Friday, 24 June 2016

Alfresco summer nights: Music

The National Trust’s best locations for outdoor music

Written by National Trust

South West

Coleton Fishacre, Devon
Jazz Age lawn party, 21 May, 6.30pm – 9pm
Step back in time to the decadence of the jazz age.Sip cocktails on Coleton Fishacre's bowling lawn as the jazz band perform from the Loggia, and soak up the beautiful surroundings of the D'Oyly Carte family's 1920s summer home on this special evening of elegance and music.
Price: £20
For more information, please call 01803 842382

Knightshayes Court, Devon
Soupstock, 7, 14, 21 & 28 August, 12pm – 5pm
Visit Knightshayes for a fourth year summer of fun at Soupstock: serving up hot food and cool grooves for the whole family. Come along for four packed Sundays of great local food and music for the soul. Local bands will provide entertainment, before some top tribute acts take to the stage, all set against the backdrop of Knightshayes' beautiful parkland.
Price: Free
For more information, please call 01884 254665
Tyntesfield, Bristol
Ceilidh, 7 May, 7pm – 11pm
Get your welly wiggle on and head to Tyntesfield to celebrate the beginning of summer with a good old ceilidh hoedown. There will be a toe-tapping band, traditional ceilidh caller, Somerset cider and a hearty barbecue.
Price: £10
For more information, please call 01275 461 964

Live from the Lawn, 27 – 29 August, 10am – 4pm
Back for its third year, Tyntesfield's very own mini music festival will be showcasing amazing Bristol-based performers and artists from further afield. There'll be a main stage, fun workshops and intimate sessions in beautiful settings.
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call: 01275 461 964


Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire
Eboracum Baroque - Henry Purcell's King Arthur, 9 July, 6.30pm – 8pm
Relax with a picnic in a beautiful wildflower paddock as Canons Ashby welcomes back Eboracum Baroque for this magical production of Purcell's classic opera for all the family.
Come and hear the tale of King Arthur, complete with singing warriors and magical spirits.
The group are recent graduates from the top conservatoires and universities across the UK, performing on genuine period instruments.
Price: £12
For more information, please call 01327 861903

East of England

Blickling Estate, Norfolk
The Blickling Proms weekend, 12 August, 8pm – 10.30pm & 13 August, 7.30pm – 10.15pm. (Gates open earlier, see website for details.)
The Blickling Proms have become one of the biggest occasions on Norfolk's social calendar.
If you're dreaming of Pimms and long summer evenings, get your friends together and visit the beautiful grounds at Blickling for two evenings of music. On Friday Blickling will play host to a set of classic Ibiza dance anthems played by an internationally renowned DJ, accompanied by a live 32 piece orchestra. On Saturday the programme features great movie themes and traditional 'last night of the proms' tunes, starring award winning harmony trio BLAKE.
Price: (per day) Adults £35, Children £16 (booking essential).
Camping available at extra cost.
For more information, please call 01283 841601 or visit

Hatfield Forest, Essex
WoodFest, 9 - 11 September, 10am – 11pm each day
Visit Hatfield Forest for their free annual festival in the heart of the woods. There will be plenty going on over the weekend including local music, stalls, craft activities and more than 80 musical acts on two stages. There will also be locally-sourced food, real ale and cider on site to keep you going during the three-day festival. Visit for free during the day, or buy a camping pitch and spend two nights under the stars in this stunning medieval hunting forest.
Note music starts and finishes at different times on the three days of the Festival.
Price: Day admission free, Tent pitch (for two nights) £80, Caravan/camper van pitch (for two nights) £80. Booking essential for camping pitches.
For more information, please call 01279 870678

South East

Hinton Ampner, Hampshire
Spitfire Sisters, 9 July, 7pm – 8pm
Enjoy a vintage summer evening with the Spitfire Sisters, a classic '40s style vocal trio backed by a six-piece swing band. They will be filling the air with some old favourites, and adding a vintage touch to newer tunes. Bring a picnic, relax on the lawns and make an evening of it as the sun sets over Hinton Ampner.
Price: Adult £20, Child £10 (booking essential)
For more information, please call 0844 249 1895

Morden Hall Park, London
Jazzy June Evenings, 3, 10, 17 & 24 June, 8pm - 10pm
Morden Hall Park is green oasis, giving you a taste of a country estate in south London. Every Friday throughout June Morden will be staying open late and playing host to an evening of jazz in the historic stable yard. A different group will be performing each week, so come along for a glass of Pimms and the chance to dance the night away.
Price: £8 in advance, £10 on the gate (booking essential)

Uppark House and Garden, West Sussex
Jazz Evening, 19 June, 13 & 23 July, 6pm – 8pm
The FB Pocket Orchestra take you back to the swinging 1920s and 30s with their repertoire of hot jazz, blues, ragtime & popular dance numbers of the era. Bring a picnic and relax on the lawn as the sun sets over Uppark.
Price: £12.50 (booking essential)
For more information, please call 01730 825 415

North East

Gibside, Tyne & Wear
Live Music Night, 25 June, 23 July, 27 August, 6pm – 9pm
Visit Gibside on the fourth Saturday of every month to enjoy live music in the Beer Garden. The long summer evenings are the perfect time to relax outside with a glass or wine or pint of real ale, so come along and listen to performances by a range of singers and musicians. The pub is family-friendly and there is even a mini-play area for kids. Dogs also welcome.
Price: Free
For more information, please call 01207 541820

North West

Sticklebarn and The Langdales, Cumbria
Mountain Apres Sundays, 7 & 14 August, 6.30pm – 10pm
After a busy day hiking, cycling or otherwise exploring in the Cumbrian fells, everyone needs some time to relax. For two Sundays in August, Sticklebarn tavern will be offering an evening of live music, great Lakeland food and outdoor fires. Kick back, unwind and share your experiences of the beautiful landscape with your fellow adventurers.
Price: Free
For more information, please call 015394 37356

Northern Ireland

Crom, County Fermanagh
Music by the Lake, 9 July & 6 August, 7pm – 10pm
Bring along a picnic and rug and settle down by the shores of Lough Erne for a relaxing evening of music. On 9 July Sidewalk Boogie will be bringing the Blues to the Crom estate, followed by Midnight Graffiti on the 6 August - a 5 piece brassy pop/rock ensemble.
Ticket price includes a glass of wine on arrival.
Price: £10
For more information, please call 028 6773 8118

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