Striking Chords FAQs


Where can I buy tickets and how much do they cost?

 Purchase tickets here via our partner Lighthouse Poole (website and in person at the box office) at the price of £7 for adults and £4 concessions. Early booking is strongly advised as the size of the Walled Garden dictates audience numbers due to Health and Safety

Do I have to pay for my baby/toddler?

Under 5s go free

Will there be tickets available on the door?

No. It is likely that tickets will sell out. Early booking is strongly advised as the size of the Walled Garden dictates the audience size and number of tickets available.


Where can I park and will it be free?

Parking is available but charges do apply. Please visit The Upton Country Park Website to find out more.

How do I get there?

Upton Country Park is three miles northwest of Poole Town Centre, clearly signposted from the A35. The site is accessible by bus on the No 128, 8 & 9 Morebus services. Detailed directions can be found on Upton Country Park’s website.

What time should I arrive/leave?

Gates will open at 5pm to allow guests to settle on the grass, grab a bite to eat and to mingle and meet with some of the people that make the Hub what it is. The main event starts at 7pm and is expected to conclude no later than 10pm.

The Venue

Will there be seating?

The event takes place on the lawn within the walled garden. Guests are encouraged to bring their own picnic blankets and collapsible seating. Seats will not be available.

Where is the event entrance?

Access to the event will be through the main gate to the walled garden. This is situated south of the car park down the cobbled lane. There will be signs throughout.

Can I bring my own picnic?

Food is permitted, but is also available to be purchased from the Tea Rooms.

Can I bring my own alcohol?

No. However, alcohol is available to be purchased from the Tea Rooms.

Can I bring a dog?

With the exception of guide dogs, no animals are allowed in the walled garden during the performance (5pm-10pm).

Is there disabled access?

Yes. The Park has a network of hard-surfaced wheelchair friendly footpaths. Accessible toilets are located in the car park and by the Tea Rooms (RADAR key).

What happens if it rains?

The event will go ahead unless the weather is particularly extreme. In the event of poor weather leading up to the 13th July, ticket holders are advised to check our social media or call the office (01202 451508) for updates.

As with any outdoor event, guests should come equipped with waterproof clothing or an umbrella. Equally should the weather be hot, ensure you pack some sun protection and wear a hat – you can use parasols or small beach tents should you be bringing an infant. The temperature can drop when the sun goes down so a blanket could also come in handy for the final part of the event (scheduled to finish at 9.45pm).

My child is performing…

If your child is performing with one of the ensembles as part of the main event, the arrangements regarding arrival, rehearsals and collection will be provided to the music leader (department head, band leader or school contact).

If you child is performing as part of the Open Call, following the auditions you will be contacted in May with the information you require.

Will food be provided?

No. Rehearsals will start at approximately 3pm and performers should bring their own packed evening meal. Water will be provided to all performers throughout the day.

What time will my child be performing?

There will be a printed programme available on the day, priced at £3.

Can I leave once my child has performed/before the end of the show?

Leaving during any performance causes disturbance to both performers and members of the audience. If you must leave early please do so during the interval.


If we haven’t answered your question, please contact the SoundStorm team on 01202 451508 or email