The school summer holidays officially start for us next week! Is everyone else on the countdown too? I cannot wait for a few weeks without having to wake up super early to navigate traffic on the school runs… it will be absolute bliss!
If this glorious weather continues, it really will make the summer holidays even better and get everyone outside more.
With so many upcoming family related activities happening in Manchester, let me tell you about some rather special open air productions taking place at Ordsall Hall over the summer and how you can buy tickets…
Outdoor theatre events at the gorgeous Tudor manor house in Salford were a sell out last year, with this year’s line up of productions set to be the best yet. Fun for all the family, all you need is a chair!
Pride & Prejudice takes place July 18th 7.30-9.30pm performed by Heartbreak Productions who make their first visit to the stunning gardens of Ordsall Hall to perform Jane Austen’s classic. Join Heartbreak and a host of charming young bachelors (yes, Mr Darcy will be there!) for an evening of comedy, romance and more than one come-uppance plus pop-up gin bar.
On July 26th the world’s first cycling theatre company, The Handlebards return to Ordsall Hall to perform Twelfth Night. The all-male company pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the globe. In usual HandleBards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.
The Handlebards’s female troupe will return to Ordsall Hall on 1st August to perform Romeo & Juliet 6.30-9pm. I am so excited to be going to watch this production!
For families with children, on the 9th August Folksy Theatre returns to the gardens of Ordsall Hall to perform the children’s favourite The Princess and the Giant at two performances at 10.30am and 2.30pm. The family friendly performance will be filled with music, puppetry and wonderful characters and is one not to be missed.
The Railway Children will take place on August 16th 2-3.30pm performed by Heartbreak Productions.
Folksy Theatre’s take on Shakespeare’s comedy, Loves Labours Lost will play on August 26th from 7pm. Expect live music, audience interaction and downright silliness.
Fort families with younger children, on August 23rd, the Little Blue Monster Company will present their brand new family friendly production – Pirate Pearl and the Big Blue Monster! Pirate Pearl lives aboard the good ship Mirabel with her crusty old shipmate – Grandpa Bert! She’s not a real pirate – but Pearl loves to imagine she’s sailing the seven seas on a swashbuckling pirate adventure. Under 2s go free.
For further information of how to buy tickets for the performances, head over to Salford Community Leisure for details.