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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 2020 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.

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 Dining at Glyndebourne which you can pick up when you arrive. You can also visit the Garden Deli 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 at Dining at Glyndebourne.

Dress to impress

It is traditional to dress formally for the Festival, and our audiences enjoy combining the thrill of dressing up with the chance to be different for a day. Visit our what to wear guide to see some examples and get some inspiration. We have on-site changing rooms if you’d rather not travel in your finery. Audience changing facilities are located at the bottom of the main audience car park, which you can see on our map.

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. Around the auditorium you can see an exhibition of work by printmaker and painter Tom Hammick. Don’t forget to drop into Gallery 94 (located by the Stalls entrance to the auditorium) which features artworks on the theme of ‘Forces of Nature’ by female artists. All of the artwork is available to buy from our online shop. This year our Archive Gallery is host to an exhibition exploring David Hockney’s history with Glyndebourne.

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 then and now article.

For those who would rather make the journey by car, we have a large car park and even offer charging for electric cars.

Your questions answered

Watch this short video to hear the Glyndebourne audience’s top tips for first time visitors

2020 brings a Festival of contrasts, from the hilarious to the tragic, the political to the mythic. Join us for a summer of exceptional opera in the heart of the Sussex countryside

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