What to wear

What to wear at Glyndebourne

During the Festival

(May – August)

The tradition of wearing evening dress during the Glyndebourne Festival originated with founder John Christie, who felt that it was one of the ways the audience could show its respect for the performers.

Formal evening dress is customary for the summer Festival. Given the perils of the British weather, it is advisable to bring an additional, warm layer: cardigans, wraps and jackets are a good idea!

Find some inspiration from fashion and style bloggers Isabelle OCCatwalk queen and Fashion Detective Johanna Payton on Glyndebourne style at the 2012 Festival.

Changing facilities, if required, are provided in the Plashett Building at the foot of the car park as indicated on the Glyndebourne site map.

During the Tour

(October – December)

In keeping with the more informal feel of the Tour, whether at Glyndebourne itself or when visiting other venues around the UK, the dress code is smart casual.

Whilst some audience members do choose to make their visit to Tour performances a special occasion and dress accordingly, others may be arriving straight from work. Please wear whatever you find comfortable.

Photos: Courtesy of Isabelle OC and Catwalk queen

Why is there a time limit?

Due to demand from other customers seats are reserved for a maximum of 20 minutes in order to allow you to complete your purchase. If the order has not been completed within this time, all seats will be removed from your basket.