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Glyndebourne Touring Opera

La traviata at Glyndebourne
Firle Place, Charleston Farmhouse, Michelham Priory
“In the Footsteps of Tudors” Hever Castle and Penshurst Place
Bateman’s – the home of Rudyard Kipling
Buxted Park Hotel, nr Uckfield
15 – 18 October 2018 (3 nights)

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Glyndebourne Touring during the autumn is the rather more informal season of world-class opera that takes place in the iconic setting of the Glyndebourne Opera House. Nestled in a valley set in mature gardens in the countryside, the opera house adjoins an Edwardian house and occupies the site of the old theatre. Enjoy a late afternoon performance of Verdi’s La traviata, one of opera’s most powerful and enduring romances. This tragic love story, profoundly moving with memorable music from rousing drinking songs to passionate love-duets, can be enjoyed whether for the first or the fiftieth time.

Monday 15 October:  Arrive and check into the hotel in time to depart by coach at 3 pm for Glyndebourne - the opera starts at 4 pm.  Dinner at the hotel after the performance.   Our ticket allocation for this opera will be confirmed end of May.

Tuesday 16 October:  Depart by coach for a house tour of Penshurst Place, described as 'the grandest and most perfectly preserved example of a fortified manor house in all England'.  The Sidney family, who still own it to this day, were gifted the property in 1552 by Henry VIII’s son, Edward VI. Wander around the unique historic Baroque gardens before travelling just a few miles west to visit Hever Castle.  700 years of history can be found at the romantic double-moated castle once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. The splendid rooms contain fine furniture, paintings and tapestries.  Lunch can be purchased at Hever Castle.

Wednesday 17 October:  Visit Charleston Farmhouse, home of Bloomsbury group artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, two of the most radical and influential British artists of the twentieth century. Over 50 years they transformed the seventeenth century farmhouse into a decorative masterpiece.  Firle Place is an outstanding privately owned country house in Sussex that dates from the time of Henry VIII but was substantially remodelled in the 18th Century. It has a notable collection of art and porcelain.  The guided tour is followed by a two course lunch.  In the afternoon visit Michelham Priory.  Set on a moated island this Augustinian priory was transformed into a Tudor gentleman’s residence after the dissolution of the monasteries.

Thursday 18 October:  Check out of the hotel before a morning visit to Bateman's, the Jacobean home of Rudyard Kipling from 1902 until his death in 1936. The rooms, described by him as 'untouched and unfaked', remain much as he left them, with oriental rugs and artefacts reflecting his strong association with the East surrounded by an attractive garden.  The coach will drop at the station on the return to the hotel for 2 pm.

The Buxted Park Hotel is an elegant Palladian four star country house hotel set in rolling parkland.  A short drive from Uckfield.  Buxted Station has direct trains from London Bridge.  The property has a colourful history with visitors that included William Wordsworth, Winston Churchill and Marlon Brando.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 3 nights’ hotel accommodation, dinner and breakfast. Lunch at Firle.
  • All entries, tours and opera ticket.
  • Coaching and Heritage Touring representative


Price per person: £674
Single supplement: £40 per night (£120)
Non-refundable deposit: £150 pp

Our allocation for opera tickets is not confirmed until end May – we will take reservations and deposits now to ensure that you have places on the tour. If you do not wish go to the opera we can adjust the tour price.

The Buxted Park Hotel, East Sussex

Each tour, unless stated otherwise in the tour details, includes welcome reception, hotel accommodation, dinner and breakfast, entry fees, guided tours and tickets where appropriate,  lunches and refreshments where stated, professional guide and executive coaching. 

You are asked to make your own travel arrangements to join each break at the hotel listed.  We are happy to give advice and where possible organise shared taxis from a rail station to the hotel and where appropriate the coach will finish a tour at the station. However we cannot take responsibility for individual travel bookings.

We strongly recommend that you take out holiday insurance for protection against any cancellation charges, loss of deposit and other eventualities even for holidays in the United Kingdom and for emergency medical expenses and injury, death, repatriation home if travelling abroad.   Heritage Touring does not offer or sell insurance but can give assistance in locating travel insurance companies. Travel insurance is mandatory for all passengers travelling abroad.