The HandleBards perform The Tempest
5:30 PM17:30

The HandleBards perform The Tempest

The world’s first cycling theatre company, The HandleBards, pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the globe.

 Join their all-female troupe at The Larmer Tree 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! Visit to find out more!

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Gates open 4.30pm and performance begins at 5.30pm

This is an outdoor production. There are a limited number of deckchairs available on a first come first served basis, but you are welcome to bring your own chair or blanket to sit on. There will be refreshments on sale during the evening and picnics are welcome.

Praise for the HandleBards

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - “Explodes with energy and is a genuine treat from start to finish.” - The Stage

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - “There is not a single HandleBard who is anything less than magnificent.” - The Wee Review

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - “Five stars just don’t seem enough…” - The Sunderland Echo

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - “I laughed until I cried, there’s nothing else out there like The HandleBards.” - The Shields Gazette

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - “There is never a moment when the audience is not laughing.” - Broadway Baby

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - “A hilarious, heart-felt, high-octane show.” - Young Perspective

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - “They make great use of the fourth wall…bringing the audience right into the action.” - Fringe Review

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - “An unexpected delight and a must-see!” - EdFringe Review

★ ★ ★ ★  - “Gloriously eccentric and very, very funny.” - The Stage

★ ★ ★ ★  - “It is cheeky, it is hilarious and it is touching (sometimes literally).” - The Reviews Hub

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Vintage Brocante
to May 6

Vintage Brocante

Open 10am to 4pm on Sunday May 5th & Monday May 6th.

With over 40 selected Vintage, Artisan and Food stalls offering decorative, interior and seasonal food as well as artisan workshops and music in the gardens.  Free parking on site. Local foodie stalls will offer light lunches and refreshments within the beautiful gardens which will also be open to explore.

Please see the website for more details:

Please note that no dogs, except Guide or Assistance dogs are allowed in the grounds due to the peacocks in the gardens.

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Easter Extravaganza
11:00 AM11:00

Easter Extravaganza

A Family Event celebrating Easter Monday with an Alice in Wonderland Theme.

The Easter Extravaganza at Larmer Tree offers family fun on Easter Monday 22nd April. 
Track the Queen of Hearts, The Mad Hatter, The Cheshire Cat and Alice through the garden. Decorate biscuits with the Queen of Hearts and follow the White Rabbit to the magic show.
There are 3 magic shows that require booking, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm. 

We can offer a family ticket at £18 which includes 2 adults and 2 children or children are charged at £5 each and Adults at £4. Price includes chocolate treats for children.

Garden and Coffee Grove Cafe open 11am to 4.30pm. Additional food vendors will serve delicious hot and cold refreshments, but please be aware they may not be able to accept card payments. Cash is advised.

Book tickets online or call 01725 516971
Tickets must be booked in advance as numbers are capped for each session.

The Great Big Tree Climbing Company will also be at the gardens and to book a ticket for this amazing experience, please visit here:-

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Wedding Fair
11:00 AM11:00

Wedding Fair

On Sunday 7th April you are invited to visit the Larmer Tree Wedding Fair. Spend some time at our stunning venue and experience your dream wedding day. Talk to our team of professional wedding planners and in-house chefs and meet a selection of recommended suppliers in the romantic and tranquil surroundings. We are delighted to offer free entry for all visitors for the day.

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Ghost Stories by Candlelight performed by Robert Lloyd Parry
7:00 PM19:00

Ghost Stories by Candlelight performed by Robert Lloyd Parry

Ghost Stories By Candlelight: Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad + The Ash-tree

Sweet Track Events present Nunkie Theatre Company
Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad + The Ash-tree

Two classic ghost stories by M. R. James
Performed by Robert Lloyd Parry

Friday 15th February 2019
Larmer Tree Gardens - Victorian Jubilee Hall
Tollard Royal, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 5PY

Doors 6.30pm
Show starts 7.30pm

Early-bird offer of £12, available until Friday 18th January. Thereafter, £14 in advance and £16 on door. 
Click on 'Book Now' at bottom of this page
Rushmore Estate Office, Tollard Royal, 01725 516971
Shaftesbury Tourist Information Centre, 01747 853514
Michelle Hilborne (promoter), 01747 812084 

Licensed bar + light refreshments available to purchase.

Following last year's sold-out show, we are delighted to welcome back Nunkie Theatre Company with two more classic ghost stories.

Robert Lloyd Parry brings a seasonal shiver to the magical setting of the Victorian Jubilee Hall at Larmer Tree Gardens. This critically acclaimed one-man show is an atmospheric retelling of two tales by M. R. James, the master of the English ghost story.

Over a century after their first publication, the ghost stories of M. R. James retain their power to terrify and amuse. Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad – a tale of nocturnal horror on the Suffolk coast – is considered by many to be author’s masterpiece. It is beautifully complemented here by The Ash-tree, a story of witchcraft and vengeance down the generations.

Every Christmas, Montague Rhodes James, an eminent medieval scholar, would write and perform new tales to entertain friends in his rooms in King’s College, Cambridge. The stories by M. R. James thrill, terrify and amuse as powerfully today as they ever did. Robert Lloyd Parry recreates James’s entertainments in a truly atmospheric way, illuminated by candlelight and underscored by dread.

Suitable for ages 13+

IMPORTANT NOTE ON DIRECTIONS: Satnav does not get you to the Larmer Tree Gardens entrance. Please follow the brown tourist signs with flower symbol or visit

'Lloyd Parry is always absorbing, and catches the sense of dread that gives James his originality.'

'This is story-telling at its finest . . . A gloriously ghostly and chilling winter treat.'


'Lloyd Parry's beautifully modulated performance is perfectly judged to send an enjoyable chill down the spine.'
**** METRO

On Christmas Day 2013 and Christmas Eve 2017, Robert Lloyd Parry appeared on television portraying M. R. James in Mark Gatiss' BBC Two documentary, M. R. James: Ghost Writer.

Larmer Tree Gardens - Victorian Jubilee Hall, Wiltshire on Friday 15 February 2019
Doors Open at 6:30PM
Starts at 7:30PM
Box Office: 01747 812084

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