How can I find out about returns?
For up-to-date notification via email you can join our Returns Club for free. During the Festival we will then send you notification of current availability.
What train do I catch and how do I travel to Glyndebourne from Lewes by public transport?
Check the Performance Schedule for the time of the recommended train from London Victoria to Lewes before your performance. This train will be met at Lewes Station by the Glyndebourne chartered bus. The bus service is free of charge. If you're arriving by train from stations other than London Victoria, please aim to reach Lewes before the charter bus leaves for Glyndebourne.
Later trains from Victoria might allow enough time to travel to the opera house but you will have to arrange your own transport from Lewes station. There is a taxi rank at the station, but availability cannot be guaranteed.
The charter bus for Glyndebourne on Tour performances leaves Lewes Station one hour before the start of scheduled performances.
What is the dress code?
Evening dress is customary for the Festival but not compulsory. The majority of men wear black tie. For Glyndebourne on Tour performances the dress code is smart casual.
What happens if it rains?
A marquee is available near the car park for picnics. The terraces on all levels of the opera house also provide cover. A limited number of picnic tables are available on a first come first served basis, on the Circle and Upper Circle levels, but we advise you to bring your own picnic tables and chairs if possible.
See map of Glyndebourne for locations.
How do I book a restaurant?
Phone Leith’s catering on 01273 812510 for more information.
Is there a cloakroom?
Yes, the cloakroom is at Stalls level. It is open from two hours before the performance.
Where is the Ebert Room/Jerwood Studio/Organ Room?
The entrance to the Ebert Room is between the shop and the Long Bar.
The Jerwood Studio is at the back of the auditorium, near the stage door.
The Organ Room entrance is at Foyer Circle level on the red side of the auditorium, near the Box Office. It is open two hours before the performance for visitors, and after the performance starts for latecomers to view the performance on a TV monitor, until they can be seated.
See map of Glyndebourne for locations.
My friends are stuck in a traffic jam, will you be delaying the performance?
No. Unless we receive notification from the House Manager the performance will proceed as scheduled.
How do I become a Member?
Membership of the Festival Society is currently fully subscribed. There are a limited number of other opportunities available which offer priority booking for Festival tickets.
See Associate Membership (the waiting list for Festival Society membership) and corporate opportunities.
What time do the gardens open?
The Gardens are open from 3pm (2pm on Sundays) before Festival performances. For Glyndebourne on Tour performances the gardens are open from two hours before curtain up. These are private gardens and are only for the use of ticket holders for the performance on the same day. We ask guests to respect the gardens and take litter home.
Can you recommend any hotels in the area?
Where do I pick up my picnic?
The Picnic Collection Point is located next to the car park. It is clearly signposted near the single storey Plashett building. See map of Glyndebourne.
Can I reserve a picnic table on the Circle or Upper Circle terraces?
It is not possible to reserve a table.
There are a limited number of picnic tables available on the Upper Circle. To make this system as fair as possible, patrons will not have access to this area before 3pm (2pm on Sundays) during the Festival. Before Tour performances this area will be open from two hours before curtain up.
Because of the limited availability of tables, in the likelihood of bad weather we would advise you to bring your own furniture.