We need your support. The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on festivals and events across the world and sadly our Festival has also been affected.  It is with this in mind that we are seeking your support and asking for a small donation towards the financing and running of this year's Festival.  If you are able to donate, then please visit our crowdfunding page on the link below; we would be most grateful and hugely appreciative. Thank you.

Appledore Book Festival 2021

Welcome to the Appledore Book Festival.

Plans are now almost complete for this year's 2021 Festival: Thursday 16th to Saturday 25th September.  This year we are holding a ten-day Festival at both Skern Lodge and in Appledore village.  The first four days will be an outdoor festival, in a Big Top Festival Marquee, followed by six days in village venues.

More than 70 events are planned and we have some great authors, illustrators, workshops and performers lined-up.  We are thrilled to announce that the author, presenter, musician and vicar, the Reverend Richard Coles will be with us for our launch night Thursday 16th September.  Other authors confirmed include Sara Cox, Tim Vine, Kate Mosse, Gavin Esler, Ann Cleeves and Lord Jonny Oates. However, many more fantastic authors and performers have confirmed and we will be announcing these in due course.

We hope you enjoy watching the video of our 2020 Drive-In Festival that took place at Skern Lodge in Appledore - see below.  As the UK’s first ever drive-in book festival it succeeded against all the odds by creating social bubbles and a Covid-safe environment for its festival goers. In return, the Festival was rewarded with six days of fabulous author events, tooting horns, flashing headlights, and (almost!) wall-to-wall sunshine!

Tickets will go on sale to Friends of the Festival early July, with general ticket sales the following week.  For more information about Friends membership, visit our Support the Festival/Friends Membership page.

If you would like to sponsor one of our fabulous events this year, then please visit our Sponsorship page.


We have a fabulous line-up for this year's September Festival

Tim Vine

Tim Vine in conversation with his brother, Jeremy Vine.

Sara Cox

Sara Cox talks about her memior 'Till the Cows Come Home'

Dan Jones

Historian, broadcaster and award-winning journalist, Dan Jones, discusses his latest book, 'Powers and Thrones'.

Ann Cleeves

Award winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, Ann Cleeves, discusses her latest book 'The Heron's Cry' set in North Devon.

Dr Hilary Jones

TV’s Dr Hilary Jones, discusses his World War One medical drama and epic new historical series.

Kate Mosse

The 'City of Tears' is the second novel in an epic historical fiction series from international bestselling novelist, Kate Mosse.

Here are just a few of our headliners for this year's Festival.  If you would like to receive news of What's On please sign-up to our newsletter - see subscribe details below.

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