Your Visit

Welcoming you back safely to The Watermill

Our absolute priority is to make sure that your visit is as welcoming as possible and that we have suitable measures in place to ensure the safety and confidence of our visitors, staff, actors and creatives.

While you’re no longer required by law to self-isolate if you have Covid-19, we ask that if you or anyone in your group has symptoms or tests positive, you do not travel to the theatre. We are operating a flexible ticket policy, so you can be reassured that you won’t lose out should you be affected by illness. If your booking is affected by Covid-19, we will transfer your tickets to an alternative performance date, or we will provide you with a credit or a refund.

We continue to use enhanced cleaning processes. We will keep Front of House areas well ventilated and use of our outdoor spaces during busy periods such as pre-show and during the interval is encouraged. Hand sanitiser is widely available across the site and we encourage visitors to continue to limit contact as much as possible by using e-tickets and contactless payment where possible.

Although mandatory measures in England have now been lifted, as a shared public space we are committed to ensuring that everyone can get back to enjoying live theatre safely and confidently this year.

While the use of face coverings is no longer required, customer-facing staff will continue to wear face coverings and we continue to ask all non-exempt audience members to wear a face covering when in the auditorium to help protect the health and wellbeing of our customers, staff team and acting company. 

We are grateful for your support as we continue to navigate the risk of infection and ensure a safe and comfortable experience for everyone who visits The Watermill.  

We are continuing to review our policies to offer the safest and most comfortable experience to audiences. Please do check back here for the latest guidance at the time of your visit.

If you have further questions, please contact us at or call 01635 45834 to speak to a member of the team.  

We are really looking forward to welcoming you to enjoy live theatre with us during the coming months and hope to see you at The Watermill soon.

Last updated March 2022


Frequently asked questions


How much are tickets?
For information about ticket prices, please visit the Ticket Prices page in the Booking area of our website or the event page.

Do you offer group discounts or concessions?
Yes. For information about concessions and group bookings please see the Ticket Prices page in the Booking area of our website.


How do I book tickets?
Tickets can be booked online by visiting and selecting the event you wish to book, or by contacting the Box Office on 01635 46044 (voice) during our opening hours which are Monday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.


Will I be sitting in the same seats I have booked?
Yes. You will be sitting in the same seats that you selected on the seating plan when you booked your tickets online or through the box office. If there are any issues or reasons for us to change your seat(s) we will get in touch with you prior to your visit to discuss this but please be assured that it is unlikely we will have to do this.


What time are performances at The Watermill?
Performance times vary. For more information, please visit the event page.


What time can I arrive?
We recommend arriving at least 20 minutes before the performance starts.
The auditorium doors will open 30 minutes before the performance begins.
The bar is open from midday on matinée days, and from 5pm on Monday to Saturday evenings.

The restaurant serves from 12.30pm on matinée days, and from 5.30pm on Monday to Saturday evenings.


Can I bring my own food to the performance?
Only food and drink purchased at The Watermill may be consumed on the premises. Picnics are not permitted.


Will you be accepting cash?
We will accept cash but we would prefer if you could pay for programmes and ice-creams, and any food or drinks during your visit by credit or debit card (contactless if possible).


Do you have toilet facilities?
Yes. Toilets are located at the rear of our restaurant and in the bar area. We ask that you observe social distancing in these small spaces. The toilet facilities are monitored and cleaned on a regular basis. Our staff will be on hand to assist with any queries you might have.


Where can I park?
Free parking is available onsite in the theatre’s main car park or nearby in our overflow carpark. Accessible parking is available on the parking line nearest the buildings on a first come first served basis.


Is food and drink available at The Watermill Theatre?

Yes, the restaurant and bar will be open and serving food and drinks before the performance, during and after the performance. For further information, please visit the Food & Drink section of our website.

Restaurant reservations can be made online or through the Box Office 01635 46044 (voice) when purchasing your tickets. Interval food orders can be pre ordered online or before the show starts. Afternoon teas are available on matinée days after the show.

All interval drinks will be served in reusable plastic glasses. Drinks, except for pints, may be taken into the auditorium in plastic glasses so you can continue to enjoy them during the show.


What time do the restaurant and bar open?
The bar is open from midday on matinée days, and from 5pm on Monday to Saturday evenings. The restaurant serves from 12.30pm on matinée days, and from 5.30pm on Monday to Saturday evenings.


What if I have dietary requirements?
There is a choice of main courses and desserts on our menu, with a vegetarian/vegan option. Allergens are listed on the menus. If you have any special dietary requirements, please email prior to your visit.


I need to attend with an Essential Companion; do they need to buy a ticket?
For audience members with additional needs who would not be able to attend the theatre without someone to support them and their personal care or other access needs, we offer a free Essential Companion ticket. Please contact the box office on 01635 46044 (voice) or email to book tickets for yourself and your Essential Companion.


Is the auditorium accessible?

Yes. We have wheelchair spaces in the stalls which you can book by contacting our box office on 01635 46044 (voice) or by emailing Ramps around the site allow easy access to the theatre, the Lily Pond Conservatory, the Bar and Restaurant, accessible toilets and the gardens.

Please note, seats in the circle and circle slips areas of the auditorium are accessed by a spiral staircase, there is no lift.

We welcome assistance dogs. Please let the box office know they'll be with you so we can offer a seat with space for you both.

Should you wish to discuss your individual access requirements, please contact our box office by telephone on 01635 46044 or by email


Do you offer accessible performances?
We offer British Sign Language integrated, audio described and relaxed performances on most shows at The Watermill. For details about what to expect at these performances, please visit the Access area of our website. You can also download our Visual Story for further information.


When are your British Sign Language integrated, audio described and relaxed performances?
Details about these performances can be found on event pages or in the Access section on our website.