Mica Paris at Festival Theatre Hever

Until recently I was unaware of Festival Theatre, Hever. Set in the grounds of the beautiful Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Nr Sevenoaks, Kent, Hever Festival Theatre is an annual festival.

I was over the moon to be asked to review a few shows – I was given tickets in exchange for this review

This year, its 35th anniversary, sees an extended run from May to September.

Bringing a plethora of genres to the festival, including opera, plays for both adults and children, puppet shows and music. There truly is something for everyone.

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The view across the lake at Hever Castle

What to expect when you get to Hever Festival Theatre

Mica Paris was due to go on stage at 8, we arrived just after 7pm which gave us plenty of time to get a drink from the cafe.

We parked and walked to the entrance. A few people were picnicking at the lake and in the gardens. Plenty of people were using the tables and chairs at the cafe to eat their picnics too. It was a very civilized affair – these people sure know how to picnic in style! There were bottles of wine and glasses galore – I stuck with my cappucino and sarnie from the cafe – next time I won’t drive!

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Approaching Festival Theatre at Hever Castle

We made our way to Hever Castle Open Air Theatre. It looks like a big sail – it is really quite something being set in the gardens of Hever Castle itself.

Mica Paris came on just after 8pm.

The theatre has both covered seating, which can be reserved, or you can sit on the grass. We were given covered seating. The seats were a little compact but not overly uncomfortable, I am on the larger side and I had no issues.

The weather the previous evening was not kind but we were lucky. But not as lucky as the people who were sat on the grass!

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The view from our seats

The sound quality was wonderful at the Festival Theatre at Hever

I really like jazz and don’t get the chance to see it live often enough for my liking. Mica has a hell of a voice and played tribute to Ella Fitzgerald beautifully. She was accompanied by 3 musicians, drums, piano and double bass

Mica brought the house down. A no-nonsense showman she had the middle aged, middle class crowd on their feet within the first few songs, it was truly a delight to behold.

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Mica Paris performing Etta James songs with her band

The walk back to to the car park was well lit by torches which lined the route

The car park itself was quite dark so I would recommend taking a torch to find your way back to your car.

Exiting the car park was a fairly easy too, apart from the people trying to get UP the drive while everyone else was exiting. I had to squeeze past a rather sharp hedge.

What did we think of Mica Paris at Festival Theatre Hever?

My mum and I have not had a night out on our own for a very long time. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening, especially as the weather was so lovely.

Next time I would persuade someone else to drive so I could partake in a glass or two of wine. I was quite jealous of everyone. I would highly recommend it as an evening out for both couples and a group. I would suggest arriving as the gates open at 6.30 to make the most of the beautiful surroundings while they are quieter and enjoy a picnic and wine.

Other events at Festival Theatre Hever

There is plenty coming up at the theatre – for full details visit their website here

We are personally looking forward to the great selection of kids shows in the summer holidays. But there is plenty to suit all tastes and ages. 

Mica Paris was performing as part of Rye International Jazz and Blues Festival 

The festival takes place over August Bank Holiday weekend and has a star studded line up – not to be missed for jazz and blues enthusiasts. Check out their full programme here

For other travel and days out ideas and reviews click here

We were given tickets in exchange for this review. All thoughts and words are my own

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