The sounds of popping corks, picnics unpacked and happy audiences is the defining sound of Chester's summer ...
Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is one of the country’s best-loved open air theatres. The sounds of popping corks, picnics unpacked and happy audiences is the defining sound of Chester’s summer.
Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is in Grosvenor Park, in the heart of Chester city centre. If you are using a sat nav, use postcode CH1 1QQ (Vicars Lane). You can also follow the AA Road Signs to Open Air Theatre. Local, regional and national train services all run from Chester Station, which is a 10 minute walk away. Chester Bus Interchange is also a 10 minute walk away.
The nearest car park is the NCP at Pepper Street (follow the AA Road signs for parking and Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre.) Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre audiences will receive a 25% discount on standard tariff if arriving before 6pm, or a 50% discount if parking after 6pm (subject to availability, you will be given a ticket as you leave the theatre to redeem).
This car park is open until midnight, and disabled parking is available.
There are various other city centre car parks available. See local car parks. Please check closing times as in the event of rain delay the finish time may be a little later. Street parking is also available at evenings and weekends a few minutes walk away.
Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is fully accessible, with accessible toilets on-site. If you’re a wheelchair user, you can book a Picnic Terrace ticket and transfer from your wheelchair to the Picnic Terrace or, if you prefer, let a member of staff know when you arrive and watch the performance from stage level. (Covered Picnic Terrace seating has steps up to it so is not accessible).
Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre performances are more relaxed and informal than traditional theatre environments, and are well-suited to audiences who attend Relaxed Performances elsewhere. This also benefits young children, as they are able to move around and do not have to be silent. Prams cannot be taken into the Theatre, but can be left in the Pram Park.
The nearest car park with disabled parking spots is NCP Pepper Street (see above).
Being outside will be an integral part of the experience. We’ve witnessed some baking afternoons, inspiring sunsets, and the odd thunderstorm. If you’re worried, you can buy a ticket for the covered area.
Come prepared – for matinées bring a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. For early evening performances bring warm clothes. Raincoats are recommended; you may bring an umbrella but please don’t use it if it can block anyone’s view.
Occasionally very bad weather may mean we have to stop and restart the show, we allow for up to 60 minutes delay.
We will never cancel a performance before the advertised start time, as the weather can change very quickly.
If we have to cancel the show, you will be offered the choice of a full refund of the ticket value, the chance to see a different performance, or a voucher.
Frequently Asked Questions
Theatre doors open one hour before the performance start time, allowing for plenty of time to get settled and soak up the atmosphere. Seating is unreserved so we recommend arriving as early as you can to ensure you get your favourite spot.
Are there any toilets? Yes. The toilets, including accessible and baby changing facilities, are approximately a 2 minute walk from the theatre.
Can I bring my own food and drink? You are welcome to bring any food and drink (including alcohol) that you like along with you. There will be a bar for you to buy any refreshments. Fresh wood-fired pizzas are available to pre-order here for collection when you arrive. Limited numbers of pizzas may be available to buy onsite, but we recommend pre-ordering.
How long are the performances? 2021’s performance times will be announced soon.
What if I am late? Latecomers will be admitted during an appropriate moment in the performance.
Can I take photos? You are welcome to take photos in the park and in the auditorium but please do not take any photographs during the show. Share your pictures of yourselves and your picnics with us online @StoryhouseLive.
What are you doing to keep us safe? We will be adhering to all government guidelines on Covid safety. We will update this page with more information on this, as well as letting all bookers know in an email before your visit.