Plan Your Visit to the Dorset Opera Festival

To download a quick guide to your visit CLICK HERE

Dress code: Very relaxed, not black tie. The auditorium is air-conditioned but can still be warm on very hot days.

Discover below how to book tickets and pre-order various dining options below.

How to Book Tickets

Tickets for Dorset Opera’s 2019 productions will be available to the public from Tuesday 5 March 2019. The box office opens earlier with priority booking for Patrons, Corporate supporters and members of the Friends of Dorset Opera.

We would be delighted if you might consider becoming a Patron or Friend.

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
The phone lines are open Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 16:30

Book online by clicking here

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

IN PERSON at the Regent Centre:
The Box Office is open Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 16:30


To book picnics call the Little Kitchen Company on 01962 885600
View picnic menus here

To book seating in the large marquee click here

To book the Opera Dinner click here

To book a small private picnic tent click here

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 Concert Friday 26th Opera performances
Band 1 Rows B-C £55 £38
Band 2 Rows D-E £55 £60
Band 3 Rows F-S (sides) & X-Y Balcony £55 £68
Band 4 Rows I-R (centre) & T-W Balcony £55 £75
Band 5 Row H (centre) £85 £100
Restricted View seats (behind conductor) £55 £30

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

Evening performances begin at 19:00 and is expected to end by 10.20pm
Matinée performances start at 14:00 and are expected to end by 17:15

There is 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.

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

This year the Marquee Bar is operated by The Little Kitchen Company. 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.
Take a look at THE BAR MENU 2019 and preorder your drinks now by emailing or calling 01962 885600

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.  A member of our hospitality team will help you find your seats and help you carry your picnics if you need. Click here to reserve seating in the marquee. If you miss the booking deadline (Thurs preceding Festival week) fear not – there are always some unreserved tables, first come first served.

Reservation of 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 1 or 2* bottles of Pol Roger Champagne on ice. To enquire about availability email Once you have the go-ahead to make a payment, click here ALL DATES SOLD OUT EXCEPT THURS 25TH MATINÉE

*1 bottle in the smaller cabana, 2 bottles in the larger pavilions

The Opera Dinner 2019


On Friday and Saturday evenings you can enjoy a 4-course formal dinner in one of the staterooms of Bryanston House. With a delicious choice of main courses, made on the night, you will sit down before the performance and continue in the interval. Tables seat 8 and smaller groups may be asked to share a table, though this is not obligatory.


We would be pleased to cater for corporate groups or larger private parties by special request. Call 01258 840000

The chef will ensure that gluten free requirements are met for all items on the menu, as long as you notify us at time of booking – email

The Opera Dinner Menu 2019


Taster plate
A combination of International seasonal flavours (V)


Herb Crusted Beef Fillet, Oxtail Bonbon, Tender Stem Broccoli, Spinach and Baby Carrots with Roasted Jersey Royals, served with a Bordelaise Jus
Fillet of Seabass with ChimiChurri Dressing, Crushed New Potatoes,
Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Wilted Spinach
Potato and Garlic Rosti with Creamed Wild Mushrooms, Spinach,
Poached Bantam Egg and Celeri Rave (V)



White Chocolate and Glayva Mousse with Strawberry Sorbet
West Country Cheeseboard

Coffee & Petits Fours

Includes half a bottle of wine & bottled water 
£55.00 per person, including VAT


Pre-ordered Picnic Hampers


This year we asked award-winning The Little Kitchen Company to supply pre-ordered picnics for us and they jumped at the chance. They have come up with a range of picnics exclusively for Dorset Opera Festival.


To order your picnic call 01962 885600 or email your order to

The Purbeck Hamper £20 p.p.
Home-made hummus with caramelised onion & crudités
Ploughman’s crusty roll (mature cheddar, real ale pickle, salad)
Handmade chicken & ham pie
Roasted vegetable summer salad, fresh herbs
Classic Greek salad with feta, oregano
Summer fruit berries
Optional cheese board £5 extra

The Dorchester Hamper £30 p.p.
Salmon rillettes, sourdough
Rare roast beef, horseradish cream
Goat’s cheese & onion tart
Roasted vegetable summer salad, fresh herbs
Classic Greek salad with feta, oregano
Lemon pots, fresh raspberry, shortbread
Summer fruit berries
Optional cheese board £5 extra

The Vegetarian Hamper £22.50 p.p.
Home made hummus with crudités
Potato frittata, rocket
Goat’s cheese & caramelised onion tart
Roasted vegetable summer salad, fresh herbs
Classic Greek salad with feta, oregano
Hand made chocolate brownie
Summer fruit berries
Optional cheese board £5 extra

The Afternoon Tea Hamper £15.50 p.p.
Selection of finger sandwiches (home made egg mayonnaise, cucumber and cheese and real ale pickle)
Scone with clotted cream and jam
Home made cake
Chocolate brownie
Tea or coffee (collected from the bar with a voucher)

Vegetarian and Gluten-free options available.

All picnic hampers are fully disposable and recyclable and contain high-quality disposable and recyclable wooden cutlery, plates and napkins.