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A first timer's guide to the Festival

Find out everything you need to know for your visit to Glyndebourne

Thinking of coming to Glyndebourne Festival this year? Here’s our guide to getting the most out of the experience.

Our Festival 2019 trailer gives you a taster 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

Worried that you have missed your chance to come and escape the ordinary for the day? Don’t be – there is still time. To make it easier we have highlighted the dates with the best availability below, but be quick as tickets continue to sell fast.

Tickets for Die Zauberflöte have sold out and are by returns only. 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

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. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage returns to Glyndebourne again this year. Visit their pop-up delicatessen to top-up your picnic.

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.

There are a number of under-cover picnicking options at Glyndebourne. There are a limited number of picnic tables in the opera house, and two marquees in the garden. Find out more about under-cover options, and how you can reserve a place in the marquees.

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

For those who prefer the great indoors, our three on site restaurants offer everything from afternoon teas to sumptuous fine dining. You can explore the menus and make a booking through the Leith’s at Glyndebourne website.

Dress to impress

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.

Looking for inspiration for how to do modern black tie? Look no further than these blogs from Style Memos and The Frugality.

Make the most of your visit

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.

The stage at Glyndebourne extends far beyond the opera house. Innovative and striking art and exhibitions are part and parcel of a Festival visit. Don’t forget to drop into Gallery 94 (located by the Stalls entrance to the auditorium) which features artworks inspired by Glyndebourne, all of which are available to buy from our online shop.

Brush up on the operas

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:

Let us take the stress out of the journey

Our performance schedule has timings for each opera to help you plan your day, including recommended train times.

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.

Filled with emotions, Festival 2019 is painted in bold musical colours. Join us for a summer of exceptional opera in the heart of the Sussex countryside

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