If you know our beautiful part of the world you will be familiar with the fact that one of England’s most unique and special attractions is right on our doorstep. If, on the other hand, you have yet to discover Painswick’s historic Rococo Garden, you’ve got a treat in store!

See sprinting sprites in the Painswick Rococo Garden this summer.

You can read more about our local area and the delights of the Rococo Garden itself elsewhere on this website, but at this point what we’d like to do is let you know about two fantastic theatrical events scheduled to take place at the Garden this summer.

If you’re into highly entertaining and unusual dramatics make a point of adding the dates we’re revealing below to your diary, and make sure you head to our Cotswolds valley for an experience to remember. Of course, we do hope you’ll call in at our Inn on the way for a pre-show snifter or a hearty home-cooked meal.

Boys & Girls

By now you’re probably itching to know what I’m talking about, so without more ado, let’s explain:

This summer two separate troupes of Shakespearian players (one male and one female) will be cycling around the country (yes, cycling, on actual bicycles) performing two of Shakespeare’s most popular and action-packed plays – the comedy Much Ado about Nothing (by the boys) and the magical tragi-comedy The Tempest (by the girls).

Now if you think Shakespeare is a little too high-brow or boring for your taste – even if it is brought to us by a bunch of eager, fit and adventurous actors on two wheels – think again.

These productions are being put on by a company called The Handlebards (I presume you pick up on the pun), formed in 2013 when they pedalled Twelfth Night across the UK, performing in 20 venues. Several summers later they’re still at it, having now become internationally famous and acclaimed by critics for their eccentric, irreverent interpretation of Shakespeare which is enjoyed by young and old.

Decadence and Fun

Painswick’s Rococo Garden, built back in the 18th century as an idyllic and folly-filled sanctuary where the gentry could kick back and indulge in some decadence, fun and frolics, of course lends itself to being the perfect venue for The Handlebards’ Shakespearean shenanigans in the great outdoors.

Bring along your deck-chairs and rugs, perhaps a waterproof in case of a summer shower (though fingers’ crossed the weather will play along; it was beautiful last year) and be prepared for a great experience. The shows start at 6.30pm so come early and you’ll be able to enjoy lunch with us at the Edgemoor Inn and still have time to explore the fascinating Rococo Gardens beforehand.

Times and Dates:

Much Ado about Nothing

Wednesday 19th & Thursday 20th June, 2019, 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

The Tempest

Tuesday 2nd July, 2019, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Tickets booked in advance online cost £16.00 for adults, and £10.00 for ages 10 to 18, with a £1.00 booking fee added. Under 10s are free of charge (online booking only). If you don’t remember to book digitally, you can just come on the day and buy a ticket at the venue for £18.00.

When you’re planning your visit to enjoy some sustainable Shakespeare don’t forget to book your meal at the Edgemoor Inn too … we’re pretty popular so to be sure you’re not left hungry we suggest advance booking, although we do try to accommodate everyone. Of course, you don’t need to book just to pop in and sup a local ale or cider with us.