Alice in Wonderland at Rococo Garden
Earlier in the year we visited Rococo Garden in Painswick to see their stunning displays of snowdrops. We visited again later when the bluebells were flowering. It really is a beautiful place to be. The gardens are not only gorgeous, there is plenty of surprises to be had as you turn a corner down a path. It certainly is a place that the girls are excited about visiting. We were really pleased to be invited to an outdoor performance of Alice In Wonderland held at Rococo Garden. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect backdrop. All we needed was the weather on our side.
Thankfully, it was a glorious, sunny day. The performance was to be held on the Bowling Green. As we took the path down past the Eagle House, we could see quite a few people already set up here with chairs or blankets, many of whom were enjoying a picnic. We found space for our blanket, close to the Fish Pond and were entertained by several dragonflies darting across the surface of the water before the began. From our vantage point, we could also see the Kitchen Garden and the views up to the Exedra and the Red House.
Alice in Wonderland was put on by IK Productions. There were a cast of 5. All the cast, except for Alice, played multiple roles. Despite costumes and props being fairly minimal, the girls were really clear on which character was which. The performance was entertaining and amusing. There was some direct engagement with the audience, and it was pitched just right for children. The performance was an hour and a half long with a 20 minute interval – just enough time to visit the toilet and then the café for an ice cream!
We all enjoyed Alice in Wonderland, and Rococo Garden was the perfect venue to host it. We would definitely consider attending another outdoor performance there in the future. However, holding the performance on the Bowling Green meant there was very little shade available, so next time I would ensure we arrived much earlier in order to get a shady spot, and take camping chairs so we were less restricted with where to sit so the girls could see. On a day like this, sun hats, sun lotion and plenty of water are a must.
This was my husband’s first visit to Rococo Garden. Although he has seen my photos and heard us going on about how lovely it is here, he was really pleasantly surprised by the gardens during our visit. As a result we will definitely be revisiting Rococo Gardens again before next year’s outdoor performances.