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Lulworth Castle, 7 July 2006

Procol Harum headlines this astoundingly picturesque gig at Lulworth Castle in the lovely county of Dorset, in the South-West of England: pictured, right.

BtP's picture page is here; follow up the Procol show
with a Procoholic's organ recital!

Lulworth Castle, built in the early 17th Century as a hunting lodge, became the heart of a large estate ...

The line-up: Ben Waters & his Big Band, Special Guests PROCOL HARUM (headlining) and acoustic blues from Harry Skinner and Dave Saunders: see running-order below.

Location: Lulworth Castle Park, East Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5QS: click here for a map. It's near Wool, not far from the B3070.

Directions: Off the A325 between Wool and Wareham on the B3070

Gates open at 6pm; car parking is free. Bring rugs, chairs and picnics or buy food and refreshments on the night. Bar open. Gig ends 11 pm.

Accommodation: here's a list supplied by Lulworth Castle

Gig prices: see below ...

Just down the way lies the beautiful Lulworth Cove, a unique horse-shoe shaped harbour created by ten millennia of erosion, very sheltered. (This is where the poet John Keats began his final voyage and where, ironically, the poet Rupert Brooke accidentally dropped his own copy of Keats's work overboard while rowing.)

The steps at the east end of the beach lead to Fossil Forest; a motor-boat service west from the beach, or a cliff-top walk, will take you on a trip to the rock arch of Durdle Door, pictured right.

6.00 pm gates open

7.00 to 7.45 Dave Saunders & Harry Skinner

8.00 to 9.00 Ben and his Big Band (illustrated, right)

9.30 to 11.00 pm PROCOL HARUM

At the gig you are welcome to bring your own picnic, rugs, chairs etc.

There will also be a licensed bar, strawberry chariot, hot and cold snacks, refreshments, and chair hire

"Dogs are welcome, on leads".   

By negotiation the 'local' ticket prices are also available to BtP readers, as follows
  • Early-bird £14.00 (available until 21 April)
  • Advance ticket £18.00 (available 22 April until 7 July)
  • On the Gate £22.00 (a 10% discount on groups over ten Palers)
  • Until 20 March, two tickets for £22.00 – available only through the ticket hotline 01722 434 434 stating the code PHLulworth.

    For all other tickets, book online at, or through the ticket hotline 01722 434 434 (also good for the special offers)

    You can also use and ticket hotline 01722 434 434 (also good for the special offers)

How's that for a magical bit of coastline? A World Heritage Site and quite rightly so. More pictures are here

Download this pdf for some accommodation suggestions, and note that

(a) there are no large towns very close

(b) hotels and guest-houses in this area book up very quickly in July

(c) there is a tremendous amount of cultural and touristic activity in this area, so you'll want to stay on well past, or well before, the Procol Harum Friday

The Castle is open to the public from 10.30am to 6pm Sun to Fri (closed Sat). Set in extensive parkland this 17th century Castle is a great day out for all the family with a packed programme of events throughout the year. Explore the Castle and discover its fascinating history from the reconstructed kitchen, laundry and wine cellar to the gallery on the Weld family, owners since 1641.  Climb the tower and see some spectacular views across the Purbecks.  You can have fun in the indoor Children’s Activity Room with the jigsaws and even build your own Castle or play ‘pitch and putt’ on the Castle lawn.  Visitors can also enjoy the tranquillity of the nearby 18C Chapel and parkland walks or expel some energy in the Adventure Playground and try their luck on the aerial runway. A stroll across the parkland will take you to the fun of the friendly Animal Farm where you can spend some time with many of the friendly residents.  There are rare Portland sheep to see, pot bellied pigs, pygmy goats and Indian Runner ducks with their comical upright waddle. You can meet our cuddly rabbits and guinea pigs and stroke the Shetland ponies as proud peacocks and geese strut by. At the end of the day relax in the Stable Café or browse for that special gift in the Courtyard Shop.


Procol dates in 2006

Online booking for Procol Harum at Lulworth Castle

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