Founded in 1934 by John Christie and his opera singer wife, Audrey Mildmay, Glyndebourne is committed to presenting opera of the highest quality, commissioning new work, developing new talent and reaching new audiences. Crucially, Glyndebourne has remained financially independent since 1934.
Alfriston is an historic and picturesque village situated in the South Downs National Park, close to the Cuckmere River, Friston Forest and just three miles from the sea. This pretty village is famous for its medieval architecture, most notably the 14th century church of St Andrews on the village tye, that is affectionately known as The Cathedral of the South due to its size and grandeur. As well as a unique collection of independent shops and characterful pubs, Alfriston is a great starting point for stunning walks and meandering cycle rides through the Sussex countryside to other villages and the sea.
Close to the Cuckmere River, Friston Forest is just 3 miles from the coast. Seven Sisters, comprising of 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, a meandering river valley and open grassland is a popular choice for a number of outdoor activities.
The Rathfinny Wine Estate, near Alfriston in the South Downs National Park, was established in 2010 and is now one of the most successful vineyards in the county. Tours, events and overnight-stays are all available.