To fully enjoy your evening allow some time to explore the stunning setting before the performance or during the interval. As well as the lake, in the beautiful Deer Park, and the famous cricket ground, those arriving early will also be able to visit the historic Walled Garden – a short drive from the opera site – with a shuttle bus taking you there and back.
“The wooded hills rolling towards the horizon, the manicured lawns and delightful rose arbour, the swallows circling the lake, the famous cricket ground: all this ravishes the eye as you stand on the terraces surrounding the stunning opera pavilion.” The Times
The Opera Pavilion has an open-fronted Champagne Bar which is the ideal spot for meeting guests, and a wonderful place to linger and enjoy the views. Tables on the Upper Terrace may be reserved for drinks or picnics with priority given to those in the adjoining Boxes. Please note that the Upper Terrace entrance is accessed by stairs only.
The operas start in the early evening and there is a long dinner interval when patrons can picnic or dine in the restaurant marquees. Dinner must be ordered in advance through Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts who can also supply picnic hampers.
Patrons can arrive from 3.30pm. Evening dress is suggested and shawls and layers are advisable. As the ground may be soft, stiletto and ‘kitten’ heels are not recommended.
All performances finish at around 10.15pm. If you are planning to be collected, please make arrangements in advance as mobile phone signals on the estate cannot be guaranteed.