Patrons enjoying their picnic on the field

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Return Boat Travel

Boat travel is provided by Brownsea Island Ferries. This service is included in the price of your theatre ticket.

The boats for the theatre leave from Poole Quay only, at approximately 4:00pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm, 5:40pm and 6:15pm. The journey lasts for about 20 minutes. Please note that the 4:00pm and 4:30pm boats are daily scheduled services and therefore non-BOAT passengers will have priority over ticket holders for BOAT. BOAT Patrons will not be permitted to use tickets before 4:00pm

Return boats operate at the end of the show to return you to Poole Quay as quickly as possible. Due to the nature of outdoor productions, we cannot guarantee an exact return time.

Car Parks

  • Quay Visitors: Multi-storey, 550 spaces (6 disabled). Postcode: BH15 1SB
  • Hill Street: Multi-story, 335 spaces (4 disabled). Postcode: BH15 1NR
  • Harbourside Park 1: Pay & Display, 205 spaces (4 disabled). Postcode: BH15 1UX
  • Harbourside Park 2: Pay & Display, 119 spaces (4 disabled). Postcode: BH15 1UX

Accessibility

For all performances there are seats set aside for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility. To book these seats you need to be registered on the BH Live access scheme, and you need to log in to your BH Live account before booking seats. For more information or to register, email [email protected].

People with Limited Mobility need to be aware of the following policy specified by Brownsea Island Ferries Ltd:-
“We welcome disabled customers on board our vessels, but for safe access a small degree of mobility is needed by everyone. Due to the jetty and vessel design, adults who use wheelchairs must be able to walk (assisted if necessary) just a few steps for access at boarding gates, as crews are not permitted to lift occupied wheelchairs. Each wheelchair must be accompanied by an attendant to assist a disabled person in the event of an emergency on board. In all cases the number of wheelchairs that may be carried is at the absolute discretion of the vessel’s Master.”
Anyone needing clarification of this should contact Brownsea Island Ferries Ltd.

Transport is provided at the quay on Brownsea Island for any patron who has difficulty making their own way to Church Field where the performances take place. This does not have to be pre-booked.

Stay on the island

The National Trust are pleased to offer all Brownsea Island Open Air Theatre visitor the opportunity to spend a night under the stars on the island's historic campsite. What’s even better is that they are offering a discount of 10% for all customers who hold a theatre ticket. It’s the perfect opportunity to extend your stay and explore the island after enjoying a magical theatre performance.

To find out more and take advantage of this special offer, please send an email to [email protected] with a copy of your ticket order confirmation. Prices and details can be found on the National Trust website: Brownsea Island Campsite, Dorset | National Trust

Great place to go to for a summer picnic & watch a Shakespeare play!!

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A wonderful evening spent on beautiful Brownsea Island

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