The Nocturne Concert Area opens from 4.30pm and you will be able to enjoy a range of food and drink options before you take your seats in The Great Court. The music will commence at approximately 6pm, followed by two intervals, and we endeavour to finish by 11pm. The concert set times will be released approximately one week before the concert. Please check our website for updates.
For those with State Room Dining tickets, hospitality will begin from 4.30pm onwards. Full information will be sent out in advance of the concert.
The Palace opens to the general public at 10.30am and last entry is 3.45pm.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE
Your Nocturne Live ticket will allow you to arrive at any time during the day of the concert and enjoy the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace.
If you would like to visit the Palace itself, you can purchase a half price Palace, Park & Gardens ticket from our ticket page. Your Nocturne Live ticket will also allow you to do this when you arrive on the day. For more information on what Blenheim Palace has to offer, please click here.
We recommend that you consider all the options on our Travel page before making your plans for getting to Blenheim Palace. We work closely with local bus and coach operators to offer alternatives to driving.
If you do decide to drive, please be aware that Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage site and its infrastructure wasn’t designed for a large number of cars to depart simultaneously at the end of a concert. There are three main exit roads that lead to a common main road which, despite our best efforts, can become congested at peak times. Therefore, we ask for your patience when leaving the site.
Re-entry is not permitted. We advise that you bring everything you need for the concert with you when you first enter. However, we do understand that certain extreme circumstances can arise where leaving the event is essential. In this case, security will use their discretion and permission won’t be unreasonably withheld.
Nocturne is an open air, all seated concert and the show will go ahead in all weathers unless the conditions become dangerous. We recommend that you check the weather forecast beforehand to ensure you dress appropriately.
Please note, umbrellas are not allowed within The Great Court seating area as these obstruct the view for other guests.
FOOD & DRINK
For information on food and drink allowances, as well as a full list of our vendors, please see our Food & Drink information page here.
There will be cash machines and water points available on site. For more information on our onsite facilities, please see our dedicated information page here.
Under 14s (13 years and under) must be accompanied by an adult. We are not able to issue refunds to under 14s who are not accompanied by an adult. Nocturne Live operates a 'babe in arms' policy so, if you are able to have your baby (of up to 3 years of age) on your lap for the duration of the concert, you do not have to buy them a ticket.
WHAT YOU CAN & CAN’T BRING
We do have certain restrictions on what you can bring into the Nocturne Concert Area. For information on Food & Drink allowances, as well as a full list of Prohibited Items, please visit our dedicated page here.
Please note, we do allow sealed bottles of water up to 750ml to be brought into the Nocturne Concert Area and empty unsealed bottles can be brought in to be refilled at the water points.