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Outdoor Theatre 2023

We will shortly be publishing details of some exciting evenings on the lawn by our favourite travelling theatre companies, brought to us by The Plough Arts Centre.

Come and enjoy some really great theatre productions this summer at Hartland Abbey.  Set against the backdrop of this historic house the 2023 productions promise to keep theatregoers of all ages and tastes entertained with some fantastic shows. It is a perfect reason to get together with family and friends and enjoy a spectacular afternoon’s entertainment or a night under the stars!

It is exciting that we can get back to normal this year after two or three difficult years! Thanks to Richard Wolfenden-Brown of The Plough Arts Centre we are thrilled to be hosting shows again. Don’t forget rugs and your own chairs and picnics if you wish. We are hoping the BBQ by Amy and Sam will be back too. For more information visit     

Box Office: 01805 624624

Online Bookings via

NB Cream teas and savoury food will be available in The Old Kitchen Tea Rooms before the afternoon performances between Sundays to Thursdays. (The tearoom closes at 5pm and is not open on Fridays and Saturdays). If you require a full picnic for a matinee or evening performance please ring the Tearoom to order in advance on 01237440044 between 11 – 5pm (Suns to Thurs) or check out their Facebook page The Old Kitchen Tearoom at Hartland Abbey.

Many people make a longer day out visiting the fascinating house with its beautiful gardens and a leisurely lunch or tea in the Old Kitchens Tea Rooms before the performance begins.

Grounds open free to those attending performances 1 hour before start of 5pm shows, 2 hours before 7pm shows.

Bring rugs/low backed seating/picnics. Ice creams. Cream teas before 5pm shows.


Please contact the Plough booking office direct on 01805 624624 or online via:

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“Plough Community Theatre created a surreal comedic air that gave a sense of a rural community in an isolated grip of madness….we became part of this insanity and had a jolly good laugh” Tony Glynn North Devon Journal (On ‘Lark Rise’ 2013).

Hartland Abbey is off the A39 between Bideford and Bude. Take B3248 through Hartland village towards Hartland Quay.