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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. 

Unreserved Dining: 

  • 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.


Reserved Dining: 

  • 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 

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