To truly immerse yourself in the atmosphere and beautiful surroundings of The Grange, you are invited to arrive early. The grounds open two hours before curtain up. Parking attendants will direct you on arrival and the festival volunteers are on hand to greet, guide and assist you as you enter the site. Porters can be booked in advance to assist with any heavy carrying and the festival buggy is available for your aid and convenience.
Enjoy a drink under the Portico at our Champagne Bar, the perfect place to meet your friends and enjoy a glass of fizz. Take in the spectacular lake views, order some canapes or tea and cake from our catering company The Wild Fork, or just indulge in a walk around our stunning grounds.
The festival express is our train transfer service which collects guests from Basingstoke train station and delivers them to the Grange (June & July only). To use the Festival Express, we suggest the train times shown here. You can book via our website or by phone. Please note the Festival Express departs 15 minutes after the end of the performance.
When you come to The Grange, you will be able to buy a range of specially selected goods in our shop – which has been designed and managed by Lady Ashburton. The shop is situated in the central room of the house, next to the Champagne Bar, which leads you into the gallery corridor and the crumbling grandeur of the main house. You can purchase The Grange Festival mug and programme, along with a selection of books and stationery, scarves and jewellery. Payment can be made by card, cash or cheque.
Last season our resident artist was Deborah Gourlay, well-known to opera-goers at both The Grange and Glyndebourne. We also had sculpture from Rachel Bebb’s The Garden Gallery. It is still possible to see the 2017 collection here, and to purchase art directly from the artist. The 2018 season will feature the work of three artists new to ART@THEGRANGE – Duncan MacAskill, Rick Guest and resident artist Jessica Holmes. The art will be on display throughout the site and the house. Please do visit the house and spend some time admiring the gallery and the house. All the artwork is for sale.
To add to the atmosphere of a visit to The Grange, evening dress and black tie is preferred but a suitably elegant alternative is also acceptable. Creative individuality is encouraged. On cooler days, a warm layer is recommended. When considering footwear, please note our grounds can be damp or uneven.
A 100-minute dining interval offers a wealth of choices, all bookable in advance. You can enjoy a fine-dining experience in our restaurant, order a luxury hamper from our caterers, book a private pavilion in a range of scenic settings, book into one of our two marquees or bring your own rug and choose a spot in the grounds. Please note that gazebos and barbeques are not permitted on site.
Although we do everything in our power to provide beautiful sunshine, standing under the Grecian portico on a rainy day while enjoying a glass of champagne can be just as magical as the brightest of summer days on the estate. Our festival will not be dampened by the weather. The award-winning theatre is entirely enclosed, our fine-dining restaurant is located within the magical interior of the house and we have enough marquee space to keep everyone dry.
Caroline Sheahan, her Box Office team and the festival volunteers are dedicated to making your visit one of the great pleasures of your summer. Please contact her on 01962 791020 if you have any queries
Unfortunately, our site is not easy for people who have difficulty walking. If you or a member of your party has severely restricted mobility, a buggy service will be available for your use from the car park. We offer a dedicated drop off zone and reserved car park for wheelchair users only, which must be booked in advance with Caroline in the office. Dedicated seats in the auditorium are also available. The portico, theatre terrace and restaurant entrances all have wheelchair ramps for your convenience. We can also offer assistance to your chosen dining area, and we have two wheelchairs available to borrow. We do not have a hearing loop.