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


Over ten days, more than 80 events will be taking place in either our marquee at Skern Lodge or at various venues in Appledore village.  Tickets are selling fast and already some events have sold out.

Please note that in the event of having to put in place reduce audiences sizes because of Covid restrictions, we will be giving priority to early bookings. 

We launch our 2021 Festival, on Thursday 16th September, with a VIP champagne and canapé reception for Friends of the Festival, followed by author, presenter, musician and vicar, the Reverend Richard Coles talking about his memoir The Madness of Grief.  Throughout the remaining nine days visitors to the Festival will have an opportunity to see, hear and meet some of the greatest names in the literary world, along with a BAFTA and Golden Globe award winning actress, a BAFTA award winning screenwriter, eminent environmentalists, a celebrity chef, peace advocates, actors, musicians, poets, historians, broadcasters and children's authors - the list goes on.

Visit our events page to see details of our full line-up.  In the meantime, take a look at 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!

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

Rick Stein

Rick Stein will be talking about his latest book, Rick Stein at Home: Recipes, Memories and Stories from a food lover's kitchen.

Sara Cox

BBC Radio 2 presenter Sara Cox talks about her memior 'Till the Cows Come Home' with her friend and colleague Jeremy Vine.

Ruby Wax

Bestselling author, comedian, TV writer and performer, Ruby Wax, will be discussing about her latest book A Mindfulness Guide for Survival.

Jon Sopel

Jon Sopel has been the BBC’s North America Editor since 2014.  His new book UnPresidented: Politics, Pandemics and the Race that Trumped all Others is Jon’s experience on the US campaign trail.

Dr Sarah Jarvis

Dr Sarah Jarvis is an active medical writer and broadcaster.  She is also the resident doctor for BBC Radio 2 and appears regularly on a number of daytime TV programmes.

Alan Johnson

A fast paced, elegant and warm-hearted debut thriller from award-winning writer and former Home Secretary, Alan Johnson.

Here are just a few of our headliners for this year's Festival. To see our full line-up please visit our Events & Tickets page.

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