STOP PRESS: A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME SPECTACULAR FOR WEST GREEN AUDIENCES THIS SUMMER
Your safety and comfort are paramount to us as West Green. This year we are therefore moving our entire programmed season to the Lake Field at West Green House Gardens, with all the staged and concert performances taking place on a specially constructed stage on the island in the middle of our lake. You can look forward to exquisite lighting in our beautiful gardens as a backdrop to our stunning performances with a state-of-the-art sound system.
Audience seating will be ‘cabaret style’ at tables in pavilions, facing the island, where you will spend the whole of your evening. Tables will be socially distanced in line with government and local authority guidelines. The pavilions will be open-fronted to the stage, with three glass sides to protect you from any inclement weather but hopefully we can look forward to some glorious English summer evenings!
The West Green House Opera Season takes place at the end of July each year, when the gardens are incredibly beautiful, making it the most perfect setting for a small, friendly Opera festival.
West Green House is a quintessentially English manor house and garden, but with a twist. The gardens intriguingly combine neo-classical style with flamboyant contemporary design. The Opera, fielding a full orchestra, offers audiences a blissful combination of music, food, drink and elegance, set in the stunning gardens. In 2000, the first ever Opera Season was created by the inspirational opera professional and garden designer Marylyn Abbott, former marketing and tourism manager of Sydney Opera House.
As each opera evening concludes, West Green House becomes a unique experience as the Lake Field, water gardens and follies are lit to create a “fête champêtre”, a performance in its own right, creating an unsurpassed garden spectacle.
West Green House, The Opera Garden is situated in this unspoilt corner of Hampshire and close to the attractive village of Hartley Wintney, just 45 minutes by car or coach from London and well positioned between the M3 and M4 and close to the train station of Winchfield.
You will be seated at a round table with your group/party in one of our 4 lakeside pavilions. The performance will take place on a stage on the island in the lake. You will watch the performance from, and dine at, your table.
If you are bringing a picnic with you, it is best to keep it simple as we are not able to provide additional serving tables this year. We would ask you not to bring tall items and candles as this will disrupt your view of the stage. However, we will provide lights for your table that can be switched off during the performance.
Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks and coffee/tea will be available to purchase from the Horse-Box bar adjacent to the pavilions. We are delighted to also offer this year our new West Green House Gin which will be available from our Gin Bar. You can pre-order wine from Jane in the Opera Office on 01252 848676 or on the night by calling or texting the number on the reverse of the card on your table which will also have details of the location of toilets.
On arrival, please have your e-tickets ready to present at the entrance/shop. We will then show you to your table in your pavilion. Pre-ordered picnics can be collected from the Bothy. Golf buggies are available if you require assistance and our volunteers will be available to help with wheelchairs. All wheelchair users will be seated in the pavilion closest to the entrance. You will be greeted at your pavilion and guided to your table.
The gardens will be beautifully lit, as usual, after the performance but we do have to close the garden and lock up at 11pm.
e-tickets will be emailed 48 hours before each performance.