The Glyndebourne gardens, Shop, Archive Gallery and Long Bar open from 2 hours before Glyndebourne on Tour performances
The Glyndebourne Gardens and Lake
Glyndebourne encourages you to enjoy the gardens but please be aware that the lake is not fenced and therefore children should be accompanied at all times. Please note that not all areas of the gardens are illuminated after dark.
'A History of Ariadne at Glyndebourne' runs from 18 May until 23 June.
The opera was first presented by Glyndebourne at the Edinburgh Festival in 1950. It is not only our most-performed Strauss opera, but it was also the first opera by the composer to be added to the Glyndebourne repertoire, and despite numerous attempts, the only one Sir Thomas Beecham ever conducted for Glyndebourne.
'Glyndebourne's Baroque Renaissance' runs from 25 June until 25 August.
In the early 1990s Glyndebourne scheduled a change in the direction of future repertoire with plans for a new Handel opera in 1996. The success of Theodora was closely followed by Rodelinda (1998) and Giulio Cesare (2005). This exhibition will seek to provide context for our first ever French-baroque opera, Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie this summer.
The taking of photographs and use of recording equipment in the auditorium is forbidden.
Food and drink
Food and drink are not permitted in the auditorium, shop or Organ Room.
Picnicking in the Grounds
Picnicking in the gardens is an age old tradition. As these are private gardens we would really appreciate it if all visitors took their rubbish home with them and did not leave it in the grounds or at Lewes station
In order that all visitors to Glyndebourne can enjoy the beautiful gardens and view we are unable to permit gazebos or any type of awning. If you do require covered or group catering, please contact Leith's to discuss options available.
Summer Festival performances have a long interval lasting approximately 90 minutes, allowing plenty of time for dining in one of Glyndebourne’s restaurants or a picnic in the gardens. Tour performances have a shorter 20 minute interval. Bells are rung 10, five and three minutes before the start of the performance and at the end of the intervals.
Glyndebourne cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to personal property left on the premises. In the event of loss or damage please contact the Customer Services Department on 01273 815000.
Latecomers are not admitted into the auditorium but will be able to follow the opera via a live relay in the Organ Room. If a suitable pause occurs, patrons will be shown to their seats, although this might not be until the interval.
Patrons who wish to leave the auditorium during the performance cannot be readmitted unless there is a suitable pause.
Glyndebourne advises that children under the age of eight years old may find it difficult to maintain concentration for the duration of an opera. In the interests of the audience, Glyndebourne reserves the right to ask children to leave the auditorium if they are causing a disturbance.
The First Aid room is situated on the Blue side of the auditorium on the Foyer Circle level and is manned by St John’s Ambulance personnel.
With the exception of guide dogs or hearing dogs, dogs must not be brought into the grounds and, for their own health, must not be left in vehicles in the car park. Guide dogs and hearing dogs can be taken into the auditorium.
Smoking is not permitted inside any building including the terraces and the Long Bar. For patrons wishing to smoke, ashtrays are provided in the designated open areas at either end of the Long Bar.