Poetry at the Castle

Join us for an evening of poetry on a warm summers evening at the beautiful Reigate Castle Grounds on Thursday 5th September. Award winning poets Paul Lyalls and Woodzy will be performing their best and newest poems for you to enjoy this summer. Bring a chair, a picnic and a few drinks and prepare for a blissful evening of entertainment.


Paul Lyalls

This is me

The most recent stuff is at the bottom, like working with NASA & Writing the latest Nescafe ad!…actually read it all …

Poet in residence for the ROALD DAHL Museum 2013/2014 & Star of BBC2’s/CBBC’s   ‘Big Slam poetry House’ . Paul has worked & performed with Michael Rosen, Arsenal FC, Benjamin Zephaniah, Kate Tempest, George Best, Miranda Hart, Will Self, John Hegley,, Andrea Levy & Rastamouse to name but a few.  His poetry is funny and moving and his poetry workshops produce extraordinary poems from children and adults  of all ages. Paul has been poet in residence at 10 Secondary Schools and over 25 Primary Schools.  His latest adult collection ‘Catching the cascade’ (Flipped eye)  was shortlisted for the People’s Book Prize  His latest Children’s collection ‘A funny Thing Happened’ (Caboodle Books 2020) With an intro by Michael Rosen features poems loved by kids and people with inner kids of all ages) both are available from Waterstones & Amazon & cool indy bookshops!). His Poem ‘Any Bus Stop In England’ ( about Stephen Lawrence) was selected for the Global Anthology ‘Black Lives Mattter’ – 100 poems to change the world.

In 2008, Paul was Poet for the London Borough of Brent (London’s 5th coolest Borough) and he performed at the new Wembley stadium. Paul is a regular with the country’s leading poetry and arts organisations, including The Poetry Society,.  He has 2 poems in Michael Rosen’s New Penguin’s A-Z of the best Children’s poetry.  Paul has also performed at 10 Edinburgh festivals, 1 Eton College, 5 Glastonbury’s, several shopping centres, the back of a lorry, Arsenal FC’s pitch and on a 73 Bus, which made the and finally…bit of the 6pm national news.  . Paul was one of the London 2012 Olympic ‘Shake the Dust’ Poets & 2012 Smile London Poets.  In 2013 Paul beacame Poet for the London Borough of Islington’s Word Festival 2012-20, working regularly with Arsenal Football club (Yes that one) performing his poetry in their dressing room and on their pitch!  Poet for Save The Children’s 2014 reading campaign ‘Read On Get On’ as well as a 100th anniversary Great War Poet working with the Berkshire 7th Rifles and the museum of Reading.  He spent 2015 as poet in residence for the Museum of Oxford and wrote an official poem for Oxford ‘We didn’t start the shire’ –  2023   see”s Paul creating giant poetry displays with  St Pancras Station (all aboard!!!) & writing the latest Nescafe Advert! And even working with NASA and helping Spurs & The National Gallery launch the 2023 Summer Reading!



‘We keep his book in the glove box of the touring van to read when stuck in traffic jams – it cheers us up’
– Kate Tempest



Award winning Flo poet, 2x TEDx Speaker and winner of UK unsigned 2019. As seen on BAFTA winning TV show “Life And Rhymes” and also on Sky Sports “Fight Night” Live at Wembley Arena. Woodzy was always destined to become a poet, being born on World Poetry Day. From studying at the Brit School, to opening for Stormzy and being on BBC1Xtra. Having a poem on the tour of the Tower of London, to reaching over 1 million views on his poem “90s baby” Woodzy captivates his audience with witty wordplay, use of language and relatable topics. His latest project “Peace Out, Peace In” Was released on March 13th 2023. Brining Spoken Word and Music together. Aside from performing, Woodzy facilitates a variety of workshops in schools, colleges and workplaces. Looking to change people’s perspective on poetry. Woodzy continues to work on upcoming projects as one of the Flo Poets. Also working with International Poetry platform Voices In Power. Constantly looking to grow the poetry community and change the world one poem at a time. Peace Out, Peace In


Arrival time
We aim to have the grounds open 1 hour before the show.

Show time
Show times vary; please check your tickets for further information and the web listings for approximate running times.

What should I bring?
Bring something to sit on – a blanket, chair or cushion. Please be mindful of those sitting behind you, and don’t bring sun umbrellas, gazebos etc.

We are currently exploring various food options and will announce this as soon as possible.
Bar will be open at 
all events unless otherwise communicated.

Card Only

The site will be a cashless operation. Visa or Mastercard will be accepted. Unfortunately we are unable to accept American Express.

What happens if it rains?
The show will go on come rain or shine, so please bring clothing that will keep you warm and dry. In extreme wet weather conditions, shows may be relocated or rescheduled.

Ticket collection
All tickets are now e-tickets and can be displayed on your phone upon entry. There will be no ticket printing facility at the site.

Are dogs allowed?
No dogs are allowed other than assistance dogs.

Getting here
Castle Grounds is in central Reigate. You can approach via steps from the High Street or the A25, and there is step-free access from the Town Hall on Castlefield Road.


The nearest car parks are at Reigate Town Hall, London Road or Bancroft Road. Please note charges may apply.

There is level, step-free access via the Town Hall, and the event is suitable for wheelchair users, although please note that the performance area is on grass. There will be an accessible portaloo available. Assistance dogs are welcome.

There will be portaloos available at the event, which will be cleaned regularly.

If you have any questions that are not answered above, please email us at harlequin@reigate-banstead.gov.uk or call us 01737 276500.


On The Hoof – Food

Make your outdoor theatre trip more of an experience with a bite to eat from On The Hoof.

Burgers served in a brioche or vegan roll with optional spicy slaw, tomato, leaves, gherkin, jalapenos, onions & burger relish. Wraps are also on the menu served in a wrap with optional red onion, dressed cabbage, cooked peppers, mint yoghurt & sriracha sauce.

Book in advance by emailing hoofevents@gmail.com or order on the day.


Thursday 5th September 7.30pm


Reigate Castle Grounds


£15 Adults £5 Kids