A summer of outdoor performance in and around Kent

Pack a picnic and bring along your family and friends to one of our theatre, outdoor cinema and music events, set in colourful gardens and picturesque surroundings near you. Every time you watch a performance at one of our special places you help support the National Trust’s charitable work to look after special places for ever, for everyone.

An outdoor theatre performance

Outdoor theatre at Scotney Castle 

This summer we will be hosting three outdoor theatre productions in the garden at Scotney Castle. Enjoy a warm summer's evening with our beautiful mansion house as the backdrop to the performances.

Poster for Alice in Wonderland, outdoor theatre performance

Outdoor Theatre at Emmetts Garden this Summer

Here at Emmetts Garden this August we've got not one, but two outdoor theatre productions to take your fancy. Bring the whole family along to Wonderland on an adventure with Alice or enjoy a classic production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream performed by The Lord Chamberlain's Men.

Couple sitting in chairs on the lawn watching a live performance

Music at the Mote 2019

Bring a picnic, sit back and relax or dance the night away with live music on 15 June and 3 August. Featuring favourite songs, enjoy a night to remember on the North Lawn at Ightham Mote.

An audience enjoying an outdoor performance of 'Wind in the willows' at Smallhythe Place

Summer Theatre at Smallhythe Place

There is theatre for everyone this season at Smallhythe Place. From open-air productions of Alice In Wonderland, Sense and Sensibility and The Winter's Tale, to comedy, opera, new writings and award-winning shows performed in the Barn Theatre, it’s a great opportunity to do something different with the family.