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Make the most of the summer weather and extra hours of daylight to enjoy al fresco entertainment. Order a picnic, fold up the garden chairs and bring along your family and friends to see some of the best touring theatre productions in the open-air setting of our beautiful gardens.

Picnic and Refreshment Packages

Remove the stress from the day and pre-order one of our yummy Ordsall Hall Picnic Bags which include a soft drink, sandwiches, cake, piece of fruit and crisps. Upgrade to a glass of Prosecco for an additional £1.

  • £8.95 – Adult Picnic Bag
  • £4.95 – Children’s Picnic Bag
  • £5.95 – Drinks and Nibbles Packages (Beer/Wine and your choice of savoury snack)

Three Inch Fools present Macbeth

Friday 21 June 2019, 7.00 – 9.00pm
£16 General Ticket | £12 Concession Ticket, booking required 

The Three Inch Fools will be performing Shakespeare’s iconic play in the atmospheric surroundings of Ordsall Hall’s gardens, the perfect setting for an evening of summer entertainment!

The Three Inch Fools do Shakespeare differently, with an acentric assortment of inventive props, costumes and contraptions to aid their innovative productions.

With their own brand of travelling Shakespeare, their performances are driven by live music-making and bold story-telling, bringing Shakespeare back to his lively, raucous roots!

Gates open at 6pm. Please feel free to bring your own chair(s), on-site bar available. Why not pre-order a picnic from us in advance for collection on the night?


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Sunday 21 July 2019, 2.00 – 3.30pm
£10 Adult| £8 Child | Under 5’s FREE | £32 Family Ticket, booking required 

Runaways, Fairies. Goblins. Water pistols? The Dream’s been ‘rubbished’!

Following 2018’s five-star Fringe run (Romeo & Juliet), the all-male, all-silly Rubbish Shakespeare Company are back. This time, they plan to stage the best production of The Dream ever seen. Will they succeed? Of course not, they’re rubbish! Featuring high-octane slapstick action, mischievous storytelling and belly laughs galore; expect a trail of wigs, bubble guns, cardboard cutouts and a pitiful attempt at roller skating. Your kids will love it, and so will you!


Gangsta Granny

Wednesday 31 July & Tuesday 27 August 2019, 1.00 – 3.00pm
£16 Adult| £10 Child | Under 5’s FREE, booking required 

Meet Ben, an 11 year old fed up with spending his Friday nights at Granny’s. All she wants to do is play Scrabble and eat cabbage – not exactly his idea of fun! Hungry and bored Ben goes searching for something more edible in the kitchen and stumbles upon an old biscuit tin. The tin holds more than just digestives, however; it contains Granny’s biggest secret… Ben’s Granny is an international jewel thief, and she needs his help to pull off her biggest heist yet, stealing the crown jewels!

Heartbreak Productions invites you share in this outdoor production of David Walliam’s bestselling tale full of forbidden fun.


The Tempest

Saturday 3 August 2019, 6.30 – 9.00pm
£16 Adult | £12 Early Bird Adult | £10 Child | Under 10’s FREE, booking required 

Join their all-female troupe for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ like none other. In usual Handlebards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter. And what’s the play about? Well – a shipwreck washes the court of Milan up onto a mysterious desert island, inhabited by magicians, sprites and monsters, where nothing is as it seems. There’s magic, musicality and mystery a plenty!


Much Ado About Nothing

Sunday 11 August 2019, 6.30 – 9.00pm
£16 Adult | £12 Early Bird Adult | £10 Child | Under 10’s FREE, booking required 

The Handlebards return in August for another evening of chaos and laughter in their all-male adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing. What’s the play about? Well – a group of soldiers return from the war to a household in Messina, causing the kindling of new love interests and the re-kindling of old rivalries. The parallel love stories of Beatrice, Benedick, Claudio and Hero become entangled with plotting, frivolity and melodrama in Shakespeare’s famous comedy.


Wuthering Heights

Thursday 15 August 2019, 6.30 – 9.00pm
£16 Adult| £10 Child | Under 5’s FREE, booking required 

Join Heartbreak Productions for this outdoor adaptation of Emily Bronte’s haunting tale of two restless souls as wild and untamed as the bleak Yorkshire moors.

Prepare for an evening of thrills, chills and ghostly spirits, where we hope to find the souls of the infamous Cathy and Heathcliff, former inhabitants of the notorious Wuthering Heights. Heathcliff is an orphan raised among the the Earnshaw family at their home on the moors. He develops an intense and unearthly bond with Mr Earnshaw’s passionate daughter, Cathy. Driven apart by Cathy’s ambition for social elevation, Heathcliff turns vengeful and sets out to enact a torturous scheme of revenge on the next generation of Earnshaws.