Garsington Opera’s award-winning Pavilion was designed by architect Robin Snell. Elevated above the ground to give an appearance of ‘floating’ over the landscape, the design takes its cue from a traditional Japanese Kabuki pavilion in its use of sliding screens, extended platforms, and verandas and bridges to link it to the landscape. Made from a select palette of materials – timber, fabric and steel – it combines transparency and lightness with a sense of intimacy. As at Garsington Manor, it is possible for audiences to enjoy the setting and the summer skies beyond the stage while remaining sheltered for the performance.
The Pavilion houses the stage, orchestra, auditorium and terraces, and begins on the higher ground of the mansion and surrounding buildings, extending across a flint-walled ha-ha, looking out over the lake, Deer Park and woods beyond. It is a position offering some of Wormsley’s most beautiful views.
A perfect meeting place, with views over the deer park, the Champagne Bar is on the Lower Terrace of our award-winning Opera Pavilion. Wide steps lead you to pathways to the lake and picnic tents, and the elevated bridge takes you to the Opera Garden, which evokes the fragrant, summer surroundings of our original home at Garsington Manor.
Climb the stairs from the Champagne Bar to the upper terrace and you will be treated to the most spectacular panoramic views across the Wormsley Estate and the enveloping Chiltern Hills. Picnic tables, with wooden benches, can be reserved on the upper terrace.