We are bringing Tree and Wood, a Jony Easterby production, to the beautiful surroundings of Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens, in West Sussex during half term this October as part of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019.

Running from Thursday 24 October until Saturday 2 November, Tree and Wood offers the opportunity for families to experience something extremely exciting during half term as well as give people a chance to enjoy the stunning surroundings of Leonardslee Gardens after hours.

This will be an extremely special event, during dusk and nightfall, to create an immersive outdoor journey into sound and song for our love and fear of the forest, produced by Jony Easterby (creator of For the Birds and artistic contributor to the hugely popular Glow at Wakehurst Place).

To view a trailer of the show go here

To book, go to The Capitol website.

More about the show

Set in the forest at the onset of darkness, audiences are invited to take a journey into the forests of Leonardslee Gardens to find themselves exploring a lively and thrilling montage of image, sound, light and song, allowing people to have a genuinely uniquely immersive experience of the trees at night.

An exciting new outdoor performance by Jony Easterby, Tree and Wood includes physical performance, traditional and electroacoustic music, soundworks, and light installations, plus songs both old and new. It explores the immediate tangible experience of trees – smell, touch, sounds – using the forest as its backdrop.

Tree and Wood will reflect the many aspects of our cultural relationship to working with green wood, horse logging, hedge laying and a myriad of ways of working wood.

Jony Easterby works in collaboration with singer-songwriters Nathaniel Mann, Emily Williams, Sound Designer Matthew Olden and musicians Pippa Taylor, Pete Flood and Sam Robinson.  Although the songs will be presented mainly in English, the company also has Welsh, Spanish and French language singers.

See the Tree & Wood website for more information.


Duration: 60 mins show, plus walk to and from performance site, approx. 10 mins each way.

Environment: This is an outdoor show, please check weather forecasts and dress appropriately. You will be walking, so ensure you have sturdy and warm footwear. Toilet facilities are available at the cafe at Leonardslee at the start/end of the show.

Wet Weather Policy: The performance will take place in the rain up to a point.  Please be prepared for rain with waterproof clothing. Rain falling on umbrellas can drown out the sound for you and the view for other people. If there are high winds the performance may have to be cancelled, due to the danger to both audience and performers. In this case the organiser will reimburse your ticket, or if possible we try and allocate you a place another night.

Age recommendation: There is no age restriction due to content, but in our experience, children Aged 10+ are more likely to enjoy the show than younger ones.