Plan Your Visit to the Dorset Opera Festival

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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

BY PHONE: +44 (0)1202 499199, Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 16:30

ONLINE:  Box office closed

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

IN PERSON: Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 16:30 at the Regent Centre, 51 High Street, Christchurch BH23 1AS

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To book seating in the large marquee 

To book the Opera Dinner 

To enquire about hiring a small private picnic tent 

To book picnics 

Ticket Prices

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

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.

More Information

Venue

Dorset Opera Festival takes 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’s main gate from where it is a further 3 minutes up the very 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 lavatories in the theatre foyer and in the adjacent new Music School.

Latecomers

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

Bryanston is open to the public from 5.00pm (12 noon on Thursday and Saturday for matinées). You are most welcome to wander round the glorious grounds.

Please park 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.

Wheelchairs

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

MARQUEE SEATING RESERVATIONS ARE CLOSED

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. 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 smh@dorsetopera.com. 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

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REFUND ARRANGEMENTS
We will be in touch regarding refunds of payments for dinner reservations over the coming days. Please bear with us. Please contact smh@dorsetopera.com for any specific enquiries. 

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 smh@dorsetopera.com.

The Opera Dinner Menu 2020

SERVED BEFORE THE PERFORMANCE at 17:50h…

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A combination of International seasonal flavours (V)

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

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SERVED DURING THE INTERVAL…

Dark Chocolate and Mascarpone Cheesecake with a Summer Cherry Compôte
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West Country Cheeseboard
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Coffee & Petits Fours

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

BOOKINGS CLOSED

Picnics to pre-order

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PICNIC REFUND ARRANGEMENTS
Please contact Eat in Style direct on 07971 58933 to request refunds in respect of picnics. 

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

Standard Hamper £18
Blue Vinny Cheese Twists
Fossil Farm Roast Beef, Horseradish & Dorset Watercress Finger Sandwiches
Chesil Smokery Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Finger Sandwiches
Free-range Egg Mayonnaise Finger Sandwiches
Apple & Sage Scotch Quail Egg
Kale, Homewood Feta & Red Onion Marmalade Tart
Chocolate Brownie
Macerated Strawberries

Vegetarian Standard Hamper £18
Blue Vinny Cheese Twists
Cricket St Thomas Brie & Grape Finger Sandwiches
Beetroot Hummus & Dorset Watercress Sandwiches
Free-range Egg Mayonnaise Finger Sandwiches
Leek & Coastal Cheddar Scotch Quail Egg
Kale, Homewood Feta & Red Onion Marmalade Tart
Fregola & Provencal Vegetable Salad
Chocolate Brownie
Macerated Strawberries

Luxury Hamper £30
Blue Vinny Cheese Twists
Mini Yorkshire Puddings with Fossil Farm Roast Beef & Horseradish
Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Roulade
Dressed Portland Crab
Chicken & Ham Hock Terrine
Fregola & Provencal Vegetable Salad
Woodsford Leaf Salad
Artisan Roll & Butter
Strawberry Pannacotta & Shortbread
Chocolate Brownie
West Country Cheese & Biscuits

Vegetarian Luxury Hamper £30
Blue Vinny Cheese Twists
Yorkshire Pudding with Cricket St Thomas Brie & Grape
Spinach & Beetroot Hummus Roulade
Dressed Burrata & Confit Tomato
Kale, Feta & Red Onion Tart
Fregola & Provencal Vegetable Salad
Woodsford Leaf Salad
Artisan Roll & Butter
Strawberry Pannacotta & Shortbread
Chocolate Brownie
West Country Cheese & Biscuits

Afternoon Tea Hamper £15
Fossil Farm Roast Beef, Horseradish & Dorset Watercress Finger Sandwiches
Chesil Smokery Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Finger Sandwiches
Free-range Egg Mayonnaise Finger Sandwiches
Plain Scone with Clotted Cream & Strawberry Jam
Lemon Drizzle Cake
Chocolate Brownie
Shortbread Biscuit
Cup of Tea

Vegetarian Afternoon Tea Hamper £15
Cricket St Thomas Brie & Grape Finger Sandwiches
Beetroot Hummus & Dorset Watercress Finger Sandwiches
Free-range Egg Mayonnaise Finger Sandwiches
Plain Scone with Clotted Cream & Strawberry Jam
Lemon Drizzle Cake
Chocolate Brownie
Shortbread Biscuit
Cup of Tea

Cream Tea Hamper £7.50
Fruit Scone
Plain Scone
Clotted Cream
Strawberry Jam
Cup of Tea