Summer theatre and music in and around Hampshire

This summer, the curtain lifts on a magnificent season of outdoor theatre, set in some of Hampshire's most beautiful locations. Most of our shows are suitable for children as well as adults, so there’s plenty of choice, from Shakespeare’s The Tempest at The Vyne to children's classic Peter Pan at Mottisfont. There's free summer jazz too, at Hinton Ampner and Uppark. So, bring a picnic and prepare for an evening of entertainment under the stars.

Harry Strutter Jazz Band

Hinton Ampner 

Outdoor music: Harry Strutters Jazz Band, 15 July & 12 August 12 - 3pm, normal admission charge only. The Harry Strutters Hot Three return to Hinton Ampner for two summer dates of cool acoustic jazz. Relax on the lawns and soak up the views as you take in the sounds of smooth jazz. You’ll find plenty of delicious treats on offer in Hinton’s tea-room, so why not bring a picnic rug and enjoy lunch al fresco?

Performers from Illyria dancing during a performance

Uppark House and Garden 

Outdoor theatre: The Pirates of Penzance, 4 August, 7 - 9pm. With hilarious melodrama, sharp satire and glittering wit, Illyria's The Pirates of Penzance is as fresh as if it had been written today, and packed-full of memorable songs including To be a Pirate King?, Modern Major General, and A Policeman's Lot is Not a Happy One. Bring a picnic and sing along, as the sun sets over panoramic views of the South Downs.

FB Pocket Orchestra promo shot

Uppark House and Garden 

Relax on Uppark’s manicured lawn and listen to cool acoustic jazz from the Harry Strutters band (5 Aug). On 19 August the FB Pocket Orchestra brings along hot vintage jazz, blues and ragtime . So snap up some treats and cool drinks from our café, or bring your dancing shoes and get into the swing. 12 - 3pm, normal admission charge only.

Illustration of Dr Dolittle with animals

Hinton Ampner 

Outdoor theatre: Dr Dolittle, 18 August 6-8pm, adult £16 child £8, booking essential on 0344 249 1895. Suitable for all the family. When Doctor Dolittle is taught how to talk to animals by his wise parrot Polynesia, news of his skills spread far and wide. Join award-winning theatre troupe Illyria as we set out on this funny and exciting animal adventure, in the beautiful National Trust gardens of Hinton Ampner.

Outdoor theatre The Midnight Gang

Hinton Ampner 

Outdoor theatre: The Hound of the Baskervilles, 1 Sept, 7 – 9pm, adult £16, child £8, book on 0344 249 1895, suitable for early teens +. Who killed Sir Charles Baskerville? ls a monstrous hound really roaming Dartmoor? Why is someone systematically stealing Sir Henry's shoes? Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Doctor Watson tackle the most baffling case of their careers in Illyria’s cheeky, but chilling adaptation. Settle down in Hinton’s historic parkland for an exciting evening of Victorian Gothic drama.

Close up of male actor wearing boater with devil's horns on it

The Vyne 

Outdoor theatre: The Importance of Being Ernest, 4 August, 7 – 10pm (gates open 5.45pm), adult £13, child £8, booking essential on 0344 249 1895, suitable for all ages. Everyone loves Ernest. In fact, Cecily and Gwendolen are both engaged to Ernest. The only trouble is, Ernest doesn’t exist. Or does he? This energetic production from the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons gives Oscar Wilde’s beloved comedy a hilarious twist. Enjoy the fun as the sun sets over this beautiful country estate.

The Lord Chamberlain's Men at Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire

The Vyne 

Outdoor theatre: The Tempest 11 August, 7 – 10pm (gates open 5.45pm), all tickets £19, booking essential on 0344 249 1895, suitable for age 5+ The award-winning Lord Chamberlain’s Men invite you to enjoy Shakespeare’s spellbinding masterpiece, against the magnificent backdrop of former Tudor palace The Vyne. Pack a picnic and settle down for this fast-paced performance of The Tempest – a story of shipwrecks, revenge, comedy and love - famously played by an all-male cast.

Mompesson garden looking lovely in the sunshine

Mompesson House 

Outdoor music: Woodford Ukulele Group, 18 August, 2.30 – 4pm, normal admission charge only. Relax in Mompesson’s pretty walled garden this summer, and be entertained by delightful tunes from this popular local band.