In January we Wassail our Orchard, in summer we hold Open Air Theatre and Concerts, in October we celebrate Apple Day. We also have volunteering weekends throughout the year such as tree care, bulb planting and apple picking


2024 – in the Walled Garden

For all events bring a picnic and something to sit on. Dogs welcome on a short, fixed lead. All bookings are online,  click on the event to buy tickets.

Please refer to the frequently asked questions at the base of the page. If the answer to your query is not there please email



Importance of Being Ernest by The Pantaloons


Everybody loves Ernest. In fact, Cecily and Gwendolen are both engaged to Ernest. The only trouble is, he doesn’t exist. Or does he…?

Best friends Jack and Algy have both created alter-egos to win the affections of their beloveds; but when will they stop being Ernest and start being, well, earnest?

Wilde’s comic masterpiece gets The Pantaloons treatment in their anarchic take on the classic comedy of manners. This energetic and musical production from the critically-acclaimed company infuses Wilde’s witty words with snappy new songs and frantically funny physical theatre to give this perennially popular play a hilarious contemporary twist!

Saturday 29th June, 1-5pm

An afternoon picnic concert with Herts Big Band.

From the giants in the 1940s through to current day big bands, we have a varied and contemporary repertoire covering the styles of swing, latin and funk. We play the music of Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Patrick Williams, Duke Ellington and the WDR Big Band to name just a few. 

Big band singers covered by the band include the greats of Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Diane Schuur, Nancy Wilson and Patti Austin.

Bring a picnic and something to drink or get pizza and real ale whilst you watch this fabulous band in the Walled Garden.

The event is very popular so booking advised, click here to be taken to the ticketing site

Saturday 24th August 7pm

Merry Wives of Winsor by The Pantaloons


“Wives may be merry, and yet honest too!”

Sir John Falstaff, everyone’s favourite Shakespearean sleazeball, has fallen on hard times. In order to fix his finances he plans to seduce the wives of two wealthy merchants. But, wise to his wily ways, the ladies take the opportunity to punish Falstaff by playing a series of hilarious tricks on the nincompoop knight.

Expect silly slapstick, abundant anachronisms and memorable music nestled amongst Shakespeare’s poignant poetry as the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons put their own innovative and interactive spin on this classic comedy.


To purchase tickets please click on the event that you are interested in.

All tickets are online in advance only in the first instance. Tickets may be available on the gate dependent on sales.

You are welcome to bring picnics and something to sit on, dogs are also welcome on short fixed leads. Under 3s are free to all of our events unless marked (*) this may be under 2 for events organised in conjunction with other organisations.

See the FAQ section at the bottom of this page together with the wet weather policy for more information.

Wet weather policy

This policy forms part of our terms and conditions.

The Walled Garden and amphitheatre are completely uncovered. We will make every effort to complete the performance and reserve the right to stop and start the action as necessary.

Performances will never be cancelled or abandoned before the advertised starting time and then only in the event of very bad weather. Refunds are not given for cancellation or abandonment as a result of the weather; however performances will aim to take place regardless of weather conditions.

Frequently asked questions

Where to get tickets

Tickets for all events are available through the website

Do I have to buy tickets in advance? Yes if you wish to ensure you get a ticket. Some tickets may be available on the gate, this will not be known until nearer the event.

What happens if it rains? In the true spirit of outdoor theatre and concerts the shows will go on, see our wet weather policy

Should I bring anything to sit on? You may bring a blanket, cushions, chairs, umbrellas in case of rain or shine, some warmer clothing for the evening performances as it can get chilly towards the end of the evening.

We do have a small number of plastic chairs available, if you are in particular need of a chair and would find it difficult to bring your own chairs, please contact us in advance and we will reserve a chair for you.

Can I park my car? Yes all of our car parks are within easy walking distance of the Walled Garden.

If you require disabled parking please tell one of our car parking attendants on arrival.

Shall I bring a picnic? Yes you may bring picnics and drinks, no barbeques though please!

Can I bring my dog? Yes dogs are welcome on a short fixed lead.

You have not covered my question, who shall I contact? Please either complete the contact us form or email


SUN 20TH OCTOBER, 12-4pm in the Walled Garden

Celebrating all things apple, our annual apple day event in the Walled Garden. Many unusual varieties of apple to try and buy, apple juice, produce and craft stalls, childrens activities. Entrance £1 per person under 3s free