Plan Your Visit to the Dorset Opera Festival

The Dorset Opera Festival is recognised as the home of Country House opera in south west England. Held at Bryanston on the outskirts of Blandford Forum each July, international opera stars join a chorus of 80 and a full orchestra, to present high-calibre productions in a stand-alone, air-cooled, 600-seat theatre with excellent acoustics and sightlines from nearly every seat in the auditorium.

To make your visit complete, discover below how you can book your tickets and pre-order our five-course Opera Dinners or individual luxury picnic hampers.

How to Book Tickets

Tickets for Dorset Opera’s 2017 productions will be available to the public from Tuesday 7 March 2017. Prior to this, tickets are only available to Patrons, Corporate supporters and members of the Friends of Dorset Opera.

There are four ways to book: by phone, online, by post or in person. When booking online, you will be able to reserve the seats in which you want to sit on the active seating plan.

BY PHONE: +44 (0)1202 499199

Book online by clicking here

BY POST: Dorset Opera Booking, The Regent Centre, 51 High Street, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 1AS

IN PERSON: the Box Office opening times are:
Monday: 9:00 – 19:30
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 – 19:30
Sunday: 9:30 – 13:00

Ticket Prices

Tickets will be available to the public from Tuesday 7 March 2017.

Neither Dorset Opera nor The Regent Centre charge a ticket booking fee nor do they make a charge for the use of credit or debit cards. There is a £1 charge for postage and administration.

Seat Prices 2017 July 25 & 26 July 27, 28 & 29
Band 1 Rows B-C £36.00 £38.00
Band 2 Rows D-E £55.00 £58.00
Band 3 Rows F-S (sides) & W-Y Balcony £63.00 £66.00
Band 4 Rows I-R (centre) & T-V Balcony £69.50 £73.00
Band 5 Row H (centre) £85.00 £85.00
Restricted View seats (behind conductor) £25.00 £25.00

The Opera Dinner

Full dining facilities for corporate or private parties and individuals are available on a promotional basis by special request on Friday and Saturday evenings only. We offer a 5-course dinner, including wines, in one of the staterooms of Bryanston House.

The Opera Dinner Menu | order online

Ham Hock Terrine with Piccalilli and a Micro Herb Salad

Tian of Asparagus, Avocado & Vine Tomatoes with a Pink Grapefruit and Ginger Dressing


Fillet of Beef with a Wild Mushroom & Tarragon Sauce, Horseradish Mash & Roasted Chantenay Carrots

Pan-Fried Fillet of Trout with Crushed New Potatoes and a Lemon & Caperberry Butter Sauce with Samphire

Char-Grilled Vegetables & Dorset Blue Vinny Strudel, and a Tomato Tapenade Dressing with Crispy Rocket


Lemon Tart with a Crème Fraîche Mousse & Strawberry Tuile


Selection of Cheeses with Biscuits


Coffee & Petits Fours 

Half a bottle of wine & bottled water 
£53.00 per person, including VAT 

Picnic Hampers

The Picnic Hamper | order online
A Watercress & Coastal Cheddar Quiche; Sandwiches of Victor’s Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese and White Park Roast Beef with Horseradish; Cheese Board of Smoked Dorset Red, Somerset Brie, Crackers and Grapes; Strawberries & Cream.

The Luxury Picnic Hamper | order online
As above, PLUS Half a Kimmeridge Bay Lobster; Salad with Lemon & Dill Sauce; Chocolate Torte & Cream (in place of Strawberries).

The Afternoon Tea Hamper (Saturday matinée only) | order online
A selection of Sandwiches; Scone with Clotted Cream & Preserve; Cakes and your choice of tea or coffee.

Vegetarian and Gluten-free options available.

Bespoke picnic meals presented in elegant individual wicker hampers complete with cutlery, can be pre-ordered at the time of ticket booking, or post-booking by contacting the Box Office on 01202 499199.

More Information

Performance dates, times and other information

Dorset Opera’s productions take place at The Coade Theatre, Bryanston, Blandford Forum, Dorset.

For satellite navigation purposes, the postcode of the venue is DT11 0PX.

Performances begin at 19:00 except for the matinée on Saturday 29 July which starts at 14:00. The performances are expected to end around 22:20 (the matinée by 17:15).

There will be one picnic/dinner interval of approximately 45-50 minutes (see above for food ordering information). Please listen for the interval bells and allow enough time to get back to your seats for the second half of the opera.

There are plenty of lavatories in the theatre foyer and in the adjacent New Music School. Please try to avoid a last-minute queue at the end of the Long Interval – which inevitably holds up the second half of the performance.

PLEASE NOTE: Latecomers will not be admitted until the interval or a suitable break in the performance.

Tickets are sold subject to the following terms and conditions

Please check that your ticket is for the performance you require as mistakes cannot be rectified later. Tickets that have to be returned to the box office will be offered for resale, although previously unsold tickets will take priority. Requests for a refund must be made to the box office in writing and the tickets concerned must be enclosed. A confirmation will be sent acknowledging receipt. Resold tickets will be subject to a handling charge of £3 each. If we do manage to sell returned tickets, reimbursement cheques will be sent out as soon as possible after the Festival. We shall have no liability to you for any failure to deliver or supply tickets or other goods or services you have ordered or any delay in doing so or for any failure to commence or complete any performance or for any damage or defect or loss arising from any tickets provided or the execution of any performance that is caused by any event or circumstances beyond our control. The right to make alterations to the advertised details of the performances, including cast changes, is reserved, as is the right to refuse admission. Latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance. Photography and recording are prohibited. Performances may include strobe lighting and gunfire.

Arrival and Parking

The Bryanston School site will be open to the public from 5.00pm on the day of performances (12.30pm for the Saturday matinée). You and your guests are most welcome to wander round the glorious grounds.

Please park in lines on the lawns as directed by personnel on duty. The Dorset Opera Festival requests that you take care not to damage the grass when leaving the site after the performance.


Facilities exist for wheelchair users. It is vital that you inform us of your requirements when booking tickets.

The Marquee Bar

The Marquee Bar is supplied and operated by one of our hospitality partners. Why not pre-order drinks for the Long Interval? Pol Roger Champagne, Pimm’s, wines and non-alcoholic beverages including tea and coffee, are available in the Marquee Bar prior to performances and during the Long Interval.