Make this the year you experience the Wintershall Nativity
Experience the magic of the Christmas story live at The Wintershall Nativity Play, from 18-22 December. The critically acclaimed production is presented both outdoors in the rolling landscape of the Wintershall Estate in Surrey, as well as inside the intimate surroundings of Holly Barn.
Some 50 volunteer actors in biblical costumes, alongside a cast of sheep, donkeys, horses and a sheepdog, take the audience on foot from the open air into the atmospheric, candle-lit barn, as the story of how Jesus changed the world unfolds with songs and music and joyful carolling.
The Nativity has become a much-anticipated fixture of the Christmas season, performed by Wintershall, producers of the famous Passion of Jesus which plays to an audience of more than 20,000 people each Easter in Trafalgar Square.
Enjoy this timeless festive experience with friends and family as the real story of Christmas is brought to life. Visitors are encouraged to wrap up warmly and mince pies and hot drinks will be available before and after the performance.
Wintershall first performed The Nativity in 1989, with a cast headed by Peter and Ann Hutley and their family on their beautiful farm, the Wintershall Estate, an area of extraordinary natural beauty in the Surrey Hills, less than an hour from London. The cows were evicted from the barn for a night and a handful of people came to see the makeshift production. One of the wise men found himself wearing Ann’s fur hat and their pregnant daughter-in-law sat on a bale of hay with a torch to light the action.
Now Holly Barn is a licensed theatre and 6,000 visitors come to see the 90-minute Nativity every year, with tickets selling-out for the last two years. It featured on the BBC’s Songs of Praise in 1996 and again in 2004. In 2013, the Nativity was performed in the BBC’s Piazza in London to critical acclaim.
The Wintershall Nativity Play performance times are:
18 December at 1pm & 4.30pm
19 & 20 December at 4.30pm and 7pm
21 December at 11am, 2pm and 5pm
22 December at 2pm and 5pm
Performances are 90 minutes long and there is free parking. Tickets from £9-£20 with a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) priced at £50 & £55. Not advised for under 5s. Book early to secure your preferred date and time.
The Wintershall Nativity Play will be performed from 18-22 December both inside and outside of Holly Barn at Wintershall, Bramley near Guildford. To book the Nativity please call 01793 418299 or book online at www.wintershall.org.uk.
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