West Green House Gardens is located in the village of Hartley Wintney, which is well positioned between the M3 and M4 and close to the train station of Winchfield.
Full Directions and maps can be found on our contact page.
What to Wear
Our preferred dress code for evening performances is Black Tie.
The dress code for daytime events is Smart Casual.
All performances are under cover.
Arriving & Parking
We have a large car park adjacent to the garden with level paths into the garden. Our “Opera Angels” and West Green House Buggies will be on hand to assist anyone with mobility difficulties and to bring you and your picnics to the Lakeside for a beautiful evening of music and dining.
The West Green House Opera Picnic
Prepared on site by our resident chef, make your choice from the delicious menu and let us do the hard work for you. Each picnic uses produce from our garden and is presented in a rustic seed tray labelled with a memento of this opera night, a packet of British wild flower seeds for your garden.
Please either post the completed form for the attention of Sandra Short at the address on the form or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will send an email confirmation for all picnic orders but if you don’t receive a confirmation please call 01252 844611 as it may mean that we have not received your booking form.
Picnics are prepared daily to order and to collect we will require your confirmation reference.
The West Green House Opera Picnic Menu
Piri Piri King Prawn Skewer, Melon and Cucumber Salad
Ham Hock and Pea Terrine, Celeriac and Apple Slaw, Mustard ketchup
Chilled Carrot and Coconut Soup
Bang Bang Chicken, Honey and Peanut Glaze, Summer Garden Leaves and Tricolore Pasta
Hot Smoked Mackerel, Caesar Salad, Rosemary Focaccia, Summer Garden Leaves
Marinated Portobello Mushrooms, Romesco Sauce, Summer Garden Leaves, Tricolore Pasta
Summer Berry Tart with Raspberry Coulis
Meringue, Dark Chocolate Ganache and Pistachios
West Green Box of British Cheeses and Chutney
Under Cover Seating for Picnics
Pavilion on the Theatre Lawn – There is a shared under covered space on the tiered lawn overlooking West Green House. Bring your own picnic or order a West Green House Opera Picnic. Tables for up to 6.
Raj Tents – Why not book a table for eight to ten under a chandelier-lit Raj Tent on the lawn in front of the west side of West Green House.
Wherever you choose to dine every table is always set with garden flowers, candles, all placed on a smart cloth. Each area has its own hostess, a friend of West Green Opera to ensure your supper proceeds seamlessly.
Orangery – Newly restored and available for parties of up to 20.
Our Bar and Drinks
Before the show and during the interval, why not try West Green’s very own Gin? Its flavour was created from herbs and flowers picked in the garden one summers afternoon.
Or download our full drinks menu and pre-order your drinks to be available on your evening of choice.
Bringing Your Own Picnic
You are welcome to bring your own picnic and find a pretty spot anywhere in our Gardens to enjoy your food or eat at your table in the Lakeside Pavilions. Our Bar is always on hand to save you carrying heavy bottles.
Tables can be booked by calling 01252 848676 and with your tickets through this website.
After The Performance
West Green House Opera is unique in offering further delights once the opera is over. Step from our Green Theatre
The after-show spectacular – following the performance, the gardens are magnificently lit to become a show in their own right. Please do allow time to enjoy our “extra performance” before heading home.
The lighting is designed each year by Neil Daykin and his team, turning the lake, fountains and gardens into a glittering illuminated wonderland. Why not linger to enjoy the spectacular display with a final hot coffee or fizz before our gardens shut at 11pm.
Further theatrical magic was saved for after the show. Coming out of the theatre, the audience discovered that the walled potager, the hidden walks, the lake and fountains of West Green House garden had all been lit with fairy-lights, lanterns, and arc lights. It was almost painfully beautiful.
Warwick Thomson The Classical Source