Friday 12th August 2022
Raby Castle
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Join us at Raby for a special theatrical adaptation of David Walliams’ Awful Auntie.

Friday 12th August | 6.30pm | Running time: 2 Hours | Age: 7+

The new playground at the Saxby Hall Orphanage is finally complete, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you. The orphanage was founded by Stella Saxby, who some of you may remember. Her parents were killed in a car crash in 1933, leaving her an orphan, all alone with her Awful Auntie. And when we say awful, we mean awful. Aunt Alberta and her best friend Wagner, a vicious Bavarian owl, tried everything they could to torment Stella into signing over the deed to Saxby Hall. But Stella, with the help of her friend Soot (the ghost of a chimney sweep, but friends come in all shapes and sizes, don’t they?) fought off Aunt Alberta, saved Saxby Hall, and gifted the beautiful Saxby Hall to be used as an orphanage.

Gates will open at 5.30pm with the performance starting at 6.30pm. Please park in the main car park and head to the kiosk to redeem your tickets. We will have a delicious BBQ foodie offering on the night, plus a bar, perfect for a picnic in the park!

Frequently Asked Questions

What time can I arrive?
The event starts at 6.30pm, but guests can arrive anytime after 5.30pm. At the end of the show please pack your belongings and our friendly team will direct you to the exit. Please help us by taking your rubbish home with you.

Can I bring my own food & drink?
You are welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy during the event, but we ask that you please do not bring any glass into the venue. Drinks, snacks and refreshments will be available (including ice cream) on the night.

Can I bring a dog?
Whilst dogs on lead are allowed in the Deer Park, we kindly ask that they are left at home for this event, with the exception of guide dogs.

What you’ll need to bring
We are hoping for glorious weather for our outdoor theatre. If it’s sunny (which we hope it will be!) you may wish to bring water, sunglasses, sun cream and a hat. If it’s wet – waterproof clothing and the Great British spirit will be required! Please bear in mind that it can turn colder in the evenings so remember to bring warm clothing and blankets with you. We also recommend bringing a torch with you to use when you leave.

You are welcome to bring picnic blankets and camping chairs – please be aware that guests with camping chairs may be asked to sit further back so as not to block the view of any guests sitting on the floor. We are not able to provide any seats for our screenings.

We ask that you please do not bring the following:

  • Umbrellas
  • Tables
  • Tents
  • Pop up structures
  • Gazebos
  • Parasols
  • BBQs
  • Candles or naked flames
  • Gas burners
  • Portable heaters

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