A guide to Glyndebourne Festival

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With Festival 2017 mere days away we share our guide to getting the most out of the experience.

Our Festival 2017 trailer gives you a glimpse of a Festival day from start to finish to whet your appetite:

If you’re unfamiliar with the Glyndebourne experience, or just want to relive the thrill of a visit, let Vogue and Fashion Foie Gras talk you through the day.

Get your tickets sorted now

Clive Barda

Some dates may have been snapped up, but there is availability across the summer.

We’ve put together a handy guide to the best ticket availability here.

So get your guests together, find the date that works for you and get booking. Then you can start dreaming of your summer getaway.

Glyndebourne Members have first priority for Festival performances, so if you’d like earlier access to tickets for future Festivals, have a look at our Membership options.

Dine in style

Leigh Simpson

Our 90 minute interval gives you the opportunity to relax in a beautiful setting and enjoy some fine dining.

For many, a picnic in the gardens is a quintessential part of the Glyndebourne experience.

You’re welcome to bring your own picnic, or order one from Leith’s, our official caterers, which you can pick up when you arrive.

It’s best to find a picnic spot and set up before the start of the performance, so everything is ready and waiting for you when the interval comes.

Alternatively you can go all out and arrange a porter service from Leith’s.

You can stock up on essential picnic accessories at our online shop, including comfy picnic rugs and cushions, tableware and picnic sets.

The Telegraph’s guide to what to eat at the Festival has some great picnic recipe suggestions.

For those who prefer the great indoors, our three on site restaurants offer everything from afternoon teas to sumptuous fine dining. You can read more about the delights on the menu this year here.

Dress to impress

Sam Stephenson

Our audiences enjoy combining the thrill of dressing up with the chance to be different for a day – we love to see formal or vintage attire, or the height of contemporary fashion.

Keep an eye out for the June edition of Harper’s Bazaar which looks ahead to Festival 2017 and has a guide on what to wear. A limited edition of the issue with a Glyndebourne cover is available exclusively from our shop.

Town & Country magazine have some great tips on dressing for Glyndebourne.

Looking for inspiration for how to do modern black tie? Look no further than this blog from The Frugality.

Make the most of your visit

Luke Hayes

There’s a lot to enjoy at Glyndebourne, so don’t forget to leave yourself enough time to see it all. The gardens open two hours before the start of the performance giving you ample opportunity to see everything we have to offer.

Enjoy one of the most beautiful landscapes in Britain and explore our 12 acres of gardens. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the Figaro Garden, which has been remodelled into a serene, green and simple space, away from the bustling main lawn.

The stage at Glyndebourne extends far beyond the opera house. Innovative and striking art exhibitions are part and parcel of a Festival visit. This year you can step inside White Cube at Glyndebourne and enjoy the exquisite sculptures by Rachel Kneebone, which take inspiration from the Festival productions of Hipermestra and Hamlet.

This summer you can also see work by British artist Nick Hornby around the gardens. Hornby’s exhibition Sculpture (1504-2017) draws inspiration from works by Michelangelo, Rodin, Brancusi and Matisse.

Lastly, don’t forget to drop into our Archive Gallery for a fascinating look into our past. This summer the Archive is hosting exhibitions on Baroque Innovation (20 May-9 July) and Bel canto at Glyndebourne (13 July-27 August).

Brush up on the operas

Richard Hubert Smith

Want to know more about what’s coming up on stage? Our Introducing… series offers an overview of essential information about each of this year’s productions:

La traviata
Ariadne auf Naxos
Don Pasquale
La clemenza di Tito

If you or someone you’re bringing is an opera first timer check out our Five things to know for opera newbies to bring yourself up to speed.

For a more in-depth guide, the Glyndebourne podcast offers an insight into the themes and historical context of an opera with contributions from artists, experts and academics.

The Festival Programme Book is bursting with fascinating articles about this year’s operas. You can order a copy from our shop, or pick one up when you’re here.

Let us take the stress out of the journey

Sam Stephenson

Glyndebourne is just outside of Lewes and a mere hour away from London by rail.

We take our green credentials very seriously and encourage as many audience members as possible to make the journey to Glyndebourne by train. A complimentary shuttle coach service will bring you to and from Lewes station.

The Glyndebourne coach has been a familiar sight for decades. Take a look back at a Festival trip, fifties-style in this now and then article.

For those who would rather make the journey by car, we have a large car park and even offer charging for electric cars. Check out more information on getting here.

With a world premiere, two new productions and the return of three Glyndebourne favourites, we look forward to welcoming you to an unmissable season of outstanding opera.