On Saturday 31 August, thousands of people are expected to pack up the picnic hampers and the champers and come together for the third annual Battle Proms picnic and firework concert at Ragley Hall.
An unrivalled blend of musical talent, expert displays, spectacular pyrotechnics and a celebratory atmosphere makes the Battle Proms a truly memorable occasion!
* Adult £33.00 in Advance * Adult £38.00 on the day of the concert - at the gate - subject to availability
* Child £16 * 4 years and under - free entry - no tickets required
FOOD, DRINK, FRIENDS, MUSIC, SPECTACLE, AMBIENCE
Discover a unique experience at the 3rd annual Ragley Hall Battle Proms Concert:
4.30pm Gates Open
Relax with your hampers and champers, win a prize at the traditional fairground stalls, visit the Napoleonic re-enactors at their encampment and get in the party spirit as warm-up act The Rockabellas take to the stage!
The Blades Aerobatic Display Team
The world renowned Blades Aerobatic Team perform their dynamic and breathtaking aerial display. You could fly with the Blades: Visit their stall on site for exclusive charity flight bookings being taken on the night! Proceeds from these flights will go to the Battle Proms charity partner, Combat Stress.
A video of The Blades in action
The Blades passenger experience - this could be you!
6.45pm Napoleonic Cavalry and Infantry displays
There?s a thundering of hooves as the mounted cavalry invite you to discover the colour and chivalry of the Napoleonic era, demonstrating battlefield skill-at-arms with lances, rifles and superb horsemanship.
7.25pm Evening Gun Salute
The gunners of the English Field Artillery Company herald the commencement of the evening?s musical programme with a volley of shots from an authentic vintage field gun.
7.30pm-10.00pm The Musical Programme
The evening continues with an uplifting and inspiring celebration of soul-stirring classical favourites, performed by the New English Concert Orchestra conducted by Douglas Coombes, and hosted by popular BBC presenter Pam Rhodes.
The historic and unmistakable sound of the Spitfire engine rumbles overhead in accompaniment to the concert?s opening piece. This meticulously choreographed and tear-jerking aerial display is performed in the skies above the arena by Carolyn Grace in the legendary Grace Spitfire.
Let battle commence! The ground shakes for Tchaikovsky?s 1812 Overture with live cannon fire, serving as a pyrotechnical warm-up to the celebratory piece of music that gives the Battle Proms its name: Beethoven?s Wellington?s Victory, more commonly known as the ?Battle Symphony?, performed with a staggering 193 cannons, musket fire and fireworks.
The Battle Proms is the only regular open air concert in the world to perform this piece in full using live cannon with real black powder explosions, each fired electronically by the orchestra?s percussionist following the original score. This is classical music with unrivalled dramatic impact; an unforgettable spectacle that must be seen (and heard!) to be believed.
The perfect summer evening closes with the traditional sing-along, flag-waving proms finale, including favourites Jerusalem, Rule Britannia, God Save the Queen and Land of Hope and Glory, culminating in a dazzling firework spectacular!
Widely regarded as the most exciting summer proms concert in the country, the Battle Proms is a firmly established favourite that thousands of fans return to year after year. Pack up a picnic, stock up on fizz and join the party; whether you?re planning a romantic evening as a couple, a celebration as a group, or want to enjoy an informal concert as a family then this could be the unique experience you have been looking for.
FINISH APPROX 10.00pm
With a lakeside setting, the Ragley Hall Battle Proms has a stunning location for the evening's concert. Enjoy your picnic in beautiful parkland, and enjoy the tranquility before the evening's excitement begins!
The wonderful orchestral music, cavalry displays and even cannon fire come together to create an truly unique event, all culminating in a lavish fireworks display, reflected in the lake.
Access to the concert site will be from 4:30 pm. The car park will open approximately an hour before.
You can bring a gazebo and there is no charge. However gazebos can only be set-up at the back of the auditorium and there is limited space. Space is allocated on a first come first served basis at the discretion of the Stewards.
We designate the area of the car park nearest to the concert for disabled people. Priority will be given to blue badge holders, although this area can also be used by people who are temporarily disabled, pregnant, elderly or frail. Please inform the car parking stewards when you enter the car park.
The two main meeting points where you can also access concert information are the Ticket Tent at the very entrance to the concert site or the Flags and Programmes Tent. Both are at the back of the Arena and are well signed.
All members of the audience will be able to see the stage from any position on-site, and there is also a big screen next to the stage showing the entertainments. Although you will be able to hear the concert clearly within the audience arena, for the best sound please stay inside the area marked by white flags. To get a closer view of the cavalry and cannons it may be necessary to walk over to their display areas.
There will be a flurry of fireworks at the end of the first half. During the second half fireworks and cannons form part of the Battle Symphony and then a spectacular firework display will accompany the proms finale.
Feel free to make a picnic area for yourselves on-site where you can make a base for your group. People eat their picnic at any time throughout the evening.
Yes. There will be a selection of hot and cold food and drinks available on-site as well as a fully licensed bar.
Unfortunately due to fire and safety regulations we do not allow naked flames on-site.
Yes. You will be given a pass when you leave the auditorium to enable you to get back in. Some people choose the interval as a time to take their picnic paraphernalia back to their vehicles while it is still light.
Entrance to the house and grounds is not included in the price. For information on the ground's opening times please see the Ragley Hall page on our website.
There is no prescribed dress code. Many people choose to dress in evening wear whereas others take a more casual approach.
No, the concert will go ahead in inclement weather. However, in certain conditions, the Spitfire air display will unfortunately not be possible due to safety reasons.
We recommend bringing appropriate clothing for the weather, and warm clothes even in good weather as it often drops cold after dark. The concert area and car parks are well lit, but it can be useful to bring a torch to help pack your things and find your car. You are welcome to bring alcohol, glasses, cutlery etc, but the following are NOT permitted on site: flame torches, sky lanterns, stoves, any naked flames, dogs, sound recording equipment.
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