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POSTPONED |Battle Proms


  • Date:
  • 18 July
  • Time:
  • 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    • Venue
    • Hatfield Park


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18 July @ 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm

20th Annual Hatfield House Battle Proms Picnic Concert Postponed

Since 2001 friends and families have packed up their picnics and gathered in their thousands at historic Hatfield House for the unique summer celebration that is the Battle Proms. Come rain or shine the team behind the UK’s premier picnic concert series have never yet had to cancel a concert, but the 2020 coronavirus pandemic has presented them with a storm even they cannot weather.

“It is with much sadness that we must announce that the 20th Annual Hatfield House Battle Proms will be postponed until Saturday 17 July 2021” says Battle Proms Event Director Adam Slough. “We have a loyal and dedicated audience, many of whom attend our concert annually, and know that this will be as much a disappointment to them as it is to us. However, the health and well-being of our audience, volunteers, performers and staff are our top priority so we have taken the decision to postpone our Hatfield House concert until summer 2021.”

What 2020 ticket holders need to know:  If you have booked tickets for this year’s concert the organisers will contact you via email. Your tickets will automatically be carried over to next year’s concert, so you do not need to take any action now except put the new date in your diary and count down the days! You will automatically be sent new tickets in the autumn. Alternatively, ticket holders can opt to swap to a different Battle Proms concert venue free of charge, and full refunds are available for those who would rather cancel their booking.’

Full details of all options available can be found at https://www.battleproms.com/postponement-faqs/

“By carrying their tickets over our audience will be helping to ensure that the Battle Proms will be here for many more years to come” adds Adam “and as a thank you we will enter everyone who does so into an exclusive prize draw to win a VIP Battle Proms experience.”

Ticket holders who choose to support the Battle Proms by rolling their booking over will be in to win a  ‘Money-Can’t-Buy’ experience for their party, enjoying the 2021 Hatfield House Battle Proms in style from their own private marquee, with delicious fresh picnics with wine, free programmes and flags and a VIP backstage tour with Battle Proms conductor Douglas Coombes MBE. There will also be 10 runner-up prizes of a free pair of tickets.

The Battle Proms team, who have raised over £450,000 for armed forces charities in recent years, are also asking people to consider supporting their charity partner SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity, who were expecting raise over £50,000 through their association with the Battle Proms this summer.

James Grant, Head of Corporate Fundraising & Events at SSAFA also had a message for the Battle Proms audience: “It is with a heavy heart that SSAFA heard this news from the Battle Proms. We are so fortunate to have been their charity partner since 2018 and we are incredibly grateful to the generous Battle Proms audience who has helped SSAFA raise more than £120,000. We are sending our thoughts and best wishes to everyone in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are very much looking forward to resuming business as usual and to seeing you at the Battle Proms in 2021.”

SSAFA have set up a dedicated page to welcome donations from people who would have attended the Battle Proms and donated at the concerts, or indeed from anyone who wishes to support their work at this difficult time: https://battleproms.charitycheckout.co.uk/ssafa/profile. Alternatively, you can donate £5, £10 or £20 by texting 5BATTLE, 10BATTLE or 20BATTLE to 70085.

Musicians such as the New English Concert Orchestra, who have been performing with the Battle Proms for over 20 years, are also facing an incredibly tough year You can give all musicians your support and appreciation by visiting the Help Musicians charity website: https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/support-our-work/make-a-donation


Original information…

A summer celebration with music, Spitfire, cannons, cavalry & fireworks!

Pack up the hampers and champers and join thousands of loyal fans for an exceptional afternoon and evening of entertainment at the 20th annual Hatfield House Battle Proms Concert.

In the beautiful and historic setting of the Queen Elizabeth Oak Field, this quintessentially British ‘party in the park’ features magnificent musical firework displays, culminating in a flag waving, sing-a-long spectacular including all the ‘last night of the proms’ finale favourites such as Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory.

The Battle Proms is still believed to be the only opportunity in the world to see their signature piece – Beethoven’s ‘Battle Symphony’ – performed as he composed it: with 193 live firing Napoleonic cannons providing a thunderous percussion!

The picnic concert takes place in the Queen Elizabeth Oak Field in the leafy parkland at Hatfield House. Legend has it that it was beneath one of the ancient oaks in this field that the young Queen Elizabeth I heard that she was to be Queen of England.

The Old Palace at Hatfield House is where Elizabeth I spent much of her childhood and later held her first Council of State in November 1558. The celebrated Jacobean House has been the family home to the Cecils since it was built in 1611. A place so steeped in history makes the perfect setting for a summer celebration with the Battle Proms.

Gates open 4.30pm, entertainments from 6.15pm, finish approx. 10.30pm


The concert parking and entrance is clearly signposted from all major routes into Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Please use postcode AL9 5NQ for Sat Navs then look out for temporary yellow event signage as you approach the venue.



Parking is provided free on site (available from 2.00pm). Distance from car park to concert entrance varies but is usually between 50 – 350 metres. No overnight parking is permitted. Disabled parking is available, see the Battle Proms Disabled Access Info page for further info.


All vehicles dropping off or picking up should follow taxi signage to the designated taxi drop-off / pick-up route. Taxis and other vehicles making pick-ups must be back on site by 10.15pm. Detailed taxi instructions will be available from www.battleproms.co.uk


Please note that parking for coaches is strictly limited – please call 01432 355 416 to discuss your requirements.


As well as coming by car, concert-goers may access the concert site on foot via the pedestrian entrance of Hatfield House directly opposite Hatfield Train Station. For directions to Station Lodge please click HERE


All ticket enquiries will need to be directed to JSL Productions, contact details can be found here


For enquiries with regards to holding a catering or trading stall at Battle Proms please email info@battleproms.com or call 01432 355416


For further FAQ’s please click here or alternatively contact info@battleproms.com or call 01432 355416


  • West Garden:
  • Open 10:30am - 5pm
  • Woodland Walks:
  • OPEN 10:00am - 5pm
  • Restaurant:
  • OPEN 10:00am - 3pm
  • Stable Yard:
  • OPEN
  • Hatfield House:
  • Closed for this season
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