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Auditions for the Studio Theatre Company’s production of Salome by Oscar Wilde

Come audition for the Studio Theatre Company's production of Salome by Oscar Wilde, directed by Phil Tomlin, on Tue 7 & Wed 8 Dec at 7.30pm. There is nothing to prepare but audition pieces and character info are available on request. Script available on request....

Interview with SESSIONS Set and Costume Designer

Ahead of Paines Plough’s latest touring show SESSIONS by Ifeyinwa Frederick coming to South Hill Park on Wed 27 Oct, the company took a few moments to speak with the show’s designer, Anna Reid, to find out about her work, what it takes to create the look of a Paines...

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day Fri 8 Oct Join us for a walk or tai-chi session in South Hill Park's beautiful grounds, Bracknell. Tai Chi: 11am-12noon Walk: 12.30-13.15pm Join us for an optional tea or coffee, cake and a chat to find out more about local mental health...

Auditions for the Studio Theatre Company’s next production Road

Come audition for the Studio Theatre Company's next production Road, by Jim Cartwright on Mon 27 Sept 7.30pm, and Fri 1 Oct 7.30pm. They will be group auditions, nothing to prepare. The company are looking for 7 actors most of whom will multi role. The performance...

Shrek 2022 Auditions

We are excited to share that our 2022 Easter Production will be Shrek The Musical - coming to the Wilde Theatre in April 2022! If you would like to be part of the greatest fairy tale never told, that's guaranteed family fun, then book your audition here. Auditions...

RARE Productions Hairspray Auditions

Visiting company RARE Productions will hold open auditions for their production of Hairspray at South Hill Park from Thu 3 - Sat 5 Feb 2022. Auditions will take place at South Hill Park on Tue 5 & Sat 9 Oct and are open for anyone aged 8-21yrs. Audition event...

Excellent results for South Hill Park’s LAMDA students

Eleven learners took their LAMDA exams at South Hill Park this summer under the tuition of Mark Hooper (Director of Learning, Participation and Community Engagement). The learners (10 Grade 8 & 1 Grade 1) had their exams cancelled at the start of the pandemic and...

Bracknell resident completes 500km run for South Hill Park Trust appeal

On 12 June 2020 Bracknell Forest resident David Baker pledged to run 500km in aid of South Hill Park Trust’s major public fundraising campaign following the potentially devastating impact of Covid-19. On Saturday 12 June 2021 David will complete this mammoth feet at...

An acting debut in Rope 2021

Gordon Vince, who will make his acting debut in the Studio Theatre Company’s 50th show celebration performance of Rope from Wed 23 – Sun 26 June, has shared with us what made him want to audition, what audiences can look forward to, and some behind the scenes...

Live events return to the Wilde

‘The social distancing at this was amazing; lines and rows of seats physically removed to keep all groups apart with a fantastic one-way system and oodles of sanitiser everywhere. It was lovely to support a local production and the cast were insanely good.’ – Louise,...



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South Hill Park

Ringmead,
Bracknell,
Berkshire,
RG12 7PA
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South Hill Park Grounds

Terrace Beds

South Hill Park’s Award-Winning Grounds

South Hill Park Arts Centre is set in beautiful Green Flag Award Winning parkland south of Bracknell town centre. The large, historic grounds are open to the public and include landscaped gardens, lakes, children’s play areas and woodland, all of which surround the Grade II listed building.

The grounds of South Hill Park were restored back to their former glory thanks to a £2.3 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund in 2008. Over the course of four years, the park was vastly improved for the benefit of the public and wildlife. Restored original features include a Yew Walk and Italian Garden. The total cost of this ambitious project amounted to £4.4 million, which paid for works on-site and then 10 years of ongoing maintenance.

You can find out more about the restoration project and Conservation Management Plan by contacting Kath Moss, South Hill Park Grounds Manager, on 01344 352000.

South Hill Park is a two-times Green Flag awarded site and winner of Best Local Authority Park, Thames and Chiltern In Bloom,2013

Facilities and key features:

  • Italian Garden restored to the original designs of architect Temple Moore
  • Four way-marked trails to guide your way around these historic grounds
  • Two balancing ponds that are popular for fishing and are home to an array of wildlife
  • New paths and improved access points
  • An amphitheatre which is popular for outdoor performances
  • Small Rose Garden which leads onto a Yew walk, with a rose strewn arcade
  • Sculptures including the Rings of Pachamama by Lucy Strachan
  • Toddler garden including natural play features
  • Café – for opening times visit our Eat & Drink page
  • Woodlands of birch, lime, oak and sweet chestnut

Management of the grounds is a partnership between Bracknell Forest Council, Bracknell Town Council and South Hill Park Arts Centre. The area to the south of Ringmead is owned and managed by Bracknell Forest Council, while the northern area is managed by Bracknell Town Council. Both lakes are owned by Thames Water and act as balancing ponds for the town, by storing excess water during periods of heavy rainfall.

Printmaking Artists in Residence

Italian Gardens

What’s on in the SHP Grounds

A wide programme of events and activities take place in the South Hill Park grounds throughout the year including treasure hunts, family fun days, wildlife evenings and nature days.

Also check out our orienteering course in the grounds. Perfect for all ages! Learn how to navigate without the aid of a mobile phone or google maps, get out in the fresh air and have fun! You can collect maps and answer sheets from the South Hill Park Arts Centre Box Office. This is a FREE activity. All you need is a pen and a zest for life! Click on the links below for information, maps of South and North lake courses and answer sheets.

Orienteering leaflet – April 2016

Map – south

Map – south (Answers)

Map – north

Map – north (Answers)

The park is also Bracknell’s leading venue for large public events, such as the half marathon, annual Food Festival and music festivals.

Check out our Shows & Events page (and filter on Grounds) for a full list of events.

Visitor information

Please help keep South Hill Park a safe and welcoming space for everyone to enjoy.

  • Don’t feed bread to birds (please use grain only), as this can cause serious harm both to the birds and the surrounding environment,
  • Protect plants and wildlife,
  • Please note no BBQs or fires are allowed anywhere on site,
  • Use the bins provided or take your litter home,
  • Keep dogs under control, keep them on the lead on the terrace by the café and around the lakes to prevent them from approaching or chasing wildlife,
  • Please clean up after your dog,
  • Please consider other users of the park,
  • Be safe – follow any signs and take care when crossing the road at the front entrance.

 

Friends of South Hill Park Grounds

Who/What Are They?

Friends of South Hill Park Grounds (FOSHPG) are a group of enthusiastic, local residents of South Hill Park. Their aims are to:

  • Encourage local residents and visitors to use the grounds of South Hill Park,
  • Stimulate interest in the history of the mansion and appreciation for the restoration of the grounds,
  • Inform visitors about the flora and fauna of the park and promote the four Trails,
  • Publicise any events organised in the grounds to increase awareness and hence appreciation of the park,
  • Give visitors the opportunity to volunteer to help maintain the grounds,
  • Encourage visitors to comment and make suggestions for any improvements to the grounds,
  • Encourage a more diverse population to use the park by engaging with local schools and interested groups.

How can you get involved?

Contact FOSHPG by e-mailing them at foshpg@nullgmail.com.

You can find out more about FOSHPG by visiting their website.

Environmental Warden

Bracknell Town Council employ environment wardens to protect the environment around Bracknell, which included the ground at South Hill Park.

If you have any environmental questions or concerns about the park please contact them on environment.warden@nullbracknelltowncouncil.gov.uk.

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