Venues & Accessibility

Access to venues

All venues have stewards who will be happy to help with wheelchairs or pushchairs. Please inform a steward if your disability requires a seat with extra leg-room. When booking tickets, please inform the Box Office that you are a wheelchair user so our stewards are ready to assist you.


Disabled Access

The Appledore Book Festival welcomes everyone and is keen to help those with disabilities. If you have any queries please contact the Appledore Book Festival Box Office at Docton Court Gallery on 01237 424 949.


Venues – Wheelchair accessibility

St Mary’s Church

Churchfields Rd, Appledore EX39 1RL

Fully accessible. Stewards will be happy to help disabled visitors. If you have a back problem you are welcome to bring your own cushion.

St Mary’s Hall

Churchfields Rd, Appledore EX39 1RL

There is a small flight of steps up to the front entrance of the hall. Wheelchair users will need to use the rear entrance, and will require the assistance of a steward.

Appledore Community Hall

1 New Quay St, Appledore, Bideford EX39 1LU

Wheelchair users please use the entrance in the yard at the side of the building. The rest of the venue is on one level.

Baptist Chapel

Meeting Street, Appledore EX39 1RJ

Is fully accessible for wheelchair users.

Blue Lights Hall

Vernons Lane, Appledore EX39 1QU

Wheelchair users can access the hall through the side door.

Appledore Library

The Quay, Appledore, Bideford EX39 1QS

The room above the library is up a steep flight of stairs, and is unsuitable for wheelchair-users.

Sandy Brown Museum

Newquay Street, Appledore, Bideford, Devon, England, EX39 1LU

We regret that this venue is not suitable for disabled visitors.

Devon Hall, Bideford College

Abbotsham Rd, Bideford, Devon EX39 3AR

Fully accessible.


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    • Jeremy Paxman and Jeremy Vine in conversation tonight. The seventy second and last event of the 2017 Appledore book festival.  What an amazing way to finish. 
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    • The fantastic Pat Hadley-Smith who as well as making sure the festival runs smoothly also organises the  schools' programme,  which manages to reach over thirty schools. 
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    • Some of the ladies from the Riverside support group for North Devon hospice who have ran the festival cafe this week. A massive thank you to them for all their hard work and good humour. 
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    • The Appledore book festival Cafe run in aid of the North Devon Hospice has done Stirling work keeping our guests and visitors well fed this week. 
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    • Andrew Cooper being interviewed by Lyn Callaghan in the Author's Yurt. 
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    • Appledore.
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    • Part of the brilliant Appledore book festival team: Lyn Callaghan, Brooke Phillips and Mick Kavanagh. 
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    • Our wonderfully entertaining patron Jeremy Vine. 
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    • Some of Becky Bettesworth's amazing work on show today. 
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    • Alex Preston's 'As Kingfishers Catch Fire'. #appledorebookfestival #bookstagram #goodreads #amreading  #books #booksandbirds #alexpreston
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    • Our amazing festival artist Becky Bettesworth signing copies of her work to a very appreciative Appledore audience. 
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