Living Symphonies: Visiting

Living Symphonies is taking place in at Compton Verney, Warwickshire, from Sat 22 April – Sun 6 August 2023.

It is free to visit, open 10-4pm daily from Tuesday to Sunday.

Location and entry


Living Symphonies took place in in Epping Forest in summer 2019, as part of Waltham Forest Borough of Culture.

Living Symphonies toured the UK over Summer 2014, appearing for one week at each of the following sites. You can read about selected additional events in the News section.

I. High Lodge, Thetford Forest

Suffolk, IP27 0AF (map)
24 — 30 May 2014

Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeu)

Thetford Forest is part of ‘The Brecks’ – a landscape of tranquil forest, open heathland and agricultural land, and home to many unique or distinctive birds, plants and animals.

II. Fineshade Woods, Northamptonshire

21 — 26 June 2014

Red Kite (Milvus milvus)

Fineshade Woods are an ancient mixed broadleaf and conifer woodland. Part of the wider Rockingham Forest, once a royal hunting ground, the woodland supports diverse flora and fauna such as Purple Emperor butterflies and Red Kites.

III. Cannock Chase Forest, Staffordshire, WS15 2UQ

26 July — 1 August 2014

Cannock Chase Berry (Vaccinium Intermedium Ruthe)

Cannock Chase is the largest surviving area of lowland heathland in the Midlands and includes extensive areas of forest. ‘The Chase’ is an important oasis in the urban Midlands; its heathland, woodland and valley wetland habitats are protected as Sites of Special Scientific Interest and are valuable habitats for rare plants and animals.

IV. Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest, Kent

26 August — 7 Sept 2014

Norway Spruce (Picea abies)

Bedgebury is the finest collection of conifers anywhere in the world. The Pinetum contains over 12,000 trees and shrubs from across five continents, many of them rare and endangered. It plays an internationally important scientific role in conservation and is also a beautiful and tranquil place to explore.