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A guide to Festival 2022

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 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.

Book your tickets early

Every year Glyndebourne Members receive priority booking for the Festival, before remaining tickets go on sale to the public in March. If you’re not a Member we recommend booking as soon as possible when tickets go on general sale in order to have the best choice of productions and dates.

Want a better chance to get the tickets you want next year? Explore Membership options.

Brush up on the operas

Our Introducing… series offers an overview of essential information about each of this year’s productions:

The Wreckers
(21 May – 24 July)
Melly Still directs a major new staging of Ethel Smyth’s opera.
Le nozze di Figaro
(22 May – 16 July)
Michael Grandage’s five-star production of Mozart’s greatest comedy.
La bohème
(11 June – 14 August)
Floris Visser directs a new production of this Puccini classic.
Alcina
(2 July – 24 August)
Spectacle and sensation collide in Francesco Micheli’s sumptuous new staging of Handel’s magical fable.
Don Pasquale
(22 July – 27 August)
Mariame Clément’s mischievous production takes no prisoners, an elegant period staging full of clear eyed, contemporary wit.
Poulenc Double Bill
(6 – 28 August)
Following his success with Ravel Double Bill, Laurent Pelly takes on two more French masterpieces, La Voix humaine and Les Mamelles de Tirésias.

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 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.

There are a number of under-cover picnicking options at Glyndebourne. There are a limited number of picnic tables in the opera house, and marquees and stretch tents in the garden. Find out more about under-cover options, and how you can book 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. New for 2022 – the Nether Wallop restaurant has been transformed into a casual dining space with sustainability at its core, plus the Galvins will be bringing their modern British style to our fine-dining restaurant, Middle & Over Wallop; and Mildmay will be serving up traditional British cuisine in a relaxing dining atmosphere. You can explore the menus and make a booking from 1 April 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 the country and explore our 12 acres of gardens.

The stage at Glyndebourne extends far beyond the opera house – you can enjoy a host of extra events and exhibitions before the performance. You can book our Insider Talks, Working rehearsals and Jerwood recitals when ordering your opera tickets online, and enjoy the art in Gallery 94, the Archive Gallery and around the opera house during your visit.

Let us take the stress out of the journey

Our performance schedule has timings for each opera to help you plan your day.

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, and then take the audience coach from Lewes station. For £10 you can secure a return coach journey from Lewes train station to Glyndebourne. This is bookable online.

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

‘The season is big and brave, explores important questions, and brings world-class music and theatre to the stage. We hope our Glyndebourne forebears approve of our ambition, and that you enjoy your return to the full-on, no-holds-barred opera experience!’

– Stephen Langridge, Artistic Director

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