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Yoga

Led by Julie Potter.

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

Suitable for all levels of experience.

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

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

£42 per 6 week course

For 18+ years.

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Make Silver Jewellery 4

Led by Janet Richardson.

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

Suitable for all levels of experience.

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

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

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

For 18+ years.

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Digi Den I

Led by DJ Mhlanga

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

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

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Schools' Programme Exhibition

presented by Windsor Festival

Winning pieces from the Windsor Festival’s 2016 creative competition for secondary school students. It is a wide variety of creative work, including paintings, photography, textiles and sculpture

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Friday Night Flamenco

Led by Leticia Iglesias.

A great way to start the weekend - discover the rhythm and passion of Flamenco! Step into the atmosphere of Andalusia - its movements and music. Start by learning the basic steps and progress through the courses, in a relaxed and fun environment!

Summer

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

Autumn

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

£42 per 6 week course

For 18+ years.

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Debra Stephenson - Night of One Hundred Voices

An evening of comedy, music and impressions!

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

WHY? 'An amazingly accomplished performer' Radio Times

Courtyard Theatre
£15

@DebraStephenson
@nordenfarm

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Hi-de-Hi

Presented by The Grimm Players.

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

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

£15


@TheGrimmPlayers
@nordenfarm

The Grimm Player's website

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Align & Flow Yoga

Led by Deborah Le Vene-Page.

A dynamic yoga class with precise alignment focus. Linking the breath with a flow of postures with time at the end for relaxation will leave you feeling stronger, more flexible, calm and renewed. Deborah Le Vene-Page has been teaching yoga since 2005.

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

For 18+ years.

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

£8 per class or £105 for 15 week course

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

£8 per class or £91 for 13 week course

SOLD OUT
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Portrait Drawing

Led by Harriet Brittaine.

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

Sat 1 Oct
10am – 3pm
£34

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Introduction to Technical Theatre

Led by Norden Farm Technicians.

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

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

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Kathak Dance - Intermediate

Led by Ambika Dhir and Devika Shangari.

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

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

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ROH Live: Norma

An encore screening of a striking new production.

Antonio Pappano conducts an all-star cast in Bellini’s operatic masterpiece. Expect a modern edge to this timeless tale of love, rivalry and betrayal.

WHY? Bellini’s classic bel canto opera is full of wonderful melodies and opportunities for star singing.

£15

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David Brent: Life on the Road (15)

Dir: Ricky Gervais, 2016

The highly anticipated big screen debut of one of comedy’s best-loved characters, David Brent (Ricky Gervais). Twelve years on from BBC mockumentary ‘The Office’, Brent hasn’t given up on his dream of rock stardom.

WHY? Get ready to join David Brent on the road as he takes one last shot at fame and fortune.

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

Please note the trailer below contains adult content

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Zumba

Led by Annet Bowler.

Party yourself into shape with the Zumba® programme.

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

Summer
Sun 1 May - 28 Aug
11am – 12pm

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

For 18+ years.

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Youth Theatre (H)

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

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

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends.

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

Terms 10 weeks long, no auditions and suitable for all abilities.


£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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Showtime (unplugged)

Celebrating the very best of the musicals.

Expect songs from some of the biggest shows from the UK and overseas including Miss Saigon, Blood Brothers, Phantom of the Opera, alongside more recent productions including The Book of Mormon and Wicked. The evening will also feature music from smaller productions including Spring Awakening and Heathers: The Musical.

Joining host Tom Murton are some of Berkshire’s leading musical theatre talent - the exceptional Amelia Wall, Lorna Young and Niven Willett. They each bring their unique vocal styles and influences to the stage, along with a passion for musical theatre.

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

Studio
£10 (£8 conc)

@nordenfarm

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The Lindisfarne Story

Presented by RM Promotions.

Tyneside group Lindisfarne exploded onto the music scene in 1970. They became the standard bearers for acoustic based rock music. The group achieved international success and their music is still ever present on UK radio. Former group members Billy Mitchell and Ray Laidlaw tell The Lindisfarne Story from the very beginning.

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

Courtyard Theatre
£18

The Lindisfarne Story's website

@nordenfarm

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

Led by Jo Hall.

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

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

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Body Control Pilates - Beginners

Led by Gillian Burn.

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

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

Summer drop in session Tues 16 Aug | £8

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

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

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Bollywood Dance

Led by Geeta Rai.

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

Suitable for ages 6+ years.

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

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Digi Den II

Led by DJ Mhlanga

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

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

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

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Youth Dance - Junior

Led by Becky Hinton.

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

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

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

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Maidenhead Community Choir

Led by Tina Reibl.

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

Suitable for all levels of experience.

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

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

£75 per 10 week course

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Swing Dance 1

Led by Jennifer Maghzal.

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

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Tues 20 Sept – 8 Nov (exc 27 Sept, 25 Oct, 1 Nov)

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

@nordenfarm
@RdgSwingJam

Reading Swing Jam website

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Wiener-Dog (15)

Dir: Todd Solondz 2016, USA

Danny DeVito stars as one of several people who find their lives inspired or changed by one particular dachshund, who seems to be spreading a certain kind of comfort and joy.

WHY? ‘Mordantly funny, but most importantly, poignant.’ ★★★★ The Guardian

Click here to read the full review.

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

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Swing Dance - Social Dancing

Social Dancing | 8.30pm – 9.30pm

£3 or free when booked onto the Swing Dance classes beforehand.

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Book Club

Price includes a drink from the bar.

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

Titles for Spring / Summer are:

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

For 18+ years.

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

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

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

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Acoustic Guitar - Absolute Beginners

Led by Richard Lee.

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. Fun and friendly lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

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

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

£36 per 5 week course

For 18+ years.

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Griff Rhys Jones - Work in Progress

The comedian, writer, actor and television presenter airs some thoughts - stories, anecdotes, reminiscences and half-remembered events from a long career with his much missed comedy partner Mel Smith.

It’s a ramble through a relationship.

Join him on this work in progress, and watch previously unseen footage.

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Macbeth: Blood will have Blood

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

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

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

Presented by Contender Charlie, China Plate and Warwick Arts Centre

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

Macbeth: Blood will have Blood's website

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Youth Theatre (C)

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

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

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends.

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

Terms 10 weeks long, no auditions and suitable for all abilities.


£97 per term
School Year 7, 8 & 9

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Arts Award - Creative Crusaders

Led by Julie Loison

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

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

School Year 7 – 13

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

£80 per term

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Youth Theatre (F)

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

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

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends.

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

Terms 10 weeks long, no auditions and suitable for all abilities.


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

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners

Led by Richard Lee.

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

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

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

£36 per 5 week course

For 18+ years.

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Julieta (15)

Dir: Pedro Almodóvar

(Spanish with English subtitles)

Adapted from three short stories by the Canadian Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro, a classics teacher struggles with past secrets and the consequences of an old romance, in this exquisite study of a mother-daughter relationship tested through trying times.

'Almodovar's best film in a decade' ★★★★★ The Guardian

Click here to read Mark Kermode's review in full.

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

SOLD OUT
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Acoustic Guitar - Intermediate

Led by Richard Lee.

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

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

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

£36 per 5 week course

For 18+ years.

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Little Wrigglers

Led by Rachel Walsh

A thrilling, energetic and creative dance class. Explore imaginative themes and adventures through dance, song and mime. Suitable for ages 2+ years.

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

Please note - there is no session on Friday 16 September

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Fun with Acrylics: Portraits for Beginners

Led by Karen Carter.

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

10.30am – 3.30pm | £38 per class

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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The Vinyl Frontier - Your Best of...Prince

Hosted by Jeff Lloyd.

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

Studio
£8

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The Pendulum Jazz Orchestra

The 25 piece orchestra returns to Norden Farm.

The young lions of Pendulum will be joined by featured guest artist Julian Siegel (sax). Julian is a well known name on the UK and European jazz scene. He has received the BBC Jazz Award for Best Instrumentalist, and worked with the likes of Django Bates, Laurie Anderson and Kenny Wheeler.

Other special guests from the jazz elite include Henry Lowther (trumpet), Clark Tracy (drums), Simon Allen (saxes) and Adam Goldsmith (guitar).

The orchestra’s CD is nominated for ‘Re-issue CD of the Year 2016’. Expect a festival of jazz in one swinging, fiery, creative night. The set list will include a selection of pieces that have been specially composed for The Pendulum Jazz Orchestra by top musicians, as well as Standards.

A memorable evening– creating echoes of Summer thunder, Autumn storms and evoking still, clear nights of Winter.

This evening is presented by Jazz at the Farm.

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

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

@nordenfarm

The Pendulum Jazz Orchestra's website

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Ink Drawing: Weathered

Led by Jo Hall.

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

10am – 3pm
£38

For 18+ years.

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Family

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

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

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

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)

@BenNorris7
@nordenfarm

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Family's website

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Back to Blackbrick

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

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

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

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

@Patch_of_Blue
@nordenfarm

Patch of Blue Theatre's website

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Alexander Technique

Led by Martin Smith.

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

Sun 9 Oct
2.30pm – 5pm
£30

For 18+ years.

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Childhood of a Leader (12A)

Dir: Brady Corbet 2015, UK/Fr/Hun

A chilling fable about the rise of fascism in the 20th Century, loosely inspired by the early childhood experiences of many of the great dictators. The experiences of a young American boy living in France in 1918 help to mould his beliefs, and form a terrifying ego.

WHY? Robert Pattinson stars in Brady Corbet’s ambitious directorial debut.

'steely, sinister and utterly gripping' ★★★★★ The Guardian

Click here to read the full review.

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

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Let Your Imagination Flow - Helen Ma's Artwork in 2016

Helen’s work features landscapes, water, sky, flowers, animals and abstract styles.

Capturing each beautiful moment is the main reason she loves to sketch and paint - each of her works has its own story to tell. Helen has trained at arts colleges in Hong Kong and London. She has also taught painting to both children and adults.

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Mindfulness

Led by Jane Barker.

Relaxed drop in sessions (advance booking recommended).

A monthly opportunity to step out of 'busy, busy, doing, doing' and to drop into just 'being', to find some calm amongst the chaos. Learn how to focus on the present to help manage thoughts and feelings and to improve mental wellbeing.

Dealing with Stress

Tues 12 Jul

You Are Not Your Thoughts

Tues 9 Aug

Acceptance

Tues 13 Sept

Having it All – The Paradox of our Time

Tues 11 Oct

Kindness

Tues 8 Nov

Silent Night

Tues 6 Dec

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

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Make Silver Jewellery 1

Led by Janet Richardson.

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

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

Suitable for all levels of experience.

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

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

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

For 18+ years.

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Teddies Music Club

Sing • Dance • Play

We’ll get you bouncing, jumping, tickling, giggling, laughing, oh and singing! It’s energetic, lively and fun for grown-ups and children alike, with a singer and musician at every session.

Suitable for ages 0-5 years.

Please note there is no Teddies class Wed 21 Sept

Wednesdays
10am – 11am
£5 | £4 additional children

Please book one (or more) free 'Accompanying Adult' tickets for this workshop, and a free 'Baby Seat' if you are bringing a baby under 6 months.

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Make Silver Jewellery 2

Led by Janet Richardson.

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

Suitable for all levels of experience.

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

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

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

For 18+ years.

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Youth Theatre (A)

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

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

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends.

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

Terms 10 weeks long, no auditions and suitable for all abilities.

Juniors £67 per term
School Year 2 & 3

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Youth Theatre (B)

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

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

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends.

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

Terms 10 weeks long, no auditions and suitable for all abilities.

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

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Youth Theatre (Academy)

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

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

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends.

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

Terms 10 weeks long, no auditions and suitable for all abilities


Academy £97 per term
School Year 12 & 13+

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Make Silver Jewellery 3

Led by Janet Richardson.

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

Suitable for all levels of experience.

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

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

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

For 18+ years.

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Fun with Acrylics: Colourful Landscapes

Led by Karen Carter.

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

10.30am – 3.30pm | £38 per class

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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RSC Live: King Lear

An encore screening of one of Shakespeare’s most epic plays.

King Lear has ruled for many years. As age begins to overtake him, he decides to divide his kingdom amongst his children.

WHY? The exceptional Antony Sher returns to play King Lear, one of the greatest parts written by Shakespeare.

£15

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The Billy Joel Songbook performed by Elio Pace & his Band

A sensational tour celebrating the phenomenal music of Billy Joel.

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

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

Courtyard Theatre
£22.50 (£20 conc)

@eliopace
@nordenfarm

Elio Pace's website

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Life Drawing

Led by Harriet Brittaine.

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

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

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Adult Upcycle Mixed Media and Print Day

Led by Caroline Crawford.

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

Sat 15 Oct
10am - 3pm
£23

For 18+ years.

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Felicity Ward - 50% More Likely To Die

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

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

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

Studio
£12

@felicityward
@nordenfarm

Felicity Ward's website

Please note - the clip below contains some adult themes

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Cafe Society (12A)

Dir: Woody Allen 2016

Woody Allen conjures up a bittersweet romance set in a pastel-clad 1930s world. A glittering valentine to the movie stars, socialites, playboys, debutantes, politicians, and gangsters who epitomized the excitement and glamour of the age.

WHY? Poignant, and often hilarious; a film with a novel’s sweep

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

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Sunday Stories at the Farm

Interactive storytelling in the magical story den.

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

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

£3 per person. Lunch menu from £5.

Theatre Sparks Facebook page

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The Collector

Kathryn Baker Productions present Henry Naylor's award winning play.

2003. Mazrat Prison, Iraq. One of Saddam's most notorious torture houses. More than 10,000 people died here. Now under Allied command, Nassir works here. He’s a local, translating for the American interrogators. He’s pro-Western, determined to bring liberal values to his country. And he's about to get married to his sweetheart. But when he is recognised by a psychotic supporter of the old regime, his life becomes a living hell....

WHY? Born out of Naylor’s own experiences of a visit to Bagram Airbase in 2003. Fringe First Winner at Edinburgh 2014 followed by a sold-out run at London’s Arcola Theatre.

‘Vivid writing… the performances have a piercing focus’ ★★★★ The Times

‘A thought-provoking piece of work that manages to explore complex political issues in a direct and clear-eyed manner’ British Theatre Guide

Click here to read the full review.

Courtyard Theatre
£15 (£13 conc)

@ProductionsKB
@nordenfarm

The Collector's website

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Pajama Men: 2 Man 3 Musketeers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ages 16+ years

Presented by Soho Theatre
Soho Theatre's website

Studio
£14


@pajamamen
@nordenfarm

Pajama Men's website

Please note the video below contains some adult content

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Things to Come (12A)

Dir: Mia Hansen-Løve 2016, Fr/Ger

(French with english subtitles)

A determined philosophy professor soldiers through the death of her mother, getting fired from her job, and dealing with a disloyal husband in this smart, earnest drama.

WHY? ‘Mia Hansen-Love and Isabelle Huppert prove a dream partnership in this gorgeous, heart-cradling post-divorce drama’ Variety

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

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ROH Live: Così fan Tutte

Encore screening.

A lively, youthful and imaginative new production of Mozart’s classic opera. Two pairs of lovers are put to the test – with great music but distinctly unexpected results.

WHY? Semyon Bychkov conducts a cast of young, up-and-coming talent

£15

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Lee Nelson (work in progress)

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


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

Studio
£15

@RealLeeNelson
@nordenfarm

Lee Nelson's website

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Printing Workshop: Monoprinting

Led by Karen Carter.

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

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

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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A Night of ELO

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

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

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

£17.50

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

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Upcycled Dragonfly Mobile

Led by Caroline Crawford.

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

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

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Wifi Wars

A live comedy game show where you play along!

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

WHY? ‘Not to be missed’ The Guardian

Studio
£15

@wifiwarsuk
@nordenfarm

Wifi War's website

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Captain Fantastic (15)

Dir: Matt Ross 2016, USA

A hilarious and heart-warming comedy-drama. Viggo Mortensen stars as a free-thinking father of six, raising his kids in the woods of Washington state until an emergency forces them to leave their self-made paradise, and challenges his unconventional ideas about parenting.

WHY? ‘Viggo Mortensen is at the top of his game, shot through with humour and heart’. ★★★★ Rolling Stone

Click here to read the full review.

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

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Christian Garrick and the Budapest Cafe Orchestra

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

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

WHY? ‘Awe-inspiring musicianship of the finest purveyors of Eastern European gypsy’ The Times

Courtyard Theatre
£15


@bco100
@nordenfarm

The Budapest Cafe Orchestra's website

Chris Garrick's website

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Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage

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

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

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

Studio
£12


@folkhannah
@nordenfarm

Hannah and Ben's website

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The Rat Pack is Back

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

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

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

Courtyard Theatre
£22


@Theratpackshow
@nordenfarm

The Rat Pack's website

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Arts and Crafts Session

Hour long craft activities to keep the little ones entertained this October Half Term.

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

Suitable for ages 5+ years.

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Shark in the Park

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

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

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

Suitable for 2+ years.

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


@nordenfarm

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Storytelling

1.15pm and 3.30pm.

Join our storytellers in the magical story den this October Half Term!

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

Suitable for ages 3+ years.

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Music for Flute and Harp

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

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

Babies under 18 months– free.

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

Presented by Concertini.

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

@ConcertiniUK
@nordenfarm

Concertini's website

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Finding Dory (U)

Dir: Angus MacLane & Andrew Stanton

Disney Pixar reunites everyone’s favourite forgetful blue fish, Dory. Together with her friends Nemo and Marlin she searches for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale?

WHY? ‘One of Pixar's most charming films yet' ★★★★ The Independent

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

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Swallows and Amazons (PG)

Dir: Philippa Lowthorpe 2016

Four children dream of escape from the tedium of a summer holiday in the Lake District. But when they arrive they discover they may not be alone... Steeped in the wonder of a child's imagination, the action takes place against the breath-taking backdrop of the Lakes.

WHY? An exhilarating adaptation of a treasured classic novel.

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

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Stephen Wright - The Smiths and Friends

Another opportunity to see this popular exhibition of iconic photography.

Stephen Wright is known for the most famous and enduring image of The Smiths outside the Salford lads club. He also captured a series of iconic musicians - including Miles Davis, John Lydon, Nina Simone, Madonna and James Brown amongst others. The exhibition records a moment in time and music.

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Tim FitzHigham as Will Kempe - Shakespeare's Stand Up

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

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

WHY? ‘Inspirational’ Time Out

Studio
£12

@timfitzhigham
@nordenfarm

Tim FitzHigham's webite

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The Tinderbox

A roguish soldier acquires a magic tinderbox.

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

WHY? Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen

Studio

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

@norwich_puppet
@nordenfarm

Norwich Puppet Theatre's website

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Pete's Dragon (PG)

Dir: David Lowery 2016

Stunning live-action remake of the 1977 film. A forest ranger discovers finds a young orphaned boy named Pete living in the woods with a friendly dragon. But their peaceful existence looks to be disrupted as others discover they are more than just folklore...

WHY? ‘Contemplative and tender, and warming as a log fire at your feet.’ ★★★★ The Telegraph

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

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Next Steps: Dance Intensive

Led by Charlie Dixon

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

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

£75 (£65 Advantage Card)

@nordenfarm

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Rapunzel

Tangles? Split Ends? Frizzy? Flyaway?

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

WHY? An enchanting show based on the Grimm tale

Courtyard Theatre

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

@thewidders
@nordenfarm

Theatre of Widdershin's website

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WMSO Young Musicians of 2015

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

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

WHY? Prepare to be thrilled!

Presented by Maidenhead Music Society, a Norden Farm Associate Company.

Courtyard Theatre
£15, £10 MMS Members (£5 under 16s, free with a paying adult)

@nordenfarm

Maidenhead Music Society's website

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An Intimate Evening with Jo Harman – Voice and Piano Tour

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

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

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

Studio
£14

@jo_harman
@nordenfarm

Jo Harman's website

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

A comedy show about history, democracy & capitalism.

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

'Utterly brilliant' ★★★★★ Time Out

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

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)


@MrNishKumar
@nordenfarm

Nish's website

The clip below does contain some strong language

  •  28 Oct SOLD OUT
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Simon Goodall & The Bourne Again Shadows

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

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

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

Courtyard Theatre
£15

@nordenfarm

The Bourne Again Shadow's website

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Mindfulness for Children 2

Led by Lynne Wilkes.

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

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

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Dark Side of the Wall

A tribute to Pink Floyd.

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

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


Courtyard Theatre
£16
@DSOTW_UK
@nordenfarm

Dark Side of the Wall's website

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Branagh Theatre Live: The Entertainer

An encore screening from the Garrick Theatre.

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

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

£15

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St John's Chamber Orchestra

Alexander Ullman (piano) Mark Kesel (trumpet) Nigel Wilkinson (conductor)

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

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

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

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

@nordenfarm

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Drawing in Colour: Pastel

Led by Jo Hall.

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

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

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Lovesong by Abi Morgan

Presented by Maidenhead Drama Guild.

The story of one couple, told from two different points in their lives decades apart. Their past and present selves collide in this haunting and beautiful tale of togetherness. All relationships have their ups and downs; the optimism of youth becomes the wisdom of experience.

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

Studio
£12 (£10 conc)

@maidenheaddg
@nordenfarm

Maidenhead Drama Guild's website

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Pierre Bensusan

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

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

WHY? ‘His artistry has only increased in depth and complexity as he has matured’ Guitar Player Magazine

Courtyard Theatre
£16

@pbensusan
@nordenfarm

Pierre Bensusan's website

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Art Adventures: Artist Books

Led by Amanda Schenk

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

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

Suitable for ages 7+ years.

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

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Southern Tenant Folk Union

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

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

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

Courtyard Theatre
£14

@stfuband

@nordenfarm

Southern Tenant Folk Union's website

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ROH Live: Anastasia

Encore screening from the Royal Opera House.

A rare opportunity to see Kenneth MacMillan's landmark ballet about one of the great historical mysteries of the 20th century.

£15

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Jim Mullen (guitar)

Presented by Jazz at the Farm.

The international icon of jazz guitar is known for his great swinging, soulful style. Jim is also one half of pioneering jazz funk band Morrissey-Mullen. He is supported by one of Ronnie Scott’s favourite rhythm sections: Alex Hutton (piano), Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums)

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

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

@nordenfarm

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Ink Drawing: Derelict

led by Jo Hall

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

10am – 3pm
£38

For 18+ years.

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A Diwali Celebration

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

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

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

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

@nordenfarm

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The Studio Session

Part of the Farm’s programme to support emerging musicians.

Local acts play three numbers – at least one of which is an original.

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

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

£8

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Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain

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

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

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

Courtyard Theatre
£15

Presented by Fol Espoir

@folesp
@nordenfarm

Fol Espoir's website

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Invent Your Artwork: Abstract Compositions Workshop

Led by Amanda Schenk and Maggie Kluba.

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

Thur 10 Nov - 24 Nov
10am – 1pm
£60

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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A Night at the Movies

Presented by Claires Court School

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

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

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

Claires Court School website

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

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The Changing Room

Original award winning songs in English and Cornish.

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

WHY? ‘I’m mightily impressed’ Mike Harding

Studio
£12

@ChangingRMusic
@nordenfarm

The Changing Room's website

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Lucy Porter - Consequences

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

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

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

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

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

Suitable for ages 14+ years.

Studio
£14

@lucyportercomic
@nordenfarm

Lucy Porter's website

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Pat Shenstone - Carnival and Masquerade

Pat’s new work is based on the notion of Carnival and Masquerade.

It explores the games we play, how we act as a collective and how we act as individuals. She looks to pose questions, rather than attempting to provide answers. Featuring alongside this new series, Pat continues to paint large blooms and sweet food. Artworks that give her the time and space to consider the content and wider implications of her more serious paintings.

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Swing Dance 2

Led by Jennifer Maghzal.

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

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Tues 15 Nov – 13 Dec (exc 1 Nov)

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

@nordenfarm
@RdgSwingJam

Reading Swing Jam website

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The Horne Section

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

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

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

Courtyard Theatre
£15

@hornesection
@nordenfarm

Horne Section's website

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ROH Live: Les Contes d'Hoffman

An encore screening of Offenbach's fantastical operatic drama Les Contes d'Hoffman (The Tales of Hoffman).

The Royal Opera's lavish production brings alive a 19th century world of romance, comedy, mystery and menace.

£15

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Key Change

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

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

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

Studio
£14

@OpenClasp
@nordenfarm

Open Clasp Theatre's website

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Into the Autumn

Single launch party

For 'Letter to Myself'

With support from
The Midnight Rambler
Will Purdue.

£6.50

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Jarlath Regan - But You Can Call Me Jarlath

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

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

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

@Jarlath
@nordenfarm

Jarlath Regan's website

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Latin From The North

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

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

WHY? ‘Really lively and enjoyable’ The Observer

Presented by Maidenhead WEA

Courtyard Theatre
£17

@nordenfarm

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The Carnival of the Animals - Lantern Making Workshop

Led by Same Sky. Get ready to join the parade!


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

Workshops take place throughout November and December:

Norden Farm | Sun 20 and 27 Nov, Sun 4 Dec | 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm

Maidenhead Town Centre | Sat 19 and 26 Nov, Sat 4 Dec | 10am – 3pm (drop in)

Last chance workshop | Maidenhead Library | Sat 10 Dec | 11am – 2pm (drop in)

Lanterns created at these family workshops will be illuminated at Norden Farm’s annual Lantern Parade on Saturday 10 December. Suitable for all ages and all the family.

£3 per person

Please note a space must be booked for every person attending the workshop, including supervising adults

Lantern Parade

Sat 10 Dec | Outside Maidenhead Town Hall | Free event!
  • 4.30pm - Live music and entertainment from the Bollywood Brass Band
  • 5pm - Parade departs from Maidenhead Town Hall
  • 5.45pm – 6.15pm - Live music and entertainment continues

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Artisan Fair

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

Browse stalls from local sellers showcasing hand made wares.

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

  •  19 Nov FREE
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Clare Teal and her Trio

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

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

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

Courtyard Theatre
£20

@clareteal
@nordenfarm

Clare Teal's website

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Ellie Taylor - Infidelliety

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

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

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

Studio
£14

@EllieJaneTaylor
@nordenfarm

Ellie Taylor's website

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The Elves and the Shoemaker

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

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

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

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

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

Suitable for ages 3+ years.

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

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

Groups £12.50 (Group rate applies to bookings of 10 or more seats for constituted groups or 20 or more for family and friends)

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

The Elves and the Shoemaker 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 pair of amazing shoes made from something surprising
  • Alternatively, draw, paint or create an exciting outfit for an elf
Don’t forget to decorate your frame!

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

Entries will be judged in two age groups: 3 - 5 years and 6 - 8 years.

Please send your entries to Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PF or drop them in to our Box Office.

Deadline for entries is Tuesday 15 November. Winners will be contacted by Friday 18 November.

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Floristry: Festive Wreaths for Christmas

Led by Louise Temple.

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

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

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Rory Bremner - Party Political (work in progress)

Britain’s best-known satirical impressionist is back!

Fresh from a sell out run at Edinburgh, Rory’s new mission is to make sense (and nonsense) of a world where Boris Johnson is Foreign Secretary, Donald Trump is a Presidential Candidate, and Brexit means Brexit. Good luck with that.

If anyone can do it though, it’s Rory, with his unique mix of impressions, satire and 25 years’ experience turning the pig’s ear of politics into the pigs other ear of comedy.

£15

Presented by Lakin McCarthy.

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Nine Lives

A real personal story behind the asylum headlines.

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

WHY? ‘Affecting and direct’ The Guardian

This performance is presented by Leeds Studio

Studio
£14, £11 Supporters

@LeedsStudio
@nordenfarm

Leeds Studio's website

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The London Conchord Ensemble

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

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

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

This concert is presented by Maidenhead Music Society, a Norden Farm Associate Company.

Courtyard Theatre
£15, £10 MMS Members
(£5 under 16s, free with a paying adult)

@londonconchord
@nordenfarm

London Conchord Ensemble's website

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Peter Knight's Gigspanner

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

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

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

Presented by RM Promotions

Studio
£15

@nordenfarm

Gigspanner's website

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Printing Workshop: Printing for Christmas

Led by Karen Carter.

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

Sat 26 Nov
12pm – 5pm
£38 per class

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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An Evening with Rosemary Shrager

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

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

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

Courtyard Theatre
£16

@RosemaryShrager
@nordenfarm

Rosemary Shrager's website

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

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

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

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

Studio
£14

@nordenfarm

Robert Habermann's website

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The Vinyl Frontier - Nevermind by Nirvana

Hosted by Jeff Lloyd.

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

Studio
£8

@vinyljeff
@nordenfarm

The Vinyl Frontier's website

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Blofeld and Baxter: Rogues on the Road

Blowers and Backers are back again by popular demand!

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

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

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

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

Courtyard Theatre
£18.50

@blowersh
@nordenfarm

Henry Blofeld's website

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Russell Howard (work in progress)

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

Parental Guidance is advised.

Courtyard Theatre
£15

@russellhoward
@nordenfarm

Russell Howard's website

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Sofie Hagen - Shimmer Shatter

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

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

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


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


Suitable for ages 16+ years.


Studio
£12


@SofieHagen
@nordenfarm

Sophie Hagen's website

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Frozen Floral Roadshow

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

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

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

Studio
£15, £13 Supporters

@nordenfarm

Mig Kimpton's website

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Hundred Watt Club

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

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

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

Courtyard Theatre
£16

@100WattClub
@nordenfarm

Hundred Watt Club's website

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The Mods and Rockers Show

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

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

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

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

@magicbusbanduk
@nordenfarm

Magic Bus's website

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Martin Harley

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

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

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

Studio
£13.50

@martinharley
@nordenfarm

Martin Harley's website

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Chocolate Workshop

Led by The Chocolate Factory.

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

Wed 7 Dec
7.30pm - 8.30pm
£16

For 18+ years.

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An Evening with Brydon, Mack and Mitchell

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

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

Please note that the waiting list has now closed.

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

@nordenfarm

  •   8 Dec SOLD OUT
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Christmas Ceilidh

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

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

WHY? A perfect social event for Christmas parties

Long Barn
£15 (£13 conc)

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Steve Waterman (trumpet)

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

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

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

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

@nordenfarm

Steve Waterman's website

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

Hosted by Jeff Lloyd.

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

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

Studio
£8

@vinyljeff
@nordenfarm

The Vinyl Frontier's website

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The Sherry Babys

A celebration of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

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

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

Courtyard Theatre
£20

@nordenfarm

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ROH Live: The Nutcracker

Encore screening.

The Royal Ballet celebrates Peter Wright's 90th birthday with his much-loved production of this beautiful ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky's magnificent score.

£15

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The Elves and the Shoemaker Exhibition

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

The Elves and the Shoemaker 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 pair of amazing shoes made from something surprising
  • Alternatively, draw, paint or create an exciting outfit for an elf Don’t forget to decorate your frame!

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

Entries will be judged in two age groups: 3 - 5 years and 6 - 8 years.

Please send your entries to Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PF or drop them in to our Box Office.

Deadline for entries is Tuesday 15 November. Winners will be contacted by Friday 18 November.

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Floristry: Festive Table Centrepieces

Led by Louise Temple.

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

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

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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A Charity Concert in aid of Thames Valley Hospice

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

WHY? The annual event is conducted by Peter Ripper

Presented by Maidenhead Concert Band

Courtyard Theatre
£8

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Alec Dankworth's World Spirit

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

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

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

Courtyard Theatre
£15

@nordenfarm

Alec Dankworth's website

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The Alter Eagles

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

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

WHY? ‘World class’ Lemonrock Gig Guide

Courtyard Theatre
£16

@AlterEaglesUK
@nordenfarm

Alter Eagle's website

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It's Christmas!

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

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

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

Courtyard Theatre
£13 (£11 conc)

@nordenfarm

Thames Valley Gay Chorus's website

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The Albion Christmas Band

Traditional English Christmas music, dancing and celebration.

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

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

Courtyard Theatre
£19.50

@nordenfarm

Albion Band's website

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André Rieu: Christmas with André

Encore screening.

A celebratory Christmas concert performed by André and his famous Johann Strauss Orchestra. André will also be inviting his fans to his hometown for an intimate tour of Maastricht's magical Christmas highlights.

£15

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New Year's Eve Hoedown at The Farm

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

Join ceilidh and barn dance band Cut a Shine for foot stomping, rip-roaring, thigh-slapping traditional music and a night of all types of barn dancing. A fun, lively and thrilling way to celebrate this New Year's Eve!

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

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

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

Offers applied in basket

@cutashine
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit the band's website

Dress code

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

Games

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

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New Year's Day Concert

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

Full programme details to be announced.

WHY? Including works by Handel, Vivaldi and JS Bach

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

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The Snowman

Howard Blake's well-loved musical version of Raymond Briggs' Classic children's story.

Featuring Chamberhouse Winds.

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Stephen K Amos - World Famous

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

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

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

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

'Born to entertain' The Guardian

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

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

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

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RSC Live: The Tempest

Encore screening.

This groundbreaking production will be using today's most advanced technology in a bold reimagining of Shakespeare's magical play. Starring Simon Russell Beale as Prospero.

£15

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Shunted Again! Steve Gribbin's Real Story of the Railways

Veteran train traveller and highly experienced stand-up comedian Steve Gribbin rails against the current state of Britain’s Railway system.

Using his very worst journeys as examples, Steve takes us on a (de)tour of cancellations, delays and overcrowding that’s enough to drive you to drive. It’s the antidote to Michael Portillo.

But he doesn’t stop there (it’s not scheduled): Steve shunts back into history to acknowledge the immense social change that the trains have brought, from the adoption of 'railway time' (not an oxymoron), to the movement of goods and services, including, of course, troops on their way to war.

The show will be a mixture of stand-up, songs and train announcements, as Steve examines all aspects of the railways, from Beeching to Brunel, from Steam (H2O) to HS2. Along the way, audiences will be encouraged to relate their worst rail journeys and personal stories such as that of Steve’s great grandfather John Gribbin, a railwayman who was knocked over and killed at Liverpool Lime Street Station in 1932.

The show also looks at privatisation and the sheer grinding frustration of modern rail travel where it turns out the most difficult three words are not:
'I Love You', but 'Bus Replacement Service.'

£14

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Purple Zeppelin

The ultimate rock tribute show!

As featured in the BBC documentary The Joy of the Guitar Riff, Purple Zeppelin are proud to pay tribute to Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin.

In this 'full on' show you can expect costume changes and more than 30 classic songs. Purple Zeppelin take you back to the magic, the excitement and the sheer raw energy generated by those incredible musicians.

The accent is firmly on entertainment with Ritchie Blackmore’s lute, Jimmy Page’s twin neck guitar and theremin - and a very special Violin Bow Solo!

Come and experience the excitement of Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin in one mesmerising show!

£16

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Gary Delaney - There's Something About Gary

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

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

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

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

'An endless flow of top quality jokes' The Guardian

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

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

£15

@GaryDelaney
@nordenfarm

Gary Delaney's website

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Bilal Zafar: Cakes

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee 2016 and New Act of the Year award winner Bilal Zafar brings us his highly anticipated debut show Cakes.

Join Bilal as he takes you on a fascinating and hilarious journey of how his Twitter handle, @zafarcakes, became a focal point for the misguided rage of the global far right when it was mistaken for the account of a Muslim-only bakery.

Having provoked the outrage of such defenders of Britishness as Katie Hopkins, EDL supporters and the Daily Star, Cakes shows how BILAL used humour to respond to the prejudice and abuse increasingly faced by British Muslims today.

Bilal joined the company of previous winners such as Joe Wilkinson, Ardal O'Hanlon, Stewart Lee and Linda Smith when he came top of the bill at this year’s New Act of the Year Awards at the Bloomsbury Theatre. In 2015 he was the runner up at the Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year competition, and has previously written about his faith for The Independent.

'Witty and absorbing…highly entertaining. I look forward to whatever Zafar cooks up next' The Times

'Delivers big laughs' The Guardian

'Fascinating and hilarious in equal measure' i-D

'Zafar really delivers on the absurdity of an escalating social media farce running in parallel with growing prejudice and tensions, joyously exposing the stupidity on all sides' ★★★★ The Skinny

'endearing, relaxed and naturally funny…hilarious' ★★★★ EdFest Mag

£10

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Dr Phil Hammond - Dr Phil's Health Revolution

Laugh, sort your life out, stay sane, plan your death and save the NHS - all in only 99 minutes.

Phil Hammond is an NHS doctor, BBC broadcaster, Private Eye journalist and whistle-blowing comic. He combines both of his 2016 sell out, four star Edinburgh fringe shows in one unforgettable evening.

'If Dr Phil were a medicine, you should swig him by the litre' ★★★★ The Times

'One of the most entertainingly subversive people on the planet' The Guardian

'Hugely enjoyable, well crafted, poignant stand up' ★★★★ Broadway Baby 2016

'Hammond is a passionate rabble rouser and impressively positive…. the perfect health secretary' ★★★★ Fest Magazine 2016

'Very funny, honest, clever and moving. Passionate about the NHS' Dr Clive Peedell, founder National Health Action Party

Suitable for ages 14+ years.

£15, £12 for NHS workers

Dr Phil's website

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Justin Moorhouse - People and Feelings

Justin Moorhouse takes to the road doing what he does best, no-frills big-hearted stand up comedy with his brand new show.

He’s recently appeared on BBC1's Live at the Apollo, a regular on Radio 5's Fighting Talk and is a familiar voice on talkSport, as well as Radio 4’s NewsQuiz. Previous TV appearances include Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights, Dave’s One Night Stand and he was Winner of Celebrity Mastermind.

‘Moorhouse charms the pants off the crowd’ Sunday Times

A little slimmer but still as 'belly laugh funny' (Manchester Evening News) - everyone’s favourite northern charmer is back and better than ever. After touring last year’s triumphant show Destiny Calling he’s had a think about people. And feelings.

This is a (very) funny show about people. And feelings. About people Justin knows, their feelings and how he feels about them. And they about him. It’ll be very funny. Promise. Feel it.

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

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

£15

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about 16 hours ago RT @DebraStephenson: Got any plans for tomorrow night, people of Maidenhead? There's still a few decent seats @nordenfarm details at https:…

about 16 hours ago RT @applesandsnakes: A hilarious and moving show from UK poetry slam champion @BenNorris7 heads to @nordenfarm #Maidenhead on Sat 8 Oct htt…

about 20 hours ago RT @HolyportC_ART: Well done Polya- Commended in Painting trip to see exhibition @nordenfarm @WindsorFestival @HolyportExpArts @Holypor…

about 23 hours ago Experience touching drama &amp; melodious live folk score of Back to Blackbrick Sun 9 Oct https://t.co/kftVAYFQMP… https://t.co/70bX7QO0j7

1 day ago Join @BenNorris7 Sat 8 Oct for his ★★★★★ (ThreeWeeks) show The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Family… https://t.co/o76VXx0eac

1 day ago @bbcmusic Amazing #jazzgig in #Maidenhead - See 25 piece #PendulumJazzOrchestra at #NordenFarm… https://t.co/n75saGjOQa

1 day ago @thejazzguide Amazing #PendulumJazzOrchestra at #NordenFarm https://t.co/EwtzpJNba1 This 25 piece band brings super… https://t.co/a1EZ1VwGBl

2 days ago @LondonFolkMusic touching drama &amp; melodious live folk score in Back to Blackbrick at #NordenFarm Sat9Oct https://t.co/kftVAYofVh #Maidenhead

2 days ago @sheargolds Brilliant #livejazz from 25 piece #PendulumJazzOrchestra hits the #NordenFarm stage… https://t.co/EeHdFjZVPb

2 days ago @alzheimerssoc Beautiful adaptation of Back to Blackbrick performed with live folk score-9 Oct #theatre #Maidenhead https://t.co/kftVAYofVh

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