Opera Glasses and Picnics: The Wonder of Garsington Opera

Garsington Opera gives performances of great artistic quality in a setting of extraordinary natural beauty. Performances take place in the spectacular Opera Pavilion, which sits within the rolling landscape of the Chiltern Hills.

Garsington Opera was founded in 1989 by the late Leonard Ingrams and his wife Rosalind at Garsington Manor, near Oxford. Following Leonard’s untimely death, Garsington Opera moved to the Wormsley Estate, home of the Getty family, in 2011.

The festival presents a programme of four operas each year during a seven-week summer period and often champions less-known works which have included a number of notable British premieres to include Haydn’s Orlando Paladino, Vivaldi’s L’Olimpiade, and Rossini’s Armida, L’equivoco stravagante and Maometto secondo. Productions have also been taken to a number of European festivals and the company’s 2007 production of Richard Strauss’s Die ägyptische Helena was presented at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.


The dates for Garsington Opera 2021 are to be announced.

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🛣️Car journey time from London: 

1 hr 10 min - 40 miles / 64 km

🛏️Recommended accommodation:

Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

Monkey Island Estate

The Old Parsonage Hotel

💐Other English Season experiences:

Royal Ascot

Cheltenham Festival

The Boodles

Henley Royal Regatta

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Booking and performance dates will be released in due course.


The stunning Wormsley Estate plays host to an afternoon and evening of garden strolls, fine food and a spectacular operatic performance. It is worth allowing some time to explore the Wormsley Estate. Those arriving in the afternoon can take tea overlooking the famous Wormsley Cricket Ground, visit the impressive 18th century Walled Garden, admire the stunning views across the deer park and lake from the Champagne Bar, or take a stroll around the Opera Garden. In the early evening, audience members are invited to take their seats for the performance.

Performances have a long interval lasting approximately 85 minutes. This allows plenty of time to enjoy a three course meal in the restaurant, or to picnic in the gardens, all of which we will create for you. Complimentary Scout porters and chauffeured golf buggies are available to assist with carrying picnics.

The Garsington Opera are continuing their partnership with Michelin-starred chef, Michael North. Michael has spent his whole career in and around Oxford, undertaking enviable positions with Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, with Marco Pierre White at Mirabelle, and with Michael Caines at Gidleigh Park.

Pre-performance talks in the Opera Pavilion or Walled Garden recitals are available for you to attend.


Guests are welcome to arrive from 3:30pm when the estate opens. During the afternoon you are invited to view the famous Wormsley Cricket Ground, visit the impressive 18th century Walled Garden, admire the stunning views across the deer park and lake from the Champagne Bar, or take a stroll around the Opera Garden. In the early evening from approximately 5:30pm, audience members are invited to take their seats for the performance. 

Your Experience includes:

- Chauffeured car to and from Wormsley Estate

- Champagne in the Walled Garden

- The option of luxurious al fresco picnicking or enjoy a three-course dinner designed by Michelin Star chef, Michael North, in the beautifully dressed Long Room Restaurant

- A stunning evening of opera in the pavilion - seats within the Front Stalls (other seats are available)

Tickets from £610.00 per person, excluding VAT. Premium tickets are available and include a visit to the Getty Library on a timed basis.



A delicious three-course dinner served in the beautifully dressed Long Room Restaurant overlooking the Wormsley Cricket Ground


Charred asparagus with rapeseed hollandaise & smoked almonds (v)

English new potato and pea pressé, salsa verde & radish salad (v)

Gin-cured salmon with black treacle & buttermilk crumb

Iberico ham, celeriac remoulade & parmesan

Smoked eel, beetroot salad, apple puré

Main Course

Free-range roasted chicken, asparagus, wild garlic & chestnut mushrooms

Fillet of beef, creamed spinach, pressed boulangère potatoes, red wine jus (£9 supplement)

Pan-fried hake with mussel velouté, new seaon potatoes & wilted spinach (£4 supplement)

Pork belly, celeriac purée, sautéed potatoes, apple, pork jus

Sea-bream, herb mayonnaise, saffron summer vegetables

Winterdale Shaw Cheddar, celeriac & leek tart with summer vegetables (v)



Treat yourself to a Gourmet Picnic served from a wicker hamper overlooking the Cricket Ground or Deer Park.

A generous four course picnic with mineral water, coffee & truffles.


Wild rabbit sausage roll with redcurrant jam Potted crab with brown shrimp butter

Main Course

We offer a choice between: Rare roasted beef fillet with beer pickled onions and horseradish mustard;

Or, Severn & Wye hot smoked salmon, chilli & lime prawns with charred corn salsa Served with

Avocado salad with heirloom tomatoes, pulses, toasted sunflower seeds (v)

Rocket, radicchio & green bean salad with toasted pine nuts & lemon oil (v)

New season potatoes with almond & parsley dressing (v)

Breads & sea salt crackers (v)


Mango & passion fruit mousse

Local cheese board Coffee & truffles