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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.

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

Spring
9 Jan - 6 Feb (5 weeks)
20 Feb - 26 Mar, exc 12 Mar (5 weeks)
Drop in: 16 Apr and 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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Still Life with Flowers: Watercolour or Acrylic

Led by Jo Hall

Tap into the abundance of spring and summer flowers and create vibrant or more harmonious compositions each week where colour is as important as the objects.

Several techniques will be demonstrated including layering colours, wax resist and adding texture. At the first session we will create a harmonious composition where blue/violet predominates so you are invited to bring your own blue or purple/blue/white flowers and a small glass jar or blue container for them. Some objects or photo reference will also be provided by the tutor.

Please bring your own materials as detailed below:
Paper suitable for watercolour or acrylic, paints, brushes, palette, drawing board, table easel or block of wood to angle your paper, masking tape or clips to attach paper, water pots, paper towel.

Please bring a small sketchbook or cartridge paper for colour notes and composition planning.

Tues 30 Apr - Tues 4 Jun (6 weeks)
12.30pm - 3.30pm

£126 for a 6 week course

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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.

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

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

Suitable for 18+ years.

Other classes include:
Pilates - Mixed Abilities
Pilates - Intermediate

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Crafternoons

Led by Creative Eye.

From January 2024 Norden Farm are delighted to extend our Crafternoon sessions to Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons!

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.

Spring Season

Tues 16 and Wed 17 Apr Wire Tree
Tues 23 and Wed 24 Apr Paper Fans

There will be no session on Tues 6 and Wed 7 Feb.

Summer Season

Tues 30 Apr and Wed 1 May Watercolour Sunsets
Tues 7 May and Wed 8 May Air Dry Clay Air Fresheners
Tues 14 May and Wed 15 May Button Art Canvas
Tues 21 May and Wed 22 May No Session
Tues 28 May and Wed 29 May Tie-Dye Socks
Tues 4 Jun and Wed 5 Jun Fruit Coasters
Tues 11 Jun and Wed 12 Jun Peg Doll Decor
Tues 18 Jun and Wed 19 Jun Recycled Paper Beads
Tues 25 Jun and Wed 26 Jun Polymer Clay Food Keyrings
Tues 2 Jul and Wed 3 Jul Decoupage Trinket Boxes
Tues 9 Jul and Wed 10 Jul Plant Pot Bird Feeders
Tues 16 Jul and Wed 17 Jul Dictionary Page Art
Tues 23 Jul and Wed 24 Jul No Session
Tues 30 Jul and Wed 31 Jul Yarn/Ribbon Wall Hanging
Tues 6 Aug and Wed 7 Aug Rock Painting
Tues 13 Aug and Wed 14 Aug Postage Stamp Art

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

Local transport can be provided as part of the ticket price for those attending on a Wednesday.

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

Suitable for ages 60+ years.

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

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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!

Summer
16 Apr - 23 Jul, exc 28 May (14 weeks)
7.30pm – 9pm
£11 per session | £140 per 14 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.


Summer
Tues 30 Apr - 28 May (5 weeks)
Tues 11 Jun - 9 Jul (5 weeks)
Tues 16 Jul - 13 Aug (4 weeks, exc 23 Jul)
7.45pm - 8.45pm

£50 per 5 week course | £40 per 4 week course

Suitable for 18+ years.

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High & Low: John Galliano (15)

Dir: Kevin Macdonald 2023 | 117 mins

Documentary. Fashion designer John Galliano was widely recognized as one of the most influential names in 1990s and 2000s couture until his career abruptly ended in 2011. Candid footage - plus conversations with Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Anna Wintour and more - trace Galliano’s turbulent career through the decades.

‘An unflinching view of fashion’s most flawed genius’ ★★★★ The Telegraph

£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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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

Spring
Wed 14 Feb - 13 Mar (5 weeks)
Wed 20 Mar - 24 Apr (6 weeks)
Please note that Sarah Bonner will be covering the class on Wed 27 Mar
11am - 12.15pm
£12 per session | £45 per 5 week course | £54 per 6 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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Baby Signing

Led by Funky Monkeys

Have you ever wondered what your baby is thinking or feeling? Would it help if they could communicate those thoughts and feelings to you?

Sign & Rhyme teaches parents/carers and their little ones, simple sign language that enables them to communicate before speech takes over. Just like waving and clapping, your baby can learn to tell you when they’re hungry, in pain or just that they’ve seen a dog! This is empowering to them and hugely rewarding for you! In most cases babies who sign learn to talk sooner than their non-signing peers.

Signs are used in class, like actions, to accompany songs and nursery rhymes and with an array of props, puppets, instruments and the use of disco lights, bubbles and parachutes to enhance the sensory experience and make learning more fun.

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

Spring
Wed 10 Jan - 24 Apr, exc 14 Feb and 10 Apr
1.45pm - 2.30pm

£7.50 for 1 Adult and 1 Child | £4.50 for additional siblings

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Dune: Part II (12A)

Dir: Denis Villeneuve 2024 | 167 mins

The epic, big-screen adaptation Frank Herbert’s acclaimed bestseller continues.

Paul Atreides unites with Chani and the Fremen while on a path of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, he endeavours to prevent a terrible future only he can foresee.

‘Audacious, intimate, and menacing like no other blockbuster in existence’ ★★★★★ The Independent

£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 Sat 27 Apr 11am 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 Wed 24 Apr 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. 
 
Relaxed screenings  
Our screening on Sat 20 Apr 1.30pm is Relaxed - everyone is welcome to join us for this friendly format. The lights are kept on low and the audience are free to move around, make noise or come in and out of the theatre as needed. 

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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

Spring
Wed 10 Jan - 27 Mar, exc 14 Feb (11 weeks)
5pm - 6pm
£95

Summer
Wed 17 Apr - 24 Jul, exc 29 May (11 weeks)
5pm - 6pm
£140

Junior Youth Theatre Booking Form

  •   1 May
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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

Spring
Wed 10 Jan - 27 Mar, exc 14 Feb (11 weeks)
6.05pm - 7.30pm
£134

Summer
Wed 17 Apr - 24 Jul, exc 29 May (14 weeks)
6.05pm - 7.30pm
£175

Senior Youth Theatre Booking Form

  •   1 May
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Royal Opera House Live: Carmen

220 mins (including one interval)

Sung in French with English subtitles

Damiano Michieletto's sizzling new production evokes all the passion and heat of Bizet's score, which features Carmen’s sultry Habanera and the rousing Toreador song. Antonello Manacorda conducts an exciting international cast, with Aigul Akhmetshina performing the
title role.

Co-production with Teatro Real, Madrid and La Scala, Milan.

£16

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (A)

Led by Jim Maving

For novice guitarists who can string chords together, strum confidently and move between chords with some ease, to take the next steps. You will learn some classic songs, interesting chords, light music theory and the 12-bar blues.

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.

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

Summer
Wed 1 May - 29 May (5 weeks)
Wed 12 Jun - 10 Jul (5 weeks)
Wed 17 Jul - 14 Aug (4 weeks exc 24 Jul)
7pm - 8pm

£50 per 5 week course, £40 per 4 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

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (B)

Led by Jim Maving

For novice guitarists who can string chords together, strum confidently and move between chords with some ease, to take the next steps. You will learn some classic songs, interesting chords, light music theory and the 12-bar blues.

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.

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

Summer
Wed 1 May - 29 May (5 weeks)
Wed 12 Jun - 10 Jul (5 weeks)
Wed 17 Jul - 14 Aug (4 weeks exc 24 Jul)
8.30pm - 9.30pm

£50 per 5 week course, £40 per 4 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

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Upcycling Fashion

Led by Anurita Chandola

Fast fashion is leading to tonnes of clothing being discarded daily which has a huge impact on the environment. Globally, just 12 percent of material used for clothing ends up being recycled and it takes a lot of energy to recycle them. On this course, you will learn how to create unique and sustainably made garments by giving your old clothing a new life.

Using an old clothing item, you will learn to apply different techniques by using design principles to make a unique piece of sustainable upcycled clothing.

Bring a few pre-loved garments or something that you haven’t worn for sometime to use during this short class. You don’t need any previous sewing experience for this class

About Anurita Chandola
Anurita Chandola is a Spacewear and textiles artist who has worked internationally with renowned brands, art projects and prestigious exhibitions. Anurita’s expertise lies in sustainable fashion, product and material innovation, and in designing solutions based on reducing waste in the fashion industry. She is a graduate from the Royal College of Art, where she focused on developing proficiency in the independent learning methods and practices of contemporary art and design. Anurita is currently researching on textiles and clothes that will work on Mars and recently worked as a Spacewear and textiles artist with Building a Martian House Project in Bristol.

£40 per session
11am - 4pm (including break)

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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!

Spring
Thur 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.

Please note that the sessions on Thursday 25 April and Thursday 2 May will be led by Carla Lkech

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Showstopper Tots

Led by Mairi Cowieson

Musical Theatre themed music and movement classes for ages 2 -5 years. Younger siblings are welcome. Under 6 months free.

Join us for our fabulous Mary Poppins themed term, it promises to be Supercalifragilisticexialidocious!

So Let's Go Fly a Kite and Step in Time over the rooftops. The classes take the children on an adventure, exploring the music and story of Mary Poppins, learning a dance to help with their coordination, singing songs and playing drama games to help with their confidence and ending each class with our mini theatre and story song, written especially for ShowstopperUK, by fabulous West End composers.

This story song is added to each week to enhance their engagement and concentration skills. It's also fun for the parents/carers who attend with their little ones.

Age guidance 2-5 years.

Summer
Thur 2 May - 13 Jun, excludes 30 May (6 weeks)
1.30pm - 2.15pm

£48 (1 adult and 1 child) per 6 week course
Siblings (aged 6 months +) £28.80 per 6 week course
Siblings under 6 months free

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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.

Spring
Thur 21 Mar - 25 Apr, exc 11 Apr (5 weeks)
6.30pm - 7.30pm

£11 per session or £45 for 5 week course

Summer
Thur 2 May - 6 Jun (6 weeks)
20 Jun - 25 Jul (6 weeks)

£11 per session or £54 for 6 week course

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (C)

Led by Jim Maving

For novice guitarists who can string chords together, strum confidently and move between chords with some ease, to take the next steps. You will learn some classic songs, interesting chords, light music theory and the 12-bar blues.

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.

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

Summer
Thur 2 May - 30 May (5 weeks)
Thur 13 Jun - 11 Jul (5 weeks)
Thur 17 Jul - 14 Aug (4 weeks exc 24 Jul)
7pm - 8pm

£50 per 5 week course, £40 per 4 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

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Rosie Holt: That's Politainment!

The worse the political career, the more lucrative the subsequent entertainment opportunities.

Matt Hancock may have slaughtered millions but now he's making a killing. So can Rosie Holt's viral hit MP follow 'politainers' Dorries, Farage and Rees-Mogg and leap from the pages of Hansard to Heat?

Following a hugely successful Edinburgh Fringe season, Rosie takes this brand-new show on the road, to tightrope the thin line between politics and entertainment.

Rosie is an acclaimed comedian, actor and satirist. Her popular videos on social media have achieved more than 6.5 million views.

She is the host of podcast Noncensored, and has been seen / heard on Sky Max's The Russell Howard Hour, and BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz, DM’s Are Open, and Ashley Blaker 6.5 Children, among many other credits.

'The Thick of It levels of writing and performance applied to a very current flavour of political bullsh*t' The Times

'Beautifully observed and performed' The Guardian

‘A pinpoint portrayal of the personae manifesting our national psyche’ ★★★★ The Observer

'A character comedy treat' ★★★★ Time Out

Courtyard Theatre
£20

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Magic Violin

Balkan Music from Danube Regions with Drops of Ottoman.

The Magic Violin Trio comprises of Gundula on lead vocals and violin, Jeremy Halliwell on guitar, and Fraser Perry on cello and backing vocals.

They evolved in 2020 from the string players of Gundula’s five-piece Balkan ensemble Tatcho Drom.

In a story told through music, The Magic Violin Trio transport the listener through countries and cultures performing Eastern European and Balkan folk and Gypsy music. Influenced by musical traditions of old, the trio of strings and singer bring a fresh and charismatic feel to their performances.

This performance features Eastern European and Balkan music from the Danube regions with influences of Ottoman culture. Starting at the source of the Danube in Donaueschingen, Germany, the musical journey of the evening will take us through Vienna and Budapest, all the way to the Black Sea in Ukraine and Romania. The band will focus on pieces with hints of Ottoman influence.

Band leader Gundula has been exploring the music of the Gypsy Romany people in Eastern European and Balkan regions for more than 20 years.

Studio
£16

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Acoustic Guitar - Intermediate

Led by Jim Maving

Play guitar but stuck in a rut? Want to play some notable songs and impress your friends? Then this is the course for you. Rediscover your 6-string and why you took it up originally.

Learn some classic songs as well as learning your pentationic scales, slide guitar and alternate tunings

Summer
Thur 2 May - 30 May (5 weeks)
Thur 13 Jun - 11 Jul (5 weeks)
Thur 17 Jul - 14 Aug (4 weeks exc 24 Jul)
8.30pm - 9.30pm

£50 per 5 week course, £40 per 4 week course

Alternative classes include:

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

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.

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

Suitable for 18+ years.

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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.

Spring
Fri 16 Feb - 15 Mar (5 weeks)
Please note that Tana Hunjan will be covering the class on Fri 1 Mar
Fri 22 Mar - 26 Apr, exc 29 Mar (5 weeks)
11am - 12.15pm
£12 per session | or £45 per 5 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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Funky Monkeys

An energetic and creative music and movement class for babies and children under 5.

This fun and funky session uses lights, puppets, parachute, instruments and music to get your little ones moving!

Suitable for ages 9 months - 5 years.

Spring
12 Jan - 26 Apr, exc 16 Feb, 29 Mar, 12 Apr
11am - 11.45am

£7.50 | Siblings (18 months +) £4.50 | £26 for 4 sessions a term (this offer doesn't include the sibling ticket)

If you would like to book the offer price for 4 sessions, please enter a ticket for each date you would like to attend into your basket and the offer will apply automatically.

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Pottery: Slab Building

Led by Helen D Evans

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

The 5 week course is for people with all abilities.

Whether you want to come and give Pottery a try or if you have some experience of working with clay, you may want to use the time to work on your own projects based on the Slab Building technique.

The intention is to try a different technique each week for the first three weeks.
The fourth week - time for experimentation.
The final week will be spent glazing. This session will be slightly longer to give you time to finesse your pieces. (3hrs)

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 5 Apr - Fri 3 May (5 weeks)
11am - 1pm (11am - 2pm on Fri 3 May)

£120 for a 5 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

Drop in sessions Fri 19 Apr and 26 Apr
12.30pm - 1.30pm

3 May - 7 Jun (6 weeks)
14 Jun - 19 Jul, exc 28 Jun (5 weeks)

£10 per session | £48 for 6 weeks | £40 for 5 week course

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National Theatre Live: Nye

160 mins tbc.

A new play by Tim Price, directed by Rufus Norris

Michael Sheen plays Nye Bevan in a surreal and spectacular journey through the life and legacy of the man who transformed Britain’s welfare state and created the NHS.
Confronted with death, Aneurin ‘Nye’ Bevan’s deepest memories lead him on a mind-bending journey back through his life; from childhood to mining underground, Parliament and fights with Churchill.

Written by Tim Price and directed by Rufus Norris (Small Island), this epic new Welsh fantasia will be broadcast live from the National Theatre.

£16

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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.

Spring
Drop in: Fri 19 Apr and 26 Apr

Summer
Fri 3 May - 7 Jun (6 weeks)
Fri 4 Jun - 19 Jul, exc 28 Jun (5 weeks)

2pm - 3.30pm

£12 per session | £60 for 6 week course | £50 for 5 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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Wellbeing Textiles

Led by Anurita Chandola

Embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and creativity with our Wellbeing Textiles Course. This unique and enriching experience is designed to promote well-being and mindfulness through the art of textiles.

The Wellbeing Textiles Course is structured to provide a balance of instruction, hands-on activities, and reflective practices. Each session will focus on a specific aspect of well-being, incorporating textile techniques to facilitate personal growth and relaxation.

Join us on this inspiring journey, where the soothing textures of textiles meet the nurturing embrace of mindfulness. Rediscover the joy of creating while nurturing your mental and emotional well-being in a supportive and encouraging environment.

About Anurita Chandola
Anurita Chandola is a Spacewear and textiles artist who has worked internationally with renowned brands, art projects and prestigious exhibitions. Anurita’s expertise lies in sustainable fashion, product and material innovation, and in designing solutions based on reducing waste in the fashion industry. She is a graduate from the Royal College of Art, where she focused on developing proficiency in the independent learning methods and practices of contemporary art and design. Anurita is currently researching on textiles and clothes that will work on Mars and recently worked as a Spacewear and textiles artist with Building a Martian House Project in Bristol.

19 Apr - 10 May (4 weeks)
17 May - 14 June (5 weeks)
5 Jul - 9 Aug (6 weeks)

2pm - 4pm

£18 per session or £70 per 4-week course | £85 per 5-week course | £100 per 6-week course

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Laura Smyth: Living My Best Life

BRITISH PODCAST AWARDS 2023: BEST COMEDY (NOMINEE) FOR ‘BANG ON IT’ FUNNY WOMEN AWARDS 2019: WINNER

Star of Live At The Apollo, Laura Smyth’s brand-new show explores all aspects of modern life. She has fun mugging off all the madness of parenting, childhood, school, marriage, social media, work, and chasing her dreams.

In her own inimitable style, she gets to the truth of the human experience, treading the line between bluntness and warmth throughout.

Ultimately, she is asking how ‘living your best life’ is actually achieved – heads up: it don’t involve Instagram! Fresh from tour support for Jack Whitehall and Michelle de Swarte, this is her at her uncensored and ridiculous best.

'One of the best acts I’ve seen in a long long time' Romesh Ranganathan
'A proper star in the making' Jack Whitehall
'A comic powerhouse' Mo Gilligan
'Laura is a brilliant comedian whipsmart, warm and very very funny' Roisin Conaty
'A force of nature' Chortle
'Naturally funny' Jo Brand

Studio
£15

@thatlaurasmyth
@nordenfarm

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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.

Spring
22 Mar - 26 Apr, exc 29 Mar (5 weeks)

Summer
Fri 3 May - 7 Jun (6 weeks)
Fri 14 Jun - 19 Jul (6 weeks)
Fri 26 Jul - 16 Aug (4 weeks)

8.15pm - 9.15pm
£12 per session | £50 for 5 weeks | £60 for 6 weeks | £40 for 4 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.

Please note that the class on Friday 8 March will be led by Darren and Tara.

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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

Spring
Sat 13 Jan – 2 Mar (8 weeks)
Sat 9 Mar – 27 Apr, exc 30 Mar (7 weeks)
10am - 11am

Summer
Sat 4 May - 22 Jun (8 weeks)
29 Jun - 17 Aug (8 weeks)

£12.50 per session | £84 for 8 week course and £73.50 for 7 week course

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

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The Flower Garden in Line and Wash

Led by Jo Hall.

Use India ink with twigs, bamboo pens or any other dip pen to draw the shapes and forms of flowers as they grow in a garden before bringing the drawing to life by freely adding colour.

Before making a more considered drawing we’ll experiment with ink and a variety of tools/pens to establish the weight and character of marks that will best describe the subject.

Reference supplied or bring your own sketches and photo reference to use as a starting point. Please bring your own materials and equipment as detailed below.

Materials and equipment:
Watercolours, brushes, water pots, palette
Drawing board, table easel or block to tilt your board, tape to attach paper, paper towel
India ink (preferably waterproof when dry), twig, dip pen (bamboo or metal).
Small natural sponge, old toothbrush
Paper; cartridge paper for exercises in mark making, watercolour paper NOT (cold pressed) or HP (hot pressed) surface for final painting
Some paper will be available from the tutor at cost.

Sat 4 May
11am - 4pm
£42

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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!

Spring
Sat 13 Jan - 27 Apr, exc 6 Apr
11.30am – 12.30pm
£7 per class | £30 for 5 sessions a term

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

Please note that the sessions on Saturday 27 April and Saturday 4 May will be led by Carla Lkech

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Norden Farm Market

The Norden Farm Markets are unique. There's a Café Bar onsite, accessible toilets (with baby changing) and a programme of activities from cinema to classes. Stallholders sell inspiring artisanal produce ranging from arts and crafts to food and snacks.

Please note that the April market will be taking place indoors due to forecasted high winds.

April Stallholders Include:

The Henley Distillery, Yun Jung Ko, Cooper’s Honey & Bees, Amoracandlesuk, INDULGE The Collection, But One String, Frenchie Arts, Bright as a Button Jewellery, Smoking Skewers, KaNa Homecooked, Luxury Chocolate For You by Anton Hazelle Ltd, Luumi Home Ltd, Colourology, UltraKriti, Bags it’s Mine!, Boxpatchbunnies, Tamsin Denholm Jewellery, Wild Bloom Beads, Firefairyart, Fluidity by Lou and 3DPrintGiftsGaming.

Upcoming Market Dates:

Sat 6 Apr (Indoor), Sat 4 May, Sat 1 Jun, Sat 6 Jul, Sat 3 Aug

12pm - 4pm | Entry is FREE

Visiting the market is the perfect way to spend your weekend. Shop in the market for unusual, hand made, delicious items and then take in a film or recline with a coffee in our Café Bar where there are plenty of books and games to keep the little ones happy.

Dogs are welcome, outdoors at the Norden Farm Markets and there’s fresh water for them.

Parking spaces are reserved for blue badge holders and the site is accessible.


Our waiting list is now open for stalls at our Spring Markets - please email markets@nordenfarm.org

We have 2 types of pitches available - covered areas under the Linhay (stallholders provide their own trestle tables) and Gazebo pitches. You can drive right up to you pitch on hard standing - so the set up and take down is blissfully simple and doesn’t require lugging!


Quotes

★'Thank you for having our stall today, had a fab day, met some fab people, great first day back, can't wait for the next one, from all of us at ReRe's Soaps & Scents'

★'It was lovely. I'll be back next time. Thank you for organising Norden Farm!'

★'Absolutely amazing afternoon at @nordenfarm! Thanks to all who came to support us. Looking forward to the next one. #maidenhead #localmarket #supportlocal'

★'My daughter and I really enjoyed the Norden Farm Outdoor Market yesterday, exploring the various food and craft stalls on offer and taking home one or two tasty treats. It was a fantastic chance to support some great local businesses from around Maidenhead. The Norden Farm cafe was also open to enjoy. I would definitely recommend popping down next time if you can make it'

★'Setting up for today’s Jubilee market at @nordenfarm. Fantastic atmosphere, thanks to all for organising and attending. The music was fab and we all had a great time!'

  •   4 May FREE
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The New Boy (12A)

Dir: Warwick Thornton 2023 | 96 mins

1940s Australia. A a nine-year-old Aboriginal orphan boy arrives in the dead of night at a remote monastery run by a renegade nun (Cate Blanchett). The new boy’s presence disturbs the delicately balanced world in this story of spiritual struggle and the cost of survival.

‘Colonial forces seek to stamp out Aboriginal spirituality in Warwick Thornton’s haunting outback fable’ ★★★★ Time Out

£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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Born To Swing

Andrew Bourn returns to Norden Farm with his brand new show ‘BORN TO SWING’.

Featuring a collection of swing standards (Nat King Cole, Sinatra, Bobby Darin) alongside some superb arrangements of popular songs from different genres.

Andrew and his band ‘Party at Frank’s’ are the masters of delivering a performance with class, charisma and fun for every generation.

With a line up including a four-piece horn section, this is a show that lovers of live music and swing will not want to miss.

'It was wonderful! There was a standing ovation which was truly deserved. If you read this Andrew, you made an old lady feel young again!'Norden Farm audience member review

'A wonderful evening, thank you' HRH King Charles III

'An outstanding performance' Simon Cowell

Andrew Bourn's website

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