Seating and Access

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is a relaxed and intimate venue with a capacity of 500 (535 for Stig of the Dump). The theatre is in the round with the action at the centre so all seats offer a great view. Seating is unreserved, and you can picnic anywhere you sit.

There are three different seating areas:

Picnic Terraces.
littleseatThese are wide bench-style tiered terrace seats with lots of room to spread out – these are the front three rows of the seat banks.
Bring your own cushions if you wish, or we also have back rests [right] available from Front of House staff.

Covered Picnic Terraces.
The same as the above but with a Roman style canopy for shelter and shade. The covered terraces are on the back two rows of seating.

picnic chairsPicnic Spaces and Picnic Chairs
These are in the lawned picnic areas around the stage. This year there is need to worry about bringing your own chairs, we will already have picnic and deck chairs situated in these areas.

Premium Seats
New for 2016!
 Best seats in the house: either front row of the Picnic Chairs, or back row of the Covered Picnic Terraces – it’s your choice! Limited number per performance. No concessions. 




Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is accessible in that wheelchairs can access the picnic areas and lower picnic terraces. Unfortunately there are no covered seating areas accessible for wheelchair users but we can accommodate with umbrellas for shelter or shade. Carers go FREE – please phone the box office on 0845 241 7868 to book and inform us of any access requirements you may have. Guide and assistance dogs are more than welcome: again, please contact the Box Office so we can make any necessary provisions to best welcome you.

How to find us
Grosvenor Park is located in the heart of Chester city centre. For your sat navs, use postcode CH1 1QQ (Vicars Lane). You can also follow the AA Road Signs to Open Air Theatre.

There are a number of major car parks, located within a short walking distance. Local, regional and national train services all run from Chester Station, which is a 10 minute walk away. And, Chester Bus Station is also just a short walk away.

For parking the nearest car park is the NCP at Pepper Street (follow the AA Road signs for parking) Please note that this car park closes at 11pm, however if there is any delay to performance times they will stay open to accommodate theatregoers, so you don’t need to worry if that happens. Otherwise please do make your way to the car park immediately after the show. Disabled parking is available at the NCP Pepper Street.

If you use others car parks then please check closing times as in the event of rain delay the finish time may be a little later. If using the Newgate car park (Grosvenor Shopping Centre) then evening access is via the car ramp. Otherwise street parking is available at night a few minutes walk away. FREE parking is available after 3pm at several local authority run car parks (including Market Car Park).