Painshill is Surrey’s magical attraction where you can picnic and watch a live show

One of Surrey’s finest parks has released details of the events it has planned for this summer – with theatre, live music and stand-up comedy all included in the programme. Painshill, an 18th century landscape park near Cobham, invites the public to bring a picnic and enjoy top-notch entertainment in its magical setting.

Musical highlights include the band led by Rick Parfitt Jr (son of legendary Status Quo singer) performing in the park amphitheater on July 13th. There are also performances during the summer from the London Welsh Male Voice Choir, and a number of tribute bands, including some dedicated to Bon Jovi, Pink Floyd and AC/DC.

The park’s walled garden hosts several theatrical productions during the summer, with performances of Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and the Pirates of Penzance to come. No less than five plays by Shakespeare are also part of the programme, including a double program of Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet on July 15 and 16.

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The same area will also see stand-up comedy on nine consecutive Tuesday nights starting May 31. Among those scheduled to appear are “The Chase” star Paul Sinha, “Mock The Week” panelist Ivo Graham and American comedian Rich Hall.

“Painshill is a magical setting for outdoor entertainment, whether you like theatre, comedy, live music – or all three.” said Painshill director Paul Griffiths. “We look forward to providing the local community with a packed program for the summer and look forward to welcoming everyone to Painshill for what are sure to be some fantastic evenings.”


Ticket prices vary by event, but the cost of an adult ticket for many performances throughout the summer is £20 per person. There are discounts for children and for Painshill members. A full list of events is available on the Painshill website, where you can also book tickets.

The Rick Parfitt Jr Band will perform live in Painshill on July 13

Even outside of event days, Painshill is a fascinating place to visit. Conceived over 200 years ago, it was intended as a work of art that would take visitors past magical replicas of temples and towers, a crystal cave, a beautiful lake and more. It fell into disrepair after the Second World War but was saved by the Painshill Park Trust in the 1980s. Standard adult tickets on non-event days cost £10.

Painshill is minutes from the A3 – its postcode is KT11 1BE, and parking is free for visitors. For those traveling by public transport, the nearest station is Cobham & Stoke d’Abernon, while it is also served by local bus routes 715 and 408.

Floyd N. Morlan