Enjoy an unforgettable open-air opera experience on the Croquet Lawn at Doddington Hall.
Join Wild Arts for magical arias, songs and ensembles, informally staged to make a narrative, performed by four world-class singers and a string quintet. Music by Handel, Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Bernstein and Rodgers & Hammerstein, with some surprises and unusual gems.
“Wild Arts’ opera evenings are of a breathtakingly high, ROH-level musical standard – a gorgeous quintet of musicians and a most cunning choice of excerpts, mischievously well acted. I’d follow them anywhere.” – Libby Purves
“What a triumph! The audience were truly enraptured from start to finish – we had so many positive comments. Much happiness all round. Congratulations!” – Lindy O’Hare, Thorington Theatre
Bring a chair and a picnic (or order a Doddington afternoon tea picnic box) and prepare to be entertained and transported. Book early to avoid missing out!
Please note that gates open at 5.30pm. Running time approximately 2 hours including a short interval.
PICNICS & PACKAGES
Scroll down for Doddington afternoon tea picnic boxes and our special stay package.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ
Please note that your tickets cannot be transferred, exchanged or refunded.
The performance will go on no matter the weather (we are hoping for glorious sunshine though). Please check the forecast prior to setting off and come prepared.
Seating is not assigned and chairs are not provided. Please bring your own pop-up/foldaway chairs (or equivalent) with you.
Large parasols, pop-up tents and sunshades will impair the view of other patrons and will not be permitted.
The performance starts at 7pm with gates opening at 5.30pm. Entrance to the performance is via the Gatehouse at the front of the Hall. Running time approximately 2 hours including a short interval.
Tickets will be checked on arrival. You can print your ticket or show it on your phone (please make sure to download or screenshot the full e-ticket as mobile signal can be poor onsite).
Only assistance dogs are allowed in the Gardens.
Photography is permitted, however for the enjoyment of others please do not stand during the performance and do not use flash.
Programmes will be available to purchase on arrival.
Pre-ordered Doddington Picnic Boxes will be available for collection from the Coach House (to the left of the Gatehouse) at 5.15pm.
Refreshments will be available to purchase before the performance and during the interval (tea, coffee, soft drinks and Doddington traybakes plus mini bottles of champagne, prosecco and wine). A card machine will be available but please bring cash in case of poor signal.
You are very welcome to bring a picnic with you, however, picnic tables are not permitted, and all waste must be removed at the end of the performance.
Please note that the performance takes place on a grassed area and is accessible via gravel pathways and a small ramp.
Toilets, including a disabled access toilet, are open in the Gardens.
Doddington Picnic Boxes
Delight in a delicious selection of dainty finger sandwiches, Hambleton’s rare breed pork sausage roll, freshly baked fruit scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam as well as an array of famous Doddington sweet treats and an elderflower pressé. Add some sparkle with a mini bottle of Prosecco.
There’s something to suit the whole family with traditional, gluten free and children’s afternoon tea menus.