The amphitheatre at Berrybank Park is a glorious green amphitheatre that has been grown from the earth in the Cotswolds. Sculpted in harmony with the surrounding landscape, the beautiful, grassed 500-seat Amphitheatre looks like it has always been there.
Situated between Stow-on-the-Wold and Adlestrop – inspiration for Edward Thomas’ famous poem – and with sweeping views across the breathtaking Evenlode valley, the Amphitheatre at Oddington’s Berrybank Park is set on the ancient wold between Stow, Moreton and Chipping Norton.
The Amphitheatre was created in memory of Janet Cockell, a local woman whose love of telling stories, the performing arts, and the Cotswolds inspired her family to build a venue to celebrate performance in all its magic while creating a space for everyone, from internationally renowned artists to local groups, schools, and performers.
Janet’s husband, Keith Cockell, had the vision, and co-owner and local farmer Jono Dudfield sculpted the stunning venue – tending to every blade of grass and the newly planted orchard.
The Amphitheatre, with a capacity of 500, comprises five grass tiers with flat access to each. Each tier is chair height to enable clear sight lines and deep enough for people to stretch out their own blankets and chairs, although chairs and blankets can also be hired. The Amphitheatre is set among 12 acres of orchard and wildflower meadows for pre-show picnics and dining.
A marquee that glows in the dusk like a lantern-lit Brighton Pavilion will provide Front of House facilities, including a bar and restaurant celebrating local produce and – because who can count on the British weather – the Pavilion also provides an alternative performance space in case of bad weather.