Summer evenings with the National Trust


Fill the long summer evenings with relaxation and laughter as you enjoy open-air theatre, the summer solstice, and music concerts at a National Trust place near you.

Gather friends and family for memorable out-of-hours entertainment, set against beautiful and magical backdrops at historic sites across the county. Enjoy enchanting theatre
performances such as Jemima Puddle Duck, Treasure Island, Hamlet, and The Hay Wain or listen to live music performances from local and touring bands.

Settle in for the evening with a picnic from home (and maybe a bottle of wine too!) or indulge in a variety of light-bite food and drink options, available to purchase
from cafés and kiosks during the evening.

Take a look at just some of the outdoor evening events happening at National Trust places near you this summer:

Hatfield Forest

Solstice in the Forest | 21 June | 5pm

Hamlet presented by Lord Chamberlin’s men | 25 June | 7pm

The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle presented by Illyria | 5 July | 6pm

The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck presented by Quantum Theatre | 7 August | 1pm

The Hound of the Baskervilles presented by Illyria | 6 September | 6pm

Enjoy incredible entertainment surrounded by the ancient trees of Hatfield Forest.

Celebrate the start of summer at our Summer Solstice event and join us for a magical evening of music, food and dancing with your closest family and friends. For one night
only, immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the lakeside while the enchanting sounds of folk music provide the soundtrack to the sunset on the longest day of the year.

Throughout the season be sure also to join us for an open-air theatre performance, as we’re visited by some of this year’s best productions, including timeless classics and
fantastic family favourites. Don’t miss the Lord Chamberlain’s Men performing ‘Hamlet’ in their 20th year, or the opportunity to join in the ‘Adventures of Doctor Doolittle’.

Whatever you’re in the mood for, bring along a picnic blanket and settle in for an incredible evening of entertainment. Explore what else we have in store and book your tickets
on our website now.

Grange Barn

Treasure Island presented by DOT Productions | 31 July | 3pm

An Ideal Husband presented by DOT Productions | 22 August | 7.30pm

Join us at Grange Barn for two terrific outdoor theatre performances this Summer. On 31 July, embark on a rollicking pirate adventure on the high seas with Jim Hawkins and
his band of pirates on their quest to find treasure island. In this firm family favourite, it’s a race against time as both Jim and Long John Silver eagerly search for the Treasure. A swashbuckling, fun show with pirates, and laughter.

Later in the season, on 22 August enjoy the wonderfully witty Wilde classic ‘An Ideal Husband’. A play about public and private honour, watch as Sir Robert Chiltern’s dinner
party takes a drastic turn and he’s forced to choose between his family and his career all set against the dramatic backdrop of the 13th-century monastic barn.

To book your tickets head to our website.


Shades of Simon (Paul Simon tribute band) | 20 July | 7pm

Brentwood Mac (Fleetwood Mac tribute band) | 24 August | 7pm

The Hay Wain presented by Packing Shed Theatre | 31 August 7.30pm

Take a trip down memory lane at Flatford this Summer. Returning after their sell out performance in 2023, join the UK’s number one Paul Simon tribute band ‘Shades of Simon’
as they trace the Paul Simon story with engaging narration, exceptional musicianship and authentic renditions of the best of his songs from Simon & Garfunkel to Graceland.

Later in the season, go your own way and enjoy the flare and dynamics of one of the world’s most treasured bands with Brentwood Mac, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band. Taking to
the outdoor stage for the very first time this six-piece amalgamation of some of the finest local musicians promises a night of classics spanning all eras.

Lastly, don’t miss the opportunity to experience the highly acclaimed and atmospheric play ‘The Hay Wain’ presented by Packing Shed Theatre. Described as East Anglia’s very
own Les Miserables, it brings to life the people that populate the painting, their lives defined not by simplicity and virtue, but by hardship, hope and resilience.

To book your tickets, head to our website.

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