Open Air Theatre At Ordsall Hall

Ordsall Hall is one of my favourite places to go in Salford. It’s a beautiful Tudor House and grounds, which has been painstakingly restored and is now open to the public. Ordsall Hall was once a Stately Home, and it was first mentioned in records way back in 1177 – which makes it well over 800 years old! Today, it is open to the public, and boasts many wonderful features.

On a regular day, there is plenty to do and discover at Ordsall Hall –  this blog post on GirlsGospel.com goes into loads of detail about the things you can see and do. 

Today, I want to focus on the upcoming Open Air Theatre Shows at Ordsall Hall. The Hall’s gardens are an amazing setting for a unique theatrical experience for the whole family. Whether you want to take in a Shakespearian Classic without the little ones, or you’d prefer to watch a family friendly performance – there’s something for everyone!

Last Month, the Three Inch Fools performed Hamlet, and it was a huge success. Next week, there’s a sell out performance of Pride and Prejudice planned, as well as the one I am most excited about…..

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN!


“Heartbreak Productions are bringing to life the classic family story of The Railway Children. “Attention passengers! We are sorry to announce that all services out of Giggleswick Station are delayed!Gather around Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis on Platform One as they pass the time by sharing the classic tale of The Railway Children.

Living by the railway line, the children spend quite a bit of time watching the trains and making some unexpected friendships. There is the old gentleman who regularly takes the 9.15 train and helps them solve the mystery of what happened to their father, and the Russian immigrant who teaches them that compassion and understanding cross all boundaries. All aboard! Full steam ahead! Find your travel companions and take your seats (bring your seats actually, and a picnic) for Heartbreak Productions’ outdoor adaptation of The Railway Children, a classic children’s tale by Edith Nesbit.” 

As mentioned above, you can choose to bring your own chairs and a picnic, or you can order one as part go out package to enjoy during the performance. Each picnic is £8.95 and includes 1x Fentimans traditional drink, salad pots, vegetarian tartlets, filled roll (v), gourmet crisps and a delicious slice of cake. Picnics must be ordered in advance, for collection on the night. Bring your own picnic blanket though, won’t you! 

If The Railway Children isn’t your thing, there’s plenty more performances to choose from. Here’s the schedule for the remaining shows: 


You can read more about them all and book your tickets here

Syd and I are going to see The Princess and the Giant, and are having a picnic each as well – I’ll be sure to share our experience after the event! Syd is already super excited about it. (We have been gifted the ticket for the purpose of our review). 

The blurb for this show says: “Princess Sophie is fed up. She’s EXHAUSTED and it’s all because the grumpy old giant can’t sleep – his stomps and stamps keep everyone awake ALL night. But Princess Sophie is a resourceful sort of girl and, as she reads her favourite book of fairy tales, she wonders if she might just have the answer. Based on the loved children’s book by Caryl Hart, illustrated by Sarah Warburton.The family friendly performance will be filled with music, puppetry and wonderful characters and is one not to be missed!”

I absolutely love that Salford Community Leisure are thinking outside the metaphorical box, and providing such a unique way for families to experience Theatre this Summer. It seems almost wrong somehow to waste the sunny days sitting inside a traditional theatre, so this is a brilliant twist, in my opinion! 

Do let me know if you’re planning on attending one of the open air shows – I’d love to know what you think of it. 

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