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 not air-conditioned – but is air-cooled. It 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 2020 productions will be available to the public from Tuesday 3 March 2020. The box office opens earlier with priority booking for Patrons, Corporate supporters and members of the Friends of Dorset Opera. Learn more about becoming a Patron or Friend.

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 seating in the large marquee click here

To book the Opera Dinner click here

To book a small private picnic tent click here

Details of pre-ordering picnics coming soon

Ticket Prices

Tickets will be available to the public from Tuesday 3 March 2020.

An administration fee of £1 is charged per transaction and, if you choose to receive your tickets in the post, a £1 fee for postage.

Seat Prices 2020 Concert Friday 24th 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

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. Pre-order your drinks. Link coming soon.

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. Booking link coming soon. The deadline for booking marquee seating is Thurs 16th July. After this, fear not – there are always some unreserved tables, first come first served.

Reservation of private picnic tents

Reservation of one of our four 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 you will be sent a link to pay online.

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

The Opera Dinner 2020


On Thursday, 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 will be asked to share a table.

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 2020


Taster plate
A combination of International seasonal flavours (V)


Chargrilled Beef Fillet with Fondant Potato, Roasted Vegetables, Artichoke, Spinach and a Mushroom & Pancetta Jus
Herb Crusted Cod Fillet with Sweet Potato Puree, Roasted Broccoli and a Clam & Tomato sauce
Sweet Potato and Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Squash (V)



Dark Chocolate and Mascarpone Cheesecake with a Summer Cherry Compôte
West Country Cheeseboard

Coffee & Petits Fours

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


Picnics to pre-order


Delicious picnic and afternoon tea hampers championing ingredients from Dorset’s larder by Dorset chef Gordon Sutherland of Eat in Style.

View hamper contents and order online at from 1st March 2020.

Alternatively, make your order by phone – call Kate Sutherland on 07971 589333

Standard Hamper £18 per person

Luxury Hamper £30 per person

Cream Tea Hamper £7.50 per person

The Afternoon Tea Hamper £15 per person


Picnic contents and booking details coming soon

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.