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The Maidenhead Beach at Norden Farm

Aloha! Our popular beach is back for the whole summer and free to play on! Discover the brand new Hawaiian Elvis movie theme at the grand opening on Tuesday 28 July. Come in Elvis fancy dress for your chance to win!

Make sandcastles, pose on the surfboard, meet the turtle in the Gallery and enjoy a Café Bar lunch at the beach side tables. Daily weekday craft sessions and storytelling in the movie star trailer, keep the children entertained, even on rainy days!

The Maidenhead Beach is open Tuesdays to Sundays 10am – 4pm. Free entry and free parking.

Beach Craft Tuesdays – Fridays 11am (until Fri 28 Aug) £5 Booking recommended

Click here to go to the event page

Storytelling in the Movie Star Trailer Tuesdays – Saturday 1.15pm and 3pm (until Sat 29 Aug) £2 Booking recommended

Click here to go to the event page

Norden Farm Café Bar Open: Tuesdays – Sundays 10am – 11pm (10.30pm Sundays) Food served: 11.30am – 3pm and 5.30pm – 7.45pm (12pm – 2.30pm Sundays) (We sell all kinds of yummy food and drink so please don't bring your own) Click here to see more about the Cafe Bar

With special thanks to our supporters Squire Furneaux Maidenhead and J. Rayner and Sons.

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The Herberts

Fresh from featuring on BBC Introducing and headlining the Hat Fair People's Stage, The Herberts perform music from their forthcoming début album.

Expect a highly eclectic mix of pop, vintage rock 'n' roll, reggae, folk, soul, funk and even free jazz.

WHY? Toe tapping music that moves the feet as well as the heart

The band are supported by local singer-songwriter Richmond Harding.

@theherbertsband
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit the band's Facebook page

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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 Summer and Autumn are:

July: Still Alice by Lisa Genova
August: The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
September: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
October: any book from the Booker shortlist
November: The Day We Disappeared by Lucy Robinson
December: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Autumn dates:
Wed 2 Sept, 7 Oct, 4 Nov and 2 Dec
7pm – 9pm

£4.50 per session including a drink from the bar

Click here to download the Book Club information sheet

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Gary Stewart

The folk singer/songwriter performs songs with Celtic flair.

He is influenced by Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell and Carole King. This mellifluous Yorkshire based musician plays with bands including Gilmore and Roberts and Rosie Doonan. He has released two albums of his solo work, is well reviewed and has played on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music.

WHY? 'Effortlessly reminiscent of early 1960s bedsit-era Paul Simon' Northern Sky

@garystewartband
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Gary's website

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Joanna Eden performs the music of Joni Mitchell

Singer/songwriter Joanna Eden brings her tribute to the legendary Joni Mitchell.

She is joined by the top UK jazz pianist Chris Ingham, Dan Swana on bass and fusion specialist Dan Boutwood on guitar. Expect special guests, classic Joni hits like Big Yellow Taxi and Both Sides Now, some lesser known gems and some Joni-influenced Eden originals

WHY? Joanna was singing teacher to Grammy Award winning singer Sam Smith

£10 advance, £12 on the door (discount applied in the basket)

@JoannaEdenMusic
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Joanna's website

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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.

Fri 31 Jul – Fri 4 Sept

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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.

£20 for block booking of 4 or £6 per session. Sibling discount £1.50.

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Maidenhead Blind Club Charity Concert

Come along to the Maidenhead Blind Club Charity Concert to support and help raise money for this good cause.

All of the profit from this event will go towards day trips and social events for the Blind. This acoustic night will be a feast for the ears.

The evening will be compered by entertainer and television presenter Dave Benson-Phillips.

Click here to visit the events website

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Introduction to Mindfulness

Led by Jane Barker.

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

Step out of the ‘doing mode’ and explore just ‘being’ for a few hours in this introductory course with a fully qualified teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. Learn about mindfulness and be guided through.

Extra info: Please bring a yoga or exercise mat and a cushion and wear comfortable clothes.

10am - 4pm

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The Vinyl Frontier - Back in Black AC/DC

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

The second biggest selling album of all-time? Quite possibly. A band in mourning for their late lead singer dedicate an album to him and the result is one of the great rock greats. Come and find out why…

WHY? Hear a classic album as it was intended - in full and on vinyl

@vinyljeff
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit The Vinyl Frontier website

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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 2015
Sun 10 May – 6 Sept

Autumn 2015
Sun 13 Sept - 20 Dec (exc 20 Sept and 8 Nov)
11am – 12pm

£6 per class

Click here to download the information sheet for this class

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James Hamilton and Casual Violence

James Hamilton is so Lonely - the multi award-winning sketch comedian presents a tangle of tragic characters and time travel.

Casual Violence - the stars of BBC Radio 4's Sketchorama bring their multi award-winning best-of show to Maidenhead. Expect monsters, mayhem and live music - and your expectations will probably be met.

'Leading the new wave of sketch comedy...mix Game of Thrones, The League of Gentlemen and Roald Dahl to create dark, twisted and silly skits.' Sunday Times

£10 advance, £12 on the door (discount applied in the basket)

@jameshamilton
@casualviolence
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit the Casual Violence website

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Body Control Pilates (Intermediate)

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.

Tues 8 Sept - 20 Oct
10am – 11am

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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.

Tues 8 Sept - 20 Oct
11.15am – 12.15pm

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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 Beatles and Gershwin to Gospel. No audition or sight reading required.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Tues 8 Sept – 13 Oct and 3 – 24 Nov
7pm – 8.15pm
£70 per 10 week course

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Mindfulness

Led by Jane Barker.

Relaxed drop in sessions (advance booking recommended).

Non-Judgement

Tues 8 Sept

Explore being an impartial witness to our own experience; catching ourselves slipping into judging whatever is present. The intention is not to stop ourselves but to create awareness.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Patience

Tues 13 Oct

Do you find yourself wanting things to hurry up, rushing through some moments to get to the ‘better’ ones? Practice allowing things to unfold in their own time, living each moment as it presents itself.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Non-Striving

Tues 10 Nov

Explore the notion that ‘change occurs when one becomes what he is, not when he tries to become what he is not’ (Perls) and how the attitudinal foundation of non-striving in mindfulness complements this. Meditation has no goal other than for you to be yourself. The irony is, you already are.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Peace on Earth

Tues 8 Dec

In all the hustle and bustle of Christmas, explore how peace doesn’t come from nothing going on in our lives or from a blank mind with no thoughts, but instead from being able to connect with inner calm. Come and see if you can find some ‘peace on earth’.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

7.30pm – 9pm
£10 per session

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The Salt of the Earth (12a)

A documentary portrait of photographer Sebastião Salgado.

For 40 years he has captured images across the world of an ever-changing humanity. His life and work are revealed by Oscar nominated filmmaker Wim Wenders and Salgado’s son Juliano Ribeiro.

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

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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.

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NT Live: The Beaux' Strategem

An encore screening from the National Theatre of George Farquhar's wild comedy of love and cash.

Two charming, dissolute young men have blown their fortunes in giddy London and set out to marry for money.

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After Schools Art Club - Surrealist Art featuring Salvador Dali

Led by Caroline Crawford.

Experiment with scale, working with a wide selection of media, imagery and the imagination to create the visually impossible!

Suitable for ages 8+ years.

Wed 9 – Wed 23 Sept
4pm – 5.15pm
£30 per 3 week course

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Summer Concert Series - The Romantic Age (3 of 3)

The final recital in the summer series featuring music 1870-1900 takes us to central Europe for a programme of warm-hearted lyricism.

St John’s Chamber Players

Dvorak 2 Slavonic Dances for piano duet
Smetana From my homeland, for violin and piano
Brahms Clarinet Sonata No.1 in F minor
Brahms 2 Songs with viola, Op.102
Dvorak Piano Trio in E minor (Dumky)

In their music, Dvorak and Smetana expressed their deep feelings for Czech nationalism; whilst Brahms ended his career with some powerful and emotional works for clarinet.

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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!

Extra info: During the first 6 weeks you will learn how to move your arms, hands and first flamenco movements, all together with some choreography. In the next level, you will learn even more steps and footwork, always in a fun environment.
It’s Friday – time to enjoy!

Fri 11 Sept - 23 Oct (exc 25 Sept)
8pm – 9pm

£42 per 6 week course

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Steve Turner

The concertina player and singer is a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments.

He stretches the boundaries of traditional forms, with one of the best voices in the business. Steve is a multi-instrumentalist, who accompanies himself on the cittern, and also plays mandolin and banjo.

WHY? 'Fantastically assured. Turner's ability to hold the listener rapt as the stories unfold is a delight.'

£10 advance, £12 on the door (discount applied in the basket)

Click here to visit Steve's website

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Manglehorn (12a)

AJ Manglehorn (Al Pacino) is a reclusive locksmith who spends his days lamenting a long lost love.

His life is transformed when he meets kind hearted Dawn (Holly Hunter). A rich and humorous tale of second chances.

WHY? ‘The finest performance Pacino has delivered in years’ ★★★★ The Guardian

Please note that the 10.30am Parent and Baby screening on Friday 11 September is exclusively for parents with children under 2 years. Lights are kept on low level and you can move around if you need to. Tickets are £5.50 for adults (including cup of tea); babies and infants are free of charge. Seating is unreserved and unaccompanied adults are not admitted.

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Smart Raspberry Cookery Club

Smart Raspberry Cookery School specialises in cookery classes, parties and workshops for children.

Smart Raspberry Cookery School think that their fun, hands-on classes are a great way to introduce children to the enjoyment that can come from cooking for themselves and others, and importantly instills in them a continuing interest in the food they eat and a passion for cooking.

So if you know a budding Jamie Oliver or a wannabe Delia, make sure to sign them up for the brand new Saturday classes at Norden Farm. Even if they've never cooked before, Smart Raspberry Cookery School love to encourage all their students to try new ingredients and new flavours.

The ticket price includes all ingredients, equipment and packaging. Children get to take home the dishes they prepare and a recipe card to keep from each class so that they can make it again.

Suitable for ages 6-11 years.

From Sat 12 Sept for 6 weeks (excludes Sat 17 Oct)
10am - 11am
£15 per child per session

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Kathak Dance - Intermediate

Led by Amrit Bhamra 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 £73 per term

  •  12 Sep
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Kathak Dance - Beginners

Led by Amrit Bhamra 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.

Beginners l £37 per term

  •  12 Sep
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Peerless Pirates

Playing a rollicking, roustabout mix of classic 80s energetic indie, sea shanties, rockabilly and surf-rock.

If you’ve forgotten the time when indie was fun, here’s your chance to get re-acquainted. After conquering the Oxford music scene and numerous festival appearances including Glastonbury, the Pirates are coming to Maidenhead.

WHY? ‘Their indie-shanty schtick has become one of the best nights out in Oxford’ Oxford’s Nightshift Magazine

@peerlesspirates
@nordenfarm

Click here to view the band's website

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Sunday Stories at the Farm

Led by Julie Loison.

A brand new way to do Sundays!

Interactive storytelling in the magical story den, followed by Sunday lunch… and we do all the clearing up!

Then relax in the café bar with one of our Sunday papers or kick back on the Chesterfields with a latte.

Why? The perfect end to the weekend

Suitable for all ages, ideal for 4 - 8 year olds.

£3 per child. Lunch menu from £5.

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13 Minutes (15)

In 1939, Georg Elser constructs a bomb.

It explodes during Hitler’s anniversary speech and kills 8 people. The Fuhrer had left the room just 13 minutes earlier. For days, Elser is interrogated by the Gestapo, will he confess?

WHY? The untold story of how a carpenter nearly changed modern history

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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.

£67 per term.

  •  15 Sep
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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.

9 – 13 years l £67 per term

  •  15 Sep
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Aida on Sydney Harbour

Encore screening. Handa Opera perform Verdi’s masterpiece to the backdrop of Sydney Opera House.

Verdi masterfully puts the intimate affairs of the heart against the grandeur of the universe - where kingdoms rise and fall and the sands of time grind onwards.

Amid all of the spectacle, the famous 'Triumphal March', battle scenes and ancient temples, there's an emotional heart.

Performed in Italian with English translations

WHY? There could be no grander setting for such an opera than Sydney Harbour itself, awash with the light of the city and the Sydney Opera House silhouetted against the setting sun

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Youth Dance - Academy

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.

14+ years l £73 per term

  •  15 Sep
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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 theatre group in Maidenhead led by a professional theatre company, in a professional theatre venue.

Work on shows (scripted or devised) performed in our Studio or Courtyard theatre, with a professional lighting, sound and staging from Norden Farm’s technical crew.

Learn performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from Shakespeare to Ayckbourn or devised by you!

Terms 10 weeks long, 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

  •  16 Sep
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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 theatre group in Maidenhead led by a professional theatre company, in a professional theatre venue.

Work on shows (scripted or devised) performed in our Studio or Courtyard theatre, with a professional lighting, sound and staging from Norden Farm’s technical crew.

Learn performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from Shakespeare to Ayckbourn or devised by you!

Terms 10 weeks long, 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

  •  16 Sep
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Crochet Club

Led by Kathryn Cininas.

Crochet offers a way to be creative and have fun! Practice a new crochet technique each month. Starting with the basics and progressing through a variety of techniques including 3D crochet, flowers and working in the round. Advice on existing projects also given.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

£10 per session.

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Bill Bailey: Work in Progress

Join Bill as he road tests material in advance of his new UK tour!

  •  16 Sep SOLD OUT
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Junior Arts Award

Led by Julie Loison

Using Norden Farm activities as inspiration, children will Discover and Explore their interest and participation in the arts. Whether it’s writing a poem, drawing a picture at home, or a workshop with a professional practitioner, learn how to make a record of your activity and find inspiration for further exploration!

(from Thur 17 Sept) 3.40pm – 4.40pm
School Year 3 – 6
£70 per term

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Arts Award

Led by Julie Loison

A chance to enhance your knowledge of the arts. Following your interest from music to drawing, drama to writing, participate and develop your investigation and record keeping skills through Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. Workshops and live events will form part of the experience, topped off by the opportunity to take part in Holiday Leadership at Norden Farm as part of your Award.

(from Thur 17 Sept) 5.15pm – 6.45pm
School Year 7 – 13
£80 per term

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Best of Enemies (15)

Documentary about the 1968 television debates between Gore Vidal and William F Buckley Jr during the Democratic and Republican national conventions.

Their explosive exchanges were unlike anything broadcast before. It marked the dawn of pundit television as we know it today.

WHY? Two men. Ten debates. Television would never be the same again.

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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.

Fri 18 Sept - 23 Oct
9.30am – 10.45am

£42 per 6 week course

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Digi Den

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. The final project will be showcased on our main stage. Each term is 10 weeks long. Suitable for all levels of experience.

School Year 7 – 13| £80 per 10 week term

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Diary of a Teenage Girl

Minnie Goetze begins a complex love affair with ‘the handsomest man in the world’ – her mother's boyfriend.

What follows is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl's sexual and artistic awakening, without judgment.

WHY? ★★★★ Empire Magazine ★★★★ Time Out ★★★★ The Guardian

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Align & Flow Yoga

Led by Deborah Le Vene-Page.

A dynamic yoga class with precise alignment focus.

Linking the breath with a flow of postures and time at the end for relaxation will leave you feeling stronger, more flexible, calm and renewed. Deborah Le Vene-Page has been teaching yoga since 2005. Her classes are fun, friendly, inspiring and suitable for all levels of experience.

Summer 2015 Dates
Sat 2 May – Sat 8 Aug (exc 23 May and 18 Jul)
£8 per class or £91 for 13 week course

Click here to download the information sheet for these classes

LIMITED AVAILABILITY
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Photography and Mindfulness

Led by Melanie Gow.

Capture the moment through photography and explore why you notice one unique moment over others. Learn how to be in the present moment and see the world through fresh eyes – even when without a camera in hand!

Students to bring a digital camera (or a mobile phone with a camera), SD card, notebook, pen and an open mind!

1pm - 5pm | £25

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15th Anniversary Concert An Evening with Laurie Holloway and Friends - An Evening with Laurie Holloway and Friends

Once upon a time, a group of dedicated arts aficionados had a dream of building an arts centre in Maidenhead.

In 2000 Norden Farm Centre for the Arts opened its doors thanks to their tenacity!


This celebrity fundraiser concert marks the 15th anniversary of Norden Farm and is hosted by pianist and composer Laurie Holloway MBE.

Laurie will be joined on stage by some special guests including Barry Mason and Becki Biggins.

Barry Mason has written for some of the world's greatest musical icons such as Rod Stewart, The Drifters and Elvis Presley. His well known classics include Tom Jones’ Delilah, Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) and There Goes My First Love.

Becki Biggins is a jazz singer/songwriter and saxophonist. She has co-written three albums that have reached Number 1 in the US Smooth Jazz chart and has been nominated for a Grammy Award.

The line up also includes Will Torrent, who when not performing, is one of the world's best patisserie chefs and . Charlotte Wheatcroft.

WHY? Join us to celebrate our birthday in an intimate evening of sublime music and big personalities!

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Marshland (15)

(Spanish with English subtitles)

Spain 1980. Two teenage girls go missing in Andalusia’s wetlands bringing together two troubled homicide detectives. Juan and Pedro must put aside their differences to hunt a predator who has terrorised a community for years.

WHY? ‘A taut, visually sumptuous and hugely entertaining thriller’ ★★★★ Time Out

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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 theatre group in Maidenhead led by a professional theatre company, in a professional theatre venue.

Work on shows (scripted or devised) performed in our Studio or Courtyard theatre, with a professional lighting, sound and staging from Norden Farm’s technical crew.

Learn performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from Shakespeare to Ayckbourn or devised by you!

Terms 10 weeks long, 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

  •  20 Sep
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Mission Impossible (12a)

A team of highly skilled operatives are hell-bent on creating a new world order through an escalating series of terrorist attacks.

Ethan Hunt joins forces with a disavowed British agent for his most impossible mission yet.

WHY? Tom Cruise is back in the fifth film of the iconic Mission Impossible franchise

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Introduction to Drawing

Led by Jo Hall.

A fun and intensive course for beginners and those excited by working in line and tone. Learn how to depict forms, create a variety of marks from smudges to fine lines, light and shadows, patterns and textures. Explore these techniques using charcoal, graphite and pencils and create your own still life drawings!

Extra info: Still life objects will be supplied and participants will also be encouraged to bring their own objects to draw.

Tues 22 Sept – 20 Oct
10am – 1pm
£82 for 5 week course or £18 per class

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ROH Live: Romeo & Juliet

Kenneth MacMillan’s famous version of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy set to Prokofiev’s magnificent score returns to open the 2015 - 16 Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season.

This Romeo and Juliet is rich in the swaggering colour of Verona street life and in sword fights and celebrations, but MacMillan’s focus is always on the complex emotions of the young lovers – especially on Juliet as she journeys through the delirious happiness of first love to a shocked, adult perception of her fate.

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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).

Wed 23 Sept - 21 Oct
10am – 12pm
£84 per 5 week course

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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).

Wed 23 Sept - 21 Oct
12.15pm – 2.15pm
£84 per 5 week course

LIMITED AVAILABILITY
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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 theatre group in Maidenhead led by a professional theatre company, in a professional theatre venue.

Work on shows (scripted or devised) performed in our Studio or Courtyard theatre, with a professional lighting, sound and staging from Norden Farm’s technical crew.

Learn performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from Shakespeare to Ayckbourn or devised by you!

Terms 10 weeks long, 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

  •  23 Sep
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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 sociable lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Wed 23 Sept - 21 Oct
8pm – 9pm

£32 per 5 week course

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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 theatre group in Maidenhead led by a professional theatre company, in a professional theatre venue.

Work on shows (scripted or devised) performed in our Studio or Courtyard theatre, with a professional lighting, sound and staging from Norden Farm’s technical crew.

Learn performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from Shakespeare to Ayckbourn or devised by you!

Terms 10 weeks long, 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

  •  24 Sep
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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 theatre group in Maidenhead led by a professional theatre company, in a professional theatre venue.

Work on shows (scripted or devised) performed in our Studio or Courtyard theatre, with a professional lighting, sound and staging from Norden Farm’s technical crew.

Learn performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from Shakespeare to Ayckbourn or devised by you!

Terms 10 weeks long, 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

  •  24 Sep
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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.

Thur 24 Sept - 22 Oct
Beginners 7pm – 8pm
£32 per 5 week course

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L'elisir d'amore

Professional young opera singers perform a fully-staged and costumed interpretation of Donizetti’s most famous opera.

L’elisir d’amore combines a touching love story with lively comedy, and beautiful music throughout.

WHY? The production is again directed by Jenny Miller with music from piano, clarinet, double bass and free-base accordion

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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.

Thur 24 Sept - 22 Oct
Beginners 7pm – 8pm

£32 per 5 week course

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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).

Fri 25 Sept - 23 Oct
10am – 12pm
£84 per 5 week course

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Acrylics: Introduction to Acrylics

Led by Karen Carter.

Get started and learn the basics of this exciting medium. Use acrylic paints in a variety of ways, exploring its many properties. No previous experience required.

Materials to be supplied by participant plus a £2.50 materials fee to tutor.

£38 per class

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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).

Fri 25 Sept - 23 Oct
12.15pm – 2.15pm
£84 per 5 week course

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Youth Theatre (G)

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

Join the only youth theatre group in Maidenhead led by a professional theatre company, in a professional theatre venue.

Work on shows (scripted or devised) performed in our Studio or Courtyard theatre, with a professional lighting, sound and staging from Norden Farm’s technical crew.

Learn performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from Shakespeare to Ayckbourn or devised by you!

Terms 10 weeks long, 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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Harvest Ceilidh

Join folk band Nedron's Jig for a highly sociable evening of dancing.

The five piece band are led by caller Hugh Crabtree. The line up includes Paul Nye (melodeon), Tom Leary (fiddle), Mike Sanderson (mandola) and Davey Harding (bass).

WHY? Come with a group of friends for a night out that's a bit different to the norm!

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...And This is my Friend Mr Laurel

Jeffrey Holland (Hi-de-Hi, You Rang M'Lord) tells the intriguing, funny and often poignant tale of Stan Laurel's friendship, love and dedication.

Set in the bedroom of a sick Oliver Hardy, the show recounts their past success as Laurel and Hardy. This is a humorous and touching look at one of the great cinematic partnerships of the last century.

Click here to visit Jeffrey Holland's website

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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.

10am – 3pm | £34

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Jenny Eclair: How to be a Middle Aged Woman (without going insane)

Professional Grumpy old woman, Splash survivor, amateur soup maker, and novice knitter, Jenny Eclair is younger than Madonna but eats crisps and likes wine.

Semi–bearded and suffering from outbreaks of gout and hysteria, Eclair puts middle age under the microscope and decides whether to laugh, cry or buy a dachshund! You are most welcome to join her, just button your cardi up properly and wipe that lipstick off your teeth.

@jennyeclair
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Jenny's website

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

At the height of the Cold War, CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin are forced to put aside longstanding hostilities.

They team up on a mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organisation from releasing nuclear weapons and technology.

WHY? A fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series

Please note that the 10.30am Parent and Baby screening on Thursday 1 October is exclusively for parents with children under 2 years. Lights are kept on low level and you can move around if you need to. Tickets are £5.50 for adults (including cup of tea); babies and infants are free of charge. Seating is unreserved and unaccompanied adults are not admitted.

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Rise Up

In the 1960s, principled American citizens rode buses across the Deep South, drawing attention to illegal discrimination and facing up to terrifying violence with peaceful resistance.

What does it mean for people to come together and rise up? From the writer and director of The Day The Waters Came, the Writer's Guild Best Play for Young Audiences 2011.

WHY? The inspirational and moving stories of the Freedom Riders.

@TCLive
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Theatre Centre's website

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NT Live: Coriolanus (encore)

The 2013 broadcast of the Donmar Warehouse’s production returns to cinemas by popular demand.

Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, features an award winning performance from Tom Hiddleston.

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'Allo! 'Allo!

'Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once!'

Enjoy the stage version of this hilarious TV comedy classic. See your favourite characters in the flesh.

WHY? Laughs galore and a bit of "Ooh, la! la!" are guaranteed.

Click here to visit the Grimm Players website

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Roger Waters The Wall

The groundbreaking Pink Floyd concept album is brought to life by Roger Waters, co-founder and songwriter for the iconic band.

This state-of-the-art show dazzles the senses and combines with Roger’s intensely personal road trip.

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Blofeld and Baxter: Rogues on the Road

A brand new show crammed full of even more wonderful (and occasionally outrageous) reminiscences and anecdotes from their extensive careers spent broadcasting around the globe.

Bastions of the beloved Test Match Special with over 80 years in the commentary box and touring the world with the programme between them, Henry and Peter have some tales to tell.

WHY? ‘A show that is not so much about cricket as about what happens in the commentary box and beyond’ The Telegraph

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Acrylics: Surface and Texture

Led by Karen Carter.

Learn how to capture the character of different surfaces in a still life study using acrylic paints. Explore how to portray glass, shiny surfaces and various textures.

A basic knowledge of acrylics is desired. Materials to be supplied by participant.

£38 per class

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Tom Hart Dyke - From Captivity to a Castle

The gardener first shot to international prominence when he was kidnapped while on a plant hunting expedition in the Colombian jungle.

To keep his sanity while he was held captive, he planned a world garden for his home Lullingstone Castle. Today that garden opens its doors to thousands of visitors from all over the world.

WHY? The story of this capture and subsequent plant hunting expeditions to develop his World Garden into what it is today, is told with passion and great humour

Click here to visit Tom’s website

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Make Silver Jewellery - Stone Setting

Led by Janet Richardson.

Create a unique silver pendant or ring with a rub over or band set cabochon stone. Open to both beginners and those with experience. Students are welcome to work on independent projects if preferred.

£15 materials fee (approx.) to tutor.

10am – 3pm | £48

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Mistress America (15)

Tracy is at college in New York. It’s not the glamorous metropolitan lifestyle she envisioned.

Her soon-to-be stepsister Brooke is an adventurous gal about town. Tracy is soon seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes.

WHY? ‘A pure delight’ ★★★★ The Guardian

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Gemma Bovery (15)

(English and French with subtitles)

Gemma and Charles Bovery move to a village in Normandy where Gemma begins a torrid affair with a handsome young aristocrat. Meanwhile a local Flaubert fan becomes besotted with Gemma. He fears she may suffer the same fate as the heroine in his favourite novel.

WHY? Gemma Arterton stars in this amusing reworking of Madame Bovary

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The Wolfpack (15)

Documentary. Six bright teenage brothers have spent their entire lives locked away from society in a Manhattan housing project.

All they know of the outside is gleaned from the movies they watch – and recreate – obsessively. As adolescence looms, they dream of escape.

WHY? ‘Everything about The Wolfpack is extraordinary’ Time Magazine

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ROH Live: Le nozze di Figaro

An encore screening from the Royal Opera House.

Mozart’s opera is based on a play that was originally banned for its political content. The fast-moving libretto creates realistic characters made even more human by the composer’s outstanding music.

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Ed Byrne - Outside, Looking In

That bloke. You know. The Irish guy. No, not the bald one. The other one. You know him. The one Carol from work really likes. Wait, that might be Jason Byrne. Anyway. Funny chap. Has a new show!

'Comedy’s holy grail.... Go see!' ★★★★ The Sunday Times
'A masterful display of the comics art…This is a seamless and perfectly timed show that could stand proudly next to any Izzard, Bailey, Carr or Skinner stadium-filler' ★★★★★ The Sunday Times
'Hilarious anecdotes! l assure you Ed Byrne is one comedian you should DEFINITELY see' ★★★★★ Edinburgh Festival Magazine
'Jokes come so fast that hecklers don’t have a chance to get a word in edgeways' ★★★★ The Times
'Byrne is at the top of his game' ★★★★ The Sunday Telegraph
'It is rare for a comic to merit the word “masterful” but in this case it is no overstatement' ★★★★ The Scotsman
'A show full of top – class observational humour….A great comedian making the simple sublime, Byrne gives his audience exactly what they want' ★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News
'Superior stand up from the nerd next door' ★★★★ The Herald

  •   7 Oct
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Andy Hamilton - Change Management (work in progress)

The award winning comedian and comedy writer is back with a brand new show. In his 60 years on this planet, Andy has experienced many changes.

Change is an inescapable part of the human condition. Some changes are good, some bad. If you’re feeling flustered because of flux, Andy will teach you how to cope with the changes we have seen and the changes yet to come. Contains mild peril. Suitable for ages 14+ years.

WHY? Andy is co-writer and director of BBC1’s hit sitcom Outnumbered

  •   8 Oct SOLD OUT
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Fun with Acrylics: In the Style of Oil Masters

Led by Karen Carter

Explore and be inspired by the contrasting styles of Cézanne and Peale, to create still life studies using impasto, glazing and blending techniques.

A basic knowledge of acrylics is desired. Materials to be supplied by participant.

£38 per class

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Encore screening from London’s Vaudeville Theatre. Celebrated actor and Poirot star David Suchet is the formidable Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s much loved masterpiece.

Wilde’s superb satire on Victorian manners is one of the funniest plays in the English language – the delightful repartee and hilarious piercing of hypocrisy and pomposity will make you laugh out loud!

Two bachelor friends, the adorable dandy Algernon Moncrieff and the utterly reliable John Worthing JP, lead double lives to court the attentions of the exquisitely desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew.


The gallants must then grapple with the riotous consequences of their deceptions – and with the formidable Lady Bracknell.

'Laugh-loud funny… all-out joy' The Times
'David Suchet gives a magnificent, stage-filling performance' The Guardian
'David Suchet shines as Lady Bracknell' The Independent
'David Suchet makes an inspired Lady Bracknell' Daily Telegraph

WHY? ★★★★ The Times | ★★★★ The Guardian | ★★★★ The Independent | ★★★★ Daily Express | ★★★★ Sunday Express | ★★★★ Daily Mail | ★★★★ Evening Standard

Click here to go to the official website.

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Don Weller (sax)

A UK jazz icon of the stomping, swinging and beautifully melodious jazz sax.

Supported by Paul Jordanous (trumpet) and the acclaimed rhythm section: Alex Hutton (piano), Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums).

WHY? ‘Tenor saxophonist Don Weller was, and is, among the true originals of British jazz’ The Guardian

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Lucy May

The British independent artist is riding high on the wave of country music revival.

She has been making a name for herself in Nashville where she has been working with multi award winning songwriter and producer Jeff Cohen on her album.

WHY? Lucy May has featured on BBC Radio 2’s Pop Up Country station and filmed sessions for TV in Nashville and New York

@LucyMayOfficial
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Lucy's website

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Life Drawing

Led by Harriet Brittaine

Explore the complexities of the human form by working from a professional life model. Learn traditional charcoal drawing methods as well as new, experimental techniques.

Half day sessions comprise of a variety of short and long poses whereas full day sessions also include a prolonged pose to allow for sustained work on one piece.

Sat 10 Oct 10am – 3pm | £34
Sat 14 Nov 2pm – 5pm | £25

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Michael Law - Easy to Love

The singer and pianist is founder and musical director of the world famous Piccadilly Dance Orchestra.

In this solo show Michael recreates a magical world that we might have forgotten. His warm, mellifluous voice and his unique sense of style match perfectly the great songs of the Golden Age of popular music – the 1920s to 40s.

WHY? Michael’s interpretations make these classic, great songs sound fresh and newly composed

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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?

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Emaline Delapaix

The Australian singer, composer and musician lives in Berlin.

Her music is thought-provoking folk-pop for piano, acoustic guitar and celtic harp. She has performed over 300 shows across Germany, Europe, Australia and Canada, creating a dedicated following and becoming well known for her raw and passionate live performances.

WHY? ‘An extraordinarily talented singer and composer. With her clear, warm and multi-faceted voice she takes the listener into a world of magic’ Cafe de Paris, Germany

@emalinedelapaix
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Emaline’s website
Click here to visit Emaline’s Soundcloud page

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Vacation (15)

Rusty Griswold is determined to recreate one of the greatest trips of his childhood.

What’s more fun than spending quality time together with plenty of stops to see family along the way?

WHY? Stars Ed Helms (The Hangover, The Office), Christina Applegate (Anchorman) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Rush)

Please note that the 10.30am Parent and Baby screening on Thursday 15 October is exclusively for parents with children under 2 years. Lights are kept on low level and you can move around if you need to. Tickets are £5.50 for adults (including cup of tea); babies and infants are free of charge. Seating is unreserved and unaccompanied adults are not admitted.

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Macbeth

This is not a story for the faint-hearted.

It’s a story of murder and betrayal. It’s a story of supernatural sorcery. And it’s a story that’s going to be retold as you’ve never seen it before. Tragic and hilarious in equal measures this innovative take on ‘The Scottish Play’ features femmes fatales, high-speed chases, killer lines, killer crimes and some seriously weird sisters.

WHY? ‘Part alternative rock band, part thespian… wholly charming’ The Times

@ThePantaloons
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit The Pantaloon's website

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45 Years (15)

Kate and Geoff Mercer have been married for over fifty years.

They receive news that the body of Geoff’s first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. Drama starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay.

WHY? ★★★★★ Time Out ★★★★★ The Daily Telegraph ★★★★ The Guardian

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Fun with Acrylics: Urban Street Scenes

Led by Karen Carter.

Capture the ‘hustle and bustle’ of people and places on canvas! Explore how to evoke the atmosphere of a busy scene, whilst simplifying various elements.

A basic knowledge of acrylics is desired. Materials to be supplied by participant.

£38 per class

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NT Live: Hamlet

An encore screening from the Barbican.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

WHY? Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy

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Sean Hughes - Mumbo Jumbo

The multi award winning comedian is back with a new show.

Throughout his life he has been battling to stay on the right side of sanity. This is because in middle age he has realised that the two sides of his brain are in constant conflict. There is common sense against mumbo jumbo and mumbo jumbo seems to have the upper hand.

The show consists of stories including being serenaded at the break of dawn by Robert Smith, trekking mountain gorillas in Rwanda and coming to the conclusion that he will never have a proper conversation with his dear mum. There will be a few poems and a 3-minute musical about ageing too.

'Hughes swiftly and seamlessly alternates between pathos and gags' ★★★★ The List

'For quick laughs look elsewhere, but for something that leaves more of an impression. Hughes is your man' ★★★★ Chortle

'At his funniest and most profound' ★★★★★ The Sunday Herald

@mr_seanhughes
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Sean’s website

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The Gren Bartley Band

With stunning harmonies, driving percussion and intricate string arrangements, Gren Bartley's band captivates audiences across the UK.

The full line up is Gren Bartley (vocals, guitar, banjo), Julia Disney (vocals, piano, violin), Sarah Smout (vocals, cello) and Lydia Glanville (percussion). Gren is truly the future of folk songwriting, using his influences from folk and world music traditions to bring something unique to this modern day troubadour.

Gren will be supported by Tara Deane.

WHY? ‘One to really look out for’ BBC Radio 2

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Experimental textiles - Fabric Dyeing

Led by Amanda Schenk and Maggie Kluba.

Create stunning fabrics and threads using dip dyeing techniques for craft and art projects. Learn some easy techniques using Dylon dyes, explore colour combinations plus wrapping and tying techniques.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Extra info: If students wish to bring their own fabric or thread it needs to be 100% natural fibres e.g. cotton or silk.

£10 materials fee to tutor.

10am - 2pm | £28

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The Vinyl Frontier - Your Best of...Queen

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

A new format where 10 members of the audience get a chance to play their favourite tracks by a chosen artist whose definitive album is hard to nail down. Starting with Freddie and the boys.

WHY? Hear a classic album as it was intended - in full and on vinyl

@vinyljeff
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit The Vinyl Frontier website

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Miss Julie (12a)

In 1880s Ireland, a compulsive game of seduction is acted out over the course of an evening.

Miss Julie dances and drinks with John, her father's valet. Their intimacy leads to desperate plans and visions of a life together.

WHY? Colin Farrell and Jessica Chastain star in this adaptation of Strindberg’s play

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RSC Live: Henry V

Henry IV is dead and Hal is King. With England in a state of unrest, he must leave his rebellious youth behind, striving to gain the respect of his nobility and people.

Laying claim to parts of France and following an insult from the French Dauphin, Henry gathers his troops and prepares for a war that he hopes will unite his country.

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran continues his exploration of Shakespeare’s History Plays with Henry V performed in the 600th anniversary year of the Battle of Agincourt.

Following his performance as Hal in Henry IV Parts I & II Alex Hassell returns as Henry V.

Henry V will be broadcast Live from Stratford-upon-Avon by the Royal Shakespeare Company on Wednesday 21 October, the same week as the anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt.

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Nancy Kerr with James Fagan

Nancy Kerr is the vocalist and fiddle player for the folk band The Full English and the newly crowned BBC Folk Singer of the Year!

Together, Nancy and James have twice won BBC Folk Awards for Best Duo and the Horizon Award. They are renowned for their beautiful, strong harmony singing, breathtaking instrumentals and their love of live performance.

WHY? ‘Quite breathtakingly beautiful’ Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

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Martin James Bartlett (piano)

Winner of the BBC Young Musician competition, Martin has performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at the BBC Proms.

Scarlatti Keyboard sonatas in E, G and B minor
Beethoven Sonata in E flat op 31 no 3
Chopin Ballade no 1 in G minor op 23
Schumann ABEGG variations op 1
Scriabin Etudes op 8 nos 11 and 12
Prokofiev Sonata no 3 op 28

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Classical Meets Jazz

Two virtuosos of the guitar.

Scottish world-jazz guitarist and composer David MacGregor joins the Cuban classical guitarist Ahmed Dickinson Cárdenas. The two musicians play a mixture of guitar duets and solo pieces, intertwining classical, Cuban and jazz sounds. Their relaxed stage presence and amazing ability on their instruments create a truly unique, intimate, fresh and interesting experience for any music lover.

WHY? A rare chance to catch Mexico based David MacGregor

@WorldJazzGuitar
@ahmeddickinson
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit their website

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Creative Drawing - Mixed Media

Led by Karen Carter

Learn and experiment with dynamic mark-making techniques - applying wet and dry media to a variety of surfaces. Combine charcoal, graphite, inks and resists to create unique artworks!

Suitable for all levels of experience.

£3 materials fee to tutor.

£38 per person

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Hal Cruttenden: Straight Outta Cruttenden

The host of BBC1’s Live at the Apollo and star of BBC Radio 4 is back.

He’ll be ranting about the real evils of the modern world – over sharing on social media and the 5:2 diet. The more he complains the funnier he gets. Hal has been seen on The Royal Variety Performance, BBC1’s Would I Lie To You?, The Great British Bake Off; An Extra Slice and Have I Got News For You.

WHY? ‘Hugely talented’ ★★★★ The Times

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Daniel Koek - His West End Story

Daniel has starred as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.

He has also performed lead roles in West Side Story, Chess and South Pacific. Now the acclaimed tenor presents an enthralling evening of songs and stories from the last decade. Accompanied by West End musical director and keyboard player Greg Arrowsmith.

WHY? ‘A performer of this calibre is bound to be in the industry for years to come’ Stage Whispers

@dankoek
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Daniel’s website

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Sheikh It!

A dazzling display of one of the oldest dance forms from the Middle East.

Sheikh it! is a show that takes the audience on a carpet ride across golden sands - to exotic and far flung destinations, without having to leave Norden Farm!

WHY? Featuring professional dancers from across the world, glamorous choreographies, live music, and even a few surprises or two, this is a fun night out for all the family

All proceeds from Sheikh it! go to Sue Ryder - Nettlebed Hospice.

Click here to go to the Sheikh it! website

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Justin Moorhouse - Destiny Calling

Justin is back on the road with his brand new stand-up show for 2015, doing what he does best - making people laugh up and down the country.

‘Comedic Tour-de-force… brought a tear to a critical eye’ The Herald

Fresh from the 15 date Manchester Arena Phoenix Nights LIVE reunion in aid of Comic Relief, Justin is ready to hit the road.

‘Moorhouse charms the pants off the crowd’ Sunday Times

He has recently appeared in the new series of BBC1's Live at the Apollo and Coronation Street, playing pub landlord Dean Upton. He is currently Champion of Champions on RAdio 5Live's Fighting Talk, a familiar voice on talkSPORT as well as Radio 4’s News Quiz and winner of BBC1's Celebrity Mastermind.

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

@justinmoorhouse
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Justin’s website

The clip below contains some strong language.

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Old Mother Hubbard

Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to fetch her poor dog a bone, but when she got there, the cupboard was bare...Or was it?

A dotty old woman clatters about in her kitchen while her dancing dog sniffs out trouble in the most unlikely places. Suitable for ages 3+ years.

WHY? A spicy blend of slapstick and folk humour in this fresh and funny adaptation, with well crafted puppets and singing teapots!

Click here to visit Garlic Theatre’s website

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Harry Manx

Direct from Canada, Harry Manx has been dubbed an "essential link" between the music of East and West.

He creates musical short stories that wed the tradition of the blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. He has received seven Maple Blues Awards, the Canadian Folk Music Award and CBC Radio’s Great Canadian Blues Award.

WHY? ‘Manx's real skill lays in creating a rare musical place where blues, country, folk and Indian classical music co-exist as some spirit force’ Downbeat Magazine

@Harry_Manx
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Harry’s website

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Arts and Crafts Session

Hour long activities themed magic, journeys and adventure.

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

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Mr Tiger Goes Wild

Mr Tiger lived a perfectly proper life in the city and everything was perfectly fine… until the day he had a wonderfully wild idea!

Join Mr Tiger on a rocking musical adventure that will have children ROARING with laughter. Adapted from the book by Peter Brown. Suitable for ages 3+ years.

WHY? ‘An unmissable musical delight… makes the kids in the packed audience scream with incredulous laughter’ ★★★★ Time Out

@goblintheatre
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Gobin Theatre’s website

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Storytelling

1.15pm and 3.30pm.

Join us in the movies star trailer for stories themed around the beach and summer this school holiday.

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

Tues 28 Jul 1.15pm - Jack and the Flum Flum Tree by Julia Donaldson
Tues 28 Jul 3.30pm - Tiddler the Storytelling Fish by Julia Donaldson
Wed 29 Jul 1.15pm - The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
Wed 29 Jul 3.30pm - The Night Pirates by Peter Harris
Thur 30 Jul 1.15pm - The Rainbow Fish
Thur 30 Jul 3.30pm – The Little Shell
Fri 31 Jul 1.15pm - The Little Shell
Fri 31 Jul 3.30pm – The Rainbow Fish
Sat 1 Aug 1.15pm - The Shark Catcher
Sat 1 Aug 3.30pm - The Shark Catcher

Tues 4 Aug 1.15pm - The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch by Rhonda & David Armitage
Tues 4 Aug 3.30pm - Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
Wed 5 Aug 1.15pm - The Troll by Julia Donaldson
Wed 5 Aug 3.30pm - Tiddler the Storytelling Fish by Julia Donaldson
Thur 6 Aug 1.15pm - The Night Pirates by Peter Harris
Thur 6 Aug 3.30pm - The Lighthouse Keepers Rescue by Rhonda & David Armitage
Fri 7 Aug 1.15pm - Jack and the Flum Flum Tree by Julia Donaldson
Fri 7 Aug 3.30pm - The Night Pirates by Peter Harris
Sat 8 Aug 1.15pm - Tiddler the Storytelling Fish by Julia Donaldson
Sat 8 Aug 3.30pm - The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch by Rhonda & David Armitage

Tues 11 Aug 1.15pm - Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
Tues 11 Aug 3.30pm - The Lighthouse Keepers Breakfast by Rhonda & David Armitage
Wed 12 Aug 1.15pm - Tiddler the Storytelling Fish by Julia Donaldson
Wed 12 Aug 3.30pm - The Troll by Julia Donaldson
Thur 13 Aug 1.15pm - The Lighthouse Keepers Breakfast by Rhonda & David Armitage
Thur 13 Aug 3.30pm - Jack and the Flum Flum Tree by Julia Donaldson
Fri 14 Aug 1.15pm - The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
Fri 14 Aug 3.30pm - The Lighthouse Keepers Rescue by Rhonda & David Armitage
Sat 15 Aug 1.15pm - The Troll by Julia Donaldson
Sat 15 Aug 3.30pm - The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson

Tues 18 Aug 1.15pm - The Lighthouse Keepers Rescue by Rhonda & David Armitage
Tues 18 Aug 3.30pm - The Troll by Julia Donaldson
Wed 19 Aug 1.15pm - The Night Pirates by Peter Harris
Wed 19 Aug 3.30pm - The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch by Rhonda & David Armitage
Thur 20 Aug 1.15pm - Tiddler the Storytelling Fish by Julia Donaldson
Thur 20 Aug 3.30pm - The Night Pirates by Peter Harris
Fri 21 Aug 1.15pm - The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch by Rhonda & David Armitage
Fri 21 Aug 3.30pm - Jack and the Flum Flum Tree by Julia Donaldson
Sat 22 Aug 1.15pm - Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
Sat 22 Aug 3.30pm - Tiddler the Storytelling Fish by Julia Donaldson

Tues 25 Aug 1.15pm - The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
Tues 25 Aug 3.30pm - The Lighthouse Keepers Rescue by Rhonda & David Armitage
Wed 26 Aug 1.15pm - The Lighthouse Keepers Breakfast by Rhonda & David Armitage
Wed 26 Aug 3.30pm - The Troll by Julia Donaldson
Thur 27 Aug 1.15pm - Jack and the Flum Flum Tree by Julia Donaldson
Thur 27 Aug 3.30pm - The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
Fri 28 Aug 1.15pm - The Lighthouse Keepers Rescue by Rhonda & David Armitage
Fri 28 Aug 3.30pm - Jack and the Flum Flum Tree by Julia Donaldson
Sat 29 Aug 1.15pm - The Troll by Julia Donaldson
Sat 29 Aug 3.30pm - The Lighthouse Keepers Breakfast by Rhonda & David Armitage

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Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder (PG)

Doctor Proctor has accidentally invented the world's most powerful fart powder.

When he local children Lisa and Nilly unexpectedly drop by, it becomes the beginning of an unusual friendship and a riotous business project.

WHY? Based on the children’s book by Jo Nesbø

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Pinocchio

Actor Steve Tiplady, as Geppetto, uses the objects of a carpenter's workshop to tell the tale of the puppet that wants to be a real boy, and the puppet maker who wants to be a real father.

Pinocchio is carved on stage, brushes become a fox and the shadow of two saws transforms into a giant shark. An inventive and witty show with a big heart. Suitable for ages 4+ years.

WHY? ‘Wonderful work that celebrates the possibilities of theatre’ The Guardian

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Inside Out (U)

The latest animation from Disney Pixar.

Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness live in the control centre inside 11 year old Riley's mind. When she moves with her family to San Francisco, they struggle to adjust and turmoil ensues.

WHY? ★★★★★ The Independent ★★★★★ Empire Magazine ★★★★★ The Times

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Richard Lee and the Norden Farm Guitar Club

Richard is Norden Farm's guitar tutor and has been playing guitar for over 20 years.

He is an independent recording artist, with an impressive vocal range, who's even shared festival bills with The Wurzels. This is an opportunity to hear Richard's guitar students perform songs which will take in classic rock and Americana styles.

WHY? Get inspired and join our weekly guitar club!

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Legend (tbc)

The true story of the rise and fall of London’s most notorious gangsters – Reggie and Ronnie Kray.

This crime thriller depicts the secret history of the 1960s and the events that secured the infamy of the Kray Twins.

WHY? In an extraordinary performance, Tom Hardy takes on the roles of both Reggie and Ronnie

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Strange Magic (U)

Popular songs from the past six decades bring to life a colourful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps.

Join them for a hilarious misadventure sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.

WHY? A madcap fairy tale musical inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Sam Lewis

With rich soulful vocals, well crafted songs, roots country and blue-eyed soul Sam Lewis is connecting the dots.

Whether crossing genres or state lines, he has pieced together a story people need to hear. Sam has established himself as one of Nashville’s most talented new tunesmiths.

Why? ‘Takes simplicity from Willie Nelson, poetry from Bob Dylan, soul from Ray Charles’ Fishbowl Records

@samlewistunes
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Sam’s website

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The Elves and the Shoemaker

Ah, new shoes... delightful on the feet.

Soft dancing shoes, swarthy pirate shoes, silver buckle and silken souls. No one makes shoes like an elf! Elvis Schumacher, cobbler and craftsman, has worked all his life making shoes. But now he’s hit hard times, can anyone help him? Inspired by the Ladybird Book, this is a classic fable.

WHY? Beautifully crafted set and puppets, sublime music, a kaleidoscope of miniature shoes and a comic mouse make this show a magical must-see

Suitable for ages 3+ years.

@thewidders
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Widdershins website

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Robert Newman - The Brain Show

After volunteering for a brain-imaging experiment meant to locate the part of the brain that lights up when you’re in love, Rob emerges with more questions than answers.

Can brain scans read our minds? Are we our brains? How can you map the mind?

The show includes a specially constructed MRI-hat that will record Robert’s real-time brain activity in the show.

WHY? 'He is the funniest comedian I have ever seen… a passionate, chaotically brilliant comedian' The Sunday Times

'I am completely in awe of Robert Newman. Of his talent, his passion, his intelligence, and the way he turns them to comedy with real firepower. If this world could be saved by a Superhero whose Superpower was Comedy, that hero would be Robert Newman' Kate Copstick, The Scotsman

'You see that chink of gleaming light in the dark, overcast sky? That’s you that is' Daily Telegraph

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White Feather Boxer

It's 1967 and the heavyweight boxing champion of the world, Cassius Clay, refuses to be conscripted into Vietnam.

Meanwhile, in a shabby Bethnal Green flat, an elderly boxing trainer recalls his memories of WW1. This performed reading follows Take the Space’s debates at Norden Farm where local boxers and Quakers generously shared their stories.

WHY? From the company who brought Stella, Dolce Via and Hanging Hooke to Norden Farm

Seeded by greenhouse, a Farnham Maltings initiative

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Morgan and West - Parlour Tricks

The time travelling magic duo present a brand new show chock full of jaw-dropping, brain-bursting, gasp-eliciting feats of magic.

The dashing chaps offer up a plateful of illusion and impossibility, all served with wit, charm and no small amount of panache. Be sure to wear a hat – Morgan and West might just blow your mind.

WHY? ‘Genuinely rich, wholehearted, fun family entertainment with mind-boggling trickery’ British Comedy Guide

@morganmagic
@westmagic
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Morgan and West’s website

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The Bourne Again Shadows

Simon Goodall and The Bourne Again Shadows reproduce the authentic sounds of Cliff and The Shadows in the Sixties in a celebration of some of the UK’s enduring music.

Tap your feet to Cliff classics like The Young Ones, Living Doll, Summer Holiday and Please Don’t Tease, as well as instrumental greats such as Apache, Wonderful Land and Foot-tapper.

Pete Lincoln who played in Cliff Richards’ band in the 90s said ‘The emulation of The Shadows’ sound is spot on… the Cliff vocals are uncanny’.

WHY? Even Sir Cliff himself said ‘Simon is without doubt the best ‘Cliff Soundalike’ in the business'

Click here to visit Simon Goodall and the Bourne Again Shadows website

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Hotel Transylvania (U)

Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania.

Dracula has invited some of the world's most famous monsters to celebrate his daughter Mavis's 118th birthday. Things go wrong when an ordinary guy stumbles upon the hotel.

WHY? Animation voiced by Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez

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St John's Chamber Orchestra

This orchestral concert has a strongly Scandinavian feel. Sibelius’s inspiring and heroic Second Symphony forms the second half of the evening.

Alexandra Vaduva (piano)
Nigel Wilkinson (conductor)

Brahms Academic Festival Overture
Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor
Sibelius Symphony No.2

WHY? Alexandra Vaduva, the young prize-winning Romanian pianist, joins the orchestra as the soloist in Grieg’s ever popular Piano Concerto

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Mawkin

A blistering five piece band fusing folk, blues and rock.

Rousing songs of rebellion are sung by brothers David Delarre (Eliza Carthy, Tred) and fiddler James Delarre (Saul Rose & James Delarre, Topette) all underpinned by the virtuosic bellowing of Nick Cooke’s melodeon and a solid rhythm section with Danny Crump (bass) and Lee Richardson (drums).

WHY? ‘Invigorating, highly inventive’ ★★★★ Q Magazine

@TheRealMawkin
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Mawkin’s website

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Body Control Pilates (Intermediate)

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.

Tues 3 Nov - 15 Dec
10am – 11am

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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.

Tues 3 Nov - 15 Dec
11.15am – 12.15pm

LIMITED AVAILABILITY
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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).

Wed 4 Nov - 2 Dec
10am – 12pm
£84 per 5 week course

LIMITED AVAILABILITY
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Make Silver Jewellery 2

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).

Wed 4 Nov - 2 Dec
12.15pm – 2.15pm
£84 per 5 week course

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After School Arts Club - Abstract Mixed Media

Led by Caroline Crawford.

Look at buildings as a starting point and end by making finished pieces using a selection of mixed media, with a focus on colour and texture combinations.

Suitable for ages 8+ years.

Wed 4 – Wed 18 Nov
4pm – 5.15pm
£30 per 3 week course

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Maidenhead Festival of Music and Dance Festival Showcase - Celebrating 50 Festivals

An evening celebrating the 50th Festival of Maidenhead Music and Dance.

WHY? Enjoy a range of outstanding performances by recent competitors of all ages, showcasing the richness of talent throughout the Festival’s classes.

LIMITED AVAILABILITY
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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 sociable lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Wed 4 Nov - 2 Dec
8pm – 9pm

£32 per 5 week course

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Dick Gaughan

Dick has been at the cutting edge of Scottish music for almost five decades.

He is a stunning singer with a wonderfully expressive voice belying passion, allied
to a dazzling guitar technique. Dick is the only performer to hold the dual honours of a Lifetime Achievement award by BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and induction into the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame.

WHY 'Gaughan is absolutely one of the best in the world' Frets

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Experimental Textiles

Led by Amanda Schenk and Maggie Kluba

Push the boundaries of traditional techniques to create exciting and original artworks! Experiment with different methods and learn to interpret mark making; developing skills to create pieces rich in surface texture. During the course, produce several stitch studies or a finished textile artwork.

£15 materials fee to tutor.

Thur 5 – 26 Nov
10am - 1pm

£68 for 4 weeks

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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.

Thur 5 Nov - 3 Dec
Beginners 7pm – 8pm

£32 per 5 week course

LIMITED AVAILABILITY
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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.

Thur 5 Nov - 3 Dec
Intermediate 8.15pm – 9.15pm

£32 per 5 week course

LIMITED AVAILABILITY
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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.

Fri 6 Nov - 11 Dec
9.30am – 10.45am

£42 per 6 week course

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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).

Fri 6 Nov - 4 Dec
10am – 12pm
£84 per 5 week course

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Drawing to Print - Lithography & Monoprint

Led by Karen Carter

Explore drawing and its transformation through printing. Learn the techniques of line mono print and polyester-plate lithography, which are easy to recreate at home. A fun and experimental day!

Suitable for all levels of experience.

£5 materials fee to tutor.

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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).

Fri 6 Nov - 4 Dec
12.15pm – 2.15pm
£84 per 5 week course

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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!

Extra info: During the first 6 weeks you will learn how to move your arms, hands and first flamenco movements, all together with some choreography. In the next level, you will learn even more steps and footwork, always in a fun environment.
It’s Friday – time to enjoy!

Fri 6 Nov - 11 Dec (exc 25 Sept)
8pm – 9pm

£42 per 6 week course

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Art Themen (sax)

A musician whose style and humour creates great jazz.

Art is supported by Mike Soper (trumpet) and a rhythm section acclaimed at every gig: Alex Hutton (piano), Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums).

WHY? Art fronted the Stan Tracey quartet for over 20 years and is winner of a British Jazz Award for tenor sax

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Sean McLoughlin - Whatever it Takes

After finally clawing his career out of the toilet and towards the stars, comedian Sean McLoughlin should be at his happiest, right?

Unfortunately this long-awaited improvement in career has coincided with a collapse in his personal life (floods, divorce, cats etc). Sean has beaten the system and yet finds himself at the mercy of it – can a man rise AND fall at the same time?

WHY? 'At once hilarious and painfully revelatory’ ★★★★ Chortle

@SeanMcLoughling
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Sean’s website

LIMITED AVAILABILITY
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Exploring Colour - Soft Pastel

Led by Jo Hall.

A springboard to achieving a wider range of colours from your pastel box, through exploring a range of techniques! Learn how to overlay, blend and use broken colour to achieve lively and rich hues.

10am - 3pm | £38

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Paul Armfield - Found

The singer/songwriter performs a collection of songs inspired by a private collection of breathe taking photographs gathered from Berlin fleamarkets.

He is joined by a small ensemble of multi-instrumentalists. Their music is played alongside projections of these stunning images, images that present a very different view of twentieth century Germany. A unique experience that will enchant the audience with the beauty of each private captured moment.

WHY? ‘A perfect example of English songwriting’ Maverick Magazine

@Manwithoutwords
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Paul’s website

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Ink Marks

Led by Jo Hall.

Experiment in drawing with a range of inks and drawing tools - from metal dip pens to twigs and bamboo. In addition, learn transferred line and monotype printing techniques to produce unique artworks.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Tues 10 Nov – 8 Dec
10am - 1pm
£82 for 5 week course or £18 per class

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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 UK stand-up comedy circuit today.

Special guest Matt Richardson (ITV2’s The Xtra Factor, Viral Tap and Celebrity Juice) joins Robin Morgan (BBC Radio’s The Greatest Welshman You’ve Never Heard Of) and Jonny Lennard.

WHY? So Comedy produces a wide variety of live shows and has comedians including Christian O’Connell and Ellie Taylor on their books

@MattRichardson3
@robinjaymorgan
@themaybepile
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit So Comedy’s website

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Photography Book Workshop

Led by Rod Bird.

Learn how to design a unique and personal photography book in this comprehensive and practical workshop.

Over the last decade the self-designed photobook has brought about a revolution in the way we enjoy our photographs. Pictures which might otherwise lie forgotten in boxes in a back bedroom, or sit unseen on a computer disk, can be brought to life in a family photobook. It’s equally easy to create a photobook record of a holiday or life event, or an instructional handbook on a hobby.

Be led through the whole process and receive expert tips, with an example photobook created with participants’ images – so you leave with the confidence to make one at home!

This workshop is suitable for people with no experience in the area, but will also appeal to more experienced camera users.

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Experimental Ink Art

Led by Erica Sharp.

Explore a range of painting effects with inks in this fun workshop! Learn techniques and styles such as Chinese ink paintings, using masking fluid and mixed media effects to create exciting artworks! Suitable for ages 9-13 years.

Sat 14 Nov | 1pm - 3pm | £20

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Laurie Holloway In Concert

The Montgomery Holloway Music Trust presents Laurie Holloway in concert with very special guests Tina May and Kenny Lynch supported by students of the Trust.

WHY? A not to be missed event and early booking advised

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The Vinyl Frontier - Discovery by ELO vs Breakfast in America by Supertramp

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

ELO’s Discovery vs Supertramp’s Breakfast in America – two giants of the late 70s duke it out in a vinyl duel. Who will win? Birmingham’s Beatles or something more….logical?

WHY? Hear a classic album as it was intended - in full and on vinyl

@vinyljeff
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit The Vinyl Frontier website

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ROH Live: Carmen and..

An encore screening of four short ballets from The Royal Ballet.

Carlos Acosta choreographs and stars in Carmen, while Viscera showcases similarly audacious choreography. Debussy’s evocative score inspires Afternoon of a Faun and a fragment of Swan Lake music is used in Tchaikovsky pas de deux.

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The Heath String Quartet with James Baillieu (piano)

It’s a delight to welcome the Heath back and to look forward to the rare treat of hearing the Elgar piano quintet.

Mozart Adagio and Fugue K546
Mozart Piano concerto no 12 in A major K414
Elgar Piano quintet op 84

WHY? James Baillieu has been described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘in a class of his own…a remarkable pianist’

Supported by The Prince Philip Trust

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Stephen K Amos - The Laughter Master

The maestro of feel-good comedy is back on tour with his new show.

Stephen comes to Norden Farm fresh from touring the UK and Australia. He has starred in BBC Radio 4's Life: An Idiot’s Guide and What Does the K Stand For?.

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

'Unashamed feel-good entertainment. Amos has had his share of TV exposure, but nothing that has successfully captured what he does live. If only a broadcaster could bottle the magic that was conjured up last night Amos would finally be a household name way beyond the Amos household' ★★★★ The Evening Standard

'Amos is a brilliant comedian who has the ability to strike up an instant rapport with his live audience. I’ve seen him stand in front of a room of strangers and after a few minutes they all seem to be his friends' Bruce Dessau, arts critic

Suitable for ages 16+ years

@stephenkamos
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Stephen’s website

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Artisan Fair

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

Browse stalls from local sellers showcasing handmade wares.

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

  •  21 Nov FREE
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Jig Doll

An exciting project created by folk singer, musician and dancer Hannah James.

More than a concert, Jig Doll uses newly composed music and innovative stage techniques to weave a magical atmosphere around percussive dance. Hannah builds the music live using loop pedals and instruments.

WHY? Hannah was in acclaimed duo with Bellowhead’s Sam Sweeney, is a member of vocal harmony trio Lady Maisery and has worked with folk legend Maddy Prior

@Clogbox
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Hannah’s website

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The Carnival of the Animals - Lantern Making Workshop

Led by Same Sky.

Norden Farm | Sun 22 and 29 Nov, Sun 6 Dec | 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm

Maidenhead Town Centre | Sat 22 and 28 Nov, Sat 5 Dec | 10am – 3pm (drop in)

Last chance workshop | Maidenhead Town Centre | Sat 12 Dec | 11am – 2pm (drop in)

Get ready to join the parade! Weave and decorate willow to create lanterns inspired by the animal world. Lanterns created at these family workshops will by illuminated at Norden Farm’s annual Lantern Parade on Saturday 12 December. Suitable for all ages and all the family.

£3 per person

Lantern Parade

Sat 12 Dec | Outside Maidenhead Town Hall | Free event!

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The Studio Session

Local musicians play a set of stripped back music in our Studio space.

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

WHY? The night showcases an eclectic mix of singer/songwriters, acoustic musicians, solo acts, duos and bands.

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NT Live: Of Mice and Men

An encore screening of the hit Broadway production.

This landmark revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck's play is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship.

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One Snowy Night

A Tale from Percy’s Park by Nick Butterworth

One winter's night it was so cold it began to snow
Great big snowflakes fell past the window of Percy's hut…


Percy the park keeper always feeds the animals in the park where he lives. But one cold winter’s night Percy finds his little friends shivering on the doorstep – they need more than food and he must find a way to help them…

A snuggly, heart-warming story, with songs to sing along to and furry friends to meet.

The show's original run was at Norden Farm in 2010 and it returns by popular demand! Created by Slot Machine, the company that brought the hit Christmas shows Miki (2011) and Kipper's Snowy Day (2014).

Suitable for ages 3+

One Snowy Night Art Competition

Enter for the chance to win a goody bag and turn on the Christmas Lights at Maidenhead Town Hall! All artwork entered will also be displayed in our Gallery exhibition in December.

How to Enter

• Draw, paint or create a snuggly nest made from a household object or piece of furniture with a sleeping animal snuggled inside eg a sock, a hat, a shoe, a cup, a teapot

• Draw or paint one or more of the characters from the book on a very snowy night

You can download an entry form here, please remember to include your contact details on the back of your entry.

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After School Arts Club - Christmas Crafts

Led by Caroline Crawford.

A fun craft based course creating gifts and decorations based on a Christmas theme.

Suitable for ages 8+ years.

Wed 25 Nov – Wed 9 Dec
4pm – 5.15pm
£30 per 3 week course

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Hardeep Singh Kohli - Big Mouth Strikes Again

When you've a mouth this big, is it any wonder you get into trouble?

The comedian, broadcaster, journalist and chef explains all in a brand new show, on the back of its premier at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.

'Immensely funny' Daily Express

'Very funny… with a touching truth in the stories he tells and a truthful integrity in the way he tells them' ★★★★ Edinburgh Guide

'Mixes stories with fantastic quick-witted patter' ★★★★ Skinny

'Something quite special... in between the laughter are stories of genuine power' ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

@misterhsk
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Hardeep’s website

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Adam Long's Dickens Abridged

A fast paced musical comedy from the founding member of The Reduced Shakespeare Company.

A cast of four bring hundreds of the great author’s characters to life. Take a comic journey through Dickens' greatest hits – including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations (complete with flaming bride), A Tale of Two Cities (with fully functioning guillotine), Nicholas Nickleby, and, of course... A Christmas Carol.

★★★★★ Broadway Baby - read the full review here
★★★★ British Theatre Guide - read the full review here

WHY? ‘Irreverent, witty, fast-paced and outrageous!’ The Stage

@DickensAbridged
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit the Dickens Abridged website

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All Things Considered

'Folk fusion' is probably the closest you will get in trying to define the sound of this 5 piece band.

Led by vocalist Emma Baldwin, the band comprise driving fiddle player Gethin Webster, intricate acoustic guitarist Adrian Holden, soaring cello from Andrew Richardson and the groove based, almost tribal percussion of Phil Daniels. Support act to be announced.

WHY? 'Effortlessly beautiful songs with real feeling' folking.com

@ATC_UK
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit the All Things Considered website

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Create a Set of Lanterns

Led by Natalie Griffin-Smith.

Make a set of three lanterns - a unique and stylish addition to your home or the perfect gift! Use your favourite fabrics or choose from a selection provided. Learn how to create lanterns and achieve professional-looking results. Lanterns use battery operated tea-lights to give the effect of a flame – delivering beautiful and safe mood lighting for all occasions!

£6 materials fee to tutor.

10am - 12.30pm | £25

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Nish Kumar: Long Word….Long Word….Blah Blah Blah….I’m So Clever

A stand up comedy show for people who like stand up comedy shows by a man that does stand up comedy.
This is Nish’s first solo tour. He has appeared on Comedy Central’s The Alternative Comedy Experience curated by Stewart Lee, Live at the Comedy Store and Stand up Central. He has been seen on BBC 3’s Live at the Edinburgh Festival and Sweat the Small Stuff plus supported Milton Jones and David O’Doherty.
Nish has also been on XFM's The Josh Widdicombe Show, BBC Radio 4's The Now Show and more recently was the host of BBC Radio 4 Extra's Newsjack.

Nish has been getting rave reviews at this year's Edinburgh Festival:
★★★★★ The Herald ★★★★★ The Mirror ★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals ★★★★ Short Com ★★★★ The List ★★★★ The Skinny ★★★★ Chortle ★★★★ WOW247 ★★★★ The Guardian


WHY? 'With his combination of book smarts, righteous passion and sardonic wit, Nish Kumar is the Asian answer to John Oliver' ★★★★ Chortle

@MrNishKumar
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Nish's website

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Gimme Gimme Gimme

Abba's music is as vibrant today as it was back in the seventies and Gimme Gimme Gimme have been performing their tribute to the band for over 14 years.

They have appeared at shows and festivals worldwide. The many costume changes, choreographed dance routines and four-part vocal harmonies come together to re-create that original Abba party feel.

WHY? With all the hits including Voulez Vous, Dancing Queen and Waterloo

Click here to visit the Gimme Abba website

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Festive Floral Roadshow

The renowned floral designer brings his show to the intimate Studio space.

Join him as he creates fabulous floral designs from scratch, inspires you to decorate your home this Christmas and shares his funny stories from 30 years of working in theatre. You might even get the chance to help him on stage or win one of his designs to take home.

WHY? Mig was a Gold Medal winner at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show

Click here to visit Mig's website

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Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two with special guest June Carter

Clive John is the voice of The Johnny Cash Roadshow.

He brings a more laid back version of Johnny Cash songs with Nick Davis (electric guitar) and Martin Bentley (double bass) plus Jill Shoonjans as June Carter. The set also features some of Clive John’s chart topping original songs.

WHY? The only tribute show to be endorsed by the Cash family

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Fun with Acrylics: Acrylics, Oil Pastels & Resists

Led by Karen Carter.

Experiment in combining oil and water-based media to create interesting effects and exciting results. Learn the Sgraffito technique of layering and underpainting and have fun with the possibilities! No experience required.

£38 per class.

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Danny Buckler's Magic Salon

Do you love comedy? Magic? Gossip? And all round entertainment? This is more than a magic show and better than a comedy night.

Comedian Danny Buckler entertains with anecdotes, tricks and songs before introducing three of the world’s finest magicians.

WHY? A night of mystery, fun and repartee as the show morphs into a television style chatshow to open up the fun and mysterious world of stage magic

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The Karen Sharp and Nikki Iles Group

The wonderfully creative swinging jazz ensemble of tenor sax and piano combines in this performance.

Karen and Nikki are joined by the tantalizing string-bass of Arnie Somogyi and Clark Tracey, an icon of jazz drums.

WHY? Karen Sharp has been a winner at the British Jazz Awards

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Sewing Machine Embroidery - Festive Cards

Led by Amanda Schenk and Maggie Kluba

Create unique Christmas cards with machine embroidery techniques! Discover the techniques and fun of drawing with your sewing machine to make beautiful and personal designs for your friends and family!

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Please bring a sewing machine.

£5 materials fee to tutor £5.

10am - 2pm | £28

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Christmas Ceilidh

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

Caller Hugh Crabtree leads dances including Muffin Man’s Jig, Gay Gordons, Waltz Country Dance and Cumberland Square 8. Tunes from folk band Nedron’s Jig include The Rogue’s March, One More Dance and Then, Speed the Plough and Dashing White Sergeant.

WHY? A perfect social event for Christmas parties

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Song of the Season

Join TVGC for a journey through the seasons, in the company of Fred Astaire, Carpenters, Lou Reed, Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Eartha Kitt, The Weather Girls, Ed Sheeran and many, many more!

WHY? The versatile and joyful Thames Valley Gay Chorus have a habit of selling out every concert!

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NT Live: Jane Eyre

A live screening from the National Theatre.

Charlotte Brontë’s story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms.

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ROH Live: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci

A live screening from the Royal Opera House.

These two short Italian operas are each regarded as the composers’ masterpiece. They are brought together in a new staging by award-winning director Damiano Michieletto.

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The Changing Room

Rootsy, Celtic-infused, original folk.

Heavily influenced by the industrial heritage of Cornwall, the Looe based band are ambassadors for collaboration and social singing. Their songs feature rousing choruses and catchy hooks that will keep you swaying and humming all week. Accordion, guitar, bodhran, harp and banjo plus award winning vocals deliver a winning combination.

WHY? ‘Swiftly seizes and grips your attention’ FolkWords

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Fun with Acrylics: Light, Reflection & Movement in Water

Led by Karen Carter

Explore techniques to depict the many dimensions of water. Experiment using a range of both opaque and transparent techniques.

A basic knowledge of acrylics is desired. Materials to be supplied by participant.

£38 per class

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The Total Who Show

Love The Who? Fancy a great night packed with classic tracks by the band?

Catch over two hours of anthems performed by professional band Johnny Warman’s Magic Bus. With hits including Won’t Get Fooled Again, My Generation, Pinball Wizard, The Seeker and more! Magic Bus pay tribute to The Who in their own unique way – capturing the power, glory and passion of the band.

WHY? ‘The best 60s tribute band in the world’ Time Out

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Family Chocolate Workshop

Led by The Chocolate Factory.

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

Sat 12 Dec | 1pm – 2pm | £15 per person

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Chocolate Workshop

Led by The Chocolate Factory.

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

2.30pm – 3.30pm | £15

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The Vinyl Frontier - Christmas Singles Championship

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

Another of our popular singles night (that’s 45rpm not lonely hearts) but with a twist as it’s just Christmas tunes. Is it a shoo-in for The Pogues? 12 contenders vie for the trophy.

WHY? Hear a classic album as it was intended - in full and on vinyl

@vinyljeff
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit The Vinyl Frontier website

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The Rat Pack Christmas Show

Capturing not only the music and comedy of the original legends, but also the remarkable personalities of the stars who ruled the entertainment world.

With all of the hit songs made popular by the legendary performers such as Ain’t That a Kick in the Head, The Lady is a Tramp, My Way, Mr Bojangles and New York, New York plus songs with a Yuletide feel!

WHY? Voted the number one tribute show in the UK by The National Agents Association of Great Britain at The National Tribute Awards

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The Albion Christmas Band

Now in its 17th year, this is a musical tour through the Christmas customs of Britain.

Featuring the combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band), Simon Care (Edward II) and the Guvnor himself, Ashley Hutchings.

WHY? This year will see a collection of new material alongside favourites from the band’s back catalogue of Christmas albums

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ROH: The Nutcracker

A live screening from the Royal Opera House (Wednesday, encore Sunday).

Christmas simply wouldn’t be Christmas without The Royal Ballet’s classic production of The Nutcracker, set to Tchaikovsky’s score.

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Maidenhead Concert Band

This year’s concert is in memory of Jane Marlow and the charity is Macmillan Cancer Support.

WHY? A great night out for all the family with a wide variety of music

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D'Ukes

With six musicians, 24 strings, a hint of percussion and plenty of humour, D’Ukes are the virtuosos of the ukulele.

They reinterpret songs by artists as diverse as Queen, Elbow, Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash and Deep Purple in ways that may surprise you. The band combine danceable music with great vocals, slick solos, tight harmonies and excellent song arrangements.

WHY? D’Ukes headlined the first Czech Republic ukulele festival

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Caddy's Country Kitchen

Australian singer/songwriter Caddy Cooper serves a feast of country, Americana and bluegrass.

Featuring some of the best emerging and visiting artists around, Caddy interviews performers and joins them on stage for classic and original country songs.

WHY? Diving feet first into critical acclamation for her last two albums, Caddy Cooper is a West Australian acoustic country and blues singer songwriter that you simply cannot afford to miss

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New Year's Eve Hoedown at The Farm

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.

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.

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New Year's Day Concert

Including works by Handel, Vivaldi and JS Bach.

WHY? The annual sell-out concert returns for a 15th year

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Ed Byrne - Outside, Looking In

That bloke. You know. The Irish guy. No, not the bald one. The other one. You know him. The one Carol from work really likes. Wait, that might be Jason Byrne. Anyway. Funny chap. Has a new show!

'Comedy’s holy grail.... Go see!' ★★★★ The Sunday Times
'A masterful display of the comics art…This is a seamless and perfectly timed show that could stand proudly next to any Izzard, Bailey, Carr or Skinner stadium-filler' ★★★★★ The Sunday Times
'Hilarious anecdotes! l assure you Ed Byrne is one comedian you should DEFINITELY see' ★★★★★ Edinburgh Festival Magazine
'Jokes come so fast that hecklers don’t have a chance to get a word in edgeways' ★★★★ The Times
'Byrne is at the top of his game' ★★★★ The Sunday Telegraph
'It is rare for a comic to merit the word “masterful” but in this case it is no overstatement' ★★★★ The Scotsman
'A show full of top – class observational humour….A great comedian making the simple sublime, Byrne gives his audience exactly what they want' ★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News
'Superior stand up from the nerd next door' ★★★★ The Herald

  •  16 Jan SOLD OUT
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Gary Delaney

A regular on BBC2's Mock The Week and 5Live's Seven Day Saturday.

Double Sony Award Winner. Chortle Award Nominee.
Gary’s previous tour extended four times, playing over 240 dates. Now he’s back with a brand new show entertaining the UK with his famous one-liners and expertly crafted comedy.
Gary is widely regarded as being one of the most quotable one-liner comics in the country, with a huge twitter following. His talents have led him to write for Channel 4's 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Sky 1's A League Of Their Own, BBC1's Live At The Apollo and The Royal Variety Performance.

WHY? 'Gary Delaney has more quality jokes in one hour than many comics have in their entire careers…quite brilliant' ★★★★ The Scotsman
'I laughed and I laughed and I laughed… A master craftsman' ★★★★ The Times
'Picasso of puns' ★★★★ Chortle

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Viva Neil Diamond

In 1966 Neil Diamond's first hits smashed into the music charts.

To celebrate this 50 year recording career Bob Drury ('The Neil Diamond Story') presents a new one man show. It is bursting with Neil Diamond gems, including Sweet Caroline, Forever in Blue Jeans, Love on the Rocks, America, Hello Again, Play Me, Song Sung Blue and many more.

WHY? 'If I didn't know better I’d have said that was Neil Diamond singing' Pat Marsh, BBC

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

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Richard Herring - Happy Now?

After years of drifting aimlessly and alone, comedian Richard Herring is now settles down with a wife and tiny baby. Is he finally happy now?

Or does responsibility for the lives of others come with its own terrors? In his twelfth solo stand up show, Richard examines whether we are, can ever hope to be, or are meant to be truly content.

@Herring1967
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Richard's website

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Gyles Brandreth – Word Power!

Get It! Use It! Conquer The World!

'No matter how eloquently a dog may bark, he cannot tell you that his parents were poor but honest' - only words can do that. Language is power. Words are magic.

Join Edinburgh Fringe award winner Gyles Brandreth on an uproarious and unexpected magic carpet ride around the awesome world of words.

Gyles is known as a wit and word-meister, former MP and Government Whip, BBC Radio 4 Just A Minute regular, BBC1 One Show reporter, Channel 4 Countdown survivor and as seen on QI, Have I Got News For You, Room 101, The IT Crowd and Pointless.

Whether it’s global domination you’re after – or getting some nookie on a Friday night – you need the right words to get the right results. Discover them right here.

WHY? ★★★★★ The Scotsman ★★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine ★★★★★ The Telegraph

'Wildly funny, incredibly indiscreet' Daily Mail'
'Very funny'
Sunday Times'
'A master raconteur' Sunday Telegraph
'Absolute joy' Scotsman

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