The Complete UK Book Festival Calendar

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The UK boasts an enormous number of book festivals. In fact, there are almost enough for you to visit a literary event every 3 days each calendar year!

But where do you start? With so many book festivals dotted around the UK, all varying in size, price, and genre – it’s pretty overwhelming.

You’ve probably heard of the larger events like Hay Festival and Cheltenham Literature Festival, but what about some of the smaller successes like Derby Book Festival?

This growing page is designed to list every single literary festival in the UK calendar. And so whether you’re a book festival veteran or trying to pick your first, I hope you find it helpful.

Edinburgh Book FestivalScotland08/2023
Wigtown Book FestivalScotland09/2023
Borders Book FestivalScotland06/2024
Appledore Book FestivalSouth West09/2023
Hay FestivalWales05/2024
Derby Book FestivalEast Midlands11/2023
Hexham Book FestivalNorth East04/2024
Durham Book FestivalNorth East10/2023
Harrogate Crime Writing FestivalYorkshire & The Humber07/2024
Paisley Book FestivalScotland02/2024
Boswell Book FestivalScotland05/2024
Guildford Book FestivalLondon10/2023
Cheltenham Book FestivalSouth West10/2023
Essex Book FestivalEast of England06/2023
Stroud Book FestivalSouth West11/2023
Tring Book FestivalEast of England11/2023
Wimbledon Book FestivalLondon10/2023
Belfast Book FestivalNorthern Ireland06/2023
Falmouth Book FestivalSouth West10/2023
Felixstowe Book FestivalEast of England06/2023
London Literature FestivalLondon06/2023
Newark Book FestivalEast Midlands07/2023
North Cornwall Book FestivalSouth West09/2023
Ullapool Book FestivalScotland05/2023
Brighton Book FestivalSouth East06/2023
Folkestone Book FestivalSouth East11/2023
Hastings Book FestivalSouth East09/2023
Nairn Book and Arts FestivalScotland08/2023
Queen's Park Book FestivalLondon09/2023
Barnes Book FestivalLondon09/2023
Barnes Children's Literature FestivalLondon06/2023
Henley Book FestivalSouth East09/2023
Lowdham Book FestivalEast Midlands06/2023
Repton Book FestivalEast Midlands10/2023
Black British Book FestivalLondon10/2023
Glasgow Book FestivalScotland07/2023
Winchester Book FestivalSouth East04/2024
Aldeburgh Book FestivalEast of England03/2023
Boston Book FestivalEast of England09/2023
Chiswick Book FestivalLondon09/2023
Chorlton Book FestivalNorth West09/2023
Cuckfield Book FestivalSouth East10/2023
Pentland Book FestivalScotland11/2023
Richmond Book FestivalLondon09/2023
St Duthac Book and Arts FestivalScotland09/2023
Tidelines Book FestivalScotland09/2023
Blairgowrie Book FestivalScotland09/2023
Bradford Book FestivalYorkshire & The Humber06/2024
Clapham Book FestivalLondon10/2023
Faversham Book FestivalSouth East02/2024
Herts Book FestivalEast of England05/2023
Ilkley Book FestivalYorkshire & The Humber10/2023
Lincoln Book FestivalEast Midlands10/2023
Linton Book FestivalEast of England05/2023
Portobello Book FestivalScotland10/2023
Tetbury Book FestivalSouth West09/2023
Tobermory Book FestivalScotland10/2023
Wokingham Children's Book FestivalSouth East10/2023
Bath Children's Literature FestivalSouth West09/2023
Berkhamsted Book FestivalEast of England11/2023
Berwick Book FestivalNorth East10/2023
Birmingham Book FestivalWest Midlands10/2023
Birnam Book FestivalScotland10/2023
Isle of Wight Literary FestivalSouth East10/2023
Bloody Scotland Crime Writing FestivalScotland09/2023
Penzance Literary FestivalSouth West07/2024
Exmoor Literary FestivalSouth West11/2023
Garden Museum Literary FestivalSouth East06/2023
Clevedon Literary FestivalSouth West11/2023
Manchester Book FestivalNorth West10/2023
Norfolk and Norwich Book FestivalEast of England05/2023
Kendal Mountain Literary FestivalNorth West11/2023
Bay Tales LiveNorth East03/2023
Sherborne Travel Writing FestivalSouth West04/2023
Mayfair Times Literary FestivalLondon06/2023
Wealden FestivalEast of England06/2023
Petworth FestivalEast of England10/2023
Brontë Festival of Women’s WritingYorkshire & The Humber09/2023
Marlborough LitFestSouth West09/2023
Harrogate Literature FestivalYorkshire & The Humber10/2023
Bridport Literary FestivalSouth West11/2023
DESIblitz Literature FestivalWest Midlands10/2023
Ledbury Poetry FestivalEast of England06/2023
Llangym Literary FestivalWales08/2023
Mallaig Book FestivalScotland11/2023
Budleigh Salterton Literary FestivalSouth West09/2023
Deptford Literature FestivalLondon03/2023
Kite FestivalSouth West06/2023
Primadonna FestivalEast of England07/2023
Braemar Literary FestivalScotland09/2023
BeaconLit FestivalSouth East07/2024
Books by the BeachYorkshire & The Humber06/2023
Cambridge Literary FestivalEast of England11/2023
Chalfont St. Giles Literary FestivalSouth East05/2024
Chipping Norton Literature FestivalSouth East04/2023
Fowey Festival of Arts & LiteratureSouth West05/2024
Huddersfield Literature FestivalYorkshire & The Humber04/2024
Oxford Literary FestivalSouth East03/2024
Small Publishers FairLondon10/2023
South Warwickshire Literary FestivalWest Midlands09/2023
Stoke Newington Literary FestivalLondon06/2023
Stratford Literary FestivalWest Midlands10/2023
Tunbridge Wells Literary FestivalSouth East05/2023
Thame Arts and Literature FestivalSouth East05/2023
Wantage Literary FestivalSouth East10/2023
Wolverhampton Literature FestivalWest Midlands02/2023
York Literature FestivalYorkshire & The Humber03/2023