12.30pm to 5.30pm

In association with St John’s Northington Church

The Grange Festival is delighted to announce details of our Spring Open Day. The theatre and the grounds will be abuzz with activity as we welcome a wonderful array of local pop-up food and drink stalls, gifts and produce to buy and take home, and an exciting programme of entertainment throughout the afternoon – all within the beautiful surroundings of the Grange Estate. There will be plenty of parking with a £5 voluntary donation per car.

Michael Chance in conversation with Alan Titchmarsh

In the theatre, we showcase finalists from the Martin Read Foundation Young Composer’s Scheme with introductions and interviews by Jonathan Dove.  Alan Titchmarsh will join Michael Chance on stage for a chat about this summer’s festival. Karen Gillingham, Director of The Grange Festival’s new Summer Education Project, introduces Opera in a Week, an interactive, high impact, entertaining, fun session for children and families, devising a new opera in an intensive week in August. 

Rowan Pierce | 2017 Singing Competition Winner

With the launch of Dance@TheGrange this summer, we have included various dance pieces into our Open Day entertainment, including Hampshire Youth Dance showcasing their new piece by Jasmine Varidimon. We end the afternoon in the theatre with an exclusive Grange Festival production, Combattimento – Warriors and Lovers in Song, by Claudio Monteverdi – featuring singers and players from The Grange Festival 2017, including Rowan Pierce, winner of our International Singing Competition.

Nell Gwynn | West Meon Theatre


Winchester dance school Integr8 will perform interactive workshops and open performances around the Grange site, and West Meon Theatre will showcase their ‘work in progress’ Nell Gwynn within the beautiful setting of the ruined mansion.

Elsewhere on site, Alresford Arts Festival will be showcasing the work of talented local artists. Ruth Paton, Designer, will run a prop workshop. There will be face painting, pony rides, a plethora of pop-up food and drink salls, gifts and produce to purchase, and much more.



Broughton Water Buffalo | Danebury Vineyard | Exton Park Vineyard 
Fat Sam’s Ice Cream | Itchen Valley Brewery 
Little Pub Group & Winchester Distillery Gin & Cocktail Bar
Moonroast Coffee | Parsonage Farm Charcuterie | The Pie Hole
Jake’s Artisan Foods | Tom Parker Creamery
Arbonne Beauty Products | Eland Publishing Books | Hutchings & Brant

…and more to be confirmed!




Martin Read Foundation Young Composer’s Scheme

Alan Titchmarsh in conversation with Michael Chance
West Meon Theatre perform Nell Gwynn in the house

West Meon Theatre perform Nell Gwynn in the house

Hampshire Youth Dance

Combattimento – Warriors and Lovers in Song