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Join us on a rare opportunity to visit and learn more about Glyndebourne's very own wind turbine.

Join us on a rare opportunity to visit and learn more about Glyndebourne’s very own wind turbine.

Learn more about its inception and sustainable energy credentials, and glimpse the behind-the-scenes rooms that run and monitor it.

The tour will start with an introduction from your guide with tea, coffee and pastries. The guide will talk you through Glyndebourne’s history, explain how the turbine works and the strengths of its design. You will visit the turbine to see in side the inverter room at the base of the turbine and then the energy centre switch room. After that, we will take you to the Glyndebourne auditorium to see our lighting set up, which is powered with energy generated by the turbine.

Tours can be booked for either a 10.15am morning slot or a 2.15pm afternoon slot.

There are 14 places available on each tour. Tickets are £17 per person and include coffee and a pastry at the beginning of your tour.

About the Glyndebourne wind turbine

In 2012, Sir David Attenborough cut the ribbon on the Glyndebourne wind turbine, making us the first arts organisation in the UK to generate its own power.

The 67-metre turbine sits on Mill Plain, a short distance from the opera house. Its elegant white wings, designed by Norman Foster, echo the sails of an old windmill that once stood nearby. Like its predecessor, the turbine harnesses the kinetic energy of the wind to generate a renewable source of energy.

In the years since it was commissioned, the turbine has produced on average the equivalent of 103% of the company’s annual electricity requirements, well above the 90% target, cutting our carbon emissions in half. It is a powerful symbol of Glyndebourne’s commitment to sustainability and the single most impactful step taken to date.

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Tours can be booked for either morning or afternoon slots. See the schedule for the list of available dates.