Picnics & Pimm’s 2016

Thursday 23rd June | Friday 24th June | Saturday 25th June

We are now in our 8th year of organising Picnics & Pimm's with a variety of midsummer music running from 22nd to 24th June this year. Some of our old favourites are returning to the stage again, but we also have some new bands which you can read more about below.  As in previous years a different local charity will benefit each night and this summer it is Surrey Mobile Physio, Chilworth Village Hall and St Martha's & St Thomas'.


The format of the evenings is the same each night:

The gates open at 18:00 and music will start at around 18:30, event finishes at 21:30.

Please feel free to bring a picnic, tables, chairs and blankets.

No need to bring drinks as there is a cash bar with Pimm’s (£12.50 a jug), wine (rose, white, or red £10.00 a bottle), beer (£2.50) and some soft drinks and water (£1.00).

The car park is in a field about 100 metres from the gardens. We encourage you to share a lift as there is a limited number of spaces and we have to charge for the car parking.  Please note car parking tickets must be purchased in advance.

If it rains.. please bring an umbrella.. the show will go on! As this is a charity event we do not offer refunds.

During the evening you are welcome to wander around the gardens (though not in the house).

This is a very old garden with many old steps and drops so sorry there is no easy access for a wheel chair.

No reservations and no dogs or pets please.

It is very relaxed – come dressed as you want.

2017 band information to follow but this is who played last year as a guide.

Thursday 23rd June 2016

Tickets £20
18:00 - 21:30

Mississippi Swamp Dogs

A Night of Romance with your favourite songs of Love! The Mississippi Swamp Dogs commence Thursday evening with a fabulous selection of popular love songs followed by a great opportunity to dance till the moon rises over Chilworth! 
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Stars Blue Trio

Stars Blue are an acoustic trio, playing all your favourite blues, country and pop songs. With two lead vocals and acoustic guitar they create an authentic experience for any audience.

Friday 24th June 2016

Tickets £20
18:00 - 21:30

Mississippi Swamp Dogs

Songs from the Bayou. The sultry music of The Big Easy! With the warm summer nights of June, what could be a better accompaniment that cool, funky sounds from the Deep South? Afterwards, celebrate the height of summer with some great dance tunes!      
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Vintage Roots

Vintage Roots is a vintage event band, based in Portsmouth in Hampshire and perform their eclectic live set of classic hits, in a Mumford & Sons vintage style at weddings and events in Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Dorset, London and further afield in the UK. Vintage Roots set features modern hits from the likes of Mumford & Sons, Paolo Nutini, Lumineers, George Ezra and Daft Punk, as well as classics from the likes of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin and The Beatles.
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Saturday 25th June 2016

Tickets £25
18:00 - 21:30

Sound Wave

Sound Wave are a London based band and on the tip of everyone’s tongue, made up of the hottest top session musicians and singers.  The musicians and singers perform with artists such as Adele, Tom Jones, Basement Jaxx, Massive Attack, Jess Glynne, Jools Holland, Jamiroquai amongst others and therefore have an abundance of experience in event performance.  Their repertoire is vast which span from across the decades including the latest contemporary hits that will keep you dancing.
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Festival Sons

Simply the best in vintage party band entertainment. Well rehearsed and musicianship of the highest quality, this band is perfect for bringing that festival sound with songs from Munford & Sons etc. This 4 piece professional band have played at some of the best, high-profile venues around the UK including Heaven Nightclub (for Topshop), The Roman Baths and Anyhow Park as well as performing, recording and writing with the likes of Ed Sheeran and Alex Winston.
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