Always keen to try something new, Adam and I headed off to Glyndebourne yesterday for a day of sunshine, picnicking, and opera.
Instead of donning our walking boots and travelling to one of the beautiful paragliding sites around East Sussex, we dressed up to the nines in black tie and drove to the magnificent Glyndebourne, near Lewes. Lewes is an easy train ride from London so plenty of people plan a day out here away from the city. We made sure we arrived before the buses from the station to claim a good spot in the gardens.
Having dealt with pouring rain and howling wind the day before, we were lucky to enjoy some sunshine. After digging in to our picnic supplies, we wandered around the lovely grounds, taking in the views of the lake covered in water lilies with a backdrop of Mount Caburn. We couldn’t spot any paragliders there as the wind was still a bit strong for flying. We did hear some of the planes from the Eastbourne Air Show though!
Soon, it was time to head into the Opera House for a wonderful performance of Rinaldo. As newbies to opera we weren’t sure what to expect, but the combination of incredible singing, comedy, and drama kept us entertained.
We finished our picnic in the interval as the sun started to set. We were kindly given fleecy blankets as the day got colder so we could snuggle up against the breeze.
If you’re looking for a day trip from London or a day out in East Sussex, I highly recommend a trip to Glyndebourne. And if you’re looking for a bit more adrenaline, come and see us for a tandem paragliding flight as well!