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Bookworms rejoice; Britain is home to a myriad of top-class literary festivals taking place at some of the finest historical locations. Meet your favourite writers, enjoy expert discussions and hear live readings at one of these landmark literary events taking place throughout the year.

From readings in the shadow of historical buildings to city centre pop-up shows, Britain’s literary calendar has something for every taste. You’ll find plenty of immersive experiences dotted across the country too, from the homes of writing greats to exhibitions dedicated to their work.

A guide to some of the best literary festivals

The UK’s oldest annual literary festival welcoming over 600 writers, politicians, poets and actors.

Cheltenham Literature Festival

Europe’s biggest festival dedicated to children’s literature, perfect for any young bookworm.

Bath Children’s Literature Festival

A mix of discussions with a chance to explore the picturesque grounds and spectacular Cliveden House.

The Parterre at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

Celebrate the power of words at this all-encompassing literature, film and music festival.

Justine Picardie and other female at literary Festival Blenheim Palace

Explore the connections between people, landscapes, nature and places.


An 11 day arts spectacle bursting with world-renowned writers, comedians, musicians, poets and more!

Hay Festival 2017

Discover Britain's literary destinations

From palaces to cobbled alleys, and a dormant volcano, this city is a real show-stopper.

A young couple taking a selfie of view over historic town

Birthplace of the great bard, William Shakespeare, fall in love with this hopelessly romantic 16th century town.

Couple walking around the exterior of Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England

An unmissable destination for travellers, London is a melting pot of history, culture and green spaces.

Picadilly Circus underground station

A wellness retreat for the Romans and Georgian architecture around every corner.

Woman swimming in a swimming pool at a spa

Lush rolling pastures, pretty stone villages and rambling rivers - the Cotswolds has it all.

Male and female couple hugging in the garden near a fountain

From the tip of England’s tallest peak to the nation’s deepest lake, this national park is stacked with super-sized scenery.

A group of friends having fun kayaking on Derwent Water in The Lake District, mountains in the distance

Just an hour by train from London and you’re in the city of dreaming spires.

Two boys playing on a path in front of a palace

An industrial hub with a vibrant, creative heart and a whole host of quirky adventures.

Historical building, with a clock tower, beside a fountain