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.

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.

To ensure that we are able to provide an efficient service during your visit to Glyndebourne we are unfortunately no longer able to provide table and chair hire for specific locations in the gardens.

We have increased the number of alternative dining options available for your visit:

  • If you are purchasing a picnic from Dining at Glyndebourne a porter service and furniture hire will be included.
  • If you are bringing your own picnic and would like a guaranteed under-cover dining space, our marquees are available to book and are suitable for shade and wet weather protection.
  • There are a very limited number of tables, chairs and benches in the gardens and on the Circle and Upper Circle levels of the auditorium. These are free of charge and are available first come first serve from garden open. They cannot be pre-booked.
  • If you would like to bring your own picnic furniture, our front of house team will be ready to help take it to your chosen area of the gardens.

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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