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september 2020's events

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Zen Drawing (online)

Led by Amanda Schenk

Amanda Schenk is the visual artist behind Norden Farm's much-loved (and Instagrammed) glass corridor artwork in the school holidays. Join Amanda for this new drawing course, aimed at helping to create a sense of calm and relaxation through drawing patterns.

Suitable for all abilities, the workshops will focus on building confidence in your drawing abilities - concentrating on the soothing journey of the drawing experience, rather than the finished drawing.

In each session you'll explore how to produce different types of patterns in abstract drawings - looking at different designs each week.

You will need: paper (plain, no smaller than A5), lead pencil, eraser, sharpener, black fine liner or a pen. Optional is a black marker.

Tues 28 Jul – 1 Sept (exc 11 and 25 Aug)
11am - 12pm
£8 per class or £28 per 4 week course
Suitable for ages 18+ years
Booking cut off time: 9am on the day of each class

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Zumba (online)

Led by Annet Bowler

Zumba with Annet is a fun, easy to follow, dance based class. Get fit and exercise in disguise to uplifting Latin rhythms!

This 60 minute class feels more than a party that exercise class. It suits all levels of ability and beginners are very welcome.

Zumba is a total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility.

It can help make you feel happy, healthy, strong, amazing, unstoppable and confident!

Thur 6 Aug – 17 Sep, excluding 13 and 27 Aug
10am – 11am
£6 per class
Booking cut off time: 9am on the day of each class

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Mark Watson: How You Can Almost Win

In 2017, Mark Watson - a man prone to considerable anxiety, with multiple phobias and a history of piss-poor self-esteem - was asked to go on Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls.

It really wasn’t for him at all because his favourite things include safety, comfort, food and not being scared and miserable. But the experience changed the shambolic comedian for the better, and now he's written a sort of motivational talk about what it taught him. But still with jokes.

WHY? 'Quite unlike anything else I’ve seen in almost 20 years of covering the Fringe... witty, warm, perfectly judged' ★★★★★ Telegraph

'This is a stand-up operating at the very top of his game' ★★★★ Independent

'He always displays an innate understanding of what the audience wants... creating a bespoke experience for every gig, an added flourish to a strong hour of stand-up' ★★★★ Chortle

'A quick-fire hour of fun' ★★★★ Metro

Age guidance 14+ years

Courtyard Theatre and Live Stream
£15

In line with current government guidelines, this event has a reduced capacity with socially distanced seating. This is subject to change as we monitor government advice. Seat numbers are also subject to change.

Online streaming tickets are also available for this event – so you can enjoy the show live from the comfort of your home.

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Creative Arts Social Club (online)

Led by professional artists Amelia Pimlott and Caroline Crawford.

Our sociable group for over 65s who want to make art, but just aren’t doing it right now - goes online!

Professional artist Amelia Pimlott leads this creative community with visual artist Caroline Crawford. Explore your arty side, grow in creative confidence, and meet new people!

5-week blocks run via Zoom with additional ideas for activities to do during the week.

Mon 13 Jul - 10 Aug, Mon 17 Aug - 21 Sept, Mon 5 Oct - 2 Nov and Mon 16 Nov - 14 Dec
10.30am – 12.30pm
£75 per 5 week term + materials (list will be supplied)


Mon 13 Jul - 10 Aug: Natural World 1

Led by Amelia Pimlott

Using the theme of the natural world, we will use collage and decoupage techniques for a variety of 2d and 3d projects including producing a landscape inspired by Turner and creating designs for more decorative household items.


Mon 17 Aug - 21 Sept: Natural World 2

Led by Caroline Crawford

Continuing with the theme of the Natural World we will explore a range of different painting mark making and printing techniques using a combination of paints, papers, ink and things that can found around the house.

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A Night at the Louvre - Leonardo da Vinci

In French with English subtitles.

Filmed at night especially for the big screen, this private guided tour of the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition, designed and curated by the Louvre Museum, is a unique opportunity to
contemplate the painter's most beautiful works up close.

This major retrospective devoted to his entire career as a painter shows how Leonardo placed painting above all other disciplines, and how his investigation of the world – the 'science of painting' as he called it – was the instrument of an art whose supreme ambition was to give life to his works. The insights provided by the exhibition curators during this private filmed visit offers a new understanding of Leonardo’s artistic practice and painting technique.

Exhibition press quotes:

‘It may be decades before anything like “Leonardo da Vinci” is staged again’ The Washington Post

‘An excellent, deeply considered exhibition’ The New York Times

‘Louvre's Leonardo da Vinci is a blockbuster with brains’ ★★★★★ The Guardian

‘In this scintillating, blockbuster show, Leonardo skewers the heart’ ★★★★ The Telegraph

‘The Louvre show is revelatory’ ★★★★ The Times

90 minutes (TBC)

Courtyard Theatre
£15

In line with current government guidelines, this event has a reduced capacity with socially distanced seating. This is subject to change as we monitor government advice. Seat numbers are also subject to change.

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Simon Yates: My Mountain Life

On the remote Siula Grande in Peru in June 1985, mountaineer Simon Yates found himself in a desperately unenviable position.

He was slowly being pulled off the mountain face by his injured partner, Joe Simpson, dangling on the rope 50 metres below. His decision to cut the rope saved both their lives in the epic of survival that followed and with the publication of the book Touching The Void, the later film and now stage play, both climbers became household names.

It was an experience that could have put many off the sport of mountaineering - but not Simon. Over 30 years later, he is still a very active exploratory climber and guide, making several expeditions to the mountains each year. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, Alaska to Central Asia there is hardly a significant range that he has not visited.

Come along and witness Simon’s tireless journey from that mountain in Peru to some of the remotest on the planet and share with him the drama, excitement and beauty of modern, lightweight alpinism. Told with wit, dry humour and lavishly illustrated with images and film collected on his great climbs.

WHY? 'Simon is a totally engaging speaker, who both entertains and inspires'

Courtyard Theatre and Live Stream
£16

In line with current government guidelines, this event has a reduced capacity with socially distanced seating. This is subject to change as we monitor government advice. Seat numbers are also subject to change.

Online streaming tickets are also available for this event – so you can enjoy the show live from the comfort of your home.

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André Rieu Magical Maastricht: Together In Music

André Rieu is back in cinemas to help lift your spirits!

André Rieu’s Magical Maastricht celebrates 15 years of André’s glorious hometown concerts. The King of the Waltz has selected his most spectacular performances and emotional songs and will bring the joyous atmosphere of his iconic open-air concerts in Maastricht straight to Norden Farm.

No summer is complete without the enchanting waltzes of André Rieu and the incomparable Johann Strauss Orchestra. Music brings people together, brings hope and brings joy - and we need this now more than ever!

Cinema host Charlotte Hawkins will be joined by André Rieu for an exclusive interview from The Vrijthof Square in Maastricht revealing how life has changed for the maestro during the global pandemic and what it means for the future. How is he coping in isolation as a musician, a father and a grandfather? This is the best way to get up close and personal with André!

Join André Rieu, the Johann Strauss Orchestra, his world-class sopranos and The Platin Tenors for the most uplifting concert of the summer. It promises to be the heart-warming event of the season!

140 minutes including an interval.

Courtyard Theatre
£15

In line with current government guidelines, this event has a reduced capacity with socially distanced seating. This is subject to change as we monitor government advice. Seat numbers are also subject to change.

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100% Simon Brodkin

After three hugely successful BBC series as Lee Nelson, multiple sell-out tours and various court appearances following world-famous stunts on Theresa May, Sepp Blatter, Donald Trump, Kanye West and Britain’s Got Talent, the award-winning comedian unleashes his funniest creation yet… himself!

Fresh from a critically-acclaimed, sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Simon takes his debut stand-up show 100% Simon Brodkin on a nationwide tour.

WHY? Listed as one of The Guardian’s Top Shows At The Fringe and The Evening Standard’s Best Comedy Shows at The Fringe

Suitable for ages 14+ years.

'A sublime piece of comedy' The List

'Sky-high gag rate' Metro

'Hilarious' The Scotsman

Courtyard Theatre
£20

@simonbrodkin
@nordenfarm

Simon Brodkin's Website

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Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes

Filmed Live at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London in January 2020.

Matthew Bourne’s ‘gorgeous take on the film classic’ (★★★★ The Times) comes to cinemas for the first time. Winner of two Olivier Awards, The Red Shoes is an enthralling tale of obsession, possession and one girl's dream to be the greatest dancer in the world.

Victoria Page lives to dance but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion. Matthew Bourne’s magical adaptation of the classic Powell and Pressburger film is set to the achingly romantic music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann.

‘Utterly enthralling’ ★★★★★ Daily Express

‘Sumptuous. Beautifully told, and full of vivid incident’ ★★★★★ Whatsonstage

‘A gorgeous take on a film classic’ ★★★★ The Times

‘A cinematic masterpiece re-Bourne on stage’ ★★★★ Evening Standard

‘Simply magical’ ★★★★ Metro

‘Enthralling. Richly satisfying’ ★★★★ The Guardian

‘Matthew Bourne works his magic. Blissful’ ★★★★ The Daily Telegraph

97 minutes (no interval)

Courtyard Theatre
£15

In line with current government guidelines, this event has a reduced capacity with socially distanced seating. This is subject to change as we monitor government advice. Seat numbers are also subject to change.

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