Music, Theatre & Picnic Day!

14th July 10:00am - 6:00pm

Saturday 14th July 10am-6pm

On Saturday 14th July, The Bishop’s Palace will play host to a range of cultural activities designed to entertain and delight visitors of all ages.

The day begins with a family theatre performance at 11am of Reynard the Fox, by Wells Festival Theatre.

The tale of Reynard the Fox follows the woodlands’ most infamous scoundrel! As he makes his way to the King’s court, Reynard cannot resist temptations to trick and confuse the creatures he meets along his path. But upon arrival King Noble Lion and Lady Lupin the She-Wolf demand he answers for his crimes! Reynard must do everything he can to persuade the creatures of the woodland that his intentions were good natured. Will the gift of his silver tongue be a shade too bright against his roguish red fur to save his own tail?

Reynard the Fox is a piece of engaging outdoor theatre for family audiences of all ages, using The Fabularium’s unique aesthetic, strong imagery and all performed upon their traditional wooden cart. It will feature storytelling, puppetry, original live music and The Fabularium’s bespoke animal headpieces. 

There will be a second performance at 1:15pm.

At 12pm there will be a performance from German String Orchestra “Violinissimo” in the Conference Room as part of Wells Orchestral Weekend.

At 3:40pm, the Royal Artillery Band will lead a procession from Cathedral Green to The Bishop’s Palace and will continue to play inside the grounds.

At 4:30pm, there will be a short speech from Bishop Peter, followed by a performance at 4:45pm from BIS Kuala Lumpur Ensembles on the South Lawn. This performance is part of the celebrations of the link between the Diocese of Bath & Wells and Zambia, and visitors are invited to bring a picnic to enjoy this and the 5:30pm performance by “Stringendo”, another German String Orchestra!



Reynard the Fox theatre performances – South Lawn

Violinissimo concert – Conference Room

The Royal Artillery Band - Croquet Lawn and South Lawn

BIS Kuala Lumpur Ensemble concert –  South Lawn

Performances included in admission. *ticket holders for Reynard the Fox have entry. 

Outdoor performances may be moved indoor if weather conditions are poor