Set against the magnificent backdrop of Hever Castle, Hever Festival Theatre is a Summer celebration of all things British, from cream teas, a Time Machine and a trip to the seaside, to Elgar’s ...

Hever Festival Theatre
The Festival Theatre at Hever Castle, Hever Castle Edenbridge TN8 7NG
Edenbridge

Hever Festival Theatre


Fantasic For Families

Set against the magnificent backdrop of Hever Castle, Hever Festival Theatre is a Summer celebration of all things British, from cream teas, a Time Machine and a trip to the seaside, to Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance Marches. The richly varied programme begins in May and extends throughout the Summer months until the August bank holiday. The theatre is set in the Two Sisters’ Lawn Garden where you can enjoy a pre-show picnic under one of the beautiful trees edging the Two Sisters’ Pool or choose a different spot to admire the breath-taking views over the Hever lake before making your way to our magnificent covered theatre for a night of fabulous entertainment.

The Festival began thirty four years ago as the Kent Repertory Theatre Company whilst the Festival has grown, its roots have not been forgotten. From plays to musical theatre, orchestral concerts to shows for families, we continue to offer a vibrant and exciting programme. Whether you are a lover of musicals, you believe a snail can save a whale or that Henry VIII was the first Brexiteer, there is an event to suit every taste.

We are very proud to be celebrating our thirty fifth year at Hever Castle, we’ve come a long way since 1983 and we are excited about where we are going in the future.

We very much look forward to sharing this year’s great line up of events and welcoming friends old and new to our magical open-air theatre this summer.

Find us at...

  • Hever Festival Theatre
  • The Festival Theatre at Hever Castle
  • Hever Castle
  • Edenbridge
  • TN8 7NG

Our family-friendly offer

We have a range of performances throughout the summer at our open air theatre, many of which are wonderful shows suitable for all of the family.

This will include acts such as the Squashbox theatre's 'The Sea Show', Immersion Theatre's 'Peter Pan' and Tall Stories 'The Snail and the Whale' 

Pop over to our performances page on our website to have a look at our summer line up!


Accessibility

VENUE INFORMATION

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. 

GATE OPENING TIMES

Our audience is 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, 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.

Evenings: Gates open 6.30pm, Performances start at 8pm 
Matinée: Gates open half an hour before the performance starts, 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. Please do not arrive before this time as entry will not be permitted. Thank you.

PARKING

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.

ACCESS

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.

ACCOMMODATION

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.

PLEASE NOTE:
  • 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.

 


Our Online Events

  • Romeo and Juliet

    18-Aug-2020 20:00 PM - 21:30 PM

    Gates 6.30pm for picnicsThe performance will take place on The Loggia, arrive via the Lakeside car park★★★★★  ‘EXPLODES WITH ENERGY… A GENUINE TREAT FROM START TO FINISH.’ THE ...

    10 - 16 years
    8/18/2020 8:00:00 PM 8/18/2020 9:30:00 PM

    Set against the magnificent backdrop of Hever Castle, Hever Festival Theatre is a Summer celebration of all things British, from cream teas, a Time Machine and a trip to the seaside, to Elgar’s ...

    Romeo and Juliet
    , TN8 7NG
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream

    25-Aug-2020 20:00 PM - 21:30 PM

    Gates 6.30pm for picnicsThe performance will take place on The Loggia, arrive via the Lakeside car park  ‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’ (Lysander, Act 1 Scene 1)

    10 - 16 years
    8/25/2020 8:00:00 PM 8/25/2020 9:30:00 PM

    Set against the magnificent backdrop of Hever Castle, Hever Festival Theatre is a Summer celebration of all things British, from cream teas, a Time Machine and a trip to the seaside, to Elgar’s ...

    A Midsummer Night's Dream
    , TN8 7NG
  • The Wind in the Willows

    26-Aug-2020 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM

    Entry from 30 minutes before the start of the performance         The performance will take place on The Woodland Lawn, arrive via the Lakeside car parkMol...

    5 - 16 years
    8/26/2020 2:00:00 PM 8/26/2020 3:00:00 PM

    Set against the magnificent backdrop of Hever Castle, Hever Festival Theatre is a Summer celebration of all things British, from cream teas, a Time Machine and a trip to the seaside, to Elgar’s ...

    The Wind in the Willows
    ,

Our Physical Events

In light of the coronavirus emergency, please contact us directly to check if events are going ahead.
  • A Celebration of the Harry Potter Books

    25-Aug-2020 14:30 PM - 15:30 PM

    Are you a fan of the Harry Potter books? Still waiting for your letter from Hogwarts? Join Fleurble Laffalot for a family friendly journey through J.K. Rowling’s much loved books. Discover fun f...

    8/25/2020 2:30:00 PM 8/25/2020 3:30:00 PM

    Set against the magnificent backdrop of Hever Castle, Hever Festival Theatre is a Summer celebration of all things British, from cream teas, a Time Machine and a trip to the seaside, to Elgar’s ...

    Hever Festival Theatre
    Hever Castle, Kent TN8 7NG
  • Histories of the Unexpected Live! The Tudors

    18-Aug-2020 20:00 PM - 21:30 PM

    From Sam Willis the presenter of the BBC’s The Silk Road and Invasion! and James Daybell comes a brand-new show, a new way to think about the TUDORS! A fast-paced and revolutionary, perfect for ...

    6 - 16 years
    8/18/2020 8:00:00 PM 8/18/2020 9:30:00 PM

    Set against the magnificent backdrop of Hever Castle, Hever Festival Theatre is a Summer celebration of all things British, from cream teas, a Time Machine and a trip to the seaside, to Elgar’s ...

    Hever Festival Theatre
    hever, Kent TN8 7NG
  • The Tempest - William Shakespeare - Globe on Tour

    27-Aug-2020 20:00 PM - 20:30 PM

    How did a company tour in Shakespeare’s day? We know that when the theatres closed, a small group of actors, juggling a variety of roles in three or four plays from their extensive repertoire, w...

    8 - 16 years
    8/27/2020 8:00:00 PM 8/27/2020 8:30:00 PM

    Set against the magnificent backdrop of Hever Castle, Hever Festival Theatre is a Summer celebration of all things British, from cream teas, a Time Machine and a trip to the seaside, to Elgar’s ...

    Hever Festival Theatre
    Hever Castle, Kent TN8 7NG
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream - William Shakespeare - Globe on Tour

    28-Aug-2020 14:00 PM - 16:30 PM

    How did a company tour in Shakespeare’s day? We know that when the theatres closed, a small group of actors, juggling a variety of roles in three or four plays from their extensive repertoire, w...

    8 - 16 years
    8/28/2020 2:00:00 PM 8/28/2020 4:30:00 PM

    Set against the magnificent backdrop of Hever Castle, Hever Festival Theatre is a Summer celebration of all things British, from cream teas, a Time Machine and a trip to the seaside, to Elgar’s ...

    A Midsummer Night's Dream - William Shakespeare - Globe on Tour
    Hever Castle, Kent TN8 7NG
  • As You Like It - William Shakespeare - Globe on Tour

    29-Aug-2020 20:00 PM - 22:30 PM

    How did a company tour in Shakespeare’s day? We know that when the theatres closed, a small group of actors, juggling a variety of roles in three or four plays from their extensive repertoire, w...

    8 - 16 years
    8/29/2020 8:00:00 PM 8/29/2020 10:30:00 PM

    Set against the magnificent backdrop of Hever Castle, Hever Festival Theatre is a Summer celebration of all things British, from cream teas, a Time Machine and a trip to the seaside, to Elgar’s ...

    Hever Festival Theatre
    Hever Castle, Kent TN8 7NG

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