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?

  • Sporting events

    Join us this season on one of our outdoor activity events.

    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.

  • Talks and guided tours

    Join us for one of our talks or tours and learn something new from our experts. From archaeology to gardening, art to poetry we've lots to tempt you with and bring you a bit closer to our stories and heritage.

  • 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.

Find an event near you