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.
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.
Join us to celebrate the launch of the beach:
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
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
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:
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!
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).
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.
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.