The festivities begin two hours prior to the show, allowing guests ample time to savour refreshments, explore the grounds, and enjoy chamber music performances. A drinks reception follows, where you can relish a glass of fizz and soak in the celebratory atmosphere before taking your seats in the auditorium.
A leisurely 90-minute dining interval follows the first act, during which you can partake in one of our dining experiences.
You are welcome to bring your own hamper and find a spot on the lush lawns to enjoy a picnic.
If you prefer a table, communal trestle tables in our Dining Marquee on the Old Tennis Court await, providing a cool and dry setting.
For an additional charge, we have a limited number of decorated round tables in our Dining Marquee on the Old Tennis Court that you can reserve. Positioned in a prime location, these tables offer the best views of the South Downs and can comfortably accommodate parties of six, eight, and ten people. Your reservation includes a tablecloth, water, and flowers for added elegance.
Guests with reserved tables can either relish their own hampers or indulge in a three-course meal, courtesy of Martha Hollis Catering, served by attentive waiting-staff. Explore the delectable menu, here. We kindly request that tables take a collective decision as to how to dine, to ensure seamless service. If you are attending as a couple and wish to dine with our caterers, we will reserve you spaces on a table of six with two other couples. Crockery and glassware will be provided and there will be a small selection of wines available for diners.
After dinner, the opera resumes against the backdrop of a setting sun, and guests are welcome to stay for digestifs or desserts until the grounds close at 10.30 pm.
3.30pm – Grounds open, with chamber music
4.30pm - Drinks Reception
5.30pm – Opera begins (Act One)
7.00pm – Dining interval begins
8.30pm – Opera continues (Act Two)
9.30pm – Opera finishes
10.30pm – Carriages