Martha Jones


Opening Times

Thursday 7 July 2022, Saturday 9 July 2022 and Sunday 10 July 2022 – times vary. Gardens open in advance for picnics.


Picnic on the lawn and enjoy summer opera in beautiful surroundings.

Mozart Così Fan Tutte, performed in the English translation by Jeremy Sams by a stunning cast of young singers, will inaugurate the Essex Summer Opera Festival.

The performance will be in two halves of just over an hour each, with an interval.

Performed in the newly renovated barn in the gardens and grounds of the 500-year-old Layer Marney Tower, in Essex.

Mozart’s delightful comedy of young lovers tying themselves in romantic knots is given a new lease of life in this brand new Wild Arts production, transposing the action to 1970s Cambridge where a bunch of buttoned up students are about to get a tutorial in fidelity.

A lighthearted, romantic production for our times, suitable for all ages. Expect flowery shirts, serious flares, rock stars, and more …

English translation by Jeremy Sams, in a new version for Wild Arts 2022

A new realisation of the orchestral score by Orlando Jopling will be performed by the Wild Arts Ensemble

Click the following links to see details of the concerts.

7 July – Opening Night
9 July – Saturday night
10 July – Sunday Matinée

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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Venue approved for civil marriage
  • Wedding receptions


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Guided tours for individuals
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions


Road Directions

By Road: By car: Layer Marney Tower is a 20mns drive from Colchester town centre, off Maldon Road on the way to Tiptree.The address is: Layer Marney Tower, Layer Marney, Nr. Colchester, Essex C05 9USBy Bus: The 75 bus from Colchester Town Centre will take you to Smythe's Green, a 20mn walk from Layer Marney Tower.The nearest railway station is Kelvedon, which is 6 miles away.

The Essex Summer Opera Festival at Layer Marney – Così Fan Tutte

Type:Music - Classical

St Quintin’s Barn, Layer Marney Tower, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9US

Opening Times

Season (7 July 2022)
Season (9 July 2022 - 10 July 2022)

* Thursday 7 July 2022, Saturday 9 July 2022 and Sunday 10 July 2022 – times vary. Gardens open in advance for picnics.


Layer Marney TowerLayer Marney Tower, ColchesterMagnificent Tudor building with the tallest Gatehouse in Britain and 16th century Italianate terracotta. Climb the tower, visit the gardens, outbuildings dolls house, church and farm animals. Cafe and shop.