• Michael Morpurgo - “I love the place and its small and I love small!”

  • Jeremy Vine - “I think the Appledore Book Festival is the best one, I think it’s better than Hay, for sure.”

  • Ann Widdecombe – “I love Appledore and this is my fifth visit.”

  • Mitch Tonks – "The Friends VIP lunch was fantastic, you meet the people that buy your books.”

  • Val McDermid – “Great welcome and really well looked after.”

  • Alan Johnson – “It is easy to see why Appledore is so popular.”

  • Alexander McCall Smith


Wow, that was a fabulous 10th Anniversary Festival! The Committee have caught their breath, packed down the bunting, had some sleep and would now like to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped make our festival a success.

Over 5,300 people enjoyed the Festival in 2016, more than ever before. Old friends returned and many new friends joined one of our 78 events to make this our most successful festival to date.

Thank you to our Patrons Judi Spiers, Jeremy Vine and Nick Arnold for joining us and giving your valuable guidance and time. Thank you to all of our authors and artists who provided entertaining events and book signings and for taking the time to talk to our festival attendees – this is what makes Appledore so special. Our events are small and authors take time to meet and mingle with the people who love their work.

To all our sponsors, advertisers and business supporters we couldn’t have done this without your help, a special shout out to The Seagate Team and Foxdown Manor who hosted our authors and made them feel so welcome. The thank you messages and cards keep arriving from our visitors and I know the part you play, with your marvellous hospitality, completes the Appledore Book Festival experience.

And finally to all the volunteers – we simply could not do it without you and you give Appledore Book Festival a quirky, magical quality that sets us apart from the rest.

Our Schools Festival was a great success. Thanks to all the authors, the schools team and volunteers. We look forward to seeing all the schools and pupils again next year. Visit our schools page for more information.

We hope you can join us for next year’s book festival from Friday 22nd September to Saturday 30th September 2017.

Meanwhile, if you are interested in being part of next year’s festival as a visiting author, volunteer or business sponsor then please email us at info@appledorebookfestival.co.uk.

Kindest Regards
The Festival Team

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