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Hot Desk at the Farm

Looking for somewhere different to work? Need a break from your usual desk? Rent a co-working space in the 18th century farmhouse at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead.

For £40 per desk per day (+ VAT) you can expect:

• A desk space in a co-working office in a creative environment
• Available from 11am to 10pm Tuesday to Saturday
• Free WiFi
• Free parking and bike racks
• On site Café and Bar – for breaks or business meetings
• Access to tea and coffee making facilities
• 3 workstations available

This is a unique working environment, a place where you can network with other creatives.

There’s on site entertainment every day (cinema, gigs, comedy) and bookable meeting spaces including the atmospheric Long Barn which holds up to 80 people.

So if you need a break from your normal working day, become part of the vibrant community at Norden Farm.

Just book your spot online and turn up!

Covid safety:
Our co-working spaces are located in the Farmhouse. So that the room can be sanitised between each use, the booking cut off for a Hot Desk is 9pm the night before.
Hand sanitiser stations can be found at each entrance to the building and at other points throughout the venue. Please use the sanitiser on arrival.
You can read more Covid safety information here.

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Studio Art Club

Led by Helen Ridley

We are delighted to offer our brand new drawing and painting class this Autumn - the Studio Art Club.

Every two weeks on Thursday from 11am - 2pm you will join local artist Helen Ridley to explore your inner artist.

Helen will demonstrate a range of techniques and materials, from watercolour and gouache to pencils and pastels.

Each session will explore a different theme with a range of references to choose from, giving you the opportunity to explore and experiment.

The Studio is open to all abilities and you will need to bring your own materials, please see details listed below:

Materials
● Watercolour paints
● Watercolour brushes
● Gouache paints
● Coloured pencils
● Coloured Pastels
● Watercolour paper
● Sketchbook to plan compositions and colour palettes

Mixed media paper will be available

The Studio Art Club runs from Thur 8 Sept every 2 weeks on the dates below.

Thur 8 Sept, 22 Sept, 6 Oct, 20 Oct, 3 Nov, 17 Nov
11am - 2pm
£25 per session | £120 per 6 week term

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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!

Thur 8 Sept - 15 Dec
11.30am – 12.30pm
£6 per class
Classes on Thursday 24 November and Thursday 1 December will be led by Carla Leech

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

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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

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The Band of the Household Cavalry - Open Rehearsal

An open rehearsal from the 42 piece Mounted Band of the Household Cavalry. Watch the band rehearse for upcoming engagements.

The Band of the Household Cavalry is a British Army band which ceremonially serves the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. The HCMR Band is the largest symphonic wind band in the British Army.

This is a free event but donations to the Norden Farm Centre Trust are welcomed, these can be made during the basket process.

Thursday 6 October
11.30am – 12.30pm

Please note that this date is subject to change.

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John Percy, Small Works (1988 - 2019)

In this exhibition Maidenhead painter John Percy brings together many smaller works made over a long period and not previously seen together.

His abstract work explores process from various starting points, the choices available, decisions made, chance events, the sensitive dependence on initial conditions and the precarious balance necessary between order and disorder in the modern world.

His paintings are not pictures of something. They are works that are enigmatic, contemplative objects, carrying a certain poetic power and, at the same time, something that is a statement of personal ideals and an expression of his sense of beauty in the apparent chaos around us.

There will be a Meet the Artist session on Saturday 10 September and a one day Open Studio at his home studio in Maidenhead on Sunday 11 September.

Norden Farm Gallery

Thursday 8 September - Saturday 15 October

5pm - 10pm

Entry is Free

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (C)

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 lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Thur 8 Sept - 6 Oct, Thur 13 Oct - 17 Nov (exc 27 Oct), Thur 3 Nov - 22 Dec
7pm - 8pm
£40 per 5 week course
Booking cut off time: 6pm on the first day of each 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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Sari Schorr - Back to LA tour

From her humble beginnings, working the music scene in the legendary fierce South Bronx of New York and on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, to live performances at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hal, alongside TV shows like Conan O’Brian.

New York based Sari Schorr initially gained prominence throughout the blues world after several years of touring the US and Europe with Blues legend, Joe Louis Walker and renowned guitarist, Popa Chubby. Schorr was recently inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame.

In Memphis in January 2015, a chance meeting with legendary record producer Mike Vernon (Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Peter Green) moved Sari’s career in a more exciting direction. Within 5 minutes of hear Sari sing he offered to produce Sari’s debut record. Through Mike’s connection Sari was immediately signed to the UK’s leading Rock/Blues label – Manhaton Records.

In the last four years Sari formed her own band, and toured extensively throughout the USA and Europe. She has been described by many music pundits as a modern-day hybrid of Janis Joplin and Tina Turner - a red-hot rock singer who radiates emotional intensity, connects with and inspires her audiences, and leaves a lasting impression that’s larger than life.

'Spellbinding' National Rock Review

'Games changing' Classic Rock Magazine

'Remarkable talent' Powerplay Magazine

'Sheer perfection' Fireworks Magazine

Supported by Eddy Smith. Eddy has been making his mark on the UK Americana scene. He plays a blend of various Americana styles, such as Blues, Folk, Country and Rock.

'A sure hand with southern-fried Soul' Blues In Britain

'The soul in Eddy’s voice is where I want music to be at' Huey Morgan, BBC 6 Music

Courtyard Theatre
£16

Sari's website

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Tango

Led by Tango Journey

Tango is a social dance. All across the country people gather in village halls to socialise and dance to the music of 1930s/40s Buenos Aires.

The course is suitable for beginners and for those that want to refresh the fundamentals of the dance. You will learn how to dance with a partner, with the music and within a group.

You will learn a little about the history and culture of tango and you will be given music and film clips to enjoy at home. Above all you will have fun!

Thur 8 Sept - 6 Oct, 27 Oct - 24 Nov
8pm - 9pm
£12 per session or £50 per 5 week course

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Acoustic Guitar - Intermediate

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? It is never too late to learn. Learn guitar right from the beginning. These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Thur 8 Sept - 6 Oct, Thur 13 Oct - 17 Nov (exc 27 Oct), Thur 3 Nov - 22 Dec
8.30pm - 9.30pm
£40 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

Suitable for 18+ years.

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Little Wrigglers (Fridays)

Led by Rachel Walsh

A thrilling, energetic and creative dance class. Explore imaginative themes and adventures through dance, song and mime.

Fri 16 Sept - 16 Dec (exc 28 Oct, 4 and 18 Nov)
11am – 11.45am
£6 | £4.50 siblings (over 2 years) | £20 for 4 sessions a term

Suitable for ages 2+ years.

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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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.

Fri 9 Sept - 28 Oct (exc 30 Sept), Fri 4 Nov - 16 Dec
£10 per session, or £49 per 7 week course
11am - 12.15pm

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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A Basic Introduction to Clay (Coiling)

Led by Helen D Evans

The intention is to spend 3 weeks creating a series of hand formed work out of clay and spend the final week decorating your work with underglazes. Your work will then be clear glazed, fired and then collected from Norden Farm.

We will be trying out a different technique each week and hope to have at least 3 pieces of work by the end of the course.

An outline of the 4 week course:
Week 1: An introduction to the basics of Pinch Pots and attaching coils
Week 2: Using coils for decoration
Week 3: Upside down coiling
Week 4: Decorating your work with Underglazes

The price includes: Clay, use of tools, Underglazes and Glazes and firing work. All work will be fired to Earthenware.

You may want to bring with you:
A cloth to wipe your hands on
An apron
Any clay tools you may have

After the course.
Norden Farm will notify you regarding the collection of your work

Fri 7 Oct - Fri 28 Oct
11am - 1pm
£96 per 4 week course

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Motherland Voices with Tsungai Tsikirai

Tsungai Tsikirai, a Zimbabwean born singer, songwriter and performing artist who has lived in Maidenhead for the past eighteen years.

Her show, Motherland Voices is all about sharing Southern African music and dance performances in an effort to promote her African heritage and encourage others to celebrate theirs.

In this performance which features artists and musicians she has worked with since relocating to England, Tsungai has promised to use music as a tool to break barriers, promote physical and mental wellness and inspire the future generation through high energy performances.

Tsungai says 'Motherland Voices, is a personal journey that she want to use to encourage individuals to celebrate their culture.'

This musical journey is inspired by the sounds of African queens that have graced international stages, on whose shoulders many, including Tsungai Tsikirai stand. The music brings back childhood memories, of summer nights in her ambuya's (grandmother's) hut with it's thatched roof, warm fire and the smell of peanut butter porridge. Lullabies were sung by ambuya at night, after a long day at the fields. These lullabies are the sounds of the motherland that have been and are still a part of her journey and ultimately her music.

As never seen before, Tsungai brings you the rich African music and dances from her childhood. This is her story.

You will enjoy the Zimbabwean cultural music and dance as prepared and performed by Tsungai Tsikirai and her live band.

Please note that this event will be filmed and photographed.

Courtyard Theatre
£20 | £12 Under 16s

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Keith James in concert: The Songs of Leonard Cohen

‘There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in’ Cohen’s most memorable and visionary line from his song ANTHEM.

If ever there was a sentence in modern poetry to reflect on and give hope and understanding to us all, it is this line. This Concert begins with ANTHEM.

Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, wry humour and the courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the stroke of each word.

The chilling announcement of Leonard's death marked the end of an era. His music befriended an entire generation. Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognize our own fragility. Our World misses him very much.

With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Keith has performed an extensive tour of this concert in Theatres and Arts Centres across the UK, giving almost 500 concerts – close to 150,000 people. This has proved to be one of the greatest honours in Keith James’ 40 year career. Keith lives in Powys, Wales and sometimes in Andalusia, Spain.

Included in the concert are Cohen’s well-known songs: Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne, and Hallelujah alongside his rarer and profound writing such as Who by Fire, Joan of Arc and Secret Life. Also included are songs from his posthumous album Thanks for the Dance such as What happens to the Heart and Keith’s dramatic performances based on the work of Federico Garcia Lorca – Cohen’s greatest influence. Keith has also transcribed into song one of Leonard’s poems from his collection ‘Book of longing’ written whilst on retreat during the 1990s.

‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent

‘Good work! Glad you are keeping Leonard’s songs alive’ Sylvie Simmons, Biographer – The Life of Leonard Cohen

‘Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’ Sunday Times

‘An elegant and beautifully crafted reinterpretation of a great Artist’s words’ BBC Radio Scotland

‘Certainly the UK’s most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music’ The Guardian

‘All the tears of time are shed in a few brief lines’ Times Literary Supplement

‘A sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves’ Acoustic Magazine

Studio
£18

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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

Sat 10 Sept - 10 Dec (exc 29 Oct, 12 Nov, 19 Nov)
£11 per session | £99 for the 11 week term
10am – 11am

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

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Creative Mindfulness For Children (Aged for 4-7 years)

Led by Stella Chenery

Children will learn to:
• Recognise and understand feelings, thoughts and emotions
• Focus the mind
• Cultivate kindness and compassion towards themselves and others
• Relax and calm their minds and bodies
• Express their feelings

Through creative activities, art, sound, stories, meditations, visualizations and discussion.

Suitable for ages 4 - 7 years.

Sat 10 Sept, 8 Oct, 5 Nov, 17 Dec
11am - 11.45am
£10 per child, per session

Please note that children need to be accompanied to and from the workshop space but not during the session and you are not required to stay on site. However, you will need to complete an emergency contact form with our DBS checked tutor before the session begins.

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Paint Land or Seascapes on small watercolour paper

Led by Jo Hall

Bring a photo reference from a holiday by the sea or of the countryside and complete two or three small paintings in watercolour; these may be as small as three by four inches up to about five by seven inches or similar square formats.

This really hones your skills in composition and simplifying subject matter.

Materials - please bring the following
Watercolours pan or tube, brushes, palette, water pots, paper towel, small sponge, pencil
Drawing board, block of wood about 2 x 2 x 6 inches to tilt the board (may be better than a table easel for this workshop), masking tape
Watercolour paper - hot or cold pressed surface and about 300gsm, or small Khadi paper.
If you are bringing quarter size watercolour paper or A3 please bring a 12 inch ruler to mark out the painting areas.
There is no need to purchase small papers especially for the workshop.

Some paper will be available at cost from the tutor including some handmade Indian paper (Khadi).

Additional photo reference will also be available.

Sat 8 Oct
11am - 4pm
£40

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Creative Mindfulness For Children (Aged 8 - 11 years)

Led by Stella Chenery

Children will learn to:
• Recognise and understand feelings, thoughts and emotions
• Focus the mind
• Cultivate kindness and compassion towards themselves and others
• Relax and calm their minds and bodies
• Express their feelings

Through creative activities, art, sound, stories, meditations, visualizations and discussion.

Suitable for ages 8 - 11 years.

Sat 10 Sept, 8 Oct, 5 Nov, 17 Dec
12pm - 12.45pm
£10 per child, per session

Please note that children need to be accompanied to and from the workshop space but not during the session and you are not required to stay on site. However, you will need to complete an emergency contact form with our DBS checked tutor before the session begins.

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Creative Mindfulness For Children (Aged 12 - 15 years)

Led by Stella Chenery

Participants will learn to:
• Recognise and acknowledge feelings
• Create healthy coping strategies for their emotions, stresses and anxieties
• Slow down the busy mind and improve focus & concentration
• Cultivate compassion for others & kindness for themselves
• Boost confidence and self esteem
• Build positive relationships with others
• Bring mindfulness into their everyday lives

Through the use of mindfulness techniques, meditations, discussion, creative activities and art. Art ability is not important - all activities are focused on the process of creating as a mindful and relaxing practise rather than the end result.

Suitable for ages 12 - 15 years.

Sat 10 Sept, 8 Oct, 5 Nov, 17 Dec
1pm - 2pm
£10 per child, per session

Please note that children need to be accompanied to and from the workshop space but not during the session and you are not required to stay on site. However, you will need to complete an emergency contact form with our DBS checked tutor before the session begins.

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Purple Zeppelin

The Ultimate Rock Tribute Show!

As featured in the BBC TV documentary The Joy of the Guitar Riff, Purple Zeppelin are proud to pay tribute to Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin.

In a 'full on' show with costume changes, you’ll hear more than 30 classic songs – basically the best bits, all of the time, as Purple Zeppelin take you back to the magic, the excitement and the sheer raw energy generated by those incredible musicians.

The accent is firmly on entertainment with Ritchie Blackmore’s on stage antics, Jimmy Page’s twin neck Guitar and Theremin, and a very special Violin Bow Solo!

Come and experience the excitement of Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin in one mesmerising show!

Courtyard Theatre
£18

Purple Zeppelin's Website.
@PurpleZeppelin1
@nordenfarm

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The Vinyl Frontier - The Whole Story by Kate Bush

Some artists were made for a Greatest Hits compilation and for the first time ever The Vinyl Frontier checks out an entire greatest hits album - in this case The Whole Story by Kate Bush.

From Wuthering Heights to Running up that Hill we’ll hear the stories and songs behind all of her biggest tunes 1977-1986.

Studio
£10

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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.

Tues 6 Sept – 11 Oct (exc 4 Oct), 18 Oct – 22 Nov (exc 25 Oct), 29 Nov – 20 Dec
12pm - 1pm
£12 per class | £60 per 6 week course | £50 per 5 week course | £40 per 4 week course

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

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Painting textures with Ink, Charcoal and Watercolour

Led by Jo Hall

Exciting textures can be made when charcoal and ink are used together. Taking inspiration for subject matter from sheds, derelicts and ancient sites, we’ll add watercolour into the mix and explore granulation and other texturing techniques including the use of sea salt and bubble wrap. An element of collage may be included for additional interest.


Please bring the following materials:
Charcoal, India Ink, pen, watercolour brushes, watercolour paints and palette
Cold pressed watercolour paper weight 300gsm or heavier, cartridge paper or sketchbook
Drawing board, block to tilt the board or table easel
Water pots, masking tape or clips to hold paper, paper towel
Small natural sponge if you have one

Reference will be provided for week 1.

Some paper will be available from the tutor at cost.

Tues 6 Sept - 18 Oct(exc 4 Oct)
12.30pm - 3.30pm
£120 per 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.

Tues 6 Sept – 11 Oct (exc 4 Oct), 18 Oct – 22 Nov (exc 25 Oct), 29 Nov – 20 Dec
1.30pm - 2.30pm
£12 per class | £60 per 6 week course | £50 per 5 week course | £40 per 4 week course

Suitable for 18+ years.

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

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My Childhood, My Country: 20 Years in Afghanistan (15)

Dir: Phil Grabsky, Shoaib Sharifi 2021 | 90 mins

A real-life epic of boyhood and manhood – filmed across twenty years in one of the most embattled corners of the globe.

When the filmmakers first meet Mir, he is a mischievous boy of eight. Now he is 27 years old, with children of his own – and a fledgling career as a news cameraman.

Mir lived through 9/11, when his homeland became ground zero in the war on terror. He has subsequently lived through the unsuccessful war against the Taliban – who have now regained power.

He has never lived in a nation at peace.

Mir and his family form a portrait of embattled Afghanistan that no other film has ever captured. War, politics, poverty, and heartbreak – all seen from the level of a child frolicking in a muddy, bullet-laden pool, playing soccer on a dirt pitch and forgoing school to work to support his family.

The innocence and optimism of Mir contrasts with contemporary news footage. After more than a trillion dollars spent by 40 countries, and countless lives lost, was the cost worth it – for Mir and the world? The film lets the viewer decide.

‘A remarkable, moving, and gripping film told with great intimacy’ Film Week

‘An emotionally gripping film about a boy becoming a man amidst Afghanistan's war’ ★★★★ Movie Blogger

£10.50 | £9.50 conc

Talking Tables
The screening on Tues 11 Oct at 2pm is a Talking Tables screening. These events aim to bring people together in a relaxed environment to discuss films, share ideas and most importantly - to meet new people! It is particularly aimed at people coming to Norden Farm on their own, but all are welcome. To take part, simply book in to see the screening, then join the group in the foyer before and after the film.

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (A)

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 lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Tues 6 Sept - 4 Oct, Tues 11 Oct - 15 Nov (exc 25 Oct), Tues 22 Nov - 20 Dec
7pm - 8pm
£40 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

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Norden Farm Choir

Led by Rob Castell

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!

Tues 20 Sept - 29 Nov (exc 25 Oct)
7.30pm – 9pm
£10 per session | £90 per 10 week term

Norden Farm Summer Choir
Led by Tabitha Beavan
19 Jul - 16 Aug (5 week course) - click here to book

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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National Theatre Live: Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare

directed by Simon Godwin

Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd) and John Heffernan (Dracula) lead the cast in Shakespeare’s romcom of sun, sea and mistaken identity.

The legendary family-run Hotel Messina on the Italian Riveria has been visited by artists, celebrities and royalty. But when the owner’s daughter weds a dashing young soldier, not all guests are in the mood for love.

A string of scandalous deceptions soon surround not only the young couple, but also the adamantly single Beatrice and Benedick.

Following the award-winning success of National Theatre Live’s Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night and Antony and Cleopatra, director Simon Godwin returns with this irresistible comedy, broadcast live from the National Theatre stage.

Courtyard Theatre
£16

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Little Wrigglers (Wednesdays)

Led by Rachel Walsh

A thrilling, energetic and creative dance class. Explore imaginative themes and adventures through dance, song and mime.

Suitable for ages 2+ years.

Wed 14 Sept - 14 Dec (exc 26 Oct and 2 Nov)
10am – 10.45am
£6 | £4.50 siblings (over 2 years) | £20 for 4 sessions a term

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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Japanese Calligraphy Workshop

Led by Eiko Ishida

This workshop is perfect for those who are interested in trying something new and learning traditional Japanese art. Let's spend meditative and self-expressive artsy afternoon together!

During this workshop, we will go over the basics of Japanese calligraphy, including:
How to hold and control the brush
The structure and meaning of Japanese characters
Basic brush techniques
Expressing yourself with the brush and ink
Everybody is welcome – no calligraphy experience or Japanese language skills are necessary

Wed 12 Oct
10am - 1pm
£48

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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.

Summer
Wed 15 Jun - 20 Jul, Wed 27 Jul - 17 Aug
11am - 12.15pm
£10 per session, £28 per 4 week course, £35 per 5 week course, £42 per 6 week course

Autumn
Wed 14 Sept - 26 Oct, Wed 2 Nov - 14 Dec
11am - 12.15pm
£10 per session | £49 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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Crafternoons

Led by Kayleigh Robinson.

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.

Wed 14 Sept Polymer Clay Beads
Wed 21 Sept Macramé
Wed 28 Sept Felting
Wed 5 Oct Autumn Wreath
Wed 12 Oct Embroidery
Wed 19 Oct Plant Pot
Wed 26 Oct Ceramic Pumpkin
Wed 2 Nov Petal/Leaf Jar
Wed 9 Nov Bird Feeder
Wed 16 Nov Canvas Painting
Wed 23 Nov Marbled Vases
Wed 30 Nov Christmas Card
Wed 7 Dec Christmas Wreath
Wed 14 Dec Christmas Ornament
Wed 21 Dec Snow Globe

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

Suitable for ages 60+ years.
Wed 22 Jun - 24 Aug, Wed 7 Sept – 21 Dec
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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Official Competition (15)

Dir: Gastón Duprat 2022 | 115 mins

Lola Cuevas (Penélope Cruz) is an independent cinema darling and Cannes Palme d’Or-winning filmmaker. She is approached by ageing, ailing business mogul Humberto Suárez (José Luis Gómez) to make a film. He hopes it will be his legacy for the world.

Intended as an adaptation of a much-loved literary work, Lola has more experimental intentions than some turgid piece of heritage cinema. She casts acclaimed but stiflingly snobbish actor Ivan Torres (Oscar Martínez) against handsome but superficial screen icon Felix Rivero (Antonio Banderas), believing that the inevitable tension between the two can only help the film’s dynamic.

A sharp filmmaking satire skewering wealth, art and pride.

‘An uproarious comedy that’s also deliciously well-performed’ ★★★★★ The Daily Telegraph

‘It’s a very funny film, sending-up human absurdities without being too mean’ ★★★★ The Guardian

£10.50 | £9.50 conc

Socially Distanced Screening
The screening on Wed 5 Oct at 8pm 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.

Talking Tables
The screening on Tues 4 Oct at 8pm is a Talking Tables screening. These events aim to bring people together in a relaxed environment to discuss films, share ideas and most importantly - to meet new people! It is particularly aimed at people coming to Norden Farm on their own, but all are welcome. To take part, simply book in to see the screening, then join the group in the foyer before and after the film.

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Norden Farm Youth Theatre (Junior)

Led by Little Tanks Ltd

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 ages 7 - 11 years

'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

Wed 21 Sept - 30 Nov (exc 26 Oct)
4.55pm - 5.55pm
£85 per 10 week term

  •  12 Oct
  •  19 Oct
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Norden Farm Youth Theatre (Senior)

Led by Little Tanks Ltd

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 ages 12 - 16 years

'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

Wed 21 Sept - 30 Nov (exc 26 Oct)
6pm - 7.30pm
£120 per 10 week term

  •  12 Oct
  •  19 Oct
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Acoustic Guitar - Absolute 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? It is never too late to learn. Learn guitar right from the beginning. These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Wed 7 Sept - 5 Oct, Wed 12 Oct - 16 Nov (exc 26 Oct), Wed 23 Nov - 21 Dec
7pm - 8pm
£40 per 5 week course

Suitable for 18+ years.

SOLD OUT
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Griff Rhys-Jones: Work in Progress

Join the star of Not The Nine O’Clock News, Smith & Jones, and Three Men In A Boat as he returns to the stage with an hour of stories, anecdotes, reminiscences and outright lies – all in the name of comedy.

Age guidance 16+ years.

Studio
£15

  •  12 Oct SOLD OUT
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Paul Chowdhry – Tour Warm up (work in progress)

The stand-up comedy powerhouse and star of Taskmaster and Live at The Apollo warms up for his new tour Family Friendly Comedian.

Courtyard Theatre
£15


Paul's website

@paulchowdhry
@nordenfarm

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (B)

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 lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Wed 7 Sept - 5 Oct, Wed 12 Oct - 16 Nov (exc 26 Oct), Wed 23 Nov - 21 Dec
8.30pm - 9.30pm
£40 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

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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It Snows in Benidorm (15)

Dir: Isabel Coixet 2020 | 117 mins

Timothy Spall stars as Peter. He has worked all his life at a Manchester bank until he is unexpectedly awarded an early retirement.

Peter decides to finally visit his brother Daniel in Benidorm. But when he arrives at the resort, he discovers that Daniel has disappeared.

While searching for his brother, Peter goes on a journey of his own.

£10.50 | £9.50 conc

Socially Distanced Screening
The screening on Fri 14 Oct at 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: Aida

Sung in Italian with English subtitles | 205 mins

Love and duty collide and nations clash in Verdi’s political drama, starring Elena Stikhina and conducted by Antonio Pappano.

Princess Aida has been kidnapped: a valuable prize in a war between Egypt and Ethiopia. Meanwhile, the ambitious soldier Radames wrestles with his feelings for her. As they draw closer together, each must make an agonising choice between their loyalty to home, and their love for each other.

In this new production, director Robert Carsen situates Verdi’s large-scale political drama within a contemporary world, framing its power struggles and toxic jealousies in the apparatus of a modern, totalitarian state. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts Verdi’s glorious, monumental score.

£16

A co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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Strictly Movie Musicals

The story of The Hollywood Musical.

Award winning singer Robert Habermann tells the incredible story from the magical moment in 1927  when film star Al Jolson uttered the immortal words; 'You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet!' in the first talking picture - The Jazz Singer – to the kaleidoscopic Busby Berkeley musicals, starring Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler.

The show also delves into songs from the iconic Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers musicals, the Judy Garland / Mickey Rooney MGM Musicals, Gene Kelly in the iconic Singin' In The Rain, plus the beloved songs from Walt Disney's Pinocchio and Mary Poppins.

Plus songs from movies starring Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Elvis Presley and many more.

Songs include, 42nd Street, Cheek To Cheek, Over The Rainbow, True Love, The Trolley Song, The Lady Is A Tramp and It's Magic - climaxing with a medley of 20 Oscar winning songs.

Studio
£15

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Friday Night Flamenco

Led by Leticia Abella Iglesias

A great way to start the weekend - discover the rhythm and passion of Flamenco! Step into the atmosphere of Andalusia - its movements and music. Start by learning the basic steps and progress through the courses, in a relaxed and fun environment!

Fri 9 Sept - 21 Oct (exc 23 Sept and 7 Oct), Fri 28 Oct - 25 Nov, Fri 2 Dec - 23 Dec
8pm - 9pm
£12 per session | £50 per 5 week course | £40 per 4 week course

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Underwater

A dance theatre show for babies and their grown ups.

Come with us on a magical journey into the deep blue sea in this beautiful dance theatre piece, created especially for babies aged 0 - 2 years and their parents or carers.

A ballerina wakes from a dreamy sleep and finds herself in the ocean, a comforting world of blue lights and bubbles. As she explores her gorgeous new home, she meets an octopus –  and the pair quickly form a loving friendship beneath the waves, dancing a duet to a twinkling soundtrack that features some familiar melodies.

This multi-sensory show is sure to engage and stimulate your baby’s imagination – and there’s plenty for adults to enjoy too!

Studio
£20 standard (includes a baby under 2 years) | Additional under 2s £10 | Additional adults £10
Run time: 25 minutes plus a 15 minute stay and play session

Image credit: Celia Topping

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Animal Sculpting

Led by Helen D Evans

During the workshop you will be given a demonstration on making a bust of an animal or pet using a paper armature. From this you will develop your own armature and apply clay to it using slabs of clay.

This workshop is suitable for all abilities.

Cost includes clay, use of materials and x 2 firings and application of a clear glaze.

Individuals can arrange a separate session with the tutor if they would like to hand paint their work. Work will be fired to Earthenware.

Sat 15 Oct
11am - 4pm
£65 including materials

Please bring with you:
It is essential that you bring photos or drawings of your chosen animal or pet with you
An apron
Any Pottery tools you may have
Sketchbook
Pens / Pencils

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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!

Sat 10 Sept - 24 Sept
11.30am – 12.30pm
£6 per class
Classes on Saturday 1 October, 26 November and 3 December will be led by Carla Leech

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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A Great Commemorative Night at the Opera

Local excellent and well-established Windsor and Eton Opera present a concert celebrating 60 glorious years with items from their popular opera and operatic productions.

Included are fun Gilbert and Sullivan excerpts and superb opera duets and arias from excellent soloists and an award-winning chorus.

They will be ones you know and love and will want to sing along to. It also remembers their highly valued late president John Handcock who did so much for the music scene in the Borough.

Courtyard Theatre
£22

Windsor & Eton Opera's website
@nordenfarm

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Maidenhead Schools Exhibition 2022

We are delighted to present the third Maidenhead Schools: Art, Design and Photography Exhibition showcasing the work made by the students from Maidenhead schools.

The exhibition will show a wealth of talent in a range of mediums including paint, textiles and digital media. The exhibition aims to unite Maidenhead schools and colleges by celebrating the creativity and talent of our local students.

Current artwork will include work by students from Altwood CofE School, BCA and Desborough College. To register your schools' interest in our 2022 exhibition, please contact Kayleigh at kayleigh.robinson@nordenfarm.org

This exhibition is part of Farm Out, the flagship Norden Farm Arts Programme for schools funded by the Spoore, Merry and Rixman Foundation.

Artwork Credit: Gurleen Johal, BCA

Tues 18 Oct - Sat 5 Nov 5pm - 10pm

Free Entry

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Nick Helm: What Have We Become?

As the survivors of a global pandemic crawl from their fortified boltholes and begin to rebuild society, what is left of them and who amongst them dares to lead them to the light?

Join critically acclaimed and multi award-winning comedian Nick Helm as he embarks on a show so insightful, so honest, so legitimate that it will fix all of society’s problems and lead the way to a new plane of existence.

This is the future. The future is now.

As seen on Uncle (BBC Three), 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4), Live at the Apollo (BBC Two) and Nick Helm’s Heavy Entertainment (BBC Three).

Nick is a two time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, British Comedy Award winner, a BAFTA nominee and Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe winner.

‘Terrific’ ★★★★ Times

‘Triumphant’ ★★★★ List

‘A true mastermind’ ★★★★★ Ed Fest Mag

‘A true comedy daredevil’ ★★★★ Time Out

Age guidance 16+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£15

Nick Helm's Website.
@TheNickHelm
@nordenfarm

Presented by Plosive Live in association with Sophie Chapman Talent

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National Theatre Live: Jack Absolute Flies Again

by Richard Bean and Oliver Chris

based on Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals

A rollicking new comedy by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night).

After an aerial dog fight, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute flies home to win the heart of his old flame, Lydia Languish. Back on British soil, Jack’s advances soon turn to anarchy when the young heiress demands to be loved on her own, very particular, terms.

Emily Burns directs this spectacularly entertaining new version of Sheridan’s The Rivals. Featuring a cast including Caroline Quentin, Laurie Davidson, Natalie Simpson and Kelvin Fletcher.

‘One of the funniest productions in the National’s history’ Guardian on One Man, Two Guvnors

Courtyard Theatre
£16

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Floral Design Workshop

Led by Kim Wright

This floral design course is for those who are new to floral design as well as those with some experience. I will guide the learners with demonstrations followed by practical work which will give them the confidence to develop their own floral designs each week. They will be shown how to prepare flowers and foliage, how to create gifts and how to decorate a party, home or just for a pleasure.

Additional Information

Please note that the materials are not provided. Learners will need to bring their own Floristry materials such as flowers, foliage, scissors, containers and some other materials each session to be able to create their own floral design. I will advise them each month.

Wed 14 Sept 11am - 1pm
Wed 19 Oct 7pm - 9pm
Wed 16 Nov 11am - 1pm
Wed 14 Dec 7pm - 9pm

£32 per session

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Book Club

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

This season the Book Club will be reading

29 Sept - Lessons in Chemistry by Miranda Cowley
20 Oct - The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
10 Nov - Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo
15 Dec - The Bottle Factory Outing by Beryl Bainbridge

Suitable for 18+ years.

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

29 Sept, 20 Oct, 10 Nov, 15 Dec
7.30pm – 9.30pm
£5 per session (includes a glass of wine or soft drink from the bar)

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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The Handlebards - Twelfth Night

Join The HandleBards at Norden Farm for a bicycle-powered, laugh-out-loud production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

Duke Orsino is in love with Lady Olivia, but she won’t have anything to do with suitors. Viola is shipwrecked and believes her twin brother Sebastian to be dead. Meanwhile, a bunch of Olivia’s servants plot to make a fool out of her pompous butler, Malvolio. There’s drunkenness, frivolity and cross-dressing a plenty.

‘An exceptional touring production’ ★★★★★ The Stage

Courtyard Theatre
£16

The Handlebard's Website.
@handlebards
@nordenfarm

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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.

Fri 23 Sept, 21 Oct, 25 Nov, 16 Dec
7.30pm – 8.30pm
£12 per session

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Kate Bush-Ka

A celebration of the work of Kate Bush.

A stunning live performance of the sensational music of Kate Bush.

Kate Bush-Ka deliver an immersive performance of Kate’s alluring repertoire starting with the revolutionary first album The Kick Inside. The band will then take you on a journey throughout her career and across genres to deliver exciting live versions of her phenomenal hits as well as lesser known epic album tracks, such as Breathing.

Complete with authentic costumes and choreography, lead singer Kate Smith conveys a captivating rendition of this highly original and unique artist. An absolute must see for all Kate fans.

Featured on BBC Radio Berkshire, Kent and Wycombe Sound Radio, Interviewed by Debbie McGee, Victorious Festival and UK Tributes Festival.

'Kate has an uncanny resemblance to a young Kate Bush. A must-see show for all Kate Bush fans!' Debbie McGee, BBC Radio Berkshire

'A celebration of Kate’s music, is certainly was, with full costume changes and theatricality. This was as near possible to pure and honest Kate Bush' The Henley Standard

Courtyard Theatre
£22.50

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Jo Harrop and Friends

Jo Harrop is an accomplished singer on the London Jazz scene, appearing at the Royal Albert Hall, The 606 club, Pizza Express Jazz Club, amongst many other respected venues.

Having started out as a singer/songwriter, including writing a song for Acoustic Alchemy’s album, Radio Contact, which was featured on Courtney Pines, Jazz Crusade radio show, she was also a backing singer for several international stars, before establishing herself as a Jazz singer. 

Featuring Alex Hutton (piano), Jihad Darwish (bass) and drums to be announced.

'This girl was born to sing jazz, all the warmth and sensibility to melt even the chilliest of hearts' Blues & Soul Magazine

'Harrop has Excellent tone and great stage prescence' Marlbank

'Her voice is amazing, think Isaly whiskey, or tannin rich red wine - deep' Lance, Bebop Spoken Here

Studio
£16

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Jewellery Embroidery Workshop

Led by Aliona Borysenko

Welcome to the world of embroidery!

This jewellery embroidery workshop is for beginners who are new to embroidery with different materials, as well as those with some experience in embroidery with threads.

During the workshop you will practice different embroidery techniques, which will give you the confidence to create and your own embroidery designs.

In the September and October workshop's we will create bumblebee embroidery using different materials and techniques.

You will be shown how to embroider with materials such as: beads, crystals, sequins, chenille, metallic threads, bugles and other materials. You may choose to decorate your clothes and your children's clothes with the embroidery you create, or you may choose to complete your embroidery into a brooch.

Sat 24 Sept and Sat 22 Oct
11am - 4pm
£70 per workshop

Materials and instruments for one bumblebee will be provided. Participants are very welcome to bring their clothes or that they would like to decorate with.

About Aliona Borysenko:
Aliona came from Ukraine where she taught at a leading Jewellery Design School. She began sharing her knowledges in workshops and courses 12 years ago. Whilst in Ukraine, she has worked with Swarovski and Preciosa and has created designs for the likes of Coca Cola, Schwarzkopf, L’Oréal and Windows to name a few. Aliona is exited to offer embroidery workshops for beginners at Norden Farm. She also works within schools and runs workshops for children.

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Women in Rock

Returning to Norden Farm by popular demand!

From wowing audiences of up to 120,000 across the UK and Europe, Women in Rock are ready to take you on a spectacular journey through five decades of female rock music!

Featuring soaring vocals, choreography, audience interaction, striking costumes and backed by a band of world class musicians, this must-see show celebrates the phenomenal female rock songs of Cher, Blondie, Janis Joplin, Republica, Belinda Carlisle, Bonnie Tyler, P!nk, Suzi Quatro, Tina Turner & many more.

Women In Rock are guaranteed to get you on your feet. Grab your tickets and let’s get ready to sing, dance and ROCK!

‘The audience were held in reminiscent bliss from start to finish, outstanding!’ At The Theatre

‘The girls held the audience captive with their outstanding energy and vocals. Bravo Women In Rock!’ Harley Davidson (Europe)

‘Women In Rock is a must-have show for our venue, keeps our audiences on their feet like no other' Chequer Mead Theatre

Courtyard Theatre
£20

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Tad the Lost Explorer and The Curse of the Mummy (U)

Dir: Enrique Gato 2022 | 89 mins

Accident prone Tad longs to be accepted by his fellow archaeologists as one of them. But he always ends up making a mess.

When he mistakenly destroys a sarcophagus, he unleashes a spell that endangers the lives of his friends Mummy, Jeff and Belzoni.

With everyone against him and only helped by Sara, Tad embarks on a flight full of adventures. It will take him from Mexico to Chicago and from Paris to Egypt, to find a way to end the mummy’s curse.

School Holiday Family Screenings
£9 | £7 under 16s
Family & Friends (4 people) £28

Relaxed screening
The screening on Wed 26 Oct at 11am 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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The Naughty Fox

Snuggle up in a magical den with comfy creatures - Honk, Splash and TaWit TaWoo - as they teach The Naughty Fox a very important lesson: it's better to share.

Set in the magical forest, Fox goes on an adventure to learn from the Aurora that sharing is caring.

Feel your way through the immersive, multisensory journey of friendship and play for little ones and their grown-ups. Fully accessible and relaxed.

'Just seen The Naughty Fox, it's an absolute delight, a multisensory show for littleuns!' Maddie Moate, CBeebies

Experience a world of puppetry, music, light projection and bubbly energy as our two storytellers bring household objects to life.

'My eldest (3) never shares… when we got home with our naughty foxes, he kept sharing because “sharing is good mummy!” Parent feedback

The show integrates creative captions for deaf and hard of hearing audience members.

All performances are relaxed.

Age guidance 0 - 5 years.

Studio
£12 | £10 under 16s
Family and Friends (4 people) £40

Produced by Toucan Theatre.
Supported by Arts Council England and Stage One.
Originally supported by The Marlowe, Canterbury.
Image credit: Caleb Simmons - Illustrator

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In the Window, Through the Window

Led by Jo Hall

Many artists have taken inspiration from windows and views through them. This course will reference some of these, providing ideas for your own compositions. Reference material will be provided by the tutor and you will also be encouraged to work from your own sketches or photos.

Please bring drawing materials and either pastels or watercolours as outlined in the information below:
Watercolour paints, brushes, palette and water potsor pastels
Watercolour (cold pressed, 300gsm) or pastel paper (at least A3 size)
Cartridge paper or sketchbook
Table easel (best for pastel) or block to tilt board will be fine for watercolour
Drawing board, paper towel, tape or clips to attach paper
Some paper will be available from the tutor

Reference for the first week will be supplied and you will be encouraged to bring your own for subsequent weeks. It is always best to work from your own sketches and photos.

Tues Oct 25 - Nov 29
12.30pm - 3.30pm
£120 per 6 week course

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See How They Run (12A)

Dir: Tom George 2022 | 98 mins

The West End of London, 1950s. Plans for a movie version of a smash-hit play come to an abrupt halt after a pivotal member of the crew is murdered.

World-weary Inspector Stoppard and eager rookie Constable Stalker take on the case. The two find themselves thrown into a puzzling whodunit within the glamorously sordid theatre underground. Investigating the mysterious homicide at their own peril.

Stars Saoirse Ronan and Sam Rockwell.

‘Everything works a charm – and the delightfully playful tone of it keeps things nice and frothy’ ★★★★ Entertainment

£10.50 | £9.50 conc

Talking Tables
The screening on Tues 25 Oct at 8pm is a Talking Tables screening. These events aim to bring people together in a relaxed environment to discuss films, share ideas and most importantly - to meet new people! It is particularly aimed at people coming to Norden Farm on their own, but all are welcome. To take part, simply book in to see the screening, then join the group in the foyer before and after the film.

Relaxed screening
The screening on Tues 25 Oct at 2pm 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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Spy Monkey

A new comedy dance film featuring popular characters from the Indian epic, the Ramayana, including interaction with the cast – live, at your venue!

Princess Sita is missing. Rumours are afoot that the dastardly ten-headed King Ravana has something to do with her disappearance. But he better watch out, as Hanuman, a brave and intrepid Monkey Intelligence Officer, is embarking on a treacherous mission determined to locate Sita and deliver a top-secret message that promises to foil Ravana’s wicked plans.

Spy Monkey is a fun movie experience specially designed for young audiences, with a difference! Meet the Spy Monkey film characters, uncover a secret trail and participate in Hip Hop and contemporary South Asian dance workshops.

Intrigued? Slip on your spy glasses, bring your dancing feet and uncover some juicy information about the Diwali story!

Age guidance 4+ years.

Presented by ATMA Dance.

Studio
£12 | £10 under 16s
Family and Friends (4 people) £40
Run time 75 mins

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Saltlines - The Gigspanner Big Band & Raynor Winn

An inspiring and compelling collaboration between bestselling author Raynor Winn (The Salt Path) and folk-roots supergroup The Gigspanner Big Band, which features some of the biggest names on the folk scene.

Together they will celebrate the beauty, stories and traditions of the South West Coast Path in old songs with their origins in the South-West, and new words… words which have been written by Raynor especially for this production.

Beginning life as a trio formed by legendary Steeleye Span fiddle player Peter Knight, the line-up has been expanded to form the Gigspanner Big Band, with acclaimed multi-instrumental duo Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin - BBC Folk Awards Best Duo) and Bellowhead co-founder and melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers, joining the fray.

'What a fabulous team they make, together producing a startlingly new musical form with few, if any, antecedents. The flights of musical fancy are staggering in their natural invention' Fatea Magazine

Courtyard Theatre
£27.50

Saltlines website

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Royal Opera House Live: La bohème

Sung in Italian with English subtitles | 180 mins

Puccini's opera of passion, friendship and heartbreak features a star-studded cast, conducted by Kevin John Edusei.

Paris, 1900. Penniless writer Rodolfo believes that art is all he needs – until he meets Mimì, the lonely seamstress who lives upstairs. So begins a timeless love story that blooms, fades, and rekindles with the passing seasons. But while the couple’s friends Marcello and Musetta passionately row and make up, a force greater than love threatens Rodolfo and Mimì.

Richard Jones’s production evokes the vivid contrasts of fin de siècle Paris, from Bohemian apartments to glittering arcades.

£16

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Night Terrors – The Ghost Stories of E F Benson

This is a spine-tingling evening of three tales of the supernatural from E F Benson’s brilliant collection of ghost stories, Night Terrors.

With masterful storytelling from the award winning actor Gerard Logan, Night Terrors will transport you to a darker, more sinister world of the unexpected and the unexplainable.

The three stories (The Dance, In The Tube and The Confession of Charles Linkworth), are dramatic, haunting and hugely memorable.

'Logan is astounding... He takes a strong script and flies it to the stars' ★★★★★ Edinburgh Festival 2016

'Watching Logan work is like being privy to a wonder of nature and remains with you... A true masterpiece of solo performance' ★★★★★ The Edinburgh Guide - Edinburgh Festival 2015

Gerard Logan won The Stage Best Solo Performer of the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Award for his acclaimed performance in Gareth Armstrong’s production of Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece. He won the Best Actor award at the 2014 Buxton Fringe Festival and was nominated for the Michael MacLiammoir Award for Best Male Performance at the 2016 International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival for his performance in
Wilde Without the Boy.

Gareth Armstrong has developed and directed many successful solo shows, including his own award winning Shylock.

Night Terrors is also underscored by a beautiful, original and specially commissioned score by the award winning RSC composer, Simon Slater.

Studio
£15

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ParaNorman (PG)

Dir: Sam Fell 2012 | 88 mins

Eleven year old Norman has the unique ability to see and speak with the dead.
He must save his town from a curse which turns people into zombies. He also has to take on mysterious ghosts, wily witches and, worst of all, clueless grown-ups.

Caught in a wild race against time to save his family, friends, and town, Norman must bravely summon up all that makes a hero – courage and compassion – as he finds his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.

‘Ghoulish? Yes. Funny? You bet’ ★★★★★ Time Out

School Holiday Family Screenings
£9 | £7 under 16s
Family & Friends (4 people) £28

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Olga Koch: Just Friends

Star of Mock The Week, QI, Late Night Mash, her Amazon Prime comedy special and Edinburgh Best Newcomer nominee, Olga Koch brings you the roller coaster romcom you aren't tall enough to ride. Strap in.

Directed by Charlie Dinkin.

£1 from every ticket will go to Stonewall’s Ukraine Projects, in aid of the Ukrainian LGBTQ+ community.

'Uproarious, gleefully obscene comedy' The Guardian

'One of the most charismatic comedians on the circuit' ★★★★ The Telegraph

'A natural storyteller, she will keep you completely hooked' ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

★★★★ Funny Women | ★★★★ The List | ★★★★ The Skinny| ★★★★ Fest Mag

Age guidance 16+ years.

Studio
£15

Olga Koch's Website.
@rocknrolga
@nordenfarm

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Echéa String Quartet

Presented by Maidenhead Music Society.

Haydn String Quartet op 20 no 4
Bartok String Quartet no 6
Beethoven String Quartet op 59 no 1 ‘Razumovsky’

The Echéa String Quartet, formed 5 years ago, has quickly risen to become one of the foremost new quartets winning the prestigious ROSL prize last year.

Courtyard Theatre
£20 | £15 MMS members | £5 Under 18s or up to two free with adult

Maidenhead Music Society website

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Spooky Concertini with Johnny and the Raindrops

Looking for something Spooky to do over half term? Why not introduce your little one's to the magic of live music.

Johnny and the Raindrops play gigs for cool kids and their families. The band's jump-up-and-down-rocking-and-rolling-can’t-sit-down-best-time-ever music is brought to life with a whole heap of help from the audience.

Full of spooky songs to get you and the kids shakin' like a Skeleton, moanin' like a Zombie and stompin' like a Monster. Johnny and the Raindrops promise to get children and grown-ups dancing and moving, singing and grooving.

Meet the monster with 12 belly buttons, fall in love with the bat with the broken wing and wiggle along with the five Halloween worms.

Age guidance 0 - 8 years.

Studio
£12 | £10 under 16s
Family and Friends (4 people) £40

Johnny and the Raindrops website

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India Sweets and Spices (12A)

Dir: Geeta Malik 2021 | 104 mins

Alia Kapur (Sophia Ali) returns to her family’s posh suburban New Jersey home after a year away at college. She upends their well-ordered life with her newfound independence.

She befriends Varun (Rish Shah) – the handsome son of the new owners of the local Indian grocery. She invites his family to a weekly dinner gathering with her parents’ wealthy friends. Alia is shocked to learn that her perfectionist mother Sheila (Manisha Koirala) knows Varun’s mother Bhairavi (Deepti Gupta).

Alia’s surprise turns to indignation when she uncovers secrets about both her parents. It pushes her toward a daring and transformative confrontation.

A coming of age film set against a lovingly framed glimpse of the life of an Indian American family.

From the Producer of Crazy Rich Asians.

‘An inviting intergenerational dramedy of comforting flavours, both witty and familiar’ Variety

£10.50 | £9.50 conc

Socially Distanced Screening
The screening on Sat 29 Oct at 5pm 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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Colin Hoult: The Death of Anna Mann

Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2022, Best Comedy Show Nominee.

Fresh from a smash-hit, critically acclaimed, sold out run at Edinburgh Fringe - Anna Mann is going on tour! The acclaimed actress, singer and welder (gotta have a back up) returns after five long years to tell the incredible story of her life in the arts in this: her final hour.

Visceral, real and achingly brave, Colin Hoult (After Life, Netflix) presents a hilarious meditation on life, death and literally everything in between. You will leave screaming 'f*** off I love it!'

'Genius… One of the funniest comedy shows I’ve seen' ★★★★★ The Times

'Terrific… you will laugh yourself silly throughout' ★★★★★ The Telegraph

'An absolute gift to comedy' ★★★★★ Broadway World

'Superb' ★★★★★ The Arts Desk

'Wonderful' ★★★★★ UKTheatreWeb

★★★★★ RGM | ★★★★ The Guardian | ★★★★ Evening Standard | ★★★★ The List

Age guidance 15+ years.

Studio
£15

Presented by Berk's Nest in association with United Agents.

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