Wind in the Willows at Boughton

The Wind in the Willows breezes into Boughton Estate

Boughton Estate’s sweeping lawns will be transformed into an open air theatre venue this summer as Chapterhouse Theatre Company returns to stage an adaptation of The Wind in the Willows.

On Tuesday 15 August the acclaimed theatre company, now in its 18th year, will call the Northamptonshire Estate home for one night only.

Join Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad for a perfect summer of adventure. What starts as a search for the best picnic spot rapidly turns into the most hilarious of escapades. With the bumptious Toad’s heart set on a shiny new motorcar and his very liberty soon at stake, will his faithful friends come to his rescue – and will he let them? Alive with music and song, this magical family show is presented in beautiful traditional costume and features a woodland parade during the interval for everyone to join in with.

The production is set to take place during the Estate’s annual August opening season, with visitors able to pair the performance with a day out exploring the highlights of the historic House and Gardens.

Charles Lister, Property Manager at Boughton House, said: “Boughton’s sprawling grounds provide an idyllic setting for an open air theatre production and are especially appropriate as the setting for a pastoral classic like The Wind in the Willows.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming Chapterhouse Theatre Company back to Boughton, following last year’s spectacular adaptations of Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles and J M Barrie’s Peter Pan, presented by special arrangement with Great Ormond street Hospital Children’s Charity and Samuel French Ltd.

“This year, the performance will take place during our annual summer opening season, which means visitors can also enjoy the Grade One Designed Garden and works of Masters such as Van Dyck, Gainsborough and El Greco before the show.”

Tickets for The Wind in the Willows are available now at, priced at £16.50 per adult and £11 per child. Doors open at 5pm, with the show starting at 6pm.

Boughton House and Gardens will open to the public throughout August. Guided House tours will begin at 1pm, with the last tour at 3.30pm daily.

A House tour and access to the Gardens, armoury and special exhibition starts from £10 per adult, £8 per child and £30 for families (two adults and two children). Children under five go free and must be accompanied at all times.

The Gardens will open between 12pm-5pm, with last entry at 4pm. Tickets cost £6 for adults, £3 for children and £14 for families (two adults and two children). As an added bonus, Gardens tickets holders will also gain access to the armoury and special exhibition.

Book your tickets in advance by calling 01536 515 731 or purchase them on a first-come-first-served basis from the Gift Shop on the day.

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