Garden events

Garden Concerts

Our opera house may be silent this summer but the gardens have never been more full of music.

There’s been incredible demand for a very limited number of tickets. We’re delighted that audiences are as excited about live music returning to Glyndebourne as we are, and looking forward to welcoming more of you when Public Health England guidelines allow.
Tickets £50 adults / £25 children (including free parking)
Timed entry to the gardens from 1.00pm (21 July-1 August) / 12.00pm (5-9 August)
Concert begins at 3.00pm (21 July-1 August) / 2.00pm (5-9 August)
Gardens close at 5.00pm (21 July-1 August) / 4.00pm (5-9 August)

Join us this summer for our informal Garden Concerts.

Treat yourself to one of our takeaway picnics, explore the grounds, visit our shop, then enjoy world-class music from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment performing a delightful open-air programme of serenades, dances, overtures and arias by Beethoven, Mozart and Jonathan Dove.

Our large gardens and a restricted number of tickets mean that we can ensure everyone’s safety. Find out more about the safety measures that will be in place below.

Please note that each ticket order will be treated as a ‘household’ and seated together. Maximum four tickets per household.


Mozart is the thread running through a concert that includes extracts from Don Giovanni, including the Don’s seductive ‘La ci darem la mano’, his ebullient Champagne Aria and Leporello’s Catalogue Aria as well as Jonathan Dove’s Le nozze di Figaro-inspired suite Figures in the Garden. Composed originally for Glyndebourne’s gardens, this elegant, witty work makes a welcome return to its original setting here. Bright with woodwind colours and richly textured, Beethoven’s jovial octet completes the programme. The Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment is conducted by Aidan Oliver.

Jonathan DoveFigures in the Garden
BeethovenOctet in E flat major op. 103
MozartDon Giovanni arranged for wind octet by Josef Triebensee
Madamina che catalogo è questo
Là ci darem la mano
Fin ch’an dal vino
Deh vieni alla finestra
Già la mensa è preparata

If the British summer arrives
… We’ll do our best to continue but if rain is forecast, unfortunately performances will be cancelled. We’ll let ticket holders know with at least 48 hours’ notice and will automatically refund them, as well as offer seats for an alternative performance. Please help ensure that this is a smooth process by updating the contact information in your online account.

Dress code There’s no formal dress code for our summer garden events. If you’d like to dress up, please do!

You can download a free PDF of the Programme below.

What to expect on the day

On arrival from 1.00pm (21 July-1 August) / 12.00pm (5-9 August) – please arrive at the time stated on your booking and have your tickets or order reference ready for checking. These can be printed at home or shown on your mobile device. Feel free to take a walk around the lake, explore the gardens and enjoy your picnic surrounded by the South Downs.

If you pre-ordered a takeaway Ha-Ha afternoon tea or traditional picnic, this will be available for collection from the Picnic Hut at the bottom of the car park as soon as you arrive – not per the time stated on your ticket.

The concert starts at 3.00pm (21 July-1 August) / 2.00pm (5-9 August) – prior to this, follow the signs to the reserved seating area and our Front of House staff will be happy to guide you to your allocated space. Your area will be marked by the surname of the ticket booker. Each ticket order will be treated as a ‘household’ and seated together.

Following the performance, please feel free to enjoy the gardens, until closing at 5.00pm (21 July-1 August) / 4.00pm (5-9 August)

Ensuring your safety at Glyndebourne

All events at Glyndebourne adhere to the latest guidance from Public Health England.

We promise to keep you feeling safe by:

  • Restricting visitor numbers
  • Providing timed entrance slots
  • Offering a warm welcome at a distance
  • Patrolling our site to monitor visitor activity
  • Using one-way systems where necessary to enable social distancing
  • Carrying out enhanced cleaning throughout your visit
  • Providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to our staff
  • Operating a paperless and cashless system

In return, please show you care by:

  • Not attending if you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms or have in the last 7 days; are self-isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms; are sharing a household or support bubble with somebody who has experienced coronavirus symptoms in the last 14 days.
  • Keeping to the arrival time you have booked
  • Showing your ticket on a mobile device where possible
  • Keeping two metres away from other visitors and staff
  • Following the one-way signs
  • Washing your hands for 20 seconds after using our facilities and using hand sanitiser when necessary
  • Supporting our staff by showing patience whenever queuing is required
  • Using your own personal protective equipment (PPE), if you choose to do so
  • Keeping your belongings with you at all times and taking your litter home
  • Using our picnic furniture, rather than bringing your own
  • Please do not bring your dog to any of the garden events.

Read the full terms and conditions


You are welcome to bring your own picnic, or indulge in some of our on-site take-away refreshment options. Picnics and afternoon tea must be pre-ordered when booking your tickets.

In the current climate, we kindly request that you use our picnic furniture rather than bringing your own. There’ll be plenty of tables and chairs spread across the grounds.

Our takeaway Ha-Ha Afternoon Tea

Includes freshly baked scones, clotted cream and summer fruits jams, finger sandwiches, a selection of cakes and pastries and tea or coffee.

£20 per person, please book the Ha-Ha afternoon tea when booking your admission ticket.

Our takeaway Traditional Picnic

A selection of heritage breads, cheeses, sausage rolls and salads, with raspberries, meringues and cream for dessert.

£42 per person, including coffee and chocolate. Please book the traditional picnic when booking your admission ticket.

The Long Bar

Offering a range of hot and cold refreshments to takeaway, including snacks and sandwiches, the Long Bar also serves sparkling wines from Nyetimber, Champagnes and assorted wines from our cellar. Pimms, beers, soft drinks, tea and barista-made coffees are also available.

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