge TV’s Videogame Nation and Ginx TV’s Minecraft: Digging Deeper. This Autumn Steve stars in Dave’s Go 8-Bit alongside by Dara O’Briain.

WHY? ‘Not to be missed’ The Guardian

Studio
£15

@wifiwarsuk
@nordenfarm

Wifi War's website

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Christian Garrick and the Budapest Cafe Orchestra

Traditional folk and gypsy flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia.

The line up includes Christian Garrick (violin, darabuka), Eddie Hession (accordion),
Adrian Zolotuhin (guitar, saz, balalaika, domra) and Kelly Cantlon (double bass). They perform Klezmer, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czadas and ballads such as the theme to Schindler's List.

WHY? ‘Back by popular demand, the fiery vivacity and awe-inspiring musicianship of the finest purveyors of Eastern European gypsy’ The Times

Courtyard Theatre
£15, £12 Supporters


@bco100
@cgarrick
<a target="
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The Budapest Cafe Orchestra's website

Chris Garrick's website

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Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage

The folk duo perform intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar.

They create a refined sound that is both decidedly their own and classically timeless. Hannah is influenced by her time in the American North East. Ben has written and toured with The Willows.

WHY? ‘Beautiful voice breathes new life into traditional material from both sides of the pond’ Maverick Magazine

Studio
£12


@folkhannah
@nordenfarm

Hannah Sander's website

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The Rat Pack is Back

Britain's longest running tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr.

The trio sing like their heroes, physically resemble them on stage, share their unique mannerisms and even talk like they are appearing at the Sands. They are backed by the swinging Don Hunt band and joined by two dancers.

WHY? With all the hits including Ain’t That a Kick In The Head, The Lady is a Tramp, My Way, Mr Bojangles and New York New York

Courtyard Theatre
£22


@Theratpackshow
@nordenfarm

The Rat Pack's website

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Shark in the Park

Timothy Pope is looking through his telescope – but wait, is that a shark, in the park!?

Join Timothy Pope (and his telescope!) on his exciting adventures. A fin-tastic family musical from the creative team behind The Hairy Maclary show.

WHY? Nick Sharratt is the award winning illustrator best known for working with Jacqueline Wilson and Julia Donaldson. All three of his Shark in the Park books come alive on stage!

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


@nordenfarm

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Music for Flute and Harp

Live music concerts for families, performed in a relaxed and enjoyable way

11.30am– Pieces are kept short and children can move around and interact with the music if they like. Quiet toys and colouring are available. Suitable for ages 0-5 years.
Babies under 18 months– free.

2pm– Children can interact with the musicians, ask questions and play instruments. Suitable for ages 5+ years.

WHY? Live music concerts for families, performed in a relaxed and enjoyable way

Studio

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

@ConcertiniUK
@nordenfarm

Concertini's website

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Tim FitzHigham as Will Kempe - Shakespeare's Stand Up

In 1600 the greatest comedian in the world and the greatest playwright in history had a big fight.

To show Shakespeare the true nature of comedy Will Kempe morris danced from London to Norwich in nine days. Now multi award winning comedian Tim FitzHigham takes on Will Kempe in a Shakespeare stand up comedy show.

WHY? ‘Inspirational’ Time Out

Studio
£12

@timfitzhigham
@nordenfarm

Limehouse Lizzy's website

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The Tinderbox

A roguish soldier acquires a magic tinderbox.

It gives him the power to summon three extraordinary dogs to do his bidding. Join the soldier on a remarkable roller coaster adventure from rags to riches and back again! With rod puppets, shadow puppets, humanettes, glove puppets and animation. Suitable for ages 4+ years.

WHY? Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen

Studio

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

@norwich_puppet
@nordenfarm

Norwich Puppet Theatre's website

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Next Steps: Dance Intensive

Led by Charlie Dixon

Experience being an A-Troupe dancer in a real dance studio for two jam packed days. Suitable for ages 9 – 12 years. No audition necessary.

WHY? Work with a professional dancer to develop your technique in class, learn routines and create your own choreography

£75 (£65 Advantage Card)

@nordenfarm

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Rapunzel

Tangles? Split Ends? Frizzy? Flyaway?

It’s hard having a bad hair day. Poor Rapunzel spends her life in a tower with a wicked old witch using her hair as a step ladder! Suitable for ages 4+ years.

WHY? An enchanting show based on the Grimm tale

Courtyard Theatre

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

@thewidders
@nordenfarm

Theatre of Widdershin's website

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WMSO Young Musicians of 2015

Winners of the Windsor and Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra’s Young Musicians competition demonstrate why they will be the virtuosos of tomorrow

Violinist Polina Makhova plays pieces by Bach, Brahms, Ysaye and Shostakovich. Elliot Gresty will play Saint-Saens, Herbert Howells and Verdi on the clarinet.

WHY? Prepare to be thrilled!

Presented by Maidenhead Music Society

Courtyard Theatre
£15, £10 MMS Members

@nordenfarm

Maidenhead Music Society's website

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An Intimate Evening with Jo Harman – Voice and Piano Tour

Jo Harman is an award winning vocalist who has performed at some of Europe's most prestigious venues.

This very special, intimate, show will feature soulful, compelling performances featuring not only 'bare-to-the-bone' versions of Jo's own songs but also her own take on songs that mean something special to her.

WHY? 'Sometimes you hear a voice that leaves you speechless...I am’ Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 2

Studio
£14

@jo_harman
@nordenfarm

Jo Harman's website

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Nish Kumar - Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Unless You Shout the Words Real Loud

A comedy show about history, democracy & capitalism.

As seen on BBC1's Live at the Apollo and Have I Got News For You. Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee 2015. Rose d’Or winner – Best Radio Comedy.

'Utterly brilliant' ★★★★★ Time Out

'A masterclass by a no-frills standup at the height of his powers' ★★★★ The Guardian

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)


@MrNishKumar
@nordenfarm

Nish's website

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Simon Goodall & The Bourne Again Shadows

Reproducing the authentic sounds of Cliff and The Shadows in the sixties.

This is a celebration of some of the UK's most enduring music. Their repertoire includes Cliff classics like The Young Ones, Living Doll, Summer Holiday and Please Don't Tease. Also expect Shadows big hits including Apache, Wonderful Land and Foot-Tapper.

WHY? Even Sir Cliff has said Simon is the best sound-alike in the business.

Courtyard Theatre
£15

@nordenfarm

The Bourne Again Shadow's website

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Mindfulness for Children 2

Led by Lynne Wilkes.

Helping to improve concentration and learning. The course teaches skills for coping with stress and anxiety. It helps children to feel happier and more fulfilled as they make their way in life. Bring a cushion and blanket.

Saturday 29 Oct – 12 Nov | 11.45am – 12.45pm
£10 per session or £24 for 3 sessions

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Dark Side of the Wall

A tribute to Pink Floyd.

The award winning band are celebrating their 20th anniversary. Expect over two hours of reverent tribute to their heroes as they perform music from all Pink Floyd’s classic albums and feature tracks.

WHY? With all the hits including Comfortably Numb, Money, Wish You Were Here, Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Another Brick in The Wall

Courtyard Theatre
£16
@DSOTW_UK
@nordenfarm

Dark Side of the Wall's website

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Branagh Theatre Live: The Entertainer

An encore screening from the Garrick Theatre.

Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, John Osborneʼs modern classic conjures the seedy glamour of the old music halls for an explosive examination of public masks and private torment.

Rob Ashford directs Kenneth Branagh as the Archie Rice in the final production for Plays at the Garrick season.

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St John's Chamber Orchestra

The 18th century programme includes one of Haydn’s jolliest symphonies, Hummel’s popular Trumpet Concerto and a rare outing for some striking incidental music by Mozart.

Haydn Symphony No.96 on D (Miracle)
Hummel Trumpet Concerto
Mozart Entractes from King Thamos
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1

WHY? Young British pianist Alexander Ullman plays Beethoven’s high spirited First Concerto

Courtyard Theatre
£17 (£15.50 conc) (£5 under 16s)

@nordenfarm

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Drawing in Colour: Pastel

Led by Jo Hall.

Explore how transparent and shiny materials can be depicted in pastel, from flowers seen through transparent wrapping to glass jars and metallic surfaces. Pay special attention to reflections and look at the effects of using pale or dark backgrounds for the transparent objects.

Tues 1 Nov – 29 Nov
10am – 1pm
£82 for 5 week course or £18 per class

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Lovesong by Abi Morgan

The story of one couple, told from two different points in their lives decades apart.

Their past and present selves collide in this haunting and beautiful tale of togetherness. All relationships have their ups and downs; the optimism of youth becomes the wisdom of experience.

WHY? ‘Compelling, understated perfection. Both poignant and uplifting’ The Stage

Studio
£12 (£10 conc)

@maidenheaddg
@nordenfarm

Maidenhead Drama Guild's website

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Pierre Bensusan

The ‘Mozart of Guitar’ is an acoustic guitar virtuoso, performing across the world for over 40 years.

He is winner of the 2014 Independent Music Award in the Live Performance Album category. He is a one-of-a-kind artist whose music transcends genre and time, with an uninhibited sense of musical freedom and expression.

WHY? ‘Like a fine Bordeaux wine from an outstanding vintage, his artistry has only increased in depth and complexity as he has matured’ Guitar Player Magazine

Courtyard Theatre
£16

@pbensusan
@nordenfarm

Pierre Bensusan's website

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Art Adventures: Artist Books

Led by Amanda Schenk

Use mark making skills to make your very own artist book.

Explore all the possibilities of playing with art materials to build up your drawing skills. Experiment with a wide range of drawing materials and exploring mark making.

Suitable for ages 7+ years.

Thur 3, 10 and 17 Nov
4pm – 5.15pm
£30 per 3 week course

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Southern Tenant Folk Union

The string band produce a thought provoking and arresting take on roots and folk music.

Their emphasis is on bluegrass, gospel and country made once more to fit in with Seeger/Ochs style protest folk songs. The band’s thrilling live show engages the audience, tells stories, is informal and displays the fully eclectic music from across their career.

WHY? ‘A folk band for the Occupy era – passionate, political and mischievous’ Q Magazine

Courtyard Theatre
£14

@stfuband

@nordenfarm

Southern Tenant Folk Union's website

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Jim Mullen (guitar)

The international icon of jazz guitar is known for his great swinging, soulful style.

Jim is also one half of pioneering jazz funk band Morrissey-Mullen. He is supported by one of Ronnie Scott’s favourite rhythm sections: Alex Hutton (piano), Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums)

WHY? Jim has played with Average White Band, Georgie Fame and Jocelyn Brown

Courtyard Theatre
£15 (£13 conc) (£5 under 16s)

@nordenfarm

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Ink Drawing: Derelict

led by Jo Hall

Explore drawing in line and tone with the pen and with the brush. Create an ink drawing of a weathered and derelict building or industrial site from sketches or photographic reference.

10am – 3pm
£38

For 18+ years.

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A Diwali Celebration

An evening of music and dance featuring Geet, Ghazal, Bollywood, Qawalli and more.

Performed by Devdutt Joshi and his musicians. Dev is well versed in many genres of Indian music. He has performed concerts throughout the UK, USA, Canada, India and Europe.

WHY? Students from Norden Farm’s Bollywood and Kathak classes also perform

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

@nordenfarm

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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.

This summer's line up features music from local singer / pianist TOTIE. Her music is influenced by artists such as Adele, Ed Sheeran, Jessie Ware and Norah Jones.

Singer and guitarist Scott McLachlan will be playing a mix of originals and covers.

Also performing are Bracknell band Toxic Sofa. The duo play eclectic foll rock, influenced by music of the 80s.

Just announced - Singer / songwriter Finchey will be playing songs from his debut album Murmurations. His music fuses folk, rock and pop - influenced by the likes of The Doors, David Bowie and Fleet Foxes.

If you would like to perform, please email: jane.corry@nordenfarm.org

WHY? ‘Great night with a brilliant range of different styles. Really entertaining, and all such a good standard’ John Cee Stannard (previous act)

£8

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Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain

The British don't know how to make a good cup of coffee.

You don't know how to make a good cup of tea. It's an even swap. It’s 1942 and Yankee servicemen arrive in England. The Americans see the Brits as a strange race. Get ready to judge for yourself as a crack team of experts attempt to explain the rules of British life.

WHY? ‘Wholly idiotic, inducing a helpless laughter that almost incapacitates the audience’ ★★★★ The Stage

Courtyard Theatre
£15


@folesp
@nordenfarm

Fol Espoir's website

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Invent Your Artwork: Abstract Compositions Workshop

Led by Amanda Schenk and Maggie Kluba.

Interpret the world around you by exploring mixed media, paper and stitch to create abstracted artworks. Find your own unique visual language as we explore mark making. £15 materials fee to tutor.

Thur 10 Nov - 24 Nov
10am – 1pm
£60

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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A Night at the Movies

Presented by Claires Court School

In a show filled with song, dance, performance and music, some of the world’s most favourite soundtracks from the cinema are performed by Claires Courts School’s senior students.

The programme includes The Great Escape, Pirates of the Caribbean, What a Wonderful World, Ghostbusters, Moon River and Stand By Me.

WHY? A show filled with song, dance, performance and music

Claires Court School website

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

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The Changing Room

Original award winning songs in English and Cornish.

The band have won Kan rag Kernow 2015 and the International Pan Celtic Song Contest 2015. Their debut album is listed in The Telegraph’s Best Folk Albums of 2015. They perform rootsy Celtic infused songs heavily influenced by the industrial heritage of Cornwall.

WHY? ‘I’m mightily impressed’ Mike Harding

Studio
£12

@ChangingRMusic
@nordenfarm

The Changing Room's website

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Lucy Porter - Consequences

A hilarious new show of heart-felt personal revelations and incisive cultural observations.

Comedian covers some or all of the following: censorship, generational conflict, theological ethics, home-brewing, quizzing, Britpop of the 1990s, falconry and Gary Wilmot.

Lucy is a regular on TV and radio (BBC2's QI and Mock The Week, RAdio 4's The News Quiz).

'Impeccably punch-lined anecdotes… Genuinely delightful' ★★★★ The Telegraph

'A treat from start to finish' ★★★★★ The Herald

Studio
£14

@lucyportercomic
@nordenfarm

Lucy Porter's website

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Swing Dance 2

Led by Jennifer Maghzal.

Reading Swing Jam is teaming up with Norden Farm Centre for the Arts to bring swing dancing to Maidenhead! Learn the Lindy Hop and partner-dancing from the 1920s-50s in a fun and informal environment. The Lindy Hop is often referred to as the most joyful dance. Once you get started it's easy to catch the jitterbug.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Tues 15 Nov – 13 Dec (exc 1 Nov)

Level 1 Class | 7.30pm – 8.30pm | £8 (£7 conc), £30 (£25 conc) per 5 week course
Social Dancing | 8.30pm – 9.30pm | £3

@nordenfarm
@RdgSwingJam

Reading Swing Jam website

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The Horne Section

A heady mix of spontaneous stand up, spectacular performance and outlandish musical talent led by comedian Alex Horne.

The Horne Section are Dictionary Corner regulars on Channel 4’s 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. They starred in their own hit BBC Radio 4 series and are the first band to ever host BBC2’s Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

WHY? ‘‘We can’t recommend The Horne Section highly enough’ ★★★★★Time Out

Courtyard Theatre
£15

@hornesection
@nordenfarm

Horne Section's website

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Key Change

What do women in prison say to a captured audience of men?

Drama devised with women in Her Majesty's Prison Low Newton to tour to male prisons. It carries the stories of some of the UK’s most marginalised women over the razor wire through an intense, raw and illuminating portrayal of women in prison. Suitable for ages 12+ years.

WHY? ‘A touching, empowering work’ ★★★★★ The Stage

Studio
£14

@OpenClasp
@nordenfarm

Open Clasp Theatre's website

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Jarlath Regan - But You Can Call Me Jarlath

The creator and host of the award winning Irishman Abroad podcast comes to Maidenhead.

Expect an evening of on-the-ball observation and high-end audience messing in the company of one of the sharpest minds in comedy.
As seen on BBC2's Russell Howard's Good News, Comedy Central's The World Stands Up and BBC2's The Apprentice You're Fired. As recommended by Ardal O'Hanlon, Jason Byrne and Marc Maron.

WHY? 'A subtle yet sublime helping of observational wit' The Herald
'Downright hilarious… comedy genius' The Irish Times
'Side-splitting stuff' ★★★★ Metro

@Jarlath
@nordenfarm

Jarlath Regan's website

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Latin From The North

Blending hip British jazz cool with fiery horns and blazing Latin percussion.

Expect a sizzling blend of great compositions, vibrant improvisation and infectious rhythms played by six world-class musicians. Number 1 in The Guardian’s Pick of the Week.

WHY? ‘Really lively and enjoyable’ The Observer

Courtyard Theatre
£17

@nordenfarm

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Artisan Fair

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

Browse stalls from local sellers showcasing hand made wares.

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

  •  19 Nov FREE
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Clare Teal and her Trio

The award winning jazz singer still revels in performing in intimate venues.

She performs music from The Great American and British Songbooks to hits made popular by her heroes Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day and Peggy Lee. She creates a melting pot of styles and genres, but all sung in her inimitable style.

WHY? A dazzling evening of exquisite melodies sung by one of the UK’s greatest interpreters of song

Courtyard Theatre
£20

@clareteal
@nordenfarm

Clare Teal's website

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Ellie Taylor - Infidelliety

The stand up comedian is star of BBC 2’s Mock the Week, BBC 1’s The John Bishop Show, Radio 4’s The Now Show and Channel 4’s 8 out of 10 Cats.

She is back with a new show dealing with that pesky bit of marriage known as monogamy. Support act to be confirmed.

WHY? ‘Smart, self-mocking and telegenic, it’s hard to see what else is going to stand in Taylor’s way’ The Scotsman

Studio
£14

@EllieJaneTaylor
@nordenfarm

Ellie Taylor's website

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The Elves and the Shoemaker

Sam Lacey makes terrible shoes... until one night when two tiny visitors climb in through the window and start cutting and stitching and gluing… Sam’s life is never quite the same again!

The show features stunning puppets, music and a whole host of surprises.

Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company join us this Christmas with an up-to-date, size 13½ re-telling of everyone’s favourite story about elves and shoes! With puppets, dancing, comedy and quirky songs – will there be a happy ever after?

‘They’ve done it again - delivering a simple tale, enchantingly told’ The Stage

Are you ready for shoes made of bread… shoes that can make you dance… feather shoes that tickle your feet until you can’t stop laughing?

Suitable for ages 3+ years.

Pre-show 'Touch Tours' for children with autism and blind and partially sighted children can be arranged (morning performances only, limited availability).


Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Commissioned by Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts and The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, with additional support from Salisbury Playhouse.

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Floristry: Festive Wreaths for Christmas

Led by Louise Temple.

Learn how to make and design your very own beautiful Christmas door wreath, using festive materials and your creative flair. A fun and engaging evening workshop where you can take home something you have made yourself.

Tues 22 Nov | 7pm – 9pm
£18 per session

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Nine Lives

A real personal story behind the asylum headlines.

Ishmael has fled from his home in Zimbabwe, where a fresh wave of homophobia threatens his life. In Leeds is the prospect of sanctuary, and of a new life among strangers. But will those strangers accept him? The clock is ticking, and his fate is being decided… can Ishmael find a place to call home again? Suitable for ages 14+ years.

WHY? ‘Affecting and direct’ The Guardian

Studio
£14, £11 Supporters

@LeedsStudio
@nordenfarm

Leeds Studio's website

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The London Conchord Ensemble

The London Conchord Ensemble present a programme of pieces for combinations of French horn, violin and piano.

It includes work by Schumann, Poulenc, Ravel, Debussy and Brahms.

WHY? The ensemble’s imaginative programming has won them many accolades, including performances at the BBC

Courtyard Theatre
£15, £10 MMS Members

@londonconchord
@nordenfarm

London Conchord Ensemble's website

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Peter Knight's Gigspanner

Legendary fiddle player and vocalist Peter Knight (Steeleye Span) is joined by Roger Flack (guitar, vocals) and Vincent Salzfaas (percussion). The

The trio has firmly established their burgeoning reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene. This year, Peter has received Fatea Magazine's Instrumentalist of the Year award and Best Musician in the inaugural folking.com awards.

WHY? ‘Magnificent… a feast of imaginative music’ ★★★★★ The Telegraph

Studio
£15

@nordenfarm

Gigspanner's website

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Printing Workshop: Printing for Christmas

Led by Karen Carter.

Discover the wonderful world of printing on fabric, paper and card using lino, foam and polystyrene. Work with paper, calico, beads, buttons & dimensional paints to produce prints suitable for cards, decorations and fabric things! £5 materials fee to tutor.

Sat 26 Nov
12pm – 5pm
£38 per class

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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An Evening with Rosemary Shrager

She has been a firm favourite on British TV since 2007 – now Rosemary takes to the stage.

There will also be a live demonstration of how to cook and complete one of Rosemary’s favourite dishes.

WHY? Expect a catalogue of anecdotes and never before heard stories from the last thirty years along with a few kitchen based secrets

Courtyard Theatre
£16

@RosemaryShrager
@nordenfarm

Rosemary Shrager's website

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Robert Habermann: His Way - The Life and Songs of Frank Sinatra

The remarkable story of Ol’ Blue Eyes – his rise and fall and rise again.

From band singer with Tommy Dorsey, to 1940s pop idol and recording some of the 20th centuries most popular songs. Robert Habermann is an award winning singer. He performs with Musical Director Trevor Brown.

WHY? With all the hits including Come Fly With Me, Fly Me To The Moon, Witchcraft, You Make Me Feel So Young, Strangers In The Night and My Way

Studio
£14

@nordenfarm

Robert Habermann's website

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The Vinyl Frontier - Nevermind by Nirvana

Hosted by Jeff Lloyd.

Lithium, In Bloom, Come as You Are, Smells Like Teen Spirit – definitive classics of the early 1990s. Nevermind is widely regarded as a record that changed popular music. Find out why as it’s played on vinyl.

Studio
£8

@vinyljeff
@nordenfarm

The Vinyl Frontier's website

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Blofeld and Baxter: Rogues on the Road

Blowers and Backers are back again by popular demand!

The two rogues are doing a handful of performances this Autumn after their sell out 2016 Spring tour. It is crammed full of even more wonderful (and occasionally outrageous) anecdotes from two extensive careers.

Henry ‘My Dear Old Thing’ Blofeld is one of Britain’s most loved and recognisable broadcasters. Peter Baxter is the legendary producer of TMS. He has been corralling lost passports, misplaced visas, and errant broadcasters for over 34 years.

The duo are bastions of the beloved Test Match Special with over 80 years in the commentary box and touring the globe between them.

WHY? They’ve seen plenty of shenanigans, so come ready to be shocked and entertained by good men behaving badly.

Courtyard Theatre
£18.50

@blowersh
@nordenfarm

Henry Blofeld's website

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Russell Howard (work in progress)

Join one of our funniest and most successful comedians as he tries out brand new material.

Parental Guidance is advised.

Courtyard Theatre
£15

@russellhoward
@nordenfarm

Russell Howard's website

  •  30 Nov SOLD OUT
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Sofie Hagen - Shimmer Shatter

The Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award Newcomer and Chortle Best Newcomer 2015 winner brings her brand new show.

Join one of the fastest rising stars in comedy as she attempts to tackle her inner and outer demons in this hilarious and very personal show.

(praise for Bubblewrap)
'Hilarious… clever, touching and funny' ★★★★★ The Mirror
'Compelling, beautifully constructed' ★★★★ The Guardian
'A charming show' ★★★★ Sunday Times
'Few comedians… make a room as warm as (she) does' ★★★★ The Times
'Plenty of big laughs and bizarre anecdotes' ★★★★ Evening Standard
'Plenty of wry wit…' ★★★★ Time Out
'Consistently funny, personal, and a slyly powerful show... this certainly is the show of a winner' ★★★★ Chortle


WHY? Sofie has appeared on BBC2's Live from the BBC, Comedy Central's Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central and Radio 4's The Now Show amongst many others. Her popular Guilty Feminist podcast has reached 250,000 downloads.


Suitable for ages 16+ years.


Studio
£12


@SofieHagen
@nordenfarm

Sophie Hagen's website

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Frozen Floral Roadshow

Mig Kimpton is winner of 11 medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

His show is full of flowers, stories and theatrical gossip. Mig combines anecdotes from his thirty years of working in theatre and his extensive work with all things floral to provide a fun evening full of flowers.

WHY? ‘Mig is a showman through and through which makes for such an entertaining time’ Flora International Magazine

Studio
£15, £13 Supporters

@nordenfarm

Mig Kimpton's website

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Hundred Watt Club

Presenting a dazzling and varied line up featuring your hostess for the evening Lili La Scala.

Featuring glittering showgirl Lena Mae, absurd musical comedy from the guitar wielding, rubber faced Elliot Mason, astounding circus from hula hooper and human pretzel Storm Hooper and hilarious character parodies from traditional burlesque artist Miss Glory Pearl! Ages 18+ years.

WHY? A real ‘dress up and sit down’ night of vintage inspired, naughty AND nice entertainment!

Courtyard Theatre
£16

@100WattClub
@nordenfarm

Hundred Watt Club's website

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The Mods and Rockers Show

The five piece band have an excellent reputation for delivering powerful, entertaining shows with an infectious blend of humour and outstanding musicianship.

The line up includes Tim Huggins (vocals), Steve Barnacle (bass), Mickey Simmonds (keyboards), John Kennard (guitar) and Johnny Marter (drums). They are all experienced session musicians who have worked with leading artists.

WHY? Expect 1960s and 1970s classics from The Who, The Kinks, The Small Faces, Deep Purple, Manfredd Mann, The Rolling Stones and more

Courtyard Theatre
£15

@magicbusbanduk
@nordenfarm

Magic Bus's website

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Martin Harley

A supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation.

Martin has headlined Music City Roots in Nashville and toured the US coast to coast. He is renowned for his prowess as a slide guitarist.

WHY? ‘Harley offers the listener a masterclass in taste, style and roots blues’ Guitarist Magazine

Studio
£13.50

@martinharley
@nordenfarm

Martin Harley's website

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Chocolate Workshop

Led by The Chocolate Factory.

Join our experienced chocolatiers to discover the delights of working with only the best Belgian chocolate. Make a unique chocolate bar, chocolate lollipop and learn how to finish and roll delicious chocolate truffles. Package your treats to make the perfect gift!

Wed 7 Dec
7.30pm - 8.30pm
£16

For 18+ years.

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An Evening with Brydon, Mack and Mitchell

Join Rob Brydon, Lee Mack and David Mitchell for an evening of chat, questions and generally messing around.

This event is on sale to our Bronze, Silver and Gold Members at 10.30am on Friday 15 April.
The on sale date to the general public is Saturday 16 April at 10.30am.
Tickets are limited to 2 per person and we cannot take reservations for this event.

Please note that the waiting list has now closed.

To find out more about becoming a Member, click here or call the Box Office on 01628 788997.

@nordenfarm

  •   8 Dec SOLD OUT
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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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Steve Waterman (trumpet)

A long awaited return to Norden Farm from one of the most sought after jazz soloists in Europe.

Steve is a prolific composer whose music is performed by many of the UK's top big bands. Supported by his selected quartet: Will Gibson (sax), Alex Hutton (piano), Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums).

WHY? Steve has toured Europe performing in jazz festivals and played at the Havana Jazz Festival

Courtyard Theatre
£15 (£13 conc) (£5 under 16s)

@nordenfarm

Steve Waterman's website

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The Vinyl Frontier - Your Best Of...Elvis Presley

Hosted by Jeff Lloyd.

It’s so hard to choose an Elvis album – is it any easier to choose just one track? Twelve challengers choose their favourite Elvis song and the audience vote for the best.

WHY? Hear a classic album (or two) as it was intended – in full and on vinyl

Studio
£8

@vinyljeff
@nordenfarm

The Vinyl Frontier's website

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The Sherry Babys

A celebration of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Join The Sherry Babys on a musical journey through the sounds of one of the most successful bands of all time. From the classic songs of the 1950s such as Still of the Night and Teenager in Love to the slick choreography and recognisable falsettos.

WHY? Expect all the hits including Let’s Hang On, Walk Like a Man, Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry and more

Courtyard Theatre
£20

@nordenfarm

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Floristry: Festive Table Centrepieces

Led by Louise Temple.

Create a beautiful festive table arrangement for the Christmas period to be enjoyed. Working with flowers, foliage and floristry foam, create your own design to decorate your home over the festive period.

Tues 13 Dec | 7pm – 9pm
£18 per session

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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A Charity Concert in aid of Thames Valley Hospice

A good night out for the whole family, with a wide variety of music and Christmas songs to get you into the Christmas spirit!

A good night out for the whole family, with a wide variety of music and Christmas songs to get you into the Christmas spirit!

WHY? The annual event is conducted by Peter Ripper

Courtyard Theatre
£8

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Alec Dankworth's World Spirit

Formed out of Alec's love of music from the Iberian peninsula, he crosses the Straits of Gibraltar into Africa and beyond.

The line up includes Emily Dankworth (vocals), leading tenorist Brandon Allen and world percussionist Paul Clarvis. They explore melodies from Africa, South America and other continents from a jazz perspective.

WHY? With tunes by Duke Ellington, Bela Flek, Antonio-Carlos Jobim, Abdullah Ibrahim and WC Handy originating from Ireland, Venezuela, Bulgaria, South Africa, Mali and Brazil

Courtyard Theatre
£15

@nordenfarm

Alec Dankworth's website

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The Alter Eagles

The six piece band are now in their 12th year.

They continue to deliver the most authentic Eagles tribute on the planet. Rocking guitars, sweet country harmonies, soulful ballads and all the greatest hits from one of the best loved bands in the world. If you saw them last time, you'll know to expect a surprise or two…

WHY? ‘World class’ Lemonrock Gig Guide

Courtyard Theatre
£16

@AlterEaglesUK
@nordenfarm

Alter Eagle's website

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It's Christmas!

If you only go to one Christmas concert, be in the company of the Thames Valley Gay Chorus.

Their unique blend of popular songs, Christmas classics plus a few surprises are sure to bring some Christmas cheer!

WHY? The versatile and joyful TVGC have a habit of selling out every concert!

Courtyard Theatre
£13 (£11 conc)

@nordenfarm

Thames Valley Gay Chorus's website

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The Albion Christmas Band

Traditional English Christmas music, dancing and celebration.

An Albion Christmas has been touring for nearly 20 years. It features the combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band), Simon Care (Edward II) and the Guvnor himself, Ashley Hutchings. Expect a seasonal mixture of carols, spoken word, humorous readings and dance.

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

Courtyard Theatre
£19.50

@nordenfarm

Albion Band's website

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New Year's Eve Hoedown at The Farm

See in 2017 and celebrate New Year's Eve in Maidenhead - heck yeah it’s a hoedown!

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!

Dust off your cowboy hats, gingham checks or general fancy dress for frolics on our brand new dance floor in the Courtyard Theatre. The caller will guide you through the dances, so no experience is necessary and no excuses!

There will be free games in the Barn including Giant Horse Shoes, plus acoustic music from the Squirrel Hunters and the Imaginary String Band keeps the party going between ceilidh sets. As you would expect, a fully stocked bar provides thirst quenching refreshments throughout.

So no need to head into the city, make this New Year's Eve one to remember - right here in Maidenhead!

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


Supporters offers applied in basket

@cutashine
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit the band's website

Running order

(please note, times may be subject to change on the night)
8.30pm Doors open
8.30pm – 8.50pm Live acoustic music in the Café Bar from The Imaginary String Band
8.50pm – 9.05pm Interval
9.05pm – 10pm 1st set Hoedown in the Courtyard with from Cut a Shine
10pm – 10.15pm Interval
10.15pm – 10.45pm Live acoustic music in the Café Bar from The Squirrel Hunters
10.45pm – 11pm Interval
11pm – 11.55pm 2nd set Hoedown in the Courtyard with from Cut a Shine
11.55pm – 12am Cowboy Countdown to Midnight in the Courtyard
12am – 1am Final games and drinking up time
1am Carriages

Dress code

• Cowboys and Girls
• All kinds of Party
• Gingham and Checks

Games

Table top and floor games in the Studio and barns including:
• Buckaroo
• Ring toss
• Dominos

Food

Tex mex snacks available to buy at the bar
• Meat / Veggie Empanadas - £2.50
• Nachos (tortilla chips with salsa, cheese and jalapenos) - £2.50

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New Year's Day Concert

The annual sell out concert returns for a 16th year.

Full programme details to be announced.

WHY? Including works by Handel, Vivaldi and JS Bach

Courtyard Theatre
£17 (£15.50 conc) (£5 under 16s)

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Stephen K Amos - World Famous

The globe trotting laughter master returns with his new tour show.

In the last twelve months, Stephen has performed his unique brand of feel good comedy all over England, Scotland, Wales, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Greece, Spain, Australia, Tazmania, New Zealand and the Seychelles.

And what did he find when he got there? People. People like you and me and some of them said the most ridiculous things. To his face! All that, and more, in a brand new tour show.

'Stephen K Amos’s show has it all…laughs guaranteed… a great show' ★★★★ Herald Sun

'Born to entertain' The Guardian

'No one could possibly have left this feel good show without a beaming smile on their face' The Herald

'As his autobiographical sitcom plays out on Radio 4, Amos is officially becoming a national treasure. Expect more warm insight and spiky charm here' The Sunday Times

WHY? As seen on UKTV's Celebrity Storage Hunters and Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, BBC1's Live At The Apollo and Have I got News For You?.

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Gary Delaney - There's Something About Gary

...and that something is he likes to write jokes. An awful lot of them.

Gary thinks a good joke should be like a drunk Glaswegian, short and punchy. His new tour show is not only great for people who like lots of jokes but also fun for people who enjoy getting offended by jokes too.

Regular on BBC2's Mock the Week. Double Sony Award Winner. Chortle Award Nominee.

WHY? 'Gary Delaney has more quality jokes in one hour than many comics have in their entire careers… quite brilliant' The Scotsman

'An endless flow of top quality jokes' The Guardian

'A hugely impressive collection of exquisitely crafted gags by one of Britain’s grandmasters of the one-liner' Chortle

'I laughed and I laughed and I laughed… A master craftsman' The Times

£15

@GaryDelaney
@nordenfarm

Gary Delaney's website

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