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. There will be a limited number of tables, chairs and benches in the garden available to use for free on a first-come-first-served basis.

Under-cover picnic tables are available on the Circle and Upper Circle levels of the opera house on a first-come-first-served basis. Our marquees also offer protection from the elements in the event of wet weather. If you would like to guarantee a place in a marquee, you can also pay to reserve a place.

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. You can also stop off at the Deli in the gardens to buy a range of products to accompany your picnic.

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.

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