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august 2020's events

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Shut Down, not Shut Up! Family Poetry (online)

Led by Simon Mole

Free poetry workshops for ages 4+ years and accompanying grown ups.

Goggles! Umbrella! Hullaballoo! Out of all the words in the world what’s your favourite?
Join poet Simon Mole on a quest to find the best sounding words in existence, and possibly make up a few new ones too…

The group will play some fun games and activities to build skills and confidence on Zoom before Simon leads a step by step poetry tutorial to help you write your own work.

These summer sessions are the first of an exciting longer project - be part of the writing (and performance!) team for one of the first events to be hosted at Norden Farm in the Autumn once the venue re-opens.

Make sure you have a pen and paper at the ready.

Wed 5 and 12 Aug
10.15am - 10.55am
Free Workshop - places are limited and must be booked in advance
Booking cut off time: 9am on the day of each session

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Yoga for Beginners (online)

Led by Julie Potter

Feeling the need to wind down and relax, have a little bit of time to yourself? Come along and enjoy some yoga and relaxation with Julie. Practice gentle spinal movements to relax and rejuvenate the nervous system, basic yogic breathing techniques and guided meditations.

These classes are suitable for everyone, with or without previous yoga experience. Please bring a blanket, a yoga/pilates mat, and wear loose comfortable clothing.

17 Jun - 8 Jul, 15 July - 12 Aug (exc 29 Jul)
11am – 12.15pm
£10 per class | £28 per 4 week online course
Booking cut off time: 9am on the day of each session

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Shut Down, not Shut Up! Poetry Workshops (online)

Led by Simon Mole

Free workshops for ages 18+ years.

The building might be shut down for now, but we can still speak up!

Following on from the successful All Write Together series of online writing workshops during lockdown, poet Simon Mole is back!

Get creative with your communities and be part of the writing (and performance!) team for one of the first events to be hosted at Norden Farm in autumn once the venue re-opens.

Who are we? What can we be together as we re-emerge? What world do we want to come back to?

Bards of Berkshire! Poetry People! Lyrical Locals! From absolute beginners to experienced wordsmiths, this is for you!

Have a pen and paper handy during the workshop.

Free Workshops, spaces are limited so must be pre-booked
Wed 5 and 12 Aug 11.15am - 12.15pm
Booking cut off: 9am on the day of each workshop

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Crochet Social (online)

Led by Sophie Woods

Do you like to crochet? Join us for a virtual drop in session - grab your hook, grab your yarn and lets get crocheting!

This is a social session where you will have opportunity to work on your own crochet projects and meet new people at the same time. Sophie will be on hand to answer your crochet questions and will also provide a couple of pattern ideas that you can try out, if you'd like to try something new.

Experience of crochet is required, and you will need to supply your own crocheting materials/project to work on.

Wed 8 Jul and 5 Aug
6pm - 7pm
£2 per person
Booking cut off time: 4pm on the day of each event

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Acoustic Guitar (online) - Absolute Beginners

Led by Richard Lee

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? These are fun and informative online lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.


Wed 6 May - 3 Jun, 10 Jun - 8 Jul, 15 Jul - 12 Aug
7pm – 8pm
£40 per 5 week online course

  •   5 Aug
  •  12 Aug
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Acoustic Guitar (online) - Beginners (Wed)

Led by Richard Lee

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? These are fun and informative online lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Wed 6 May - 3 Jun, 10 Jun - 8 Jul, 15 Jul - 12 Aug
8.15pm – 9.15pm
£40 per 5 week course

  •   5 Aug
  •  12 Aug
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Zumba (online)

Led by Annet Bowler

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

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

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

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

Thur 23 Apr – 6 Aug
10am – 11am
£6 per class
Booking cut off time: 9am on the day of each class

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Kite Making Workshops (online)

Led by Community Kite Project

Our much-loved Kite Making Workshops are going online!

Just because we can’t be together to make and fly kites this year, it doesn’t mean the fun has to stop!

Get involved in our online Kite Making workshops across the school holidays, then see your creation take to the sky at your local park – don’t forget to send us a photo or video!

The workshops are led by specialist kite makers, Community Kite Project.

In these online sessions our practitioners will guide you through the process of making a Japanese Sode Kite.

Join us via Zoom to make and decorate your kite to stand out in the sky!

Each ticket includes access to the live, online workshop and everything you need to make and fly your kite! All you will need are pens to decorate your creation.

Suitable for ages 4+ years.

Thur 23 Jul - 13 Aug
11am - 11.45am
£10 per kite (includes materials - packs must be collected from Norden Farm)
Booking cut off time: Tickets must be booked by Tuesday (end of day) before each Thursday workshop.
Kite packs can be collected from the gate at Norden Farm between 4pm – 5pm on the Wednesday before each Thursday workshop.

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Acoustic Guitar (online) - Beginners (Thurs)

Led by Richard Lee

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? These are fun and informative online lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Thur 7 May - 4 Jun, Thur 11 Jun - 9 Jul, Thur 16 Jul - 13 Aug
7pm – 8pm
£40 per 5 week course

  •   6 Aug
  •  13 Aug
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Acoustic Guitar (online) - Intermediate (Thurs)

Led by Richard Lee

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? These are fun and informative online lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Thur 7 May - 4 Jun, Thur 11 Jun - 9 Jul, Thur 16 Jul - 13 Aug
8.15pm – 9.15pm
£40 per 5 week course

  •   6 Aug
  •  13 Aug
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Chill Club – Yoga for ages 5 - 11 years (online)

Led by Carly Brown

Yoga sessions designed for primary school aged children.

We will cover lots of different yoga poses in a fun and gentle way. Using our imaginations, we will look at how nature and wildlife inspires many yoga poses and exercises, lion breath for courage, tree pose for strength, cat pose for flexibility for example.

We will then take a short savasana (blanket time) to classical piano music. This resting time allows all the work and play to settle into the children’s bodies and brains. Each session will finish with a poem or reading.

You will need one yoga mat and one blanket each.

Suitable for ages 5 - 11 years.

31 Jul - 14 Aug
10.30am – 11am
£22.50 per 3 week term or £8 per session
Booking cut off time: 9am on the day of each session

We want everyone to be safe while practising yoga at home so please ensure that all children are wearing appropriate clothing and footwear and that you have suitable space to move in and have cleared the space of any potential hazards.

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Digi Den - Summer Sessions (online)

Led by DJ Mhlanga

The digital arts club!

Reconnect with the Digi Den community via weekly Zoom workshops. Share your creativity, explore music and film editing!

You will need: Paper to draw or write on and any pencils, pens or art supplies you may like to use. The project will adapt to incorporate any other supplies individuals may have.

Suitable for School Years 7 - 13.

Fri 31 Jul - 21 Aug
5.15pm - 6.45pm
£32 per 4 week term
Booking cut off time: Friday 31 July 12pm

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Creative Arts Social Club (online)

Led by professional artists Amelia Pimlott and Caroline Crawford.

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

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

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

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


Mon 13 Jul - 10 Aug: Natural World 1

Led by Amelia Pimlott

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


Mon 17 Aug - 21 Sept: Natural World 2

Led by Caroline Crawford

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

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Kayleigh's Crafts - One Man Band! Musical Instruments (online)

Led by Kayleigh Galvin

Join Kayleigh online for weekly creative crafts throughout the summer holiday!

You can find your materials list through the link below, including some optional extra’s to take your craft to the next level!

Suitable for ages 4+ years

Monday 10 August
10.30am - 11.15am
£5 per session
Booking cut off time: 9am on the day of each session

Upcoming crafts include:

  • Mon 27 Jul – Make Your Own Fantasy Castle
  • Mon 3 Aug – Out of this World Lava Lamp
  • Mon 17 Aug – Slime City!

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Magic & Storytelling with Patrick Ashe (online)

Enjoy interactive stories online via Zoom - with an added magical twist!

Alongside the stories, Patrick will show you how the magic works and teach a trick or two. But because Patrick is in the magic circle you must promise to keep the secrets!

Keep an eye out for details about each week's stories and what you'll need for each trick!

Suitable for ages 5+ years.

Tues 4 Aug - Paddington Bear

For the trick, you will need:
Some paper that they can scrunch up into a ball and a coin

This session will be fun for you and your little ones, please support where necessary and ensure that children are always supervised during the class.

Tues 5 May - 18 Aug (exc 28 Jul)
1.30pm - 2pm
£5 per session
Booking cut off time: 12pm on the day of each session

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Joanna MacGregor - piano (livestream)

A live streamed event from Norden Farm.

Rameau Le Rappel des Oiseaux
Couperin Les Fauvettes Plaintives
Ravel Oiseaux Tristes
Rameau La Poule
Bach French Suite no.5
Nina Simone Little Girl Blue, Good Bait
Three Brazilian Songs Canto Triste, Insensatez, Canto de Ossanha
Satie Gnossiennes Nos. 1, 3 and 5
Piazzolla Five Tangos


It is always a pleasure to welcome back Joanna MacGregor, a long-term supporter of Norden Farm, who was recently appointed CBE for her wide-ranging services to music. Her brilliantly devised programme takes us through a kaleidoscope of French pieces, dance music by Bach at his most radiant and a colourful array of Latin American music.

Joanna will introduce the programme from the Courtyard stage. Sit back and enjoy!

Live streamed via the Norden Farm website
£15 per household
Booking cut off time: Tuesday 11 August 7pm
(If you book after 5pm on the day, you will find the details to access the live stream below and in your confirmation email)

Running time approximately 45 minutes, 10 minute interval, 45 minutes

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Art Themen - sax (livestream)

An evening of jazz, live from the Courtyard stage and programmed by the late Pat Kelly.

A live streamed event from Norden Farm. A musician whose style and humour creates great jazz. Art is supported by a rhythm section acclaimed at every gig: Alex Hutton (piano), Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums).

WHY? Art fronted the Stan Tracey quartet for over 20 years and is winner of a British Jazz Award for tenor sax

Live streamed via the Norden Farm website
£15 per household
Booking cut off time: Friday 14 August 7.30pm
(If you book after 5pm on the day, you will find the details to access the live stream below and in your confirmation email)

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Big Dog, Little Dog: Parent & Child Yoga (online)

Led by Carly Brown

A class for parents/carers and their children. Connect and bond through movement and breath. Learn yoga postures, a gentle bedtime yoga sequence, meditations based on popular fairy tales and relaxation techniques. No previous yoga experience needed.

You will need one yoga mat (per pair) and one blanket each.

Suitable for ages 4 – 8 years, must be accompanied by an adult.

Sunday 12 Jul and 16 Aug
10am – 10.45am
£12 per pair (1 adult and 1 child)
Booking cut off time: 4pm on the Friday before each class

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Dance Week: Dancing from my Sofa (online)

Led by Charlie Dixon

Dance week is an energetic creative dance course over 5 days, led by Charlie Dixon a local dance teacher and choreographer.

This jam-packed week will give young people the opportunity to take part in contemporary dance technique class, choreography workshops and participate in designing and crafting a brand new dance film - Dancing from my Sofa

Dancing from My Sofa is inspired by our current situation and how we’ve all learnt to adapt over the last few months. So, come a get creative with our epic new dance on film project based around your very own sofa/settee/couch/armchair or chaise lounge!

This course is open level course for dancers with mixed abilities, and great opportunity to build on existing skills in a friendly creative atmosphere from the comfort of your own home.

Suitable for ages 8+ years.

Mon 17 - 21 Aug
10am - 1pm
£80 (£75 Advantage Card holders)
Booking cut off time: Fri 14 Aug 5pm


Advantage Card holder tickets can be booked online using the code ADVANTAGE and entering your advantage card number when prompted.


The schedule includes:

  • Daily Contemporary Dance technique workshop sessions
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Travel sequences and phrases
  • Creative tasks including solo, duets and group tasks
  • Choreography and rehearsal sessions
  • Creation of Dancing from My Sofa short film

We want everyone to be safe while practising dance at home so please ensure that all children are wearing appropriate clothing and footwear and that you have suitable space to move in and have cleared the space of any potential hazards.

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Kayleigh's Crafts - Slime City! (online)

Led by Kayleigh Galvin

Join Kayleigh online for weekly creative crafts throughout the summer holiday!

You can find your materials list through the link below, including some optional extra’s to take your craft to the next level!

Suitable for ages 4+ years

Monday 17 August
10.30am - 11.15am
£5 per session
Booking cut off time: 9am on the day of each session

Upcoming crafts include:

  • Mon 27 Jul – Make Your Own Fantasy Castle
  • Mon 3 Aug – Out of this World Lava Lamp
  • Mon 10 Aug – One Man Band! Musical Instruments

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Zen Drawing (online)

Led by Amanda Schenk

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

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

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

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

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

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