Wintershall Estate

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London, UK118 contributions
Wintershall Nativity - wheelchair visit
Dec 2019 • Family
We went as a family to see the annual Wintershall Nativity. Disabled parking is available very close to the barn where most of the action plays out. Inside they positioned my wheelchair very close to the stage and the choir, so an excellent view. The nativity story was so wonderful with all the farm animals - many sheep, lambs, horses and of course a donkey. Highly recommend this Nativity and I understand they also do the Easter story at Eastertime.
Written December 29, 2019
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Merrowmum
Guildford, UK767 contributions
Beautiful Nativity Play
Dec 2019
I booked this on a whim, and both my husband and I were so glad I did! Despite the weather and mud (caused by the weather!) we had a truly enjoyable afternoon, which gave us both back some of the lost joy of the Christmas season. The play starts outside and the audience moves around as the action goes from field to "inn" door back to field, then after about 20? minutes moves into the barn theatre, where the rest of the play takes place and where the audience sits on tiered wooden benches.
The cast are amazing and incredibly professional, which is all the more to their credit when you know that very nearly all of them are local amateurs. The acting, costumes and singing were excellent and the use of numerous sheep, a donkey and three horses/ponies (all of whom behaved incredibly well), as well as an incredibly calm baby (at least, for the performance we saw!) just added to the magic. Use of lights, smoke and some pyrotechnics was very well done as well.
Tips: arrive in plenty of time; we were in the coach park (because of the weather conditions) which was quite a distance from the performance itself, although we were given a ride in a farm buggy part of the way. The final section of the walk is quite steep uphill, although they did seem to have some transport on hand for those unable to make the ascent on foot. Make sure you have plenty of warm layers (although we were lucky and it was a warm December afternoon, I can imagine it can get very cold indeed), and think carefully about footwear, in particular - for this year's performances, due to the recent daily heavy rains, wellies were absolutely essential to avoid ruining other footwear such as walking shoes in the, at times, very thick mud, but if was frosty/icy you would probably be better with walking shoes. The website suggests bringing cushions for in the barn, but to be honest there wasn't really space to be getting them out and the benches weren't that uncomfortable anyway! If you go to an evening performance, I can imagine that a torch will be very handy for getting to and from the car park.
This play is suitable for almost all ages except the very very young and anyone who is quite frail/elderly. We will almost certainly go again another year!
Written December 22, 2019
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peterturvey
Guildford, UK31 contributions
A unique performance of the Nativity
Dec 2019
The annual Nativity play is a wonderful experience. The traditional story is re-told with live animals, inside and outdoors. The only downside is the weather in December - expect mud and rain, and come prepared!
Written December 22, 2019
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Barry K
Chichester, UK239 contributions
Nativity Play - Excellent Production but a few negatives
Dec 2019
The Nativity Play itself is an excellent production, well acted and the animals, sheep, lambs and horses do lend that something extra. It is clearly now very popular so the numbers of people did make it difficult to see the first couple of scenes which are staged outside. Unfortunately there had been lots of rain so everywhere was VERY muddy and slippy and it was quite a long walk from the car park, A tractor pulled trailer does go part of the way but not all the way for some reason, probably safety as the track is not wide and many people walking, and there is still quite a steep hill to reach the actual venue. A mobile catering van provides drinks, burgers and cakes etc.when you get there and this was very welcome.

After the initial scenes, the majority of the play is performed in the barn with bench seating. As mentioned, the singing and acting is very good but there were quite a few youngsters who became a little fractious in time and a few crying babies (not Jesus!) which made it difficult to hear some of the words of the younger actors. I discovered at one point some large insect maybe a horse fly was on my face and bitten me quite painfully, my wife has just applied suitable ointment as I write. If someone gets stung or bitten it always seems to be me. I was a little concerned that the younger children in the audience might become upset at the scene portraying the slaughter by Herod but such did not seem to be the case.

All the stewards and actors are very friendly and many wishes of Happy or Merry Christmas as we exited and commenced the muddy walk back to the car park, fortunately all downhill this time.

We were reasonably fortunate with the weather, just a couple of showers but you are very much at the mercy of the elements and I gather the previous day's performances were very wet so this should be borne in mind.

I am tempted to say once bitten twice shy but you have to commend the production values and the enthusiasm of all involved so we might go to the Summer play when conditions underfoot should in theory be much better.
Written December 22, 2019
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Sarah G
Uckfield, UK123 contributions
Absolutely wonderful
Jun 2019
We took a friend to The Life of Christ at Wintershall last month. It was a lovely day, weatherwise, and the whole experience could not have been more perfect. We have been twice before over the years, but this was the first time for our friend. She was blown away by the experience. We find the performance very moving and very true to Luke's Gospel: indeed, Luke himself is the Narrator! Apparently, the cast of local people start working on this in Jan/Feb for just one weeks' worth of performances in June. The only professional actor is Jesus, everybody else donates their time and talents. It is a wonderful day - so good that we are now arranging a small 14-seater bus to take members of our church next year.
Written August 16, 2019
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cpepper2018
Haslemere, UK12 contributions
Wintershall nativity play.
Dec 2018 • Family
We took our children when they were young &,yesterday, we took our grandchildren to see the nativity play. It has progressed over the years as it's so popular. The acting & costumes are very professional, & they have live animals in the barn. The 1st part is depicted outside before going into the barn. Highly recommended.
Written December 16, 2018
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Jennifer H
West Wickham, UK1 contribution
Nativity
Dec 2018 • Friends
Pouring rain m, freezing cold and mud aside, we were very disappointed, particularly with the outside performance. There was no indication where the performance would take place or move on too. Being only 5ft tall there was no way I could see past people in front of me and eventually retreated to the shelter of the tables area. Maybe you should look at building ‘bleachers’ / stands to be able to see the performance on the field. I also think that the entrance to the barn is totally impractical when there is such a large crowd trying to get in. Once inside the performance was excellent although a lot of what happens in front of the stage is not visible from the seats higher up.
The actual performance was very good, very professional. It’s a pity that the extra things like poor lighting along the path, not enough toilets, long walk from the coach car park all combined to spoil the much anticipated evening.
Written December 16, 2018
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We are glad that you enjoyed the performance but so sorry that you were disappointed with the facilities. The weather for the weekend of the Nativity was unfortunately very cold and wet. We have noted your comments and have passed these on to our team.
Written January 4, 2019
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Ibis2016
Guildford, UK108 contributions
The Wonderful Wintershall Nativity is a great antidote to rampant commercialism.
Dec 2018
Wintershall Nativity is THE place to go to get the true meaning of Christmas. We went on a perfect chilly starlit night with the crescent moon hanging over the hillside. The sense of anticipation was fuelled by the real fire torches lining the drive and the track up to Holly Barn. The Fillet & Bean chuck wagon provided welcome hot drinks and tasty food.The barn porch had seating and tables. It was amazing when the spot light lit up Mary on a real donkey with Joseph walking alongside as they walked right up the hillside. It was poignant, thrilling & spine tingling. It's very dark outside and there is a big crowd - so you need to keep close to your children. Inside the barn is tiered seating which allows everyone to see the colourful stable scene. The singing was delightful and the acting was completely engaging and compelling. The audience was enthralled.The real baby was incredibly peaceful and calm. There were sheep & lambs , horses, the donkey & even a dog.The archangels Gabriel and Michael were magnificent. Mary, Joseph and infant Jesus held centre stage, even with all the shepherds and kings, soldiers & even evil Herod milling around. The finale was dramatic and exciting and the audience walks through all the actors on the way out. We even could admire baby Jesus up close ( & met his real mum!).
The only bit that could be improved is the lightless toilets - luckily we had a torch. Please provide some lighting next year.
Totally absorbing experience!
Definitely be back next with a crowd of friends.
Written December 13, 2018
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LondonRex
London28 contributions
Very interesting and well produced
Dec 2017
A great experience during the Winter show and very informative. A little cold sittting on the grass, wrap up , bring blankets and picnic.
Written November 6, 2018
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Thank you for your lovely review. Our Winter performance is the Nativity which starts outside and then is performed inside our Barn Theatre. Please wrap up and wear sensible shoes but the audience does not sit on the grass or have time for a picnic. Coffee, cakes and hot food are available from our onsite caterer if required. During our Life of Christ Play, in the summer, the audience can sit on the grass and bring a picnic. Looking forward to welcoming you to Wintershall.
Written November 9, 2018
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Julie M
Plymouth, UK23 contributions
Life Of Christ
Jun 2018 • Couples
We had a fabulous day out here at the Wintershall Estate. Everything was just perfect - plenty of parking and very well organised - nothing was left to chance. There were no large queue's for facilities and no poor views of the re-enactment because we were seated on banks meaning we were always looking down on proceedings. Even though the acts were in 4 different areas, they were close together meaning the walking was minimal. The acting was of a very high standard and there were lots of children involved and also the audience were incorporated into a couple of plots where crowds were required. I have to single out the guy playing Jesus - he had a certain serenity about him and "John The Baptist" was well portrayed too. The weather was great which helped make it just perfect.
Written July 5, 2018
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