In picture: Japanese-themed holiday workshops at Norden Farm

In picture: Japanese-themed holiday workshops at Norden Farm

Lucy Golding

In picture: Japanese-themed holiday workshops at Norden Farm

A host of workshops themed around Japan and the spring made for another successful Easter holidays at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead

The Springtime Festival, aimed at children from pre-school age through to teenagers was held at the centre in Altwood Road from Monday, April 7 until Easter Saturday.

This year's theme was chosen as alternative to traditional Easter topics to celebrate the lavish and colourful festivals that take place in Japan every spring.

Activities included daily craft sessions, story-telling, family shows and screenings of animated films.

Also on offer was a workshop led by company Stop.animate! for children over the age of 10 where they could make their own films involving the use of Japanese inspired puppetry and masks.

The completed films were then shown to their families in Norden Farm's Courtyard Theatre on Friday, April 11.

Storytelling workshops was held in the theatre's annex building, which was transformed to include a bridge and fake pond, toadstools, cherry blossom and lanterns.

Japanese decor also lined the theatre's lobby, where children could sit down and create origami.

Good Friday and Easter Saturday saw the theatre offer two days of back-to-back one hour workshops including sessions in Kubuki stage make-up, Haiku poetry and international music and song.

The theatre's marketing manager Sally Worman said: "It has been a really successful couple of weeks, it has been lovely to see the building buzzing."

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