This week saw the launch of our brand new autumn 2016 brochure. Jam-packed full of all forms of events and activities that make the Maltings popular, it comprises everything from craft festivals to comedy giants, mega music line-ups and innovative theatre shows. As always, the programme includes a wide variety of shows and workshops to keep the children entertained both in the Halloween half-term break as well as in the busy run-up to Christmas. Take a read of our highlights of the upcoming season below and we look forward to welcoming you back into the building this autumn…
In our constantly changing society, Farnham Maltings wants to be a positive voice for building a stronger, united community. Therefore, an event has been created to encourage a wide range of local people, communities and groups to come together in celebration and will include activities such as live music and crafts. The Farnham Afternoon Tea will give you the opportunity to find out about clubs and opportunities in your area from community ambassadors, as well as enjoying complimentary tea, cake, juice and scones. Locals are also encouraged to bring a treat to share and can take advantage of the free shuttle bus or facilitated carpool set up for the event. To find out more, read our article or visit the event page.
The autumn 2016 film season is one not to miss with an amazing all-star line-up including Emilia Clarke in the heartbreaking Me Before You, Mark Rylance in the Spielberg family epic The BFG and Renee Zellwegger in the highly anticipated Bridget Jones’s Baby. Also, new to this season, you can pre-order a delicious homemade pizza in the riverside café ahead of the evening film screening! Just make sure to pre-book up until the day before.
The theatre programme in the autumn season is set to be it’s busiest yet with over nineteen shows in the main and children’s theatre schedule. On 29 September, there will be a launch night with the opportunity to gain a sneak peek at the new shows coming to the building, including the chance to hear from the show’s producers and actors about what the audience can expect from each production. On the same night, a brand new Theatre Club will be launched in collaboration with Aldershot’s West End Centre. A bit like a book group, once a month or so the club will pick a show at the Maltings, the West End Centre or further afield that’s exciting, interesting or thought provoking, and meet afterwards in the bar to swap opinions and thoughts. It aims to give theatre goers the opportunity to share in great conversation and find out about other theatrical and cultural events in the area.
arts & health
Within the last year, the former Arts & Elders scheme has expanded to become the renamed Arts & Health. The scheme has developed its existing provisions and introduced new strands, continuing its ongoing aim to do good in the community and offer something mindful to improve well being. The autumn season will see the scheme continue to blossom with a full and diverse programme including the popular event Meet Me at the Maltings, as well as further pilot schemes for Take Care and Chaos Choir. As part of Farnham Craft Month in October, the Meet Me at the Maltings regulars will also be working on an English paper pieced quilt and are welcoming others to join. For more information, please visit the newly dedicated Arts & Health webpage.
The popular cine club season will also be returning in the autumn, with it’s brand new theme encompassing the ideas and experiences of loneliness. The innovative and eclectic selection of films, sees the idea of loneliness challenged and viewed from a multitude of fascinating characters who experience the feeling in a variety of complex ways. The season runs in collaboration with the Arts & Health scheme and will feature talks from local charitable organisations who work to help people in isolation. There will also be the chance to hear directly from James Spinney, the director of Notes on Blindness, a film which will be shown as part of the season in October. Have a look in the brochure to see what other films will be coming up as part of the new season.
The autumn season for the craft team is incredibly busy, with two festivals coming up including the fourth annual thread. The popular festival of textiles returns on the 24 September and will round off a month of textile-related activities and workshops. October is once again taken over by craft month, which is in its fourth year since Farnham was named a designated craft town and will also see the 20th annual festival of crafts. The artwork for the festival has been designed by Helen Locke who used blueprints and the Maltings trademark building as her inspiration. Furthermore, as part of the national Wool Week, there will be a whole host of wool-related activities on Sunday 09 October, including film screenings, talks and workshops. Amongst these, there will be an abundance of other workshops to participate in including some seasonal treats in the run-up to Christmas.
As the first term of school inevitably whizzes by leaving you wondering where it went, fear not, as the Maltings will celebrate the spooky half-term season in style with some fantastic workshops, films and theatre shows on offer. As always the week is full to the brim with arts & craft workshops, including the Halloween-themed Design and Sew Your Own Spooky Softie and Halloween Cupcake Decorating. If your children are looking for a fantastical adventure, join orphan Sophie on her thrilling journey to the dangerous, yet magical Giant Country in the new Spielberg epic, The BFG. If that’s not enough, there are three exciting theatre shows to capture your young ones imagination either through an epic race to save a clock tower, the magic skill of sound collecting or a voyage through Teddy Bear Wood. Visit our website for more details.
Before we know it, the festive time of year will only be around the corner and the traditional panic of last minute Christmas shopping will be taking over the town. If this sounds familiar, then join us at the annual Maltings Christmas Fair where it will be keeping up its reputation as Surrey’s largest Christmas market. Spanning over two days, expect over 150 stalls where you will find an abundance of gifts, handmade crafts, vintage finds, glorious foods and premium spirits. Enjoy some late night shopping and drop-in workshops throughout the event.