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 2019 productions will be available to the public from Tuesday 5 March 2019. 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 5 March 2019.

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 2019 July 23 July 24-27
Band 1 Rows B-C £tbc £tbc
Band 2 Rows D-E £tbc £tbc
Band 3 Rows F-S (sides) & W-Y Balcony £tbc £tbc
Band 4 Rows I-R (centre) & T-V Balcony £tbc £tbc
Band 5 Row H (centre) £tbc £tbc
Restricted View seats (behind conductor) £tbc £tbc

More Information


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

For satellite navigation purposes, the postcode to use is DT11 9LH. This takes you to Bryanston main gate from where it is a further 2-minutes up the long drive.

Performance timings

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

There will be one long picnic/dinner interval of approximately 45-50 minutes (see below for food ordering). Please listen for the 20-minute interval bell 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.


Latecomers will not be admitted until the interval or a suitable break in the performance. If for any reason you have to leave the auditorium during the performance you will not be let back in until a suitable break. Please strictly follow the guidance of the front of house staff.

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 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.

Reservation of seating in the Marquee

Advance reservation of seats in the large marquee is possible for £5 a head. The tables seat up to 10. If you are booking a small number of seats we may ask you to share tables with other small parties when busy. You may exclusively reserve a whole table for £45.  A member of our hospitality team will help you find your seats and help you carry your picnics if you need.

Reservation of small private picnic tents

Reservation of one of our exclusive private picnic tents may be made as soon as the box office opens (following the usual priority booking rules).They are available for simple hire (just chairs and a table) or luxury hire – to include table cloth, crockery, cutlery, glassware, flowers and a bottle or two of Pol Roger Champagne on ice.

The Opera Dinner CLOSED


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

The Opera Dinner Menu 2018 | BOOKING NOW CLOSED

Although there are Gluten Free indications below, please note that you MUST let us know at time of booking on 01202 499199.

Beetroot Marinated Salmon with Grain Mustard Beetroot Dressing, Crème Fraiche and Petite Salade (GF)

Pickled Beets with Bocconcini and Garlic Herb Croutons (V) (GF omits the croutons)


Pan Fried Rump of Lamb with Corn Puree, Fine Beans, Glazed Carrots, Dauphinoise Potatoes (GF)

Pan-fried John Dory with Avocado, Cherry Tomatoes, Capers, Beurre Noisette
Lemon and Thyme Crushed Potatoes (GF)

Roasted Jerusalem Artichoke Risotto with Artichoke Crisps and Basil Oil (V, GF)


Dark Chocolate Delice with Pistachio Biscotti (GF alternative to pre-order: fruit salad with blood orange sorbet


Cheese board (GF with GF biscuits)


Coffee & Petits Fours 

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

Picnic Hampers


TO ORDER AFTER 23RD JULY SEND A TEXT TO 07827 335762 stating:
The number of picnics you require;
Whether Luxury or Standard;
The date you need them;
Your name.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL. TEXTS ONLY. You will receive a text confirmation. Your order is NOT confirmed if you do not receive a text confirmation.
Payment will be cash at pick-up.

The Picnic Hamper | order online before 9am 23rd July
Sandwiches including white Park beef, horseradish & rocket; Mixed Dorset baby leaf salad with stuffed peppers, Old Winchester (English Parmesan) & dressing; Individual watercress and Coastal cheddar quiche; Strawberries & Cream.

The Luxury Picnic Hamper | order online before 23rd July
As above, PLUS Half a Kimmeridge Bay Lobster (in place of the stuffed peppers and Old Winchester); Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and whipped cream.

The Afternoon Tea Hamper (Saturday matinée only) | order online before 9am 23rd July
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.