The Festival Theatre is a set of open-air venues set in magical locations in the award winning gardens of Hever Castle in Edenbridge, Kent. The main stages are fully covered and there is a choice of venues; the Two Sisters Theatre where the seating is tiered with the vast majority of seats under seating canopies, which means if the sun doesn’t shine, you can still enjoy the spectacular setting with protection from the weather. The other venues: the magnificent Loggia with the lake view, Anne Boleyn’s Walk’s ancient woodland and the Main Lawn with the castle backdrop are all uncovered. You can choose where you would like to sit and enjoy the vista from your own chairs or blanket (we ask you to bring them with you for these venues) while you enjoy the performance truly under the stars, or the sunshine during the day!
Whichever of our beautiful venues you choose for an evening performance you can set-up your pre-show picnic under one of the ancient trees, or admire the breath-taking views on the Hever Castle estate before making your way to our glorious venues for a night of fabulous entertainment. If you choose a daytime show you are welcome to enjoy the gardens once the performance has finished until the castle closes at 6pm or purchase a joint ticket so you can arrive earlier…
JOINT ENTRY THEATRE AND CASTLE GARDENS TICKETS
We are delighted to be offering discounted joint tickets to our festival events and Hever Castle gardens. The joint ticket allows entry to the castle gardens during the castle opening hours on the day of the festival performance only. The discounted price is only for pre-booked tickets purchased as part of the package. Joint tickets can be purchased online or through the box office. Please note joint tickets do not include entry to the Castle, these tickets can be bought upon arrival from the castle ticket huts if required.
GATE OPENING TIMES
Our audience is able to enter the grounds from 6.30pm for evening performances, where you 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, you can park from 45 minutes before and gates open 30 minutes before the performance starts, and the audience may remain in the gardens after the performance until the grounds are closed for the day, usually at 6pm.
Matinée performances: Gates open half an hour before the performance starts, exit by 6pm.
Evening performances: Gates open 6.30pm for all performances.
Please do not arrive before this time as entry will not be permitted.
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 we would be most grateful if guests could arrive from 6.30pm onwards.
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.
Please note: The theatre wheelchair and assistance from our staff are unfortunately not available this year.
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.
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 www.hevercastle.co.uk 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.