NEW for 2021: The stage is set for a magical entertainment and foodie festival at the majestic Holkham Hall, Norfolk. It’s time to celebrate being together again – so, dust off the disco shoes for a Disco Yoga brunch, soak up some live music and prepare to be dazzled by a midsummer extravaganza! (Thursday 17th - Sunday 27th June)
The Picnic is brought to you by Francesca Nally, owner of Midsummer Nightcap. Francesca has devised a creative concept that delivers on line-up, event styling and food offering. It puts the audience at the heart of the action, giving ticket holders the best seat in the house with a stage set amid nature’s own beauty and a host venue that will not fail to disappoint. Think magical woodland setting, sustainability focus, solar fairy lights, beautifully dressed pergolas and the kind of handmade detail that is Instaworthy.
Live music is back! And we’re here for it. The Picnic will showcase new and emerging music talent, along with comedy (we all deserve a laugh!), musical theatre, Jazz, Gospel, dance and more. The line-up has been carefully considered to act as an introduction to new genres, or a chance to see a favourite genre of entertainment. A packed programme has been organised to appeal to a wide variety of tastes.
Line-up includes: Boogie woogie and blues pianist/ vocalist Tom Seals (Thurs 17th); TV and Radio Presenters, Abbie McCarthy and Jess Iszatt, presenters of BBC Music Introducing, on stage to introduce the showcase of new and emerging music talent (Fri 18 & 25); Disco Yoga Brunch (Sat 19), Urban Soul Orchestra (Sat 19), Dino Baptiste (Sun 20), comedy with Country Mile Productions (Sun 20), Midsummer celebration with Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance (Mon 21), Wilderland Festival (Wed 23) Royal Academy of Music (Thur 24), Musicals In The Park (Sat 26) and Gospel from Mabel Maie and Ed Enoch to close (Sun 27).
The Mermaid Cave will be on site providing biodegradable beauty with their eco style boutique.
Perfect for groups of friends and the whole family – it’s time to celebrate being together again with a series of live entertainment. Time just waiting to be spent on a romantic midsummer date, a family birthday, Disco Yoga brunch with friends, or a Teddy Bears’ picnic for the kids.
Location, location, location! The Picnic Series has selected iconic venues to play host and Chapter One begins at Holkham. Explore the stunning grounds, immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the Holkham Estate and take a stroll on the golden sands of the beach.
Alongside the amazing entertainment, food takes centre stage too. Attendees will enjoy grazing from a handmade and carefully crafted menu, bursting with fresh seasonal produce: with hampers deliciously titled: From the Plant, From the Farm, From the Sea, an Afternoon Tea, and ‘one for the kids’. See the menu options here .To quench your thirst, The Picnic will also be serving a selection of fine wines from Sea Change Wine – a family run business founded over 15 years ago turning the tide on plastic pollution in our oceans. With the removal of the unnecessary plastic wrap around the cork, the use of renewable plant-based closures and the paper for the labels coming from certified sustainable forests and made partially from grape waste, combined with a donation to marine charities from every bottle sold, the festival choosing Sea Change does make a difference.
Their iconic vintage rolling bar will also be on site and well-equipped! Who could ask for more than enjoying a glass of Pimms with your picnic whilst relaxing enjoying the view and line-up?
Tickets will include: Entry to Holkham Park, a Luxury Grazing Hamper of your choice, your pre-selected allocated time at the festival with entertainment choice, and parking on-site. Guests will also be able to take advantage of The Picnic’s ‘Special Occasion Packages’ to make this year’s Midsummer Magic even more memorable.
Limited tickets are available in order to create our intimate, boutique festival vibe.
Lucy Downing, Head of Marketing at Holkham, says, “We are thrilled to be working with Francesca and her fabulously creative team to bring The Picnic to Norfolk. It is set to be an event like no other – combining the very best in arts and entertainment with delicious food and magical views. After the year we’ve all experienced, The Picnic will provide everyone with the much-needed tonic of getting together with loved ones to enjoy a brilliant day or evening out. Nestled by The Temple and running over ten days, it’s where memories will be made. We hope 2021 marks the first of many years when locals and visitors alike will be able to roll into summer in style with a visit to The Picnic at Holkham. Personally, I can’t wait to jump on a disco ball and try out my downward dog wearing sparkles!”
Francesca Nally, The Picnic, adds: “We are so excited to be bringing The Picnic to Holkham this summer. We couldn’t have dreamed up a more idyllic venue, hidden away with the majestic Temple as our backdrop, wildlife, and the stunning grounds with the beach just a stone’s throw away – the perfect setting for our first event. We are so excited to be bringing a range of entertainment and performers to Holkham Hall and we hope everyone can find something to enjoy! Our special midsummer night summer solstice will be the best way to spend time re-connecting with your loved ones and we even have Father’s Day covered for you!”