Welcome to the Ashgill forest theatre. This is a new venue for the area of West
Cumbria, an open air theatre with natural scenery thrown in. Set in a picturesque woodland quarry site, this open
air venue offers a unique atmosphere. Unique because it is surrounded by Anglo Saxon gardens, a Viking Age reconstruction
building and even has a Celtic roundhouse ticket office.
Any performer would be ably supported by a natural cast of wildlife, including Tawney owls, robins and
a stoat. It's even been rumoured we have otters come to visit! We have seen roe deer and herons, woodpeckers and
shrews. The stage and audience areas are framed with trees such as ash, sycamore and blackthorn. It is truly a
beautiful space, there to be filled with art.
We feel that we are suited to small groups, storytellers and acoustic music, but whoever you are, come and have a
look. The theatre and it's surrounding spaces are very versatile. If you have the imagination, anything could
The theatre was created by the inspiration of European students and the funding aid of "Forest
Futures"and Cumbria Woodlands. It will always be a work in progress, evolving and changing as new students bring new ideas.