Introduction

Find on Facebook iconOur theme for this year’s festival is, ‘our landscape and wellbeing’.

Come alone, or bring the family – there’s a wide range of events aimed at different ages, interests and abilities. Our aim is to show as many people as possible how books, reading and writing can help you feel better, more connected and inspired.

We hope that the events we have chosen can entertain, inspire, inform and uplift you.

With such a beautiful backdrop for our festival, we encourage you to slow down, stay a while and explore our surroundings.

Perhaps wander the shops, grab a bite to eat and retreat to a quiet spot to enjoy a book. We have many beautiful places to stay, eat and browse.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even head for the hills, or take a stroll along the river.

Most of all, enjoy your visit and we hope that both our festival and our landscape help to improve your physical and mental wellbeing, even if only for a short while.

Our thanks go to all of the authors, performers, host venues, organisers, volunteers and everyone that has helped to make this festival possible including:

  • Sedbergh Literary Trust
  • Sedbergh & District Chamber of Trade & Business
  • Sedbergh Parish Council
  • Sedbergh Community Trust
  • Sedbergh CIC/Information Centre
  • Outlet Publishing
  • Westwood Books, Sedbergh
  • People’s Hall, Sedbergh
  • Sedbergh School
  • The Black Bull, Sedbergh
  • Smatt’s Duo, Sedbergh
  • Sedbergh Public Library
  • Farfield Mill, Sedbergh
  • Smart Office, Sedbergh
  • Mind, Mental Health Charity
  • Space2Create

Event list


Friday 5th October

Friday 5th October 2018 9:30am - 11:00am

Sedbergh Booktown Festival – Rachel Storytime at Sedbergh Little People

Rachel’s Storytime will be coming to Sedbergh Little People.

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Friday 5th October 2018 3:00pm

Sedbergh Booktown Festival – Rebecca Andrew-Crowe: One Day at a Time

One Day At A Time is the first publication by Rebecca Andrew-Crowe. Much more than a book, it is an initiative to help others and create reform within the NHS for patients who find themselves in despair.

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Friday 5th October 2018 7:30pm - 10:30pm

Sedbergh Booktown Festival – An evening with Roger Stevens, Poet, Musician & Author

An Evening of  words, music, comedy and dinner with Roger Stevens

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Saturday 6th October

Saturday 6th October 2018 10:00am - 11:30am

Sedbergh Booktown Festival – Nanna Strawberry – Book Signing with Audrey Wilson

Local author Audrey Wilson will be bringing her wonderful Nanna Strawberry books, where you can chat to her and get your copies signed.

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Saturday 6th October 2018 10:00am - 11:30am

Sedbergh Booktown Festival – Family Poetry Session

Roger Stevens is one of the UK’s best poets writing for children. His poetry collections are constantly high in the book charts and his lively performances all over Britain introduce thousands of children to creativity through language.

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Saturday 6th October 2018 - Sunday 7th October 2018 11:00am - 3:00pm

Sedbergh Booktown Festival – Book Inspired Crafts

These free workshops will be running throughout the day, no booking required.

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Saturday 6th October 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm

Sedbergh Booktown Festival – Alex Johnson, Book Towns

Alex will be at Westwood Books where you can chat to him about his Book Town explorations and get your copies of the book signed.

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Saturday 6th October 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Sedbergh Booktown Festival – Alex Johnson, Book Towns

Alex will be at Westwood Books where you can chat to him about his Book Town explorations and get your copies of the book signed.

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Saturday 6th October 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Sedbergh Booktown Festival – In Conversation with the Yorkshire Shepherdess

We are thrilled to announce that Amanda Owen, the Yorkshire Shepherdess will be attending Sedbergh Book Town Festival.

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Sunday 7th October

Sunday 7th October 2018 10:00am - 11:00am

Sedbergh Booktown Festival – Children’s Creative writing session with Claire Griffel

Claire Griffel has been writing stories and poems since she was little. She is a children’s storyteller and has her own magic dust and carpet.

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Saturday 6th October 2018 - Sunday 7th October 2018 11:00am - 3:00pm

Sedbergh Booktown Festival – Book Inspired Crafts

These free workshops will be running throughout the day, no booking required.

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Sunday 7th October 2018 11:30am - 1:30pm

Sedbergh Booktown Festival – Creative writing with Claire Griffel: Our landscape & Wellbeing

Claire Griffel has been writing since she was little. She is a storyteller, artist, teacher, writing workshop tutor with a background that has included work from gardening to shoe sales.

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Sunday 7th October 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Sedbergh Booktown Festival – So you want to be an author?

Come and hear from our panel of local authors about their journey to getting published. Then get your chance to ask questions so you can do it too.
Come prepared with your burning questions!

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Sunday 7th October 2018 7:00pm

Sedbergh Booktown Festival – The Great Gatsby Festival Dinner

Join us for some glitz and glamour with a Great Gatsby inspired dinner to celebrate the end of the festival.

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Booking info

Tickets for events which require advance booking can be purchased by the following means:

  • By purchasing online using the “Add to Cart” and “View cart & checkout” buttons on the individual event pages.
  • By personal visit to the Sedbergh Information and Book Centre.
    The Information and Book Centre is open from 10:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Saturday and 12:00 noon to 4:00pm on Sundays.

The Sedbergh Information and Book Centre can also provide full information on where to stay and what to do in the Sedbergh and Yorkshire Dales area. Walking, sight seeing, book hunting and visiting tourist attractions are already popular activities but there are many more things to do in the area.

Buying online

Financial transactions are handled by PayPal using a secure server. You do not need to have a PayPal account to use this system: you can make payments with either a PayPal account or with your credit or debit card.

A 75 pence handling charge will be added to the total price for all online transactions. Since the handling charge is a fixed amount per order you should not complete the checkout process until you have finished adding all your tickets to your shopping cart.

There is no admission charge for some of the bookable events but if you order them online we do need to make a nominal charge of one penny for each ‘Free’ ticket. This is because the PayPal system which we use will not handle transactions for zero cost items. Please also note that the handling charge will still apply even if you order only ‘Free’ tickets. These charges do not apply for tickets obtained ‘over the counter’ at the Information Centre.

Tickets will normally be available on this website until about two days before the event. If you wish to purchase individual event tickets after that time you can still place telephone orders with the Sedbergh Community Information Centre, 015396 20125 and collect and pay for them on arrival at the event.

To buy tickets online go to the page for the event (by clicking on its name in the list of events) and select the number and type of tickets you require and add them to your shopping cart by clicking on the “Add to Cart” icon. This will take you to the PayPal website where it will display your cart contents and give you the option of going to the checkout to make your payment or returning to our website to continue shopping.

You can go to the checkout from any page on our website by clicking on the “View cart & checkout” button in the “Festival shopping cart” box, this will take you to your shopping cart on the PayPal website.

Please review the contents of the shopping cart to make sure it is correct before continuing to make your payment.

If you have any problems with online bookings please contact webtickets@sedbergh.org.uk.

Delivery

If there is less than one week before an event we will not post tickets but will retain them for you to collect on arrival at the event. When collecting tickets you should provide a suitable means of identification, preferably a copy of your confirmation email from PayPal. We reserve the right to refuse to issue tickets if you cannot provide suitable means of identification.

When posting tickets we normally aim to dispatch them within 24 hours by second class Royal Mail to the address you supplied on the checkout page. Sometimes there may be a few days delay before we can dispatch tickets but we will ensure that we post them in time for you get them before the event. When the tickets are dispatched you will receive notification from PayPal by email to the email address you supplied on the checkout page.

Cancellations

In the event of any event being cancelled by us we will make a full refund of the cost of the tickets and handling charge.

We cannot guarantee to provide refunds if you are unable to use tickets you have purchased but may consider your request if made up to 48 hours before the event.

We cannot accept any liability for any other costs incurred, either directly or indirectly, as a result of any event being cancelled.