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Pilates - Mixed Abilities

Led by Zoe Brennan

Suitable for all abilities, Zoe’s class will help anyone wishing to improve their flexibility, alignment, co-ordination, posture, balance and breathing and will focus on stabilising and strengthening your core.

Zoe will adapt exercises to suit your individual needs and mobility. At the end of the class we will take a few minutes to relax and unwind with some mindfulness.

All abilities are welcome.

You will need your own mat.

Autumn
17 Oct - 21 Nov (5 weeks)
28 Nov - 19 Dec (4 weeks)

Spring
9 Jan - 6 Feb (5 weeks)
20 Feb - 26 Mar, exc 12 Mar (5 weeks)
Drop in: 16 Apr & 23 Apr

11am - 12pm
£12 per class | £50 per 5 week course.
Suitable for 18+ years.

Other classes include:
Pilates - Beginners
Pilates - Intermediate

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Pilates - Intermediate

Led by Zoe Brennan.

Suitable for people with some Pilates experience or those who are looking for a slightly more challenging class. Still covering alignment, breathing and centering but with more focus on strengthening and toning your body. At the end of the class we will take a few moments to relax and unwind.

You will need your own mat.

Autumn
17 Oct - 21 Nov (5 weeks)
28 Nov - 19 Dec (4 weeks)

Spring
9 Jan - 6 Feb (5 weeks)
20 Feb - 26 Mar, exc 12 Mar (5 weeks)
Drop in: 16 Apr & 23 Apr

12:15pm - 1.15pm
£12 per class | £50 for 5 weeks

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

Other classes include:
Pilates - Beginners
Pilates - Mixed Abilities

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Painted Paper Collage

Led by Jo Hall

In this course we’ll start by preparing papers for collages and go on to produce collage works from prepared papers and also from “found” and recycled papers (including discarded drawings, paintings and printed material).

Referencing the work of Matisse, John Piper, Max Ernst and Mark Hearld, and others we’ll explore several different collage techniques for making “pure collages” and “mixed media collages” embellished with drawing and painting media. Please bring your own materials and equipment as in the information below.

Please bring;
Acrylic paint and palette, brushes, water pots, pencil.
Alternatively use watercolour or gouache but papers prepared with these require more care for gluing.
Scissors, craft knife if you have one, newspaper, paper towel
Glue: acrylic medium, PVA, Mod-Podge or Pritt Stick
Glue brush, tweezers (useful for picking up small pieces)
Light-weight cartridge paper for prepared papers and support for the collage (any heavy-weight paper 300gsm or more, or mount board or similar). We’ll prepare painted papers from the cartridge paper and you may like to experiment with other papers for making prepared papers.
A small A4 cutting mat would be useful if you have one.

We’ll discuss the use of “found papers”, recycling drawings and paintings, addition of media like; crayon, pen lines, further paint etc. during subsequent weeks.

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Pilates - Beginners

Led by Zoe Brennan.

Suitable for anyone new to Pilates or wishing to improve their flexibility, co-ordination, posture, balance, breathing and focus on stabilising the core. At the end of the class we will take a few moments to relax and unwind.

All abilities are welcome.

You will need your own mat.

Autumn
17 Oct - 21 Nov (5 weeks)
28 Nov - 19 Dec (4 weeks)

Spring
9 Jan - 6 Feb (5 weeks)
20 Feb - 26 Mar, exc 12 Mar (5 weeks)
Drop in: 16 Apr & 23 Apr

1.30pm - 2.30pm
£12 per class | £50 per 5 week course £40 per 4 week course.

Suitable for 18+ years.

Other classes include:
Pilates - Mixed Abilities
Pilates - Intermediate

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Creative Writing: Stories (online)

Led by Guy de Ferrer

Learn how to write stories using your imagination or real life.

Each week we will look at a different element of story writing. By the end of the course, you should understand how to make memorable characters and settings, write convincing dialogue and how to develop plots.

A homework will be set at the end of every session and discussed the following week. You will also receive tutor feedback by email.

All levels are welcome.

9 Jan - 6 Feb (5 weeks)
7pm - 9pm
£100

Online course

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Norden Farm Choir

Led by Seann Wilkinson

A non-audition community choir open to all. Working on everything from Madonna to Les Mis, from gospel to pop - this is an opportunity to meet people, learn some harmonies and sing your hearts out. No experience required. Enthusiasm absolutely necessary!

Autumn
Tues 5 Sept - 19 Dec (exc 24 Oct)
7.30pm – 9pm
£11 per session | £150 per 15 week term

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Acoustic Guitar - Absolute Beginners

Led by Jim Maving

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. Learn guitar right from the very beginning. This is a foundation course for those with little to no experience of playing guitar. You will learn how to hold a guitar and to make the right noises out of it. The aim of these lessons is to get you playing your first song within 4 weeks of lessons, as no-one takes up guitar to strum random chords, it’s all about the songs.

If you are returning to guitar having not played for some time and can barely remember chords this is a great way of getting back into the swing of things.

If you've never played guitar you need to book on the Absolute Beginners course!

These classes are split by skills level;

Beginners A - Recently completed the Absolute Beginners course but still some way to go. Yet to tackle bar chords and complicated rhythms.

Beginners B - Well on the way and able to do bar chords

Beginners C - Almost Intermediate but not quite yet.

Autumn
17 Oct - 14 Nov (5 weeks)
28 Nov - 19 Dec (4 weeks)
7pm - 8pm

Spring
9 Jan - 6 Feb (5 weeks)
20 Feb - 19 Mar (5 weeks)
26 Mar - 23 Apr (5 weeks)
7.45pm - 8.45pm

£50 per 5 week course | £40 per 4 week course
Booking cut off time: 6pm on the first day of each course

Suitable for 18+ years.

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One Life (cert TBC)

Dir: James Hawes 2023 | 110 mins

Telling the true story of Sir Nicholas ‘Nicky’ Winton.

Sir Nicholas Winton was a young London broker who, along with Trevor Chadwick and Doreen Warriner of the British Committee for Refugees in Czechoslovakia, rescued 669 children from the Nazis in the months leading up to World War II.

Nicky visited Prague in December 1938 and found families who had fled the rise of the Nazis in Germany and Austria, living in desperate conditions with little or no shelter and food, and under threat of Nazi invasion. He immediately realised it was a race against time. How many children could he and the team rescue before the borders closed?

Fifty years later, it’s 1988 and Nicky lives haunted by the fate of the children he wasn’t able to bring to safety in England. It’s not until a live BBC television show, That’s Life!, surprises him by introducing him to some surviving children – now adults – that he finally begins to come to terms with the guilt and grief he had carried for five decades.

Starring Anthony Hopkins, Johnny Flynn, Helena Bonham Carter, Jonathan Pryce and Romola Garai.

£10.50 | £9.50 conc

Special Ticket Offer
£9 | £8 conc tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

Bring Baby Screening
The screening on Fri 12 Jan 11.30am is exclusively for parents, carers and grown-ups with children under 2 years. Lights are kept on low level and you can move around if you need to. Tickets are £5.50 for adults (including a cup of tea/coffee); babies and infants are free of charge. Seating is unreserved and unaccompanied adults are not admitted.

Open Captioned Screening
The screening on Fri 12 Jan 2pm is an Open Captioned Screening. These screenings provide a transcription of the audio from a film. Captions are displayed at the bottom of the cinema screen along with the dialogue from the film.

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Beginners/Gentle Yoga

Led by Julie Potter

This class is particularly suited to beginners, those returning to yoga having had a break, those with specific injuries or conditions or even those that consider themselves to be of a ‘certain age’ that might need a less challenging approach. We will cover general breathing practises, the basic and gentler postures, together with general information and possible discussion around movement and the potential difficulties we might come up against.

The aim will be to relax and enjoy.

The yoga I teach is an evolution of nearly 30 years of practice and study, with a broad experience of many styles and teachers. In recent years I have been moving away from ‘external’ evaluation of the postures and moving towards an ‘internal’ sense of the postures, moving away from the more used traditional approach of systemised yoga to a more experiential and ‘felt’ approach, influenced by teachers who have been inspired by the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli.

Please bring a blanket, a yoga / Pilates mat, and wear loose comfortable clothing

Autumn
1 Nov - 13 Dec (7 weeks)
£12 per session | £63 per 7 week course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

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Studio Art Sessions

Led by Sue Bridge

These sessions are suitable for those with some prior experience of drawing and painting (either previous study or art course participation).

As with the preceding course "Transform your Sketchpad" these 3hr studio sessions will be wide ranging both in terms of media and subject matter. Over the duration of the course you will gain experience in a range of media, acrylic/watercolour, pen and ink and collage. Some sessions will be one off activities other topics may spread over a couple of weeks.

Students to provide their own materials.

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Crafternoons

Led by Creative Eye.

Norden Farm's Crafternoons are relaxed crafting sessions for older people.

Get crafty with a range of activities, or bring along your own projects to work on with support from tutor Kayleigh Robinson.

You can learn new skills, meet new people and try something new, a cup of tea is included with the ticket price. If you are unable to attend in person you can log on from home to chat and join in the session.

Please note that today's session (Dec 6) is cancelled.

Autumn Season

Wed 6 Dec - Cancelled
Wed 13 Dec Salt Dough Ornament
Wed 20 Dec Fabric Tree Ornament

Spring Season

Wed 10 Jan Mini Wooden Boxes
Wed 17 Jan Rock Cactus
Wed 24 Jan Scrap Fabric Wreaths
Wed 31 Jan Wooden Squirrel Feeder Box
Wed 14 Feb Button Flowers
Wed 21 Feb Wooden Bookmarks
Wed 28 Feb Wooden Hanging Sign Decoupage
Wed 6 Mar Squeegee Art
Wed 13 Mar Mug Decorating
Wed 20 Mar Mini Scented Pouches
Wed 27 Mar Easter Wreath
Wed 3 Apr Wooden 3D Bird Hanging Decoration
Wed 10 Apr Magnets
Wed 17 Apr Wire Tree
Wed 24 Apr Paper Fans

There will be no session on Wed 7 Feb.

Social Arts Crafternoons is a partially funded project run by Norden Farm with support from The Berkshire Community Foundation.

Suitable for ages 60+ years.

2pm - 3pm
£5 per session, including a cup of tea

These are blended sessions, where you can take part in person at Norden Farm or online via Zoom.

If you need transport to Norden Farm for this session please contact Jess Thompson at jess.thompson@nordenfarm.org / 01628 682563 to talk through your requirements.

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Norden Farm Youth Theatre (Junior)

Led by Emma Duncan.

In each session children take part in a series of drama games and activities that develop their confidence as well as teaching them drama skills. These include focus, communication, developing a character and voice projection.

As the weeks go on the group will each have a part with some lines to learn in a small-scale show. They will rehearse as a team and share what they have learnt during the last session, more details to follow on this after half term.

Suitable for school years 2 - 6.

'Norden Farm is my favourite after school club, it always keeps me moving and relaxed. It is a great place to go for drama and within a short time, I have become far more confident and expressive' Timothy, age 7

'We have sent both of our children to Youth Theatre at Norden Farm and have seen dramatic improvements in there ability, confidence, social awareness and expressiveness generally and specifically. The environment is safe and developmental in a broad and exciting sense' Alex - parent

Autumn
Wed 20 Sept - Wed 6 Dec, exc 25 Oct
5pm - 6pm

Junior Youth Theatre Bookng Form

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Norden Farm Youth Theatre (Senior)

Led by Emma Duncan.

Each term we will be focusing on developing the participants confidence and well-being through a series of drama games and activities.

This term the Senior Youth Theatre group are focusing on developing drama skills. They’ll learn a deeper understanding of performance and managing their nerves as well as some more specialised techniques including comedy and physical theatre.

Suitable for school years 7 - 12.

'Norden Farm is my favourite after school club, it always keeps me moving and relaxed. It is a great place to go for drama and within a short time, I have become far more confident and expressive' Timothy, age 7

'We have sent both of our children to Youth Theatre at Norden Farm and have seen dramatic improvements in there ability, confidence, social awareness and expressiveness generally and specifically. The environment is safe and developmental in a broad and exciting sense' Alex - parent

Autumn
Wed 20 Sept - Wed 6 Dec, exc 25 Oct
6.05pm - 7.30pm

Senior Youth Theatre Booking Form

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Crochet and Rosé

Led by Christina Smith

Do you like to crochet or knit? Join us for a relaxed and creative get together over a drink of your choice.

Suitable for those with experience of crochet / knitting.

Please bring your own project along. Some spare needles and wool will be available.

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

If you are taking part online, you will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Autumn
6 Dec - led by Alice Gilmour
7pm – 8.30pm
£6 including a drink from the bar | £3 online

Spring - Sophie Keaveney will be returning for the Spring term
10 Jan, 7 Feb, 6 Mar, 3 Apr
7pm – 8.30pm
£6 including a drink from the bar | £3 online

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Macrame

Enjoy a fun and relaxing afternoon learning the craft of macrame.

Join our informal workshop, learn the basics of macrame and make a beautiful plant hanger to take home.

David from But One String will guide you through various knots and techniques. Suitable for the complete beginner or those with some experience, this workshop is perfect for all skill levels.

We provide all the necessary materials, so just bring your creativity and eagerness to learn!

Thur 11 Jan, 8 Feb, 28 Mar, 11 Apr
11am – 3pm
£45 per workshop

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Zumba (Thursdays)

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!

Autumn
26 Oct - 21 Dec

Please note Carla Leech will be teaching this class on Thurs 23 Nov.

Spring
11 Jan - 27 Apr, exc 7 Mar and 11 Apr

11.30am – 12.30pm
£7 per class | £30 for 5 sessions a term

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

If the tutor is unavailable for a session, a replacement will be provided wherever possible.

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Community Theatre (Daytime)

Led by Neil McCurley

‘Norden Farm’s Community theatre is up and running. The next sessions run from 11 January for ten weeks.

For the first five weeks the sessions will be one offs each on a different area of theatre. You could come to one or all five. You could sign up for one (£12) or all five (£60).

The second five weeks will be a course where you will be working on a play text followed by a performance to the public. The cost of this 5 week course will be £60 (no drop ins).

Sessions are led by Neil McCurley. Neil has spent his adult life working as a theatre practitioner both as a drama teacher and as the Artistic Director of his own theatre company. He has directed over 70 productions.

Week 1 - Spontaneous Improvisation (11 Jan)
Week 2 - Polished Improvisation (18 Jan)
Week 3 - Stage Fighting (25 Jan)
Week 4 - Physical Theatre (1 Feb)
Week 5 - Brecht (8 Feb)
£12 drop in or £60 for all 5

Weeks 6 - 10: working towards a scripted performance (22 Feb - 28 Mar, exc 7 Mar)
£60 for a 5 week course

Everyone over 18 is welcome – no experience necessary

We also have an evening class, which you can view here.

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Bollybhangra Dance Fit

Led by Nanda Sharma

Welcome to Bollybhangra Dance Fitness Party sessions! Nanda teaches her original choreographies to top hits from Bollywood, Bhangra, Belly dance and also other international music and dance rhythms.

The joyful music and movements encourage us to open our hearts and minds to possibilities, improve wellbeing and body-confidence and encourage us to embrace our individuality.

Enjoy the benefits of dance on flexibility and balance, health and fitness, and mood, memory, in a fun and friendly environment, at your own pace- no pressure. Beginners welcome.

Every class feels like a party and your place awaits! Dress up or dress down, some colour, sequins and a jingly bellydance scarf will add to your experience!
Bring water, a towel, wear dance sneakers or trainers.

11 Jan - 8 Feb (5 weeks), 15 Feb - 14 Mar (5 weeks), 21 Mar - 25 Apr, exc 11 Apr (5 weeks)

£11 per session or £45 for 5 weeks

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Intermediate Yoga

Led by Julie Potter

This class is suited to those who have been practising for at least 6. My intention for this class is to move our practise forward, explore different avenues and approaches to the traditional postures. We will be aiming to be going deeper into ‘awareness’ and ‘noticing’.

The yoga I teach is an evolution of over 20 years of practice and study, perhaps moving away from ‘external’ evaluation of the postures and moving towards an ‘internal’ sense of the postures, moving away from the more used traditional approach of systemised yoga to a more experiential approach. Whilst looking at traditional Hatha Yoga postures and pranayamas, I will be encouraging fun and freedom within the traditional structure, whilst taking into our awareness fundamental anatomical and functional aspects required by our bodies for maximum wellbeing benefits.

Please bring a blanket, a yoga / Pilates mat, and wear loose comfortable clothing.

Autumn
3 Nov - 15 Dec ( 7 weeks)
£12 per session | or £63 per 7 week course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

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An Introduction to Pottery

Led by Helen D Evans

This is part of a series of Courses and Workshops led by Helen d Evans

The course is for people with all abilities.

The intention is to spend 3 weeks trying out different hand building techniques.

Week 1: Pinch pots / coiling
Week 2: Slab building
Week 3: Press moulds.
Week 4: The final week will be spent decorating your work with underglazes or glazes.

Your work will then be fired off-site and then ready to collect from Norden Farm.

The price includes: Clay, use of tools, Underglazes, a selection glazes and 2 x firing of your work.

All work will be fired to Earthenware.

You may want to bring with you:
Sketchbook for ideas / with ideas
Pens / Pencils
A cloth to wipe your hands on
An apron
Any clay tools you may have.

After the course.
I will notify you regarding the collection of your work which usually takes between 4-6 weeks.

Fri 12 Jan - Fri 2 Feb (4 weeks)
£100 for a 4-week course

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Bring Baby Choir

Singing is a great way to relieve stress and promote well-being.

Meet new people and take some time for you in this new acappella choir for mums, dads, grandparents, carers and their babies!

It is a baby friendly class, created especially so you can bring the baby you care for. Grown ups are in a semi circle (with room for your buggy next to you) and babies can sit, crawl or play on the blanket in front of you.

These uplifting classes are led by conductor/composer (and mum) Marta Radwan. There's no auditions, no singing experience is needed and you don't need to have a 'good voice' - just an openness to have a go! You'll be sure to know the songs and there will even be some which include your little one.

There's also:
* Free on-site parking
* Café (open all day)
* Baby changing facilities

Mums, Dads, Grandparents, Carers all welcome with their babies under 18 months

Fri 13 Oct - 17 Nov, exc 27 Oct (5 weeks)
24 Nov - 15 Dec (4 weeks)
12.30pm - 1.30pm
£10 per session | £36 for 4 week course | £40 for 5 week course

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Daytime Sound Bath

Led by Janette Moy

Sound Baths are deeply relaxing, anyone can join in. Lay down, cosy and Janette will share beautiful sounds of Gong, Tibetan bowls, Irish Drum ( Bodhran ), Rainstick, Sansula, Kochi chimes and more. Taking you on a journey into the heart of Sacred Sound.

As you relax and bathe in the healing vibrations, your body resonates within these pure tones and you begin to feel retuned and in harmony. Healing can happen at cellular level, our bodies, mind and emotions draw from the sounds the vibration that is needed to bring us into inner balance.

You will need to bring a yoga mat or blanket to lie on. A small cushion for under head comfort. A blanket to cover up. Anything else you want to bring to make a cosy nest. Eye mask if you use one.

We also run evening Sound Bath classes, click here to find out more.

Autumn
27 Oct, 14 Dec
1pm - 2pm

Spring
12 Jan, 23 Feb, 22 Mar, 12 Apr

£15 per session
Suitable for 18+ years

Please note, to prevent disruption to the class, latecomers may not be admitted.

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Norden Farm’s Daytime Choir

Led by Dr Marta Mathea Radwan

Norden Farm’s Daytime Choir is a fun, friendly, non-auditioned choir for everyone. We learn by ear, so you don’t need music experience. Our music ranges from gospel, world and jazz to pop and classical - anything that sounds great and is a joy to sing. Joining us is a great way to meet people and sing your stress away.

Autumn
13 Oct - 17 Nov, exc 27 Oct (5 weeks)
24 Nov - 15 Dec (4 weeks)

Spring
12 Jan - 9 Feb (5 weeks)
23 Feb - 22Mar (5 weeks)
Drop in: 19 Apr & 26 Apr

£12 per session | £50 for 5 week course | £40 for 4 week course

Suitable for 18+ years

About the tutor
Dr Marta Mathea Radwan is an award-winning vocalist, composer and musical director. Heralding from Poland and with over 30 years' experience in musical performance, Marta conducts choirs around London, including: jazz group Alle Choir London, Offbeat a cappella community choirs in Acton and Richmond, and Singing for Fun groups at Brunel University London.

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Sound Bath

Led by Janette Moy

Sound Baths are deeply relaxing, anyone can join in. Lay down, cosy and Janette will share beautiful sounds of Gong, Tibetan bowls, Irish Drum ( Bodhran ), Rainstick, Sansula, Kochi chimes and more. Taking you on a journey into the heart of Sacred Sound.

As you relax and bathe in the healing vibrations, your body resonates within these pure tones and you begin to feel retuned and in harmony. Healing can happen at cellular level, our bodies, mind and emotions draw from the sounds the vibration that is needed to bring us into inner balance.

You will need to bring a yoga mat or blanket to lie on. A small cushion for under head comfort. A blanket to cover up. Anything else you want to bring to make a cosy nest. Eye mask if you use one.

We also run daytime Sound Bath classes, click here to find out more.

Autumn
Fri 8 Dec

Spring
Fri 12 Jan, 2 Feb, 8 Mar, 19 Apr

6.30pm - 7.30pm
£15 per session
Suitable for 18+ years

Please note, to prevent disruption to the class, latecomers may not be admitted.

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Burns Night Ceilidh

Take your partners please for our Burns Night Ceilidh!

Join the Craigievar Ceilidh Band in the atmospheric 18th century Long Barn for a sociable evening of music and dancing. Guaranteed to have you stamping, reeling and birling – their on-the-floor caller will guide you through the Dashing White Sergeant, Strip the Willow and other dances.

Includes a traditional Burns Night supper of haggis, neeps and tatties or veggie option.

WHY? Featuring musicians from the acclaimed film Four Weddings and a Funeral this lively, fun event is not to be missed!

Long Barn
£24
Ticket includes supper

Craigievar Band website
@nordenfarm

Photo credit: Andrew Scotland

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Miles Jupp - On I Bang

A tale about surprise, fear, luck, love and qualified medical practitioners.

Since Miles’ last tour finished at The London Palladium in 2017, he’s been in The Full Monty on Disney Plus, The Durrells and Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? on ITV, as well as a heap of episodes of Frankie Boyle’s New World Order and Have I Got News For You. He’s made an award-winning radio series and he’s published a novel. But for Covid, he would have played a lead at the RSC. Hey ho. Nevertheless he’s done a play in the West End and played the Emperor of Austria and Europe in a Ridley Scott film.

Yet one sunny day in the middle of all this, he suddenly suffered a brain seizure. This led to the discovery of a tumour the size of a cherry tomato, and a rather pressing need to undergo major neurosurgery. Obviously, one doesn’t wish to make a big deal of it, but the experience has left him with a story to tell and a few things that he’d like to share with the room. So that’s exactly what he’s doing in his new show On I Bang – a tale about surprise, fear, luck, love and qualified medical practitioners.

Courtyard Theatre
£20

Mile's website

  •  12 Jan SOLD OUT
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Salsa

Led by SalsaStyle

Specialising for twenty years in providing individual attention to help you develop dance techniques and grow in confidence. SalsaStyle will ensure everyone feels welcome no matter what level.

Autumn
20 Oct - 17 Nov (5 weeks)
24 Nov - 22 Dec (5 weeks)

Spring
12 Jan - 9 Feb (5 weeks)
16 Feb - 15 Mar (5 weeks)
22 Mar - 26 Apr, exc 29 Mar (5 weeks)

8.15pm - 9.15pm
£12 per session | £50 for 5 weeks

Don't forget to stay for the Salsa Social from 9.15pm - 10pm: stay after the class for a dance and drink!

Box Office closes at 8pm but online booking is still available.

Click here for more information about SalsaStyle.

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Align and Flow Yoga

Led by Deborah Le Vene-Page.

Align and Flow Yoga is influenced by the biomechanics and heart orientated philosophy of the Anusara Hatha style of yoga. With a specific alignment focus within the flow of postures the practice will tone and strengthen the body, improve posture and create more freedom in the body and mind resulting in a calm and relaxed state of being.

Each week there will be a different theme weaving its’ way through the session, but a typical class starts with breathing techniques to centre and ground, poses to warm up and then progresses to a fun and challenging mix of vinyasa and alignment yoga.

This class is designed to cultivate focus, stamina, strength, and flexibility. Leaving time at the end for a well-deserved relaxation.

Come prepared for an energising class that will also leave you feeling relaxed.

Suitable for 18+ years

Autumn
16 Sept - 9 Dec , exc 23 Sept & 25 Nov (11 weeks)
£12.50 per session | £115.50 for 11 week course
10am - 11am

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

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Paul Klee’s Imagined Birds and Fish

Led by Jo Hall

Explore the world of Klee’s magical fish and bird paintings before creating your own imaginative aquarium or bird composition. Please bring your own watercolours and equipment as in the information below. References supplied or bring your own.

Please bring; watercolour paints, watercolour brushes, old toothbrush, palette, water pots, paper towel, pencil, watercolour paper (some available at cost from tutor), drawing board or wood block to tilt board, tape to fix paper to board, paper towel, sponge, scissors.

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Zumba (Saturdays)

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!

Autumn
4 Nov -16 Dec
11.30am – 12.30pm
£7 per class | £30 for 5 sessions a term

Please note Heena Rehman will be teaching this class on Sat 14 Oct.

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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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.

Autumn
13 Nov and 4 Dec
7.30pm - 8.45pm (online only)
£8 per class | £28 per 4 week course
Suitable for ages 18+ years

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Chris McCausland: Yonks!

You might have seen him on Scared of the Dark, Would I Lie to You, Have I Got News for You, The Royal Variety, QI, Blankety Blank, The Last Leg, and tons more as well.

He's been called an 'overnight success' - even though he's been doing stand-up for yonks!

Chris McCausland is hitting the road again with another masterclass in stand-up comedy that has literally been yonks in the making.

Suitable for ages 16+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£22.50

Chris McCausland's website
@chrismccausland
@nordenfarm

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Community Theatre (Evening)

Led by Neil McCurley

‘Norden Farm’s Community theatre is up and running. The next sessions run from 17 January for ten weeks.

For the first five weeks the sessions will be one offs each on a different area of theatre. You could come to one or all five. You could sign up for one (£12) or all five (£60).

The second five weeks will be a course where you will be working on a play text followed by a performance to the public. The cost of this 5 week course will be £60 (no drop ins).

Sessions are led by Neil McCurley. Neil has spent his adult life working as a theatre practitioner both as a drama teacher and as the Artistic Director of his own theatre company. He has directed over 70 productions.

Week 1 - Spontaneous Improvisation (17 Jan)
Week 2 - Polished Improvisation (24 Jan)
Week 3 - Stage Fighting (31 Jan)
Week 4 - Physical Theatre (7 Feb)
Week 5 - Brecht (21 Feb)
£12 drop in or £60 for all 5 sessions

Weeks 6 - 10: working towards a scripted performance (28 Feb - 27 Mar, exc 14 Feb)
£60 for a 5 week course

Everyone over 18 is welcome – no experience necessary

We also have an evening class, which you can view here.

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Silver Stacking Ring Workshop

Led by Fiona Dowling

Join Fiona from Jewellery Moves & learn how to make a set of three stacking rings which fit you perfectly. At this workshop you will learn how to saw, solder, file, hammer, hand-stamp and finish your own sterling silver rings. You will also learn how to make your own bezel setting and set a cabochon (selected from a range of colours provided) within one of your rings. You will leave at the end of the day with three rings (one of which can be hand stamped with a personal message).

Thur 18 Jan
11am - 4pm

£80

The cost of the silver is not included in the course fees. The approximate cost of these materials is £30/£40 and payable to the tutor on the day (ideally in cash).

Please make sure that hair is tied back, please wear closed shoes and bring your glasses if you wear them.

Suitable for 18+ years

About Jewellery Moves:
Taught by Fiona Dowling, a graduate of the Royal College of Art, Jewellery Moves workshops aim to teach traditional craftsmanship, jewellery skills and techniques in small groups with a relaxed atmosphere.

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Book Club

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

This season our Book Club will be reading

Autumn
16 Nov, 14 Dec

Thur 14 Dec
The Five people You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Spring
18 Jan, 15 Feb, 21 Mar, 18 Apr

Thur 18 Jan
Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

Thur 15 Feb
An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris

Thur 14 Mar
Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

Thur 18 Apr
Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold


Suitable for 18+ years.

Spaces are limited, early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

7.30pm – 9.30pm
£5 per session (includes a glass of wine or soft drink from the bar)

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Kirtan

Led by Janette Moy

Kirtan is the practice of gathering together to chant universal mantras. It is the Yoga of Sound, the repetition of the mantras allows us to experience a meditative state. The mantras help relax the mind and re-energise the body/mind as well as release stress/ worries. It is uplifting and healing.

Anyone can join in, you do not have to be able to sing to chant, each of us has a unique primal sound to express and all our voices blend together into one sound. You can sit on the floor or a chair if you need support, you can also stand, move or lay down if you want.

Please bring a cushion or blanket rolled up to sit on. You might like to bring a shawl or blanket around you (not essential, just cosy). If you require a chair please arrive early to give time to organise this. Bring water to drink.

I look forward to sharing these medicinal mantras with you.

Autumn
17 Nov
6.30pm - 7.30pm
£13 per session

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The Country Chicks

The Country Chicks’ show is set on Chickville Farm and will take you on a journey through life, love and heartache.

The show is a celebration on Country hits throughout the last 8 decades performed in their own unique style with 4-part harmonies, earthy acoustic guitar, heartfelt fiddle, sparkly piano, bright mandolin and of course the rhythm section (drums and bass) who drive the tempo and keep the chicks in check! As well as performing a bunch of Country hits the chicks also have a few of their own songs to enhance this original experience. The show will have you up clapping, singing along, stomping and dancing in your seats! A perfect night out – so grab your cowboy/girl hat and join us at the farm!

The show includes BIG hits such as… Wagon Wheel, Man, I feel like a woman, Ho Hey, Before he cheats, Country roads, Cowboy, take me away, Need you now, My Church, Tennessee Whiskey and Jolene to name a few!

Courtyard Theatre
£15
This is a standing/dancing event with some unallocated seating

Country Chicks website
@nordenfarm

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Life Drawing

Led by Mick McNicholas

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.

Half day sessions comprise of a variety of short and long poses.

Any mediums can be used in these sessions. Materials will be provided, although participants are very welcome to bring their own if you have something you like to work with.

Autumn
18 Nov & 23 Dec

Spring
20 Jan & 16 Mar

11am - 2pm
£25 per session

Suitable for 18+ years

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Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet

Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet! put on fabulous, feelgood 70s and 80s disco nights for grown-ups at venues across London and the South East - and we’re delighted to welcome them back again after a funk-tastic sell out night here last year.

Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet! put on fabulous, feelgood 70s and 80s disco nights for grown-ups at venues across London and the South East - and we’re delighted to welcome them back again after a funk-tastic sell out night here last January.

HSDY nights are recommended by everyone from Time Out and The Guardian to Stylist and Radio 4 and they have been described as 'Abba collides with Saturday Night Fever in a glorious mash up'.

DJ Lady G will be on the decks playing all your favourite soul, funk and disco tunes and dancer Andrea Rose will be showing you the moves to everything from Car Wash (complete with shiny rags) and Vogue, to the 1979 Gonzales hit, Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet, after which HSDY take their name.

If you fancy dressing up (it’s not obligatory, but lots do) there are prizes for the best retro outfits, and free sweets and ice pops too.


In the words of Shalamar, it’s going to be 'a night to remember!'

Sass & Sparkle are all set to party with us again and paint your faces with glitter!

10% profits from HSDY nights go to Cancer Research UK

Courtyard Theatre
£18
This is a standing/dancing event with some unallocated seating

Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet! Website
@HSDY
<a target="
blank" href="https://twitter.com/nordenfarm">@nordenfarm

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Fallen Leaves (12A)

Dir: Aki Kaurismäki 2023 | 81 mins

(Finnish with English subtitles)

Master filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre, The Other Side of Hope) returns with his latest deadpan gem Fallen Leaves, a luminous ode to romance and moviegoing.

In modern-day Helsinki, two lonely souls in search of love meet by chance in a local karaoke bar. However, the pair’s path to happiness is beset by numerous obstacles – from lost numbers to mistaken addresses, alcoholism, and a charming stray dog.

Finland’s Best International Feature Film entry to the 96th Academy Awards. Winner of the 2023 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize.

‘Beguiling and delightful... a film with big heart’ ★★★★ The Guardian

‘A tender and beautifully directed love story’ The New York Times

£10.50 | £9.50 conc

Special Ticket Offer
£9 | £8 conc tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

Socially Distanced Screening
The screening on Thur 25 Jan 2pm is socially distanced with a reduced capacity. Face coverings are optional. Food and drink from our Cafe Bar can be taken into the theatre as normal.

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Royal Opera House Live: Rusalka

225 minutes (including one interval).

Sung in Czech with English subtitles.

This poetic, contemporary new staging of Dvořák’s lyric fairy tale reveals our uneasy relationship with the natural world and humanity’s attempts to own and tame it.

Rusalka, a water spirit, lives with her family in the pure waters of the forest lake. When she falls in love with a Prince, she sacrifices her voice and leaves her home in the hope of finding true love in a new world – a world that does not love her back.

Natalie Abrahami and Ann Yee create a poetic, contemporary new staging of Dvořák’s lyric fairy tale, revealing our uneasy relationship with the natural world and humanity’s attempts to own and tame it. Semyon Bychkov conducts an all-star cast featuring Asmik Grigorian (Jenůfa) in the title role.

Courtyard Theatre
£16

SOLD OUT
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Punt and Dennis (work in progress)

Hugh Dennis and Steve Punt are back on tour for the first time in 10 years.

Older but not really much wiser, they are returning to what they do best; sitting in traffic jams wondering if a different route would have been better, and then in the evening, presenting their new live show.

What have they learned from a decade of following the news for Mock the Week and The Now Show? What wisdom has experience taught them? And have they learned any new jokes? Let’s hope so. They promise they have.

Studio
£14 | £12 conc

  •  24 Jan SOLD OUT
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Animal Head Wall Hanging in Clay

Led by Dawn Carroll

In this one day workshop you will sculpt an animal head in clay. What animal you decide just bring along a couple of references for the animal you would like to make. (There will be references available).

Your sculpture will be taken and fired in the kiln and glazed with a clear crackle glaze. Once fired a date will be arranged for you to collect your work from Norden Farm.

Cost includes Clay, glaze and firing.

Please bring an Apron.

11am to 2.30pm

£65.00

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National Theatre Live: Dear England

Run time tbc |

A new play by James Graham, directed by Rupert Goold.

Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale) plays Gareth Southgate in James Graham’s (Sherwood) gripping examination of nation and game.

The country that gave the world football has since delivered a painful pattern of loss. Why
can’t England’s men win at their own game?

With the worst track record for penalties in the world, Gareth Southgate knows he needs to
open his mind and face up to the years of hurt, to take team and country back to the
promised land.

Filmed live on stage at the National Theatre, Rupert Goold (Judy) directs this spectacular
new play.

Courtyard Theatre
£16

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Helen Bauer: Grand Supreme Darling Princess

Star of Live at the Apollo, Late Night Mash and Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee.

Helen Bauer brings a show all about the women in her life, from her mother to her best friend and that one girl who was mean in 2008.

Oh, and Disney Princesses, obvs.

Co-host of the smash-hit podcast Trusty Hogs and seen on BBC3, Comedy Central, Dave, ITV and more.

'Sticking out for all the right reasons’ ★★★★ Scotsman

‘Utterly brilliant’ ★★★★ List

Studio
£15

Helen Bauer's website.
@HelenBaBauer
@nordenfarm

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Tchaikovsky's Wife (15)

Dir: Kirill Serebrennikov 2022 | 142 mins

(Russian with English subtitles)

Historical drama charting the obsessive, one-sided love affair between the revered composer and his devoted wife.

£10.50 | £9.50 conc

Special Ticket Offer
£9 | £8 conc tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

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Mindfulness

Led by Kate Hughes

Join Kate Hughes of Kate Hughes Meditation for an hour of mindfulness, designed to promote calm and awareness.

During the session we will explore breathing techniques, different kinds of meditation, and various mindfulness exercises including some gentle movement (this can be adapted to suit all mobility levels).

No experience of meditation or mindfulness is required, and these sessions are suitable for you if you are an absolute beginner or have done some kind of mindfulness practice before.

Please wear comfortable clothing. The session will end with a relaxation exercise and you may wish to bring your own mat and blanket, although these will be provided.

Autumn
27 Oct, 10 Nov, 15 Dec
6.30pm – 7.30pm

Spring
26 Jan, 23 Feb, 22 Mar, 26 Apr
6.30pm - 7.30pm

£12 per session

SOLD OUT
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Geoff Norcott: Basic Bloke

On his sixth UK tour, the comedian tries to make sense of the current cultural and political scene with his playfully provocative brand of humour.

Whether it's the dire blandness of the two main parties or the shamelessly shoe-horned right-on messages in adverts and films, Geoff continues to tread in areas much of comedy leaves well alone.

But this time around he also has a mission. As well as casting his everyman eye over what's happening in wider society, Geoff is trying to unpick what's happening with your average bloke. Remember them?

It’s been a rough couple of years for blokes. Toxic masculinity has grabbed all the headlines and ruined it for communal garden geezers, who have been put under the microscope like never before. At first glance, there’s not much to examine – there’s no Bloke 2.0.

Taking up his own bloke’s-eye-view. Geoff can see that despite the social media vortex, your man in the street, average Joe, man on the Clapham Omnibus and your John Smiths just keep plodding on, fuelled by a diet of football, sheds, super-hero films, sporting autobiographies, wearing socks at all times and strategically burying feelings when necessary.

However, under the paraphernalia of manhood and the sometimes basic, even primal, behaviour of dads and lads, Geoff can see that there is something mysterious and definitely non-toxic going on.

A kindly and funny stock-take of both himself and his fellow man, Geoff unlocks some of the more complicated behaviour of your husbands, dads and brothers.

'He has become one of our most refreshingly funny comedians of any stripe' ★★★★ The Times

'He’s a class act with a mature, sharp take on modern politics' Sunday Times

Courtyard Theatre
£17.50

Geoff Norcott's website
@geoffnorcott
@nordenfarm

  •  26 Jan SOLD OUT
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Illuminated Letters

Led by Berkshire Printmakers

Join Berkshire Printmakers for this beginner's screen printing workshop inspired by illuminated letters and fairground fonts. You will make paper stencil, colour mix translucent colours, and learn how to silkscreen guided by the two experts tutors. By the end of the workshop you will have a print you are proud to put on your wall.

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Mozart Birthday Concert

The annual Mozart concert takes place this year on the composer’s exact birthday.

Eleanor Holmes (violin)
William Padfield (horn)
Henry Cash (piano)
Nigel Wilkinson (conductor)

Violin Concerto in D, K.218
Horn Concerto in E flat, K.417
Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488

Featuring three delectable concertos.

Henry Cash took 2nd prize at the 2021 Mottram International Piano Competition in Manchester, and gave an exceptional recital at Norden Farm last year. He’ll be playing one of the most joyous of all Mozart’s piano concertos.

William Padfield last appeared with St John’s Chamber Orchestra in 2018. He plays the horn concerto with the ever popular finale.

To open, one of the early violin concertos will be performed by RAM Scholar Eleanor Holmes.

Courtyard Theatre
£20 I Under 18s free

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Anselm (PG)

Dir: Wim Wenders 2023 | 93 mins

(German with English subtitles)

Anselm Kiefer is one of the greatest contemporary artists. His past and present are interwoven to diffuse the line between film and painting: a unique cinematic experience directed by Wim Wenders that dives deep into an artist's work and reveals his life path.

£10.50 | £9.50 conc

Special Ticket Offer
£9 | £8 conc tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

SOLD OUT
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Sindhu Vee: Alphabet

Sindhu Vee brings her critically-acclaimed, sell-out tour show, Alphabet, to Norden Farm as she warms up for the filming of her next stand up special.

Sindhu has stormed Live at the Apollo (twice) and appeared on all of the top comedy TV shows, including: QI, Mock the Week, Have I Got News For You, The Last Leg and Would I Lie To You?

She also played Mrs Phelps in the smash hit Netflix feature film Matilda, is the star of forthcoming sitcom The Pradeeps of Pittsburgh for Amazon Freevee and her other acting credits include Starstruck and Sex Education.

Suitable for ages 14+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£18

Sindhu's website

  •  31 Jan SOLD OUT

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