What Happens?

A visit to Nevill Holt Opera is a magical experience. We are passionate about ensuring that day with us will be something completely out of the ordinary and which you will cherish for years to come. If you’ve not visited us before, we’ve compiled some tips to help you with what to expect, and how to make the most of your visit.

If you can’t find the information that you need below, please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions.

A visit to Nevill Holt Opera is a magical experience. We are passionate about ensuring that day with us will be something completely out of the ordinary and which you will cherish for years to come. If you’ve not visited us before, we’ve compiled some tips to help you with what to expect, and how to make the most of your visit.

If you can’t find the information that you need below, please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions.

Arrival

Leave plenty of time to get here. The grounds open 2 hours before the show starts so that you have plenty of time to explore the gardens the gardens, enjoy a drink, or take in the remarkable views.

Picnicking

Some people bring their own picnic, set up their picnic rug on the lawn on arrival, and bag a great spot in the gardens for their interval picnic. If you’ve reserved a table in the restaurant, it will be available to you throughout the whole duration of your visit. A cash champagne bar is available when the grounds are open.

Show time

The bell will be rung to give you plenty of time to return to the performance and get settled before the curtain goes up.

Wondering what to wear? See our handy hints and tips.

In the interval

Our operas are performed in two halves, with a long dining interval in the middle. (60 to 90 minutes). This is when most people enjoy their supper – wherever they have chosen to have it. It’s also a great opportunity to grab a programme and guide to the sculpture, or collar the head gardener to ask him for tips on how to get that border *just right*. Or you can just relax and enjoy the glorious surroundings. 

At the end

Performances finish in time to catch the last train home if you need to, but otherwise there is no need to rush off. Some people like to enjoy a candlelit dessert, or to stretch their legs, before heading home. The grounds close at 9pm.

Join us as a Member to access priority booking.

Members enjoy priority booking for Nevill Holt Opera’s Summer Festival and other key events.

Priority Booking for our summer opera festival in August opens on the 4 March.

Public Booking opens at 10am on the 1 April.

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