Chance to see inside gates of local gardens at jazz weekend

St Peter's Church,Steane Park.
St Peter's Church,Steane Park.

THERE’s a rare chance to see inside the gates of Steane Park Garden, near Brackley. at a pair of jazz events next month.

Jazz In The Park, on Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13, takes place in the grounds of the park which was once the home of Sir Thomas Crewe, speaker of the House of Commons in the 17th century, who rebuilt the chapel of St Peter in 1620 in memory of his wife, Temperance Bray.

Joanna Wallfisch.

Joanna Wallfisch.

The stunning garden is located just outside Brackley, near the site of the old medieval village of Steane, which is mentioned in the Domesday book.

Fresh from Ronnie Scotts, the Mecca of all things jazz, Joanna Wallfisch will be headlining two very different concerts during the weekend.

On the Saturday night, there’s a unique and intimate evening within the church.

And on Sunday afternoon there’s a chance for a family picnic to the sounds of local guitarist Harry Pane, with under-16s going free.

There will also be a licensed bar, gourmet fish and chip van and picnic hampers available from the gourmet gurus at Limes Farm in Farthinghoe.

Steane Park is opening its gates for the Jazz Weekend to help raise much-needed funds for the roof of Saint Peter’s. While the church is fortunate to retain its original roof featuring the impression of the 18th century bailiff’s footprint and those of his children, it is cracking and leaking, putting the building and its contents at risk.

Both Sir Thomas and Temperance are buried in the church, together with their descendants, John, Baron Crewe and Nathaniel, Bishop of Durham.

Steane Park is on the A422 between Brackley and Farthinghoe. Tickets are on sale now for both events.

There is limited capacity for the intimate evening session in Saint Peter’s at 7pm on Saturday, May 12, tickets £25.

Tickets for the jazz afternoon on Sunday, May 13, are £20 for adults, under-16s free.

Tickets can be purchased from the Steane Park Estate Office on 01280 705899 or

The next Steane Park open day is on Sunday, June 24, from 11am to 5pm.