Every year we host a select amount of Public Events that people can attend.

If you wish to hear about forthcoming events at Burton Court in advance, please sign up to our newsletter service.

Open Air Theatre Productions

Much Ado About Murder

Tuesday 14th June at 7:30pm

Don your detective cap and join Heartbreak Productions for some uper silly outdoor theatre this summer. Our original murder mystery will set five suspects under the spotlight, and we will depend on the audience to find answers. Who was lurking in the corridor carrying a candlestick? When did the third gunshot go off - before or after the very silly song? And probably most importantly, why didn't you pack a larger picnic?

answers to these and other equally important questions will only be uncovered as we make Much Ado About Murder (an original murder mystery by Heartbreak Productions, performed, as are all our shows, out of doors, so check the weather, dress appropriately, and bring a picnic).

Tickets are priced at £14 for adults and £7 for children. Tickets can be bought in advance through the Heartbreak website or by cash or card on the night.

Jane Eyre

Friday 12th August at 7:30pm

Heartbreak is delighted to present this original outdoor theatre adaption of Charlotte Bronte's classic, Jane Eyre. Using the backdrop of a carnival, we follow our favourite Victorian heroine through her many ordeals. Watch her escape from her aunt's house, her school, the fire, the moors, and finally find safety with her true love, Mr Rochester.

So step right up, ladies and gents, to Heartbreak Productions' Carnival Spectacular - complete with astouding acrobats, jaw-dropping jugglers. And don't forget our very special guest - the death-defying escape artist Jane Eyre. Watch her wriggle out of five different tight corners, including everyone's greatest fear - fire! Harrowing at times and heart-warming at others, this romantic tale is best enjoyed with a picnic.

Tickets are priced at £14 for adults and £7 for children. Tickets can be bought in advance through the Heartbreak website or by cash or card on the night.

Antiques Fairs

We welcome Jules and Andy from Antiques in Tents biannually for their well supported antiques fairs. All set in the now familiar setting of a large marquee designed to hold up to 50 exhibits with more stalls inside the main period rooms inside the house. Dealers from across the UK come and exhibit and never disappoint on quality and diversity of stock.

We have a large marquee on the old tennis courts; stalls scattered in the gardens, and a pop up cafe and the lazy butler's bar will be well stocked for the event.

The fair runs from 12 noon to 5pm on Friday 13th May
and from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 14th May

Admission £5 cash or card payment.

I would like to thank you for the tremendous time we had at the murder mystery party night. The food, entertainment and hospitality were top class!

Chairman of Hereford Round Table

Wassailing – Friday 6th January 2023 from 7pm

We are delighted to be hosting, alongside our neighbours at Home Farm, this year’s Wassail for the irrepressible Leominster Morris in their 40th anniversary year. We are having a pig roast for the event and we will have the lazy butler’s bar and pop up Gin Bar open in the warmth of the house. Please bring appropriate footwear for outside and wrap up warm!

What is Wassailing?

The local Wassail custom dates back for hundreds of years and was a blessing on the apple trees in the hope of a good harvest next year. This was the first event Leominster Morris revived after the side was re-formed in 1983. That first Herefordshire Wassail of the new era took place in the orchard of Tudor House, Yarpole.

The Wassail begins by gathering at a given 'watering hole', where safe torches are prepared and distributed, and whence the side leads the large crowd of followers in a torch light procession to the orchard. In the orchard 12 fires have been prepared encircling the tree selected to represent the orchard and receive the blessing. The followers are directed around the outside of the circle and only the Morris men are permitted inside the circle. The ceremony is introduced and commences with toast or cake soaked in cider being placed in the fork of the tree chosen to feed the spirit of the orchard. Cider is then sprinkled about the roots of the tree. Next, the Herefordshire 'thorn' is ignited: this is a beribboned thorn-cage stuffed with straw on a pole. It represents the sun reborn and shows why this ancient ceremony took place at this time of year. At the midwinter, the coldest & darkest part of the year, people encouraged the return of light & warmth, and by so doing they performed an affirmation of their faith that it would be so. Next, the 13th fire, the Fire of Eternal Renewal, is lit and immediately stamped out saving the fuel for next year. This is the sign for the simultaneous lighting of the ring of twelve fires, A gun is then fired into the tree to frighten away the evil spirits. The Wassail Song is sung by Leominster Morris under the branches of the tree and two or three dances are performed there. Herefordshire cider is passed around to the onlookers and people stay and talk enjoying the warmth and friendship.

Then we all go back in procession to the meeting place where the traditional Mummers Play is performed. The text for which is taken from several local sources and enlivened by individual members adding topical references or variations to their parts. More dances follow, then it is into the bar for music, song, dance and drink!

Take a closer look

Like what you see? Get in touch for a viewing of Burton Court to see what we can do for you.

Fill in our contact form