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Opera at Waterperry Gardens

Our performances are taking place in some amazing locations this year, not least the wonderful Waterperry Gardens, so why not make your visit extra special and arrive early to soak up the atmosphere of this beautiful venue?

Arrive early on the day of your ticket and enjoy the beautiful ornamental gardens at your leisure. Bring a picnic or order a hamper from the Waterperry Tea Shop. There is free onsite parking and a bar available in the interval. Explore the plant centre, garden & gift shops, gallery, museum and tea shop.

Let us transport you to the world of inspiring and accessible opera where you can experience everything from magic to mirth to melodrama during our spectacular summer season.

Our summer season in the amphitheatre consists of no less than five different productions, here’s our full programme of events:

  • Friday 6th July at 3pm: The Magic Flute – Mozart
  • Friday 6th July at 7.30pm: Puccini’s Heroines / Sister Angelica – Puccini
  • Saturday 7th July at 3pm: The Magic Flute – Mozart
  • Saturday 7th July at 7.30pm: Puccini’s Heroines / Sister Angelica – Puccini
  • Friday 13th July at 3pm: Patience – Gilbert & Sullivan
  • Friday 13th July at 7pm: H.M.S. Pinafore- Gilbert & Sullivan
  • Saturday 14th July at 3pm: The Pirates of Penzance- Gilbert & Sullivan
  • Saturday 14th July at 7pm: Patience – Gilbert & Sullivan
  • Sunday 15th July at 3pm: H.M.S. Pinafore – Gilbert & Sullivan
Tickets £30 / £25 / £10 available online from our box office or call: 0333 666 3366

For any other enquiries not relating to bookings, please contact the Opera Anywhere office: 01865 735910, in the meantime here’s some other useful information about Waterperry:

Dining at Waterperry

We welcome guests to ​picnic in the grounds of the Waterperry Gardens. Bring your own picnic, or you can book a Festival Hamper, you can enjoy your picnics by arriving early, well before the show begins or afterwards, if it’s a matinee that you are attending.

During the day visitors can also visit the Waterperry Tea-Shop for a leisurely lunch or afternoon tea. A bar near the gardens will also be serving alcoholic and soft beverages and snacks.

Exploring Waterperry

Tickets purchased for any of our Waterperry opera events include access to the stunning Waterperry Gardens; a magical place where you are surrounded by beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers, classical borders, secret corners and long vistas. You’ll also find a Formal Garden, the Mary Rose Garden, a Waterlily Canal and the Long Colour Border, and a recently planted small arboretum in the meadow area beyond the canal.

Other things to explore on the estate include Waterperry House, the Medieval church, the Art-in-Action Art Gallery, the Waterperry Museum and Garden Centre.

How to get to Waterperry

By Driving: Exit the M40 (Junction 8a (North Bound)/Junction 8 (South Bound)) and follow the brown signs for ‘Waterperry Gardens’. There is sufficient parking onsite at Waterperry for all our festival guests.

By Train: The nearest train station to Waterperry is Haddenham & Thame Parkway. There are regular trains to London Marylebone. From Haddenham & Thame Parkway you will need to prebook a taxi.

By Bus from Oxford: From Oxford City Centre take the Arriva Bus 280 to Church Road, Wheatley. From Church Road Wheatley you will need to prebook a taxi.

The Weather at Waterperry

All the opera events at Waterperry take place in the open-air amphitheatre. Each production is open to the elements and fully embraces that magical outdoor theatre atmosphere; shows will go on, rain or shine, and we ask our audiences to come prepared in case the British summer weather plays up.

What to wear at Waterperry

There is no formal dress code, and please bear in mind that this is an open-air festival and the amphitheatre can get very hot in the summer. Audiences may find that the cushions provided may not be comfortable for some so it is recommended to bring your own cushions to supplement if you think it might be necessary!


Accessing the House & Gardens: Most of the paths at Waterperry are accessible to visitors in wheelchairs which are available on site. All the buildings are easily accessible for wheelchair users and others with limited mobility. A separate unisex disabled toilet is available in the main toilet block situated in the main car park. Push wheelchairs are available free of charge for visitors who’d like see more of the beautiful estate.
Wheelchair Auditorium Spaces: We have conveniently located spaces at the top of the amphitheatre for wheelchair users.
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