Picnic in the Park with outdoor screening of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

A fundraising event for Wiltshire Creative
29 August 2020 Trafalgar Park, Downton, near Salisbury
New Shakespeare in Love



with outdoor screening of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

A fundraising event for Wiltshire Creative

Saturday 29 August 2020
Trafalgar Park, Downton, near Salisbury
Screening begins 6pm
Gates open for picnics from 4.30pm

Join us for this special fundraising event in the stunning grounds of Trafalgar Park, near Salisbury, where you can enjoy picnicking safely with family and friends while we entertain you with a special screening of Tom Stoppard’s Oscar-winning romantic comedy Shakespeare In Love, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes and Dame Judi Dench.

With a welcome from our Artistic Director, Gareth Machin, this event will be a celebration of the joys of live theatre. What better way to lift your spirits after lockdown?

All proceeds from the event will support Wiltshire Creative’s re-opening and its far-reaching Take Part and community programme.

Tickets can be purchased online here or by emailing development@wiltshirecreative.co.uk

Tickets: £35 per person or £25 per person for a group of 6
For groups larger than 6 please email development@wiltshirecreative.co.uk

​For further details about the event and how we are ensuring your safety, please see the FAQs in the Booking section below

Booking Details


We can’t wait to welcome you to enjoy Picnic in the Park and our screening of Shakespeare in Love at Trafalgar Park, near Downton. To help make your visit as enjoyable and safe as possible, here are some questions and answers.

Where will Picnic in the Park and the screening of Shakespeare in Love take place?
Picnic in the Park and the screening of Shakespeare in Love will take place outdoors on the East lawn of Trafalgar Park, near Downton, very generously donated to Wiltshire Creative for this event by owner, Michael Wade. There will be specially marked out areas on the lawn facing the house for people to picnic and watch the film on a large outdoor LED screen (10.2 metres  x 5.8metres, 16:9 aspect ratio) with professional audio.

Will my visit be safe?
Yes. Wiltshire Creative have worked hard to ensure your visit is safe and enjoyable. Measures include: carefully monitoring numbers based of the size of the outdoor space, marking out generous picnic areas to allow for social distancing, extra staff, paperless ticketing, longer 'gates open' time frame to avoid bottle necks. We ask that anyone with Covid 19 symptoms does not attend.

Do I need a ticket to enjoy Picnic in the Park?
Yes. Tickets are £35 per person or £25 per person for a group booking of 6 - this is the perfect opportunity to socialise safely with a group of friends or family. Please book in advance online at www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk or via development@wiltshirecreative.co.uk, where we can support you with your purchase over email or telephone. Tickets must be purchased no later than Monday 24 August 2020. Proceeds from sales will support Wiltshire Creative’s work in its venues and across the community.

Can I book on the day or just turn up?
Sorry, no. To help keep everyone safe and manage audience numbers, tickets must be booked by Monday 24th August 2020.

Can you give me details about the film?
In this multi award­-winning film (7 Oscars including Best Picture) written by Tom Stoppard, a young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays. However, her daring determination to act in his play puts their already forbidden relationship on even more dangerous ground. A sweet love story, juicy court intrigue, and a very contemporary feel to the humour ensures this film has broad appeal. It boasts a star­studded cast including Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Ben Affleck, Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Colin Firth and Rupert Everett. 

Is there an age recommendation?
Shakespeare in Love is rated 15, however we respect that this is at parents’ discretion.  The event itself is suitable for 12 years and older.  Children will be expected to remain in the designated picnicking area for their family.

What if I have access needs?
If you have access needs, please let us know in advance so we can make sure your visit is enjoyable. There will be a walk across grass from the designated parking area to the picnicking and screening location. Wiltshire Creative are committed to making their work available to everyone. This event can make some picnic spaces available for those who require car access close to where they will picnic. Wheelchair users are also welcome.  There will be professional quality audio for the film screening, however there will not be subtitles. If you need to make special arrangements for access, please email development@wiltshirecreative.co.uk  

What happens if it rains?
The event will go ahead, unless it becomes unsafe. We are told the screen can stand up to 50 mph winds. We advise bringing clothing appropriate for outdoors and umbrellas, however we’re crossing our fingers for blue skies and sunshine!

What happens if government guidance means the event has to postpone?
Should the situation change and the government enforce further lockdown measures which preclude the event from taking place, we would plan a revised event for ticket holders when government guidance allows.

How long is the event?
The film screening is aprox 2 hours.  The screening will start at 6pm, with a 30 min interval at aprox 7pm.  We anticipate the event ending at 8.30pm

What time should I arrive?
Gates to Trafalgar Park will open from 4.30pm for you to park up and carry your picnic (and any chairs and folding tables you wish to bring!) to your picnic spot.  The film will beginning at 6pm. 

Is there parking nearby?
Parking will be available in a field beyond the picnicking and screening area, which can be reached via foot over grass.

Do I need to print my ticket(s) at home?
No. As long as you can show your ticket(s) on a mobile device, that will be fine. If you do wish to bring a print out, please ensure you take it away with you afterwards.

Do I need to wear a face covering?
No. As the event is taking place outside, with 2 metre social distancing, face covering is not mandatory. However, you are welcome to wear one if you feel more comfortable.

Will food and drink be available?
You need to bring your own picnic and drinks to this event, as well as any portable seating you require for your comfort.  In the interests of safety, we ask that you take all rubbish away with you.  We will however be selling ice creams in the interval.  These can be pre-purchased when you buy your ticket, or you can use contactless payment on the day.

Will toilet facilities be available?
Yes, a luxury portable toilet block will be open during the event, operating a queuing system and with extra cleaning in operation.

Will there be other entertainment besides the film?
There will be an introductory welcome from our Artistic Director, Gareth Machin.  There will also be an 'Auction of Promises' in the interval - more details to follow for ticket holders.


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