Activities


Why not try some of our activities including dancing, walking and painting.

Strictly Cookham - Beginners' Dance Courses

strictlysmallPinder Hall, Lower Road, SL6 9EH 

Tuesdays April 25, May 2nd, May 9th and May 16th                               £24 for 4 classes

Expanded by popular demand to include several different dance genres, local dance teacher Penny Bysshe presents a programme of 55-minute dance classes over four weeks starting Tuesday 25 April and continuing in May 2nd, May 9th and May 16th. Each course, comprising four classes, is open to couples and singles.

Street Dance

StreetDancingPinder Hall, Lower Road, SL6 9EH
6pm - 6.55pm. £24 for 4 classes.

Amaze your friends with your turfing, krumping, locking and bone breaking plus a few cool hip-hop moves. Learn from street dance finalist Connor Clarke-Oliver (Conco) who has performed in films, music videos, TV shows and advertisements.

Scottish Dancing

ScottishPinder Hall, Lower Road, SL6 9EH
7pm - 7.55pm. £24 for 4 classes

Scottish dancing is an excellent way to dance in a group to great music, make friends and exercise, all at the same time. You will learn the steps and the formations needed for a variety of dances. All you need is enthusiasm and a pair of comfortable shoes!

Beginners' Ballroom and Latin

BallroomPinder Hall, Lower Road, SL6 9EH
8pm - 8.55pm. £24 for 4 classes.

Dance around the floor with confidence! Penny Bysshe teaches you the basic steps of the most popular Ballroom and Latin dances.

Argentine Tango

TangoPinder Hall, Lower Road, SL6 9EH
9pm - 9.55pm. £24 for 4 classes

Learn the basics of Argentine Tango with Tom Nickson who is passionate about this elegant and intriguing dance and who studied with the top maestros in the UK and Buenos Aires

 


Cookham Knit and Natter The Caterpillar’s Crazy Tea Party

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Tarrystone, corner of Sutton Road and Odney Lane                                                                                                     Starts Friday May 5th

You’ve never seen the Tarrystone like it! The Caterpillar’s Crazy Tea Party is taking over. Come and see this close knit, woolly family’s party until 22nd May.

 


The Name Game

TheNameGameTarrystone, corner of Sutton Road and Odney Lane

 

Free competition for all. Name the caterpillar at the Tarrystone Tea Party.

The name we like most wins a prize!

 

Entry forms at The Sculpture Garden, Odney Club from 6 May.

 

Competition closes Saturday 20 May.

 


Nature of Cookham Painting Competition - Submission

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Community Room, Cookham Library, High Road SL6 9JF                                  May 10th                                   Adults £5, 11-18 years £3, U11 years free

 

Bring your original artwork - in any medium - to the Community Room in the Library between 2pm and 3pm.

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Calling all artists whether established or aspiring. Release your inner Rembrandt!
Bring along your painting - new or old, in any medium - that expresses The Nature of Cookham: its buildings, landscape, people, activities or nature.

The competition is open to all with prizes awarded in adult, junior and child categories. One entry per artist.
Get creative and see your work exhibited! Dig out your old art box and show us what you can do - or what you have already done.

Timetable

Download Details of Entry and Entry Form.

10 May 2pm-3pm Submit your original work at the Community Room, Cookham Library.

12-21 May Visit the exhibition in the Community Room and encourage your friends and family to visit and vote. Opening times 12, 15-19 May 2pm-4pm. 13, 14 and 20 May 11am-1pm.

19 May Winners will be invited to attend the prize giving ceremony at the Stanley Spencer Gallery. Lord Young of Cookham will present prizes to the artist in each category (adult, junior and child) whose work has attracted the most votes from visitors to the exhibition.

 

 


Festival Arts Hub - Workshops

Work with professional artists to create your own work of art to take away in just 75 minutes!

Saturday, 13 May and Sunday, 14 May from 11am

Parish Centre, Church Gate SL6 9SP,  booking essential.

Create your own work of art in just 75  minutes using top quality materials under the guidance of professional artists. Here are seven ways to unleash your hidden creativity! With small class sizes, early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.  Work by the tutors will be on display and for sale.

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ABSTRACT TEXTILE
PRINTING with Jenny Thorn

Learn some simple printing techniques and print a length of fabric big enough to take home and sew into a cushion cover. Experiment with mono printing and printing textures.

Suitable for adults and children over 10.


Sunday 14th May 2:00pm 3:45pm

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POPPY FIELDS IN ACRYLIC with Maria Meerstadt

No experience necessary - just put on some old clothes and paint your own poppy field. Lots of colour and fun.

Suitable for adults and children over 12.

Saturday 13th May 11:00am 1:15pm 3:00pm

Sunday 14th May 2:00pm 3:45pm

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CERAMICS with Helen D Evans

Come and make clay objects based on nature. Choose to make something sculptural
or functional such as a planter using slabs of clay. There is an additional charge for firing work (payable on the day) and collecting at a later date.

Suitable for adults and children over 12.

Saturday 13th May 11:00am 1:15pm 3:00pm

Sunday 14th May 2:00pm 3:45pm

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TEXTILE PICTURE WORKSHOP with Jenny Thorn

Come and have a go at making your own textile picture using machine embroidery with the addition of beads and buttons to complete the picture. All work is framed ready for you to take home and display.

Suitable for adults and children over 10.

Saturday 13th May 11:00am 1:15pm 3:00pm

Arts Hub Introduction to Cartooning
CARTOONING with Sarah Luton

Create your own funny characters by learning to draw and combine different features.

Suitable for adults and children over 7.


Saturday 13th May 1:15pm 3:00pm

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ZENTANGLE with Sarah Luton

Lose yourself in this calming art form
of patternmaking. Relax and enjoy using repeated lines, shapes and patterns to make a highly original artwork.
No drawing skills required.

Suitable for adults and children over 10.

Sunday 14th May 2:00pm 3:45pm

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FABULOUS BEASTS
with Sarah Luton

Experiment with charcoal and draw weird and wonderful creatures. Have fun and let your imagination run wild! Wear old clothes or bring an apron.

Suitable for children aged 7 – 13.

Saturday 13th May 11:00am


Painting Competition: Nature of Cookham - Exhibition

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Community Room, Cookham Library, High Road SL6 9JF                         May 12th - 20th                        Entry to exhibition free

 

Bring your original artwork - in any medium - to the Community Room in the Library between 2pm and 3pm on May 10th.

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Calling all artists whether established or aspiring. Release your inner Rembrandt!
Bring along your painting - new or old, in any medium - that expresses The Nature of Cookham: its buildings, landscape, people, activities or nature.

The competition is open to all with prizes awarded in adult, junior and child categories. One entry per artist.
Get creative and see your work exhibited! Dig out your old art box and show us what you can do - or what you have already done.

Timetable

Download Details of Entry and Entry Form

10 May 2pm-3pm - Submit your original work at the Community Room, Cookham Library.

12-21 May - Visit the exhibition in the Community Room and encourage your friends and family to visit and vote. Opening times:

May 12             2pm - 4pm

May 13 & 14 11am - 1pm

May 15-19     2pm - 4pm.

May 20         11am - 1pm.

19 May - Winners will be invited to attend the prize giving ceremony at the Stanley Spencer Gallery. Lord Young of Cookham will present prizes to the artist in each category (adult, junior and child) whose work has attracted the most votes from visitors to the exhibition.


Come and Sing

ComeAndSingSir Bernard Miller Centre, Odney Club, Odney Lane, SL6 9SR                                 Sunday May 14th 9.45am for 10am start.                                £20

A fun-filled day, singing pop, rock and music from the shows, culminating in an informal short concert for friends and family at 4pm. Under the musical direction of Russell Scott, this workshop will excite and enthuse singers of all abilities (experienced or not). With 35 years of experience, Russell helps you give your finest performance, with tips and tricks for vocal technique, blend and balance.

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Create a Collage

CreateACollageBel and the Dragon, High Street, SL6 9SQ Monday May 15th at 8pm. £25

Create a collage while enjoying a drink at Bel and the Dragon. Use a variety of materials to create a beautiful, Indian themed artwork.

Be inspired in a fun, informal atmosphere by art teacher Alice Green and local artist Claire Ross- Mason. Glass of wine included.

Suitable for all abilities.

 


An Artistic Affair: Guided Tour and Village Walk

N05148Stanley Spencer Gallery, High Street, SL6 9SJ                                              Tuesday 16th May at 10.30am.                                      Tickets £10

 

Join your Spencer tour guide to see the Spencer Gallery’s stunning new exhibition, A Village Affair.

Then visit the village locations where Spencer painted his visionary  images. This is a rare opportunity to participate in this guided exhibition tour and walk.

Daphne, 1940 (Tate)  © The Estate of Stanley Spencer. All Rights Reserved, 2017       Photo credit: ©Tate, London 2016

 

 


An Artistic Affair: Guided Tour and Village Walk

N05148Stanley Spencer Gallery, High Street, SL6 9SJ                           Thursday 18th May at 10.30am.            Tickets £10

 

Join your Spencer tour guide to see the Spencer Gallery’s stunning new exhibition, A Village Affair.

Then visit the village locations where Spencer painted his visionary images. This is a rare opportunity to participate in this guided exhibition tour and walk.

Daphne, 1940 (Tate) © The Estate of Stanley Spencer. All Rights Reserved, 2017 Photo credit: ©Tate, London 2016

 

 


Prize Giving Ceremonies

2017-cf-logo-master-small-greyStanley Spencer Gallery, High Street, SL6 9SJ                                                     Friday 19th May at 7pm                                             By invitation only

Lord Young of Cookham presents the Don and Jill Cawthorne Prize and the Stationers’ Company and the Maidenhead Advertiser Awards to the winners of the Cookham Festival Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition. He also presents prizes to the artists in the adult, junior and child category, whose paintings have received the most votes from visitors to the Nature of Cookham exhibition.

 

 


Council of All Beings

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Cookham Dean WI Hall, Church Road, Cookham Dean SL6 9PD                                 Saturday 20th May at 10:30 am.                              Tickets £8

                                                                                                                                              Please note change of start time.

A creative workshop at the WI Hall, followed by a ceremony in Quarry Wood to help people connect with nature and speak on nature’s behalf.

During the workshop and ceremony you will:

  • Let a creature choose you
  • Make a mask to represent that creature
  • Speak on behalf of your creature

Suitable for adults and children 9+.


Let's Rock the Moor

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Marsh Meadow, Cookham Moor, SL6 9SB                              Saturday 20th May at Noon                              Licensed bars

Gates open at 11:00am

Retro festival Let’s Rock the Moor! is back for a ninth year.

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Let’s Rock The Moor! returns to Marsh Meadow, Cookham on Saturday 20th May 2017, with a fabulous line-up of artists to bring you the very best of the 80s.

The action-packed day of general  80s  madness  offers  plenty to do for everyone at this  family-friendly festival.

Let’s Rock The Moor! is aimed at the whole family, with entertainment for everyone. Children can enjoy the ‘Let’s Rock! Playpen’, which includes tons of free stuff to keep the little ones occupied,  including  circus workshops with the BigTopMania Circus, face painting, crafts and much more.

Carters Steam Fair returns Let’s Rock The Moor! again offering pre-bookable tokens for their rides so you know exactly how much ride is going to cost.

Let’s Rock! has been leading the way for quality, action-packed, family-friendly 80s music festivals since 2009. Don’t miss out on this chance for a retro blast with the very best of the 80s.

Tickets are on sale from The Stationery Depot, Station Hill, Cookham and other outlets and online at www.letsrockthemoor.com

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Strictly Cookham - Tea Dance

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Sunday 21st May           2.30pm.           Afternoon Tea          £15

 

Dance the afternoon away to great music in the elegant surroundings of the Odney Club. Spectators welcome. Enjoy a magnificent afternoon tea and a demonstration by world champion dancers Richard Still and Morgan Hemphill.