With pandemic restrictions a little more relaxed, we have so far had record interest in our summer events programme which takes place in the clean Cotswold air of the Garden and its surroundings. 

Tickets for the Handlebards’ July date have sold more quickly than ever before this year.  We’ve made more space for Macbeth on Fri 16 Jul and moved the performance out into the Coach Field above the car park – if you’ve not got your tickets yet, there’s more info and booking details here.

 Brand new for 2021, “Midsummer Lights” runs for six nights 23-29 July and is a contemporary take on the “fete champetre” of the 18th century.  The Garden and woodland will be transformed through thoughtful and creative lighting into a mystical dreamlike world where playful characters pop out and entertain you as you promenade.  From treetop aerialists and fire dancers to roaming actors, we are confident this will be an unforgettable evening.  Tickets are limited – for more details visit here.

We are also delighted to welcome back Edward Derbyshire’s “Dramestics” Company who are presenting ‘From Age to Age’, a poetic timewalk between father and son, with original poetry and commentary from William Shakespeare.  They’re doing just one show, on Saturday 17 July, and tickets are available here.

 On August Bank Holiday Monday, 30 August, IKP return after the success of “The Wizard of Oz” last summer with a brand new, “delightfully daft” (The Stage) retelling of the classic story Beauty and the Beast.  The energy and enthusiasm of this young group of actors makes for fast-paced, family-friendly fun – again this performance will be up in the Coach Field to allow plenty of space for both audience and performers.  For more details, click here.

 And finally, booking is now open for a performance of “The Importance of Being Earnest” on 9 September, brought to us by the team behind The Handlebards.  The entirety of Oscar Wilde’s classic play of manners, affairs and handbags will be performed by just two rather dashing entertainers.  This fantastically wild(e) new production will rip up the recipe book and celebrate silliness in all its splendour.  For further information and to book visit here. 

 Obviously all of these shows are outdoor performances and will take place in all safe weathers including wet weather.  Please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on, a picnic to dig into, and dress for the weather.  See event booking details for gates opening time. In case of rain, please don’t bring umbrellas as they block sight-lines for other audience members – ponchos and raincoats are just as fetching, so please wear these instead.  Dogs are not permitted at any of these performances.