Paddington immersive experience heads to Dalkeith Country Park

This summer, families are invited to take part in an immersive Paddington adventure, Marmalade Messiness, at Dalkeith Country Park, Scotland.  

Created by Histrionic Productions – the team behind acclaimed immersive adventure Autumn Treasure Hunt with Percy The Park Keeper at Chiswick House & Gardens and The Peter Rabbit Garden Adventure – a live immersive experience at Blenheim Palace this summer, Paddington Marmalade Messiness – the immersive adventure opens on July 13 2022, and runs throughout the school summer holidays until Monday 4 September 2022.

Mrs Bird has brought Paddington and his friend Pigeonton to Dalkeith Palace to show them where the best marmalade is made. Her old friend from school is the Palace Cook and has promised to give Mrs Bird a tour of the Palace kitchens. However, things have gone awry. Mrs Bird can’t seem to find Paddington in the Palace grounds and desperately needs help to find him.

On this unique adventure, visitors will explore Dalkeith Country Park locating pawprints, half-eaten marmalade sandwiches and other clues, meeting characters from the famous stories – played by actors and puppeteers – on a mission to help locate Paddington. The Marmalade Messiness immersive adventure takes audiences through the Dalkeith Country Park grounds and into the Palace kitchen exploring the treehouse and river along the way. 

At the end of this 50-minute adventure, free arts and crafts-based activities and a café, serving both marmalade and non-marmalade-based delights, will await explorers in need of a tasty treat. 

Marmalade Messiness has been created by Sean Holmes (Associate Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, previously Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith) and Jon Bauser (Designer 2012 Paralympic Games opening ceremony, associate artist Royal Shakespeare Company), and is directed by Bethany West (Shakespeare’s Globe, Royal Court London, Bristol Old Vic) with Puppetry by Jimmy Grimes (The Peter Rabbit Garden Adventure, War Horse, The One Hundred and One Dalmatians).

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