Lamberhurst Music Festival – FAQ

The start time of a concert will be printed on the ticket. Concerts at St Mary’s church usually begin at 7.30pm, the doors open for people to take their seats at 6.45pm. The open air opera at Bayham Abbey usually begins at 7.30pm. The doors for this open at 5.30pm when people bring picnics to be eaten prior to the opera.

Concerts at St Mary’s usually finish between 9.30pm and 10pm, depending on the performer’s programme and encores.

The open air opera at Bayham Abbey usually ends around 10pm.

Yes. At St Mary’s, this is around 20 minutes and at Bayham Abbey, it is around 30 minutes. A bell is rung when the second half of the concert is about to begin.

Yes. At the church there is one WC at the back of the church. At Bayham Abbey there are 8 mobile toilets behind the main house.

Yes. At the church there is a large car park. For some concerts this fills up and we have use of the car park at the adjacent Lamberhurst Golf Club. On these occasions we will have car park stewards directing people.

At Bayham Abbey we have use of the adjacent field. Stewards will be on duty to help you park. Please note that it can take a couple of minutes to walk from your car to the Abbey. In addition to this, if the ground is soft underfoot, appropriate footwear should be worn.

If you have special access requirements, please contact LMF so that we can allocate a bay nearer to the Abbey.

Ticket price differs from concert to concert but is clearly shown on the website for each event

Up to and including the age of 16, as we want to encourage young people to listen to classical music and attend concerts. We think that the intimacy of concerts at St Mary’s is the perfect place to start what will hopefully be a lifelong interest in classical music.

Unfortunately not. This is stated under the Terms and Conditions section of the website.


  • The gates open at 5.30pm and the opera begins at 7.30pm
  • The opera consists of two halves, each of around 55 minutes. There will be an interval of 30 minutes and the opera should finish around 10pm
  • There is an area directly in front of the stage where we place between 100 and 150 chairs, and this area is kept picnic free
  • The audience can arrive from 5.30pm and are invited to bring folding chairs, tables (if required) and picnics. These can be set up anywhere outside the main seating area
  • The audience can move into the main seating area once their picnics are finished, using their own chairs (space permitting) or the LMF chairs provided. Alternatively, you are more than welcome to stay outside the main seating area, enjoy the opera and continue your picnic during the interval
  • The concert will be amplified so everybody should be able to easily hear the opera
  • The LMF would appreciate the audience taking their own litter home with them
  • We have use of a field next to Bayham for car parking and this is no more than a 100 metre walk to the Abbey. Car parking marshals and stewards will be in attendance on the day
  • There will be a ticket desk at the entrance. Tickets may be available on the day
  • If it does rain, then umbrellas are allowed. Under these circumstances, please be aware of other guests
  • If it rains too heavily for the singers and the musicians to perform, then the event will be cancelled. We would hope to be able to do this prior to the event and would notify everybody via email if that were to be the case. In this instance a full refund of the ticket price will be made
  • It will get chilly by 10pm, so please bring a blanket or warm clothing even if it looks very sunny and bright at 5pm
  • English Heritage will provide tea and coffee from the main office in the Dower House. They will also be selling wine and English Heritage souvenirs (including blankets!)

Yes. At the church the maximum depends on the performer as follows:

  • Single performer – 150
  • Two, three or four performers – 170
  • More than four performers – 200

At Bayham Abbey the maximum is 500

A Patron is a person who has paid an annual fee that helps to support the LMF in addition to purchasing tickets.

A Patron receives priority seating at all concerts they purchase tickets for at the church. At Bayham Abbey, Patrons have access on the afternoon of the opera in order to choose their picnic site or seats, prior to the doors being open to the general public. In addition to this, Patrons receive free wine and drink at all concerts at St Mary’s church that they purchase tickets for.

Cost of patronage is £100 per year and can be purchased via the website.