The newly named Palace Gardens (formerly the Education Garden) at Southwell Minster will play host to a series of outdoor events this summer.

Kicking it all off on Thursday 15th July is a first for Southwell - 21st Century ABBA, the award-winning LIVE ABBA Tribute Band that plays all the best songs from your favourite Super Swedes. 21st Century ABBA will have you up dancing, cheering for more, and leaving as Dancing Queens! Get ready for the experience of a lifetime and why not dress up in your favourite 70s gear?!


Next, we invite you to join the ever-popular HandleBards all-female troupe as they return for their farcical production of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' (Saturday 24th July). Forget the tears and tragedy – this is a frantic, delirious, full-of-beans show like you've never seen before!


And finally, a real family-favourite as This Is My Theatre brings us Frances Hodgson Burnett's children's classic The Secret Garden (Sunday 1st August) – and what better venue could you get?


Glenn Formoy, Head of Marketing & Events at Southwell Minster said: "After the cancellation of all events last summer, we're delighted to be able to once again open up our beautiful grounds for a wide array of entertainment and we look forward to welcoming you back. We know how much the public has enjoyed our outdoor offerings over the years and this summer could be our best line-up yet!"


Tickets for all performances can be purchased from The Cathedral Shop on Church Street (either in person or on 01636 812933), or via the What's On section of the Minster's website: www.southwellminster.org. There will be a bar on-site selling drinks but feel free to bring a picnic.


And for those with green fingers, the popular Plant Hunters' Fair will be back this year on Sunday 8th August. So, come and peruse a wide selection of plants for sale from nurseries throughout the country including many rare species you won't find in your local garden centre.