Wind in Bolton Abbey’s willows

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Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey Estate is the spectacular setting for a brand new outdoor theatre adaptation of ‘The Wind in the Willows’, Kenneth Grahame’s enchanting tale of adventure and mischief featuring childhood favourites Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad.

The production from North Yorkshire based Gobbledigook Theatre, written especially for Bolton Abbey, takes place July 23rd to August 7th and will be set against the backdrop of Bolton Priory Church and ruins on the banks of the River Wharfe.

It’s the first time Bolton Abbey Estate has embarked on a bespoke outdoor theatrical event and the performances are expected to attract hundreds of visitors from across the region.

Katie Collin, Events and Deputy Tourism Manager at Bolton Abbey, said: “We are very excited to stage such an iconic and charming children’s classic, and the setting by the river bank is perfect for the performance. Audiences will be drawn into the riverside world of the characters and even be given the opportunity to join in the adventure.”

Phil Grainger from Gobbledigook Theatre added: “So much of the novel is about nature and so Bolton Abbey Estate couldn’t be a more perfect setting for the story. It’s an absolute dream to stage theproduction in such a beautiful place and one which could have been the original setting for the novel.

“The production is a new adaptation of the novel and it stays true to the book but with a re-imagined timeline. We will bring the story to life with real props including a classic car and a rowing boat, as well as interesting locations to make the experience extra special for our audience who will also be part of the scenery and action. Expect a few surprises from the moment you arrive.”

As an immersive theatre experience, the production has no stage and visitors are encouraged to bring their own folding chairs to enjoy the performance. They should also be prepared to move around as the performance is delivered.

Tickets must be pre-booked and the entry price includes admission to the Estate for the day. Adults £17.50; children £12.00; children under 3 years old free; family (two adults and two children) £50. Limited availability. Evening and matinee performances are available and refreshments will be on sale before the show and during the interval.

Buy tickets here.

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