Sit back, relax and enjoy the show © National Trust

Sit back, relax and enjoy the show

Music, plays and stories

Bring a blanket, your deckchair and a tasty picnic, and settle down to an evening (or afternoon) of fabulous entertainment against the dramatic backdrops and naturally beautiful scenery of our places. We've events for all tastes from Shakespeare to Sherlock Holmes. Take a look at what's on near you and book your tickets now.

A taster of forthcoming events

  • First World War centenary

    Our places have many stories to share, so take some time out this year to explore our exhibitions and collections, take a guided walk or discover the war memorials we care for. Help us commemorate the lives of those who were on the battlefield and on the home front by sharing their stories with you. Why not join in the conversation on Twitter (#WW1) or at one of our events?

  • Pets love summer

    Looking for great days out with your dog? We’ve teamed up with Vets4Pets and Companion Care to bring you a series of roadshows where you can meet their experts and find out how to keep your pets health, happy and safe this summer.

  • Talks and guided tours

    Join us for one of our talks or tours and learn something new from our experts. Archaeology lovers can go on a guided walk around Poltesco Valley, at Lizard Point, or bring the kids for a tour of the windmill at Bembridge Windmill, Isle of Wight, then sit back and enjoy a miller's tale. Garden lovers can enjoy a guided tour with the Head gardener at Uppark House in West Sussex, finishing with a two course meal in the restaurant.

  • Get active

    Join us this summer on one of our outdoor activities. As the days get longer and warmer, it's the ideal time to try something new.

    We've 'have a go' canoe sessions, barefoot hikes, tennis on the lawn and even a bellyboard championship - with wooden boards and strictly no neoprene - and that's just for starters. You're guaranteed to find something to tickle your fancy.

Find an event near you