Website updated January 2018

Venue Information

Some useful information to help you get the most out of your visit to the Theatre.

The Festival Theatre is an open air venue set in a magical location in the award winning gardens of Hever Castle in Edenbridge, Kent. The stage is fully covered and the seating is tiered with the vast majority of seats under new seating canopies, which means if the sun doesn't shine, the audience can still enjoy the spectacular setting with protection from the weather.

We always enjoy our visits to the Hever Festival immensely. Fantastic setting and productions, it never fails to impress us. Really appreciate your efforts, it makes all the difference... wonderful customer service as always !!

Audience are able to enter the grounds from 6.30pm for evening performances, where they may enjoy the beautiful Castle gardens and ambience by bringing a picnic, choosing to eat in the Castle Restaurant or by simply wandering through the magnificent gardens. For Matinée performances, the gates open at 1:45pm, and the audience may remain in the gardens after the performance until the grounds are closed for the day, usually at 6 pm.

Evenings: Gates open 6.30pm, Performances start at 8pm
Matinées: Gates open 1.45pm, Performances start at 2.30pm, Exit by 6pm

Please note, there is restricted space for vehicles to wait before the gates open at 6.30pm. There is plenty of parking for all once they do open, so the Theatre would be most grateful if guests could arrive from 6.30pm onwards. Thank you

There is free and ample parking for cars and coaches, most of which provides hard standing.
Please note, no vehicles may be left in the car parks overnight.

The Festival Theatre aims to provide good access for all our visitors. There is disabled parking available closer to the entrance to the Theatre, the route to the auditorium is mainly paved, without steps, and Assistance Dogs are permitted into the Theatre Auditorium.
All visitors should be aware that we are an open-air venue situated in a Grade 1 listed Garden, so certain restrictions may exist. For individual requirements please contact the Theatre Box Office.

"Just a quick message to tell you how much I enjoyed the evening. From the disabled parking, the wheelchair ready if needed and a wonderful show!"

There is a Five-Star rated, Luxury B&B offered in the Astor Wing of Hever Castle. For more information & details of special packages please visit or call The Astor Wing on 01732 861800.

  • No animals are permitted into the Theatre auditorium and grass seating areas, except for Assistance Dogs

  • No Smoking is permitted in the Theatre Auditorium at any time. Audience are politely requested to not smoke in the Grass Seating Areas once a performance has begun.

  • Aisles and access routes MUST be left clear at all times. Dancing is not permitted in the aisles, and this includes the walkways immediately in front of the stage; and the East and West Tiers.

Open Air Theatre - Warm clothing is advised

The Box Office, The Festival Theatre at Hever Castle, Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent. TN8 7NG | Tel: 01732 866114 |