Appledore Drive-in Book Festival 2020 - Now Over

Welcome to the Appledore Book Festival.

Our 2020 Drive-In Festival has now ended.  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 has been rewarded with six days of fabulous author events, tooting horns, flashing headlights, and (almost!) wall-to-wall sunshine!

Each day hundreds of book-lovers, in their cars, attended our Drive-In Book Festival, held at Skern Lodge, Appledore. As they watched and listened from the comfort of their own car, or from their picnic-chair within their designated socially distanced car space, pre-ordered delicious meals, snacks and refreshments, prepared by the Skern Lodge catering team, were served direct to the cars. 

A special launch evening took place on Thursday 17th September featuring celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott and live music from Gypfunk. The Festival then began in earnest the following morning with some 24 talks and events from acclaimed authors, presenters, actors, gardeners, historians, broadcasters, experts, and comedians. Each event had a ten minute Q&A at the end before the audience showed its appreciation by flashing their headlights and tooting their horns.

Upon exiting each event, signed books were available to purchase by contactless payment from the drive-through book stall.

Appledore Drive-In Book Festival 2020 - Gallery

Ainsley Harriott: Mediterranean Cookbook

Richard Osman: The Thursday Murder Club

Rachel Reeves MP: Women of Westminster

Jeremy Vine: The Diver and the Lover

Shobna Gulati: Remember Me?

Michael Cashman: One of Them

Kim Darroch: Collateral Damage

Kate Humble: A Year of Living Simply

Michael Murpurgo: Boy Giant, Son of Gulliver

Amanda Owen: Adventures of The Yorkshire Shepherdess

Dr Michael Mosley: Fast Asleep; COVID-19

Catherine Belton: Putlin's People

Alison Weir: Katheryn Howard

Alison Weir at the Appledore Book Festival 2020

Mark Lane: Royal Gardens of the World

Mark Lane at the Appledore Book Festival 2020

Susan Ronald: Condé Nast

Susan Ronald at the Appledore Book Festival 2020

Alexander Larman: The Crown in Crisis

Alexander Larman

Iain Dale: Why Can't We All Just Get Along?

Tansy E Hoskins: Foot Work

Dan Eatherley: Invasive Aliens

Viv Groskop: Au Revoir, Tristesse

S J Watson: Final Cut

Adele Parks: Just My Luck

Emily Brand: The Fall of the House of Byron

Lucy Porter: Be Prepared

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon: Chemical Warrior

Here's a small selection of photographs from our 2020 Drive-In Book Festival. Photographs are updated regularly.

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