The Greatest Showman at The Bishop’s Palace
27th April 2018
This April, The Bishop’s Palace in Wells will once again be hosting a night of open air cinema, as part of Wells’ Festival of Film.
On Friday 27th April, from 7pm, a very special Sing-Along screening of the surprise musical hit sensation of 2018, The Greatest Showman, will take place on the Croquet Lawn.
What more spectacular location could there be than to enjoy this epic tale based on the life of P.T Barnum against a backdrop of the Medieval Great Hall, under the stars?
The musical film, whose soundtrack is currently UK no 1 and which has also topped the charts in the USA, is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. The soundtrack has already won a Golden Globe for Best Original Song and has been nominated for an Oscar. The film has been hugely well received and is noted in particular for giving cinema-goers an hour and a half of “pure enjoyment and escapism”. So if you need cheering up this Spring, book your tickets for an uplifting evening in a fabulous location.
The Drawbridge will open at 7:30pm with the film starting at 9pm. Tickets will include a BBQ meal and the bar will be open all evening. Ticket holders will be able to soak up the pre-screening atmosphere at the Palace and there will be pre-show entertainment from Wookey Hole Circus. Just before the screening begins, there will be a fancy dress competition, so get those Show costumes planned!
Cinema goers should bring their own low-backed seating or blanket and an umbrella as the show will go on whatever the weather. Tickets £20 to include BBQ, available from Wells Film Centre www.wellsfilmcentre.co.uk
ABOUT THE BISHOP’S PALACE
The Bishop’s Palace is the 800 year old home of the Bishops of Bath & Wells. The medieval palace is also home to the wells and ancient springs that give the City of Wells its name, the world famous mute swans that ring a bell alongside the Gatehouse when they want their food, and 14 acres of stunning gardens. Within the gardens are an Arboretum, formal planted gardens, the ruined and romantic Great Hall, waterfalls and well pools, a Community Garden and the new Garden of Reflection.
The Palace buildings open to the public include a medieval undercroft, a striking Long Gallery, hung with portraits of former bishops, exhibition space and the beautiful medieval Chapel.
There is a modern, family and dog friendly café, serving produce from the gardens, drinks, cakes and light meals and a gift shop. The site is accessible for wheelchair users, with new, even pathways in the gardens and a lift in the Palace building.
The Bishop’s Palace is managed by The Palace Trust, registered charity number 1160830.
The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens
T: 01749 988111
Summer (25 March – 28 Oct): 10am - 6pm
Winter (29 Oct – 24 March): 10am – 4pm
Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.
The Bishop’s Palace is closed over Christmas every year.
• All activities and events are included in the price of admission unless stated otherwise and children must be accompanied by an adult.
• Guided Tours Daily
Admission tickets give access to the medieval Palace, Undercroft, ruined Great Hall, 14 acres of gardens, the Bishop’s Chapel and events (unless specifically ticketed).
Who Gift Aid Standard
Adult £8.95 £8.05
Concession (60 plus, disabled, student or unemployed) £7.95 £7.15
Children (Under 5 years) FREE FREE
Children (5-18 years) £3.95 £3.55
Family (1 Adult, up to 3 Children) £16.00 £14.40
Family (2 Adults, up to 3 Children) £24 .00 £21.60
Essential helpers assisting disabled visitors FREE FREE
Group Admission – See Moira to book Prebooked £6.95
Child Group Admission – See Moira to book Prebooked £3.20
The Gift Aid admission price includes a voluntary donation which enables The Palace Trust to claim back the tax as part of the governments Gift Aid scheme. By agreeing to pay the Gift Aid Admission Charge, your donation can go so much further.
HOW TO FIND US
The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens is situated in the heart of Wells, Somerset and can be easily reached from Bath – 21 miles / Bristol - 21 miles / Glastonbury - 8 miles.
Bus: 29, 126, 161/162, 173, 375, 376, 377 all stop or pass through Wells. Alight at Wells Market Place.
Bike: The Bishop’s Palace is situated on Sustrans cycle route 3. Visit www.sustrans.org.uk for further information and maps. Cycle racks available over the drawbridge and in Market Place.
Train: The nearest railway stations are Castle Cary (9 miles from Wells) and also Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa (both 21 miles), where you will find bus links to Wells.
Coach: Follow signs to coach dropping off point, continue down one way system to bus station coach park.
Car: The main routes to Wells are the A371 and the A39. The Bishop’s Palace is a short walk from all central car parks, use Whiting Way car park (long stay) which is located just off the A39 or Market Place (short stay, 1 hour maximum) is just outside the palace Not available Wednesday or Saturday (market days).