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Secret Cove Exhibition

Tuesday 25 July – Sunday 27 August

Take life at a gentler pace in the Gallery’s indoor Secret Cove where you can decorate fishes of the deep and add them to the ocean walls. Get comfy and listen to the sounds of the waves and dolphin chatter while admiring the beautiful birds and tropical textiles or explore the sensory cave made specially for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

The birds have been created as part of this year’s Norden Farm Beach Craft project with children from local schools; Furze Platt Junior School, Cookham Dean, Cookham Rise, Boyne Hill Infant School, Wessex Primary School, St Luke’s Primary School, Riverside Primary School, Furze Platt Infant School, Woodlands Park Primary School and St Mary’s Primary School.

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The Maidenhead Beach at Norden Farm

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

Relax at a beachside café table while the little ones play in the sand. With weekday Storytelling (£2 per person) and Arts and Crafts Sessions (£5 per child) it’s the perfect way to while away a summer’s day!

Look out for our brand new feature - a traditional Hawaiian canoe on the shore. Plus don’t forget to say hi to the friendly shark… she’s really very smiley!

Take life at a gentler pace in the Gallery's Secret Cove where you can decorate fishes of the deep and add them to the ocean walls. Get comfy and listen to the sounds of the waves and dolphin chatter while admiring the beautiful birds and tropical textiles, woven by children from local primary schools, or explore the sensory cave made specially for children with SEND.

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

Keep an eye on our website for details about free summer taster sessions of our brand new pre-school classes - Tutus and Splat! Messy Play.

Grand Opening: Tuesday 25 July from 10am

Join us to celebrate the launch of the beach:

  • Prizes for best Hawaiian / Elvis fancy dress
  • Free 15 minute Little Wrigglers Taster Session in the café bar at 10am
  • Beachside entertainment from Elvis himself
  • Enter our free prize draw for the chance to win a family ticket for one of our summer family shows or films
  • Take photos in our prop-filled Hawaiian photobooth
  • Free tropical juice drink for children - available from the café bar between 10am - 11am (subject to availability)
  • Free activity and colouring sheets

The beach will be officially opened with a Hawaiian Leis cutting ceremony (of course!) at 10.30am.

The Beach runs every day from 10am - 4pm until Sunday 27 August

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Arts and Crafts Session

Craft activities to keep the little ones entertained this summer holidays.

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

Suitable for ages 5+ years.

£5 per child


Tues 25 Jul - Fish and Jellyfish
Wed 26 Jul - Beach Hut and Bucket & Spade
Thur 27 Jul - Lobster and Starfish
Fri 28 Jul - Sailing Boats and Seagull
Sat 29 Jul - Make a pressed flower / leaf clay hanging decoration

Mon 31 Jul - Journey Sticks
Tues 1 Aug - Decorate a Glass Jar Lantern
Wed 2 Aug - Decorate your own summer holiday diary
Thur 3 Aug - Bug hotel
Fri 4 Aug - Pirate Hats and Parrots

Mon 7 Aug - Cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances
Tues 8 Aug - Pirate Hats and Parrots
Wed 9 Aug - Space Rocket and Aliens – with glow in the dark stickers
Thur 10 Aug - Puppet making from spoons and cups
Fri 11 Aug - Crown making and invitation decorating
Sat 12 Aug - Decorate your own tote bag

Mon 14 Aug - Sponge painting
Tues 15 Aug - Crab and Clay Seahorse
Wed 16 Aug - Sea Monster Sock Puppet and Sea Cave
Thur 17 Aug - Sun Catcher and Clay Sun
Fri 18 Aug - Shell Candle Decoration and Beach Sign
Sat 19 Aug - Pirate Boats

Mon 21 Aug - Car Building
Tues 22 Aug - Beach with Umbrella and Keyring
Wed 23 Aug - Sunglasses and Sun Visor
Thur 24 Aug - Shark and Fishing Game
Fri 25 Aug - Sailing Boat and Seagull
Sat 26 Aug - Mosaic Initial and frame


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Despicable Me 3 (U)

Dir: Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda 2017 | 96 mins

The Minions, Gru, Lucy, and their adorable daughters - Margo, Edith and Agnes - return to the big screen! Gru must face his most formidable nemesis to date - former 80s child star Balthazar Bratt.

WHY? Featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Trey Parker

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

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Cars 3 (U)

Dir: Brian Fee 2017 | 109 mins

With a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician and a few unexpected turns.

WHY? Lightning McQueen takes to Piston Cup Racing's biggest stage to prove that #95 isn't through yet!

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

Sun 20 Aug 11am - Relaxed beanbag and cushion screening
A relaxed screening in our Courtyard Theatre with the seats taken out and replaced with cushions and beanbags. Chill out in comfort while you enjoy the film in all its glory on our big screen. Some allocated seating in the balcony and at the back of the stalls is available.

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Storytelling

1.30pm and 3.30pm.

Join our storytellers in the magical story den this Holiday!

Please see below for full listings.

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

Suitable for ages 3+ years.

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Digi Den Summer Drop In

Led by DJ Mhlanga.

Digi Den – the digital arts club. Improve, develop and learn various arts with a digital focus. Work on group or personal projects over the summer holiday. Suitable for all levels of experience.

From Fri 28 Jul
4.30pm – 6pm
School Year 7 – 13
£40 per 5 week term or £9 per session

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Sunday Stories

Interactive storytelling in the magical story den.

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

Sunday 16 July stories will be Wee Granny's Magic Bag by Elizabeth McKay and Giraffes can't Dance by Giles Andreae.

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

£3 per person (45 mins)

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Hairy Maclary & Friends

Out of the gate and off for a walk, went Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy...

Based on the books by Lynley Dodd and featuring many of the characters including Hercules Morse, as big as a Horse; Bottomley Potts, covered in spots; Schnitzel von Krumm, with the very low tum; and Scarface Claw – the toughest tomcat in town. With music, singing and several of your favourite Hairy Maclary stories, this show is a must for the whole family.

Age guidance 2+ years.

WHY? ‘Hairy Maclary was fab, my nearly 3 year old practically levitated in excitement’ Mumsnet

Courtyard Theatre | Run time 60 mins

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

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Family Concertini: Spooky Music with the Willshire Piano Duo

Relaxed live music concerts for all ages. Back by popular demand the Willshire Piano duo perform a wonderful transcription of the famed orchestral piece Scheherazade for one piano four hands.

Inspired by the Arabian Nights folk tale, Scheherazade tells the story of a young bride who, in efforts of sparing her own life, entertains a vengeful king with 1001 nights of storytelling. The programme will also include Danse Macabre by Camille Saint Saens.

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

Studio | Run time 50 mins

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

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Captain Underpants (U)

Dir: David Soren 2017 | 89 mins

Based on the bestselling book series. George and Harold are overly imaginative pranksters. The pair hypnotize their formidable school principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic and clueless superhero named Captain Underpants.

WHY? ‘A delightful surprise. It’s a celebration of friendship, of the boundless creativity of children’s minds’ ★★★★ The Guardian

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

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The Jungle Bunch (cert tbc)

Dir: David Alaux, Eric Tosti 2017 | Run time tbc

Maurice may look like a penguin - but he's a real tiger inside! Raised by a tigress, he's the clumsiest Kung-Fu master ever. Along with his friends, he intends to maintain order and justice in the jungle. But Igor, the koala has other plans.

WHY? Join Maurice and The Jungle Bunch on an action packed animated adventure

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

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Bookstory

This is the story of some books. Some books who live in a library. But this is no ordinary library. This library belongs to Brian. It’s a wonderful, magical place where the books like to flutter their pages and let their shelves go…

The latest show from Monstro Theatre, pioneers of the Puppet Musical. This tour is presented by house.

Age guidance 5+ years.

WHY? This is a show that brings books to life for all children and their grown-ups

Studio | Run time 60 mins

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

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Wind in the Willows

Join Mole and Ratty on their adventures, along with gruff old Badger and magnificent Mr Toad.

From the peaceful pleasures of Ratty’s beloved river bank to the fearful frights and wicked weasels of the Wild Wood. A beautiful new adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s much loved classic. With handmade puppets, props and costume, and a charming original score.

Age guidance 6+ years.

WHY? ‘They are wonderful’ The Times

Courtyard Theatre | Run time 60 mins

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

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Miki

Christmas 2017

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

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

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

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

Suitable for ages 3+ years.

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

Earlybird offer: £40 Family & Friends (4 people) ticket if booked before Thursday 31 August

Presented by Norden Farm and Slot Machine.

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Miki Exhibition

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

Keep an eye on our website for details about how you can enter.

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