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Secret Cove Exhibition

Tuesday 25 July – Sunday 27 August

Take life at a gentler pace in the Gallery’s indoor Secret Cove where you can decorate fishes of the deep and add them to the ocean walls. Get comfy and listen to the sounds of the waves and dolphin chatter while admiring the beautiful birds and tropical textiles or explore the sensory cave made specially for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

The birds have been created as part of this year’s Norden Farm Beach Craft project with children from local schools; Furze Platt Junior School, Cookham Dean, Cookham Rise, Boyne Hill Infant School, Wessex Primary School, St Luke’s Primary School, Riverside Primary School, Furze Platt Infant School, Woodlands Park Primary School and St Mary’s Primary School.

  •  18 Aug FREE
  •  19 Aug FREE
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The Maidenhead Beach at Norden Farm

Aloha! The Hawaiian Elvis themed beach is back - all summer long.

Relax at a beachside café table while the little ones play in the sand. With weekday Storytelling (£2 per person) and Arts and Crafts Sessions (£5 per child) it’s the perfect way to while away a summer’s day!

Look out for our brand new feature - a traditional Hawaiian canoe on the shore. Plus don’t forget to say hi to the friendly shark… she’s really very smiley!

Take life at a gentler pace in the Gallery's Secret Cove where you can decorate fishes of the deep and add them to the ocean walls. Get comfy and listen to the sounds of the waves and dolphin chatter while admiring the beautiful birds and tropical textiles, woven by children from local primary schools, or explore the sensory cave made specially for children with SEND.

Family films are screened throughout the holidays, click here to browse the full summer line up.

Keep an eye on our website for details about free summer taster sessions of our brand new pre-school classes - Tutus and Splat! Messy Play.

Grand Opening: Tuesday 25 July from 10am

Join us to celebrate the launch of the beach:

  • Prizes for best Hawaiian / Elvis fancy dress
  • Free 15 minute Little Wrigglers Taster Session in the café bar at 10am
  • Beachside entertainment from Elvis himself
  • Enter our free prize draw for the chance to win a family ticket for one of our summer family shows or films
  • Take photos in our prop-filled Hawaiian photobooth
  • Free tropical juice drink for children - available from the café bar between 10am - 11am (subject to availability)
  • Free activity and colouring sheets

The beach will be officially opened with a Hawaiian Leis cutting ceremony (of course!) at 10.30am.

The Beach runs every day from 10am - 4pm until Sunday 27 August

  •  18 Aug FREE
  •  19 Aug FREE
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Arts and Crafts Session

Craft activities to keep the little ones entertained this summer holidays.

The crafts vary so you can create something new every day!

Suitable for ages 5+ years.

£5 per child


Tues 25 Jul - Fish and Jellyfish
Wed 26 Jul - Beach Hut and Bucket & Spade
Thur 27 Jul - Lobster and Starfish
Fri 28 Jul - Sailing Boats and Seagull
Sat 29 Jul - Make a pressed flower / leaf clay hanging decoration

Mon 31 Jul - Journey Sticks
Tues 1 Aug - Decorate a Glass Jar Lantern
Wed 2 Aug - Decorate your own summer holiday diary
Thur 3 Aug - Bug hotel
Fri 4 Aug - Pirate Hats and Parrots

Mon 7 Aug - Cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances
Tues 8 Aug - Pirate Hats and Parrots
Wed 9 Aug - Space Rocket and Aliens – with glow in the dark stickers
Thur 10 Aug - Puppet making from spoons and cups
Fri 11 Aug - Crown making and invitation decorating
Sat 12 Aug - Decorate your own tote bag

Mon 14 Aug - Sponge painting
Tues 15 Aug - Crab and Clay Seahorse
Wed 16 Aug - Sea Monster Sock Puppet and Sea Cave
Thur 17 Aug - Sun Catcher and Clay Sun
Fri 18 Aug - Shell Candle Decoration and Beach Sign
Sat 19 Aug - Pirate Boats

Mon 21 Aug - Car Building
Tues 22 Aug - Beach with Umbrella and Keyring
Wed 23 Aug - Sunglasses and Sun Visor
Thur 24 Aug - Shark and Fishing Game
Fri 25 Aug - Sailing Boat and Seagull
Sat 26 Aug - Mosaic Initial and frame


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The Big Berkshire Beach Gig

Five of the most exciting local bands and musicians perform on our Courtyard stage and Hawaiian inspired beach.

The evening wouldn't be complete without breaks between the acts - so you can soak up the atmosphere on the beach!

£8 | This is a standing event with some allocated seating.

We are thrilled to share The Big Berkshire Beach Gig 2017 line up which features:

Rain Crew
The Reading based four-piece band are known for thrashing out punk-tinged indie-pop tunes. Band members include Beth Atkinson (vocals, rhythm guitar), Lewis Thomas (drums), Ryan Nicholls (bass guitar) and Mac Sullivan (lead guitar).

Hong Kong Drinking Team
This five-piece indie band is made up of Charlie Ackary, David Yung, Luke Yexley, Jack Badley and James Skinner. Born in Berkshire and styled in Asia, the Hong Kong Drinking Team serve up thick riffs and chilling vocals. They are to be enjoyed irresponsibly!

Sometimes King
Local band Sometimes King write about unusual, historical and sometimes mythical characters, places and events. Every song is a fairy-tale exploration. The band’s line up include Ash (vocals, keys), Jeff (bass, keys), Gav (drums, samples), Andrew (synths, guitar) and Damo (guitar).

With beach breaks between the acts featuring acoustic music courtesy of:

Ted Robinson
Singer-songwriter Ted Robinson will be performing a mixture of acoustic covers and originals. Ted originates from Windsor and his influences range from Paul McCartney, Elton John, Noel Gallagher and Billie Joe Armstrong.

Alfie Griffin
A regular at our popular Studio Session, audiences can delight in the fact Alfie Griffin is part of the line up. Join Reading-based Alfie for an alternative, indie blues acoustic set, with influences including Jack White, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Mac Demarco.

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about 23 hours ago 2 comments My last craft workshop of the summer holidays at Norden Farm is on Saturday 26th august 10.30-11.15 £5 per child. I'll be helping the children to do a mosaic of an initial (theirs or maybe a friends initial) which will then be mounted & ready to frame!

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3 days ago Salsa at the Farm with Son Yambu returns this Sun 20 Aug at 7.30pm, serving up a thrilling night of authentic music and salsa! The action takes place on our Courtyard Theatre dance floor with the opportunity to learn a few steps at a free dance workshop beforehand. Spaces are limited, so don't miss out - they can be booked through our Box Office 01628 788997. Check out a clip of the band in action below or visit our website for more info --> http://bit.ly/2uzH4QL

3 days ago A fun fusion of two classic tales joins us on Wed 23 August at 11.30am and 2pm. Little Red Robin Hood features beautifully crafted puppets, clowning and gentle humour. The perfect summer holiday entertainment for ages 3+ years. More info and tickets here --> https://norden.farm/events/little-red-robin-hood

3 days ago Tricksters and Tutus - https://t.co/2FarVf6nZi

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