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Durlston Country Park

Swanage, BH19 2JL

Sunday 27th June 7pm

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Enquiries: 01929 424443

Adult £16 | Under 18’s £10

Venue information
Artsreach is delighted to be partnering with Durlston Country Park to bring you the first visit to Swanage of the prestigious Shakespearean company, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men.

Durlston is a stunning site, originally purchased by George Burt in 1863.   However, it wasn’t until Burt’s retirement in 1886 that he turned his energies to develop his estate further with the newly commissioned Durlston Head Castle as its centrepiece. Fired by a Victorian zeal for learning and the natural world, George Burt set about transforming the rest of his estate.  George Burt’s developments were not confined to building work. His estate was landscaped and planted with a variety of plants from around the world and it is worth noting that 50 men were employed to maintain Burt’s ‘New Elysian landscape’.

Durlston Country Park is now under the ownership of Dorset Council and is a 320-acre country park and nature reserve and part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

What to bring
Please bring your own low-backed seating. No tables are permitted. Sun hats, sun cream, sunglasses, raincoats and rain hats should all be considered!

Wheelchair access
This venue is fully accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Parking
Please note that parking at Durlston Country Park is limited therefore, subject to covid-19 guidance and should restrictions allow, please consider car sharing as much as possible. Parking at Durlston is £2 – tickets should be purchased from the machine on arrival and displayed clearly in the vehicle. If you are a Blue Badge holder and require a disabled parking space you must reserve this ahead of the performance by contacting Durlston on 01929 424443.

For all other visitors, please do consider parking in town and walking along the South West Coast path from Swanage to Durlston, using the Victorian Trail through the gardens at Durlston. The walk takes around 30 minutes and although it is up-hill it is a gentle incline and offers very stunning scenery.

A limited shuttle bus will also operate from Broad Road Car Park (BH19 2AP) for those who are unable to manage the walk. The charge for this will be £2 per person on a first come, first served basis – please have the correct change available. The service will commence at 5:45pm and run approximately every 30mins – look out for the blue Burrows coach. Parking in Broad Road car park is £1 after 6pm.

Weather
Our performances continue in all but the very worst weather! On very rare occasions, it will not be possible for us to complete the performance, but we will never cancel a performance before the advertised start time.

Should the performance start and then be called off by the weather, no refund can be issued however if the weather is so bad that the performance cannot even begin, a full refund will be issued.

COVID-19 measures
We will be adhering to the most up to date government guidelines relating to outdoor theatre. Our tour is ‘See It Safely’ compliant, please click here for more information. Each audience member/the lead booker of your party will receive a pre-event briefing detailing what measures are in place at the venue you are attending. More information regarding our Covid safety planning can be found here. We want to make your welcome back to live theatre as safe as possible and as enjoyable as possible.

Relaxed performances
We believe that all of our performances can be considered as relaxed. The lights don’t go down (until the sun sets!), the performances take place in the open air where there is plenty of space for audience members and all are welcome. We believe that theatre should be as accessible as possible and will be happy to talk to you about how we can make it accessible for you. If you have specific questions regarding your attendance at one of our performances please do not hesitate to get in contact with us so that we can help to welcome you. Contact details are here.

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