Events at Ashridge House

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23rd August

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Five couples – three human, one fairy, and one mythical – find their relationships sorely tested, intimately probed and indecently exposed when a troupe of amateur theatricals bumble into the forest to rehearse a play.

16th August

A tour of Ashridge House

Join us for a tour of Ashridge House! You have the chance to wander the historic hallways and learn about its fascinating story, accompanied by a luxurious glass of champagne.

18th Sept, 23rd October & 20th November

Afternoon Teas

Treat yourself and loved ones to our quintessential afternoon tea, served in a heritage room in our magnificent house.

23rd - 30th October

Halloween at Ashridge House

You’d better sleep with one eye open…Halloween at Ashridge House will be on sale soon! Get ready for all sorts of spooky goings-on at Ashridge House this Halloween! There’ll be something for everyone, so check back here for more information shortly.

25th Nov 2022 - 2nd Jan 2023

Ashridge House: Illuminated

Join us on a multi-sensory journey with the whole family at the most magical time of the year. Immersive light art installations will bring our winter gardens to life and take you on a festive adventure of light and sound.

More dates added soon

Weekends at Ashridge

Ever fancied attending an exciting event at a historic venue? How about waking up amidst the history and beauty of a castle? Well now you can do both with our weekend packages.

12th February

Valentine's Day Dinner

A romantic 4-course evening meal for two, served in historic Ashridge House. Book your place here.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Five couples – three human, one fairy, and one mythical – find their relationships sorely tested, intimately probed and indecently exposed when a troupe of amateur theatricals bumble into the forest to rehearse a play.


Shakespeare’s timeless comic masterpiece explores every colour in the spectrum of love, from arranged marriage to elopement, from infatuation to hatred, from chivalric devotion to raw sex. Add to this bawdy mix a heady brew of confusion, magic and mischief, and you have the most perfectly frothy comedy for a moonlit summer evening.


Running time (approx): 2hrs 20mins (including 20 minute interval)


Suitable for: all ages 5+


About the company

The award-winning outdoor theatre company, Illyria, is celebrating its 30th birthday. They are restaging their fantastic production of A Midsummer Night's Dream to mark this incredible milestone!


A Midsummer Night's Dream is the first Shakespeare play Illyria ever performed. An enduring tale of love and loss, this production promises magic and mischief for all ages. This ever-popular story follows four couples as they navigate the trials of romance, lust - and an enchanted forest. Escape into the great outdoors for the perfect midsummer's night of entertainment. Visit illyria.co.uk to find out more

Join us for a tour of Ashridge House.

Dates: 28 July, 3 & 16 August

Time: 2pm


Join us for a tour of Ashridge House! Over the years it's been home to monks and monarchs, lords and ladies, and even patients on a maternity ward! Now you have the chance to wander the historic hallways and learn about its fascinating story, accompanied by a luxurious glass of champagne.


Your knowledgeable tour guide will take you on a journey from the Main Hall to the Well House, covering 730 years of rich history along the way. Starting with the monastic period, through the years as a royal household and stately home, then finishing with an overview of its modern history through the war years and finally its current life as an international business school.

A Quintessential Afternoon Tea

Treat yourself and loved ones to our quintessential afternoon tea. You’ll enjoy a selection of homemade delicious cakes and savouries created by our talented Chefs, accompanied by a range of teas and coffees.

Afternoon tea is served in a heritage function room in our magnificent house. Tickets for afternoon tea also include access to our beautiful private gardens, so you will be able to enjoy a walk in the grounds and gardens after your afternoon tea.

Please be sure to input any dietary requirements in the special requests box when making your booking.

Price: £39.50

Terms and conditions


Weekends at Ashridge

Ever fancied attending an exciting event at a historic venue? How about waking up amidst the history and beauty of a castle? Well now you can do both by booking a weekend package at Ashridge House!

On selected dates throughout the year, you can enjoy a variety of packages that include entertainment, dining, accommodation and more.

The upcoming weekends are listed in the tabs below.

Terms & Conditions apply

  • More dates to be added soon
More dates to be added soon

Valentine's Day Dinner

Do you have a special someone you want to impress this Valentines?

What better way than to treat them to a romantic four course dinner for two with a choice of complimentary drink on arrival. Enter our historic house and feast on a rich and romantic menu, including:

  • Appetiser: celeriac cappuccino
  • Starter: Coupled with a Snow crab and crevette cocktail
  • Mains: prime fillet of beef, braised beef croquette, shallot puree, English kale OR twice baked wookey hole cheese souffle
  • Dessert: chocolate and pistachio, wild berries and raspberry sorbet.

This will definitely be an evening to remember!

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