Your Evening

From the lakeside pavilion sit back in comfort, undercover and safe from the elements, to enjoy grand opera performed from the island stage, that is cantilevered in front of you across a lake where white ducks glide by, in this unique and beautiful setting

The gardens open two hours before the performance, so there is ample time to visit the gardens or relax before the performance begins.

What to Wear

Our preferred dress code is Black Tie but many people just dress smartly which makes for a very elegant evening.

The dress code for daytime events is Smart Casual.

All performances are under cover.

Arriving & Parking

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.

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.

Opera Angels

The West Green House Opera Picnic

Offers three delicious courses, designed by Jon Kohout, formerly Head Chef on the Orient Express. The picnics are freshly prepared daily and can be collected either at 5 pm or during the interval beside the Orangery near the Theatre Lawn. Picnics are kept in a refrigerated area to ensure they reach you in perfect condition. A wine menu will be available to enable you to pre-order your wines, rather than carry heavy items to the opera. Your pre-ordered wine will be delivered to your table with glasses prior to your arrival and all white, rose and sparkling wine are chilled ready for you and your guests.

Picnics are prepared daily to order and to collect we will require your confirmation reference.

Undercover Picnic Tables

Pre-booked picnic space is on the tiered lawns beside the house reached by walking through the walled garden adjacent to the garden entrance.

Pavilion on the Theatre Lawn –

There is a shared undercover space on the tiered lawn overlooking West Green House where you can bring your own picnic or order a West Green House Opera Picnic to enjoy at your table. £60 for a table seating up to six. Under-cover dining space for picnics should be pre-ordered.

Raj Tents –

Why not book a chandelier-lit Raj Tent on the lawn in front of the west side of West Green House where you can bring your own picnic or order a West Green House opera Picnic to enjoy at your table. £110 for a table seating up to ten.

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. £220 for up to twenty

Raj Tents

Bringing Your Own Picnic

You are welcome to bring your own picnic, table and chairs and find a pretty spot anywhere in our Gardens to enjoy your food or eat at your table in our shared Pavilion or Raj Tent behind the house. The West Green House Bar is always on hand to save you carrying heavy bottles.

Tables can be booked by calling 01252 848676 or through this website.

Our Bar and Drinks

Before the show and during the interval, why not try West Green’s very own Gin or a cocktail at The West Green House Gin Bar? The Gin’s flavour was created from herbs and flowers picked in the garden one summers afternoon. 

To be found Lakeside near your theatre
seats for:
Still and Sparkling water
Elderflower Presse
West Green House Gin cocktails
Champagne and Canapes
(available for pre-order}
A selection of fine wines available
for sale by the bottle.
Coffee, before and after the

Or download our full drinks menu and pre-order your drinks to be available on your evening of choice. (coming soon)

Your Evening

After The Performance

West Green House Opera is unique in offering further delights once the opera is over.

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