Picnicking and Dining

Bringing your own picnic

Have a look at our suggestions for picnics – and weather-proof dining spaces – to ensure your visit goes exactly to plan.

There’s nothing quite like a lazy summer picnic in the gardens at Glyndebourne, one of the most beguiling and evocative landscapes in the country.

Picnicking in the Glyndebourne gardens is an age-old tradition, and can be as simple or elaborate as you want to make it. You’re welcome to bring your own picnic and outdoor furniture to set up when the gardens open. You can also hire picnic furniture and porters.

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.

Stop off at The River Cottage Deli on the lawns to buy a range of River Cottage produce to accompany your picnic, or drop by BarBazaar for a glass or two of Champagne.

So that all visitors to Glyndebourne are able to enjoy the beautiful gardens and views, we do not permit gazebos or any type of awning.

We want all visitors to be able to enjoy these private gardens. When your picnic is over, please kindly take your rubbish home with you and do not leave it on the Glyndebourne grounds or at Lewes station.

Opera house picnic tables

A limited number of free picnic tables, particularly for use during bad weather, are situated on the Upper Circle level of the opera house. In the interest of fairness, and as a result of customer feedback, a queuing system is in place from the Blue Circle side.

Access is given to the Upper Circle tables as follows:

Saturday 18 May – Saturday 3 August: 3.00pm Monday–Saturday and at 2.00pm on Sunday.

Sunday 4 August – Sunday 25 August: 2.00pm


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