What To Expect

Arrival At The Grange

In order 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. Porters can be booked in advance to assist with any heavy carrying.

Enjoy a drink under the Portico at our Champagne Bar, or tea and cake at one of the marquees.

Or just indulge in a walk around our stunning grounds.

By prior arrangement, tickets can be collected from the on-site Box Office.

The Festival Express

Take the train to Basingstoke (please check departure times from London Waterloo) and we will meet you (and return you) in The Festival Express.  If you would like to book this service please call the Box Office on 01962 791020.  We can only accept bookings up to two days prior to travel.  There is a £20 return charge for this service.

Weekdays

Train departs London Waterloo 13.50, arrives Basingstoke 14.36
Arrive at The Grange with plenty of time to enjoy the landscape

Saturdays

Train departs London Waterloo 12.50, arrives Basingstoke 13.45
Arrive at The Grange by approximately 14.30

Sundays

Train departs London Waterloo 12.30, arrives Basingstoke 13.26
Arrive at The Grange by approximately 14.15

The return Festival Express will depart The Grange 20 minutes after curtain down and will collect you from the Meet & Greet Tent in the car park.  As performances finish at different times on different days, please check your return trains (there are plenty available from Basingstoke to London Waterloo).  Please check with National Rail for the latest service information.

The service meets the recommended train from London for travel to The Grange.  Later trains from London may allow enough time to travel to The Grange but you must book your own taxi from the train station.

Festival Shop

When you come to The Grange, you will be able to buy lots of Festival goodies in our new shop – designed and managed by Lady Ashburton – situated in the first room in the house off the main portico.  Payment can be made by card, cash or cheque.

Art Gallery

A new feature, Art@TheGrange, both in the house and the grounds.  Our resident artist is Deborah Gourlay, well-known to opera-goers at both The Grange and Glyndebourne.  And we also have sculpture from Rachel Bebb’s The Garden Gallery.  Please do visit the house and spend some time admiring the gallery.  All artwork is for sale.

What To Wear

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.

Interval

A 100-minute interval allows you to enjoy a fine dining experience in our restaurant. Alternatively, it is possible to order a luxury hamper from our caterers, which will be ready and waiting for you on the day. If you have chosen to picnic, there is a marquee large enough to cater for all our guests, with tables and chairs, bookable in advance. Or you may prefer to bring a blanket and enjoy your picnic in the grounds. Please note that gazebos and barbeques are not permitted on site.

Weather

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 and our fine-dining restaurant is located within the magical interior of the house.

Mobility Assistance

Unfortunately, our site is not easy for people who have difficulty walking. If a member of your party has severely restricted mobility, please inform the office well in advance and we will ensure that suitable arrangements are made in terms of access, the position of your seat in the theatre, drop-off, dining and so on. We do not have a hearing loop.