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A guide to Glyndebourne Festival 2024

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

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

Experience opera the way we do it. Electrifying, real, intense, creative, moving, extraordinary. All happening in one of the most evocative and beautiful spots in the country. Glyndebourne stories begin long before the curtain goes up, and end long after it has come down. And we’d love you to write your own.

Our Festival trailer gives you a taster to whet your appetite…

Decide what you want to see

Photo: Bill Cooper

Join us for new productions of Bizet’s Carmen and Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow, alongside revivals of Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.

Our Members have priority booking for Festival tickets. Become a Member today, including our Under 40s membership, which offers 50% off a pair of tickets.

All remaining tickets will go on public sale on Sunday 3 March 2024 – it’s best to decide what you want to see and book your tickets as soon as possible to get the best range of productions, dates and prices. Get prepared – to speed things up create a Glyndebourne account on our website now. If you already have an account, make sure you know your login details – you can reset your password here.

We also offer £30 tickets for selected performances to under 30s.

Dine in style

Photo: Sam Stephenson

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. To guarantee your under-cover picnic table, it’s best to book in advance – find out more about under-cover options. Any under-cover picnic tables that haven’t been pre-booked will be available free of charge on the day, one a first-come-first-served basis.

For those who prefer the great indoors, our on-site restaurants offer everything from afternoon teas to sumptuous fine dining. You can make a restaurant reservation when you book your tickets, or book on our dedicated dining website.

Dress to impress

Photo: James Bellorini

Black tie and Glyndebourne are often synonymous – but they don’t have to be if that’s not your style. Dress up in a way that suits you. There are no rules. 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.

Make the most of your visit

Jerwood Young Artists recital, 2023. Photo: Laura Aziz

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.

There are also visual art exhibitions in our gallery (located by at the stalls entrance to the auditorium) and archive gallery (at the bottom of the car park). In 2024 you can enjoy an exhibition of new work by leading British artist Conrad Shawcross RA in the gardens and galleries.

Plus, there will be recitals by our Jerwood Young Artists before selected performances.

Let us take the stress out of the journey

Photo: Sam Stephenson

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.

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


We look forward to welcoming you in 2024

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