Events for Wakehurst

A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Ardingly, Haywards Heath, Sussex

31st August 2019 - 1st September 2019

Enjoy an evening of open-air theatre at Wakehurst as Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy is presented by Chapterhouse Theatre Company.
You’ll be whisked away on a thrilling journey to the most magical of forests, meeting star-crossed lovers, playful fairies, and hilarious travelling players.
Beautifully designed Elizabethan costumes, a wonderful musical score and enchanting woodland creatures come together to make this an evening of unmissable summer garden theatre.
Last year’s show had some fabulous reviews:
“What Chapterhouse does is theatre at the coalface, carried by the power of acting… and they do it with distinction” – The Stage
“Up there among the highlights of my family’s summer” – Stratford Herald
“Hilarious, well cast and a reassuringly English way to spend a fine summer’s evening” – Nottingham Post
Make your evening one to remember with a picnic hamper to enjoy on the lawns. When you are making your booking you can add one of the options below...
Hampers for 2 or 4 persons
£39.95 for 2 people including an alcoholic drink
£79.95 for 4 people
All hampers can be offered as gluten free/dairy free/nut free options
A Taste of Sussex
Bread selection with chive butter
Homemade tomato chutney
Homemade pickled onions
Mini homemade scotch egg
Sussex brie, Sussex charmer and Brighton blue cheeses
Local cured meats
Home-smoked salmon mousse and crostini
Wakehurst sausage roll
Wakehurst salad
Wine for two
Classic Ploughman’s
Bread selection with chive butter
Homemade tomato chutney
Honey-roasted gammon
Mature cheddar
Homemade pickled onions
Home-cured salmon and dill potato salad
Chestnut mushroom, spinach and cheddar tart
Wakehurst sausage roll
Wakehurst salad
Wine for two
Vegan Delights
Bread selection with vegan butter
Two salads
Vegan sausage rolls
Vegan cheese and homemade pickled onions
Homemade vegan hummus, roasted red pepper, basil and chervil salad
Coconut yoghurt and granola pot
Two vegan desserts
Wine for two
Classic Afternoon Tea
Finger sandwich selection:
Home-cured trout, lemon and herb crème fraiche, watercress
Sussex brie, tomato chutney, wild rocket
Coronation chicken, baby spinach
Homemade hummus, roasted red pepper, basil and chervil salad
Mini cakes and sweet treats:
Victoria sponge, lemon cake, chocolate brownie, salted caramel tart, macaroons
Two fruit scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam
Wine for two
Important information
Doors open at 6.30pm with the performance starting at 7.30pm. Last entry will be 7.15pm – you will not be able to join the event after this time.
It takes about 10 minutes to walk to the theatre location from the Visitor Centre.
Your ticket does not include daytime entry to the gardens. If you are a Wakehurst or Kew member, or have purchased a day ticket separately, you will need to return to the Visitor Centre when the gardens close at 6pm (last entry 5pm). If you have a ticket for A Midsummer Night’s Dream the same evening, you can re-enter at 6.30pm when the doors open. The Seed Café at the Visitor Centre will be open throughout.
Tickets and entry
All visitors (including children under 5 years) must have their own valid ticket, which must be produced to gain entry to the event.
After purchasing your tickets online, you will receive a confirmation email which is your entry ticket. The square QR code on the email will be scanned on entry to the event.
You can bring a printed copy of your booking confirmation email or show your email ticket with QR code on your mobile phone.
Your ticket can only be scanned once, so all members of your party must enter at the same time. Do not attempt to duplicate the email ticket as second and subsequent scans will fail.
Please arrive from 6.30pm and by 7.15pm at the latest. The performance will start at 7.30pm.
What to bring and wear
The event is outdoors and there are no covered areas, so ensure you have sufficient warm and waterproof clothing in case the summer weather turns cold and wet. While all paths to the theatre location are on hard surfaces, sturdy outdoor footwear is essential.
At the end of the performance, low level lighting will guide you back to the car park.
Cash will be the only form of payment accepted for the outdoor food and drink offers and some retail options, so please plan accordingly.
The performance takes place on a grass field which is suitable for both pushchairs and wheelchairs.
Wheelchairs are available to borrow on a first come, first served basis. Two mobility scooters per evening can be made available and should be booked in advance on 01444 894070.
Guide dogs or registered disability assistance dogs are allowed in the gardens. Other dogs are not allowed.
There are accessible toilets in the Visitor Centre, Stables restaurant, and at the Kangaroo Penn (closest to the theatre location).
Terms and conditions and important information
For safety reasons, no naked flames (e.g. candles, night lights, flares and lanterns) are allowed.
As per our ticket terms and conditions, we would like to remind you that as a ticket holder you are consenting to photography and filming by Wakehurst that may be used for promotional purposes.
Last entry for ticket holders is 7.15pm. There will be no admittance to the event after this time.
Please leave quietly at the end of the event out of consideration for our neighbours.
Place all litter in the bins provided.
The event will go ahead whatever the weather unless it is deemed unsafe to do so.
If you have a query relating to your ticket purchased by phone or online, please contact See Tickets customer services or call them 0844 871 8819 (standard call charges apply).
Refunds/event cancellation
Wakehurst/Kew and its ticketing partners See Tickets and Ticketmaster are unable to exchange tickets once purchased. We are also not able to offer refunds/duplicates on unwanted/lost tickets.