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Childerley Own Events

Childerley Garden Open afternoons 2024:

Sunday 19 May

2 pm to 5 pm

Payment at Gate: £5 adults, Children under 16 free

Refreshments available.

Well-behaved dogs on leads welcome!




presented in association with

The Cambridge Summer Music Festival

Sunday 14 July: (Box office opens here Saturday 27 April 2024)  
Opera in the Long Barn, pre-performance picnics in the gardens
Mozart's The Magic Flute - a Wild Arts  Production.

Join us on Sunday 14 July for a magical production of The Magic Flute

With an opportunity to picnic in the beautiful Childerley gardens from 1pm, the performance starts at 3 pm with two acts of one hour each. There will be a 30 minute interval, with the performance finishing at approximately 6 pm.

Tickets: £28, £42, £55, £70 plus booking fee. 

W. A. Mozart – The Magic Flute
Returning for their third season,  Wild Arts presents a new production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute directed by James Hurley.


In a fairytale land, Prince Tamino falls in love with Pamina, the kidnapped daughter of the mysterious Queen of the Night, and embarks on a dangerous mission to rescue her. His fantastical journey transforms everything he thought he knew about this dream-like world of darkness and light...


Sung in English in the translation by Jeremy Sams, with new dialogue by James Hurley.


Director James Hurley | Conductor Orlando Jopling | Designer Sophie Lincoln | A cast of 12 exceptional singers | A chamber orchestra of 10 top musicians including Sijie Chen, Will McGahon, Christine Anderson and Leo Popplewell.

Wild Arts is a charity dedicated to making music accessible, fresh, and enjoyable for everyone. They are passionate about innovating and reimagining opera to create vibrant, engaging productions that resonate with a wide audience, often in unusual venues, such as the Long Barn at Childerley

Our productions are immediate, fun, with compelling storytelling and exceptional musicianship that everyone can enjoy…

‘A joy beyond all expectation – sassily delivered and outstandingly well-sung.’ Michael White, former associate editor of The Guardian, reviewing 2023’s The Elixir of Love.

"A fine young cast excel, with engaging energy and superb singing." The Guardian on their 2022 production.

Sunday 21 July: (Box office opens here Saturday 27 April 2024)
Atmospheric and electrifying folk with Kathryn Tickell and The Darkening  in the Childerley Long Barn.

Gardens open 3 pm; Performance in the Long Barn 4.30 pm, one interval, ending around 6.30 pm

Refreshments will be available for purchase in the Long Barn from 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm.

Tickets: £24, £28 plus booking fee

Kathryn Tickell is the foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes; a composer, performer, educator and successful recording artist   “No one has evoked the landscape and traditions of Northumbria more affectingly than Kathryn Tickell” wrote The Observer…”she is steeped in the songs and mythology of the north-east.”  


Named after the old Northumbrian word for twilight, The Darkening is made up of four North-East England-based members: Kathryn Tickell (Northumbrian smallpipes, fiddle, vocals), Amy Thatcher (accordion, synth, clogs, vocals), Kieran Szifris (octave mandolin), Joe Truswell (drums, percussion). Together these dazzling musicians create musical magic - a dynamic and unique “Ancient Northumbrian Futurism”.

Based in the shadow of Hadrian’s Wall yet reaching out to the wider world, Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening explore the connecting threads of music, landscape and people over a period of almost 2000 years. Songs range from themes of freedom, nature and venturing out into the world after times of darkness, to a Roman inscription with links to Libya and Syria magnetically pulled into the 21st century with glorious vocal harmonies and the wildest of piping.

Praise for the new album Cloud Horizons:

“…wildly thrilling” The Guardian

“…this is a blinder! …just fantastic” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 6 Music​


Sadly no Shakespeare in the Garden this year but we plan to welcome back Castle Theatre Company, Durham in 2025.

General Information for all Events:

DIRECTIONS - CB23 8BA.  Don't rely on Satnav alone.  Make sure you approach from the St Neots Road (old A428) between Caldecote and Cambourne and refer to directional map.

PARKING - There is good parking for cars and bicycles.  On arrival, please follow the signage.

ACESSIBILITY - The Long barn and gardens picnic lawn are fully accessible.  There is a designated accessible toilet in the gardens, and near to the Long barn.  We will reserve parking places for blue badge holders close the entrance through to the Long Barn. Please email the venue at to secure Blue Badge Parking who will send specific instructions to those booking. 

DOGS - well-behaved and on leads are welcome at garden open days but not at performances.

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