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Bath's only open-air theatre festival returns for a 4th brilliant year at the Holburne Museum gardens

The Garden Theatre Festival is back in Bath for its 4th triumphant year. Now with Covered Seating*, whatever the weather, shade from the hot sun or a roof from the rain, GTF 2024 is ready for a British summer of theatre.

Tickets are now on sale.


Be immersed in the world of Shakespeare, Peter Pan, Sherlock Holmes, slapstick comedy with laughter aplenty and so much more. Sip a cooling drink under a warm sunset, and relax on your rolled-out blanket, at Bath’s only open-air theatre festival.

Running from 10th July this year's festival will once more be in the magical gardens of The Holburne Museum on Great Pulteney Street in Bath, with the garden transformed into a beautiful outdoor theatre complete with covered seating, deck chairs, flags, bunting, festoon and a superb garden bar.

* Covered seating is prioritised by deck chair bookings, not all of the theatre is covered.

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About Bath's Garden Theatre Festival 

The Garden Theatre Festival is Bath’s only purpose-built open-air theatre festival. It has become an annual event at The Holburne Museum Gardens. What started in 2020 as a single night event over lockdown then became The Garden Theatre Festival and officially began in 2021. The festival has grown rapidly since then, becoming a fully functioning annual theatre space in the heart of Bath.

Taking place in the magical gardens of the Holburne Museum, expect two weeks of superb performances from nationally renowned companies, in the beautiful, open-air thrust stage space, with something for all of the family to enjoy.  Joining us at the festival this year are The Handlebards and Bath’s very own Calf 2 Cow, and we also have exciting shows from Tethered Wits Theatre Company and Immersion Theatre.

At the Garden Theatre Festival, you bring your own blankets, cushions and camping chairs or hire a deck chair from the festival.  Grab a drink from the bar, enjoy a pre-show meal or festival street food and discover the best outdoor theatre the UK has to offer.

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The festival brings the best in outdoor entertainment from across the UK, including acts from the local area, right to the heart of Bath. Matthew Emeny, our Artistic Director, is very excited to welcome everyone back for the Garden Theatre Festival’s third year: 

We return in 2024 with a cracking programme of theatre that we know our audiences will love. This year you as our guests will enter a freshly designed venue which is sealed off from the rest of the world, allowing you a truly unique experience. I look forward to welcoming everyone to our beautiful festival again this year - Here’s to a very exciting summer!

Our tickets are now on sale and to secure a coved seat, ensure you add a deck chair to your booking.


See you for another summer of fun in the magical gardens of the Holburne Museum at the Garden Theatre Festival!

'This year you as our guests will enter a freshly designed venue which is sealed off from the rest of the world, allowing you a truly unique experience.'



Improve Shakespeare - A Night of laugh out loud improvised Shakespeare - Wednesday 10th July 7:00pm
 Plus Live Music From 8:30pm


Midsummer Night's Dream by The HandleBards – Thursdays 11th July 7pm and Friday 12th July 2pm & 7pm


The Railway Children by Tethered Wits Theatre Company - Sunday 14th July at 2pm


Jeeves and Wooster in ‘Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves’ - based on the novel by P.G. Wodehouseby Tethered Wits Sunday 14th July at 7pm

Sherlock & Watson: A Murder in the Garden by Calf 2 Cow - Tuesday 16th to Saturday 20th July, all at 7pm (Friday 2pm Show)


Peter Pan By Immersion Theatre Company - 20th July 2pm




As you Like It - 21st August.

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Adult: £18.00

Student - £16.00

Child (under 16): £13

Family (2 adults + 2 children): £47.


DECK CHAIRS - Deck Chair hire: £4.50




Garden Theatre Festival 2024

The Holburne Museum - Great Pulteney St, Bathwick, Bath BA2 4DB 

10th July - 21st July

OPENING HOURS: Dependent on the shows that day - tickets from: 

FOOD: Pre restaurant dinning, Festival Snacks and delicious hot food on site (pre booking encouraged), Picnic’s allowed.

DRINK: Outdoor Festival Bar

FACILITIES: Toilets in the Holburne Museum with accessible lift

WHAT TO BRING: Your own chairs / blankets. Picnics welcome. Baby changing areas available, and pushchairs allowed. 


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