Appledore Book Festive - Q&A

Questions & Answers

The Appledore Book Festival - Questions & Answers

Where are the events taking place?

16th – 19th September: Skern Lodge, Appledore - we have a large marquee in a field.

20th – 25th September: In Appledore village, events are mostly taking place in St Mary’s Church, but other venues in and around the village are also being used. Please check your tickets to ensure you go to the right place.

How do I get there?

For events at Skern Lodge - As you approach Appledore, turn left just past the Football Ground and go down Broad Lane.  Turn right at the crossroads at the bottom.  Skern Lodge will be on the right after 400m.  Park in the Festival car park only. Follow the signage and directions given by our parking stewards.  The postcode for the site is: EX39 1NG.  Or why not consider parking in the village and walking to Skern Lodge - it's a lovely 10 minute walk.

For events in Appledore Village - The main car park, Churchfields, is at the end of the Quay.  The postcode for that site is: EX39 1RL.

Will it be muddy at Skern Lodge?

The marquee will have flooring.  Ground protection mats will be in place for the parking areas and there will be pedestrian walkways to access the marquee and the food and coffee outlets, but some walking on grass will probably be necessary. We suggest you wear sensible footwear.

What time should I get there?

For events at Skern Lodge, you can get access to parking 45 mins before the start of the events.  However, you will not be able to take your seat in the marquee until the previous event is finished and it has been prepared.

For events in Appledore Village we recommend that you arrive at the venue around 15 minutes before the start of the event.

Can I turn up on the door?

For marquee events please purchase your tickets beforehand – there will be no facility for ticket purchases on site.

For village events, please use the Box Office or Information Desk. Ticket purchase at the doors of the venues will not be possible.

Will the events be socially distanced?

The capacity of all venues has been carefully considered and we are using reduced capacities in all venues. Health and Safety procedures will be in place throughout the Festival and we have received the ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard mark.*

Full details can be found on our website: Covid-19 Safety Plan.

* The ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard mark is a self-assessment scheme that has been designed by Visit England in partnership with the national tourist organisations Tourism Northern Ireland, Visit Scotland and Visit Wales to provide a ‘ring of confidence’ for all sectors of the tourism industry, as well as reassurance to visitors that businesses have clear processes in place and are following industry and Government COVID-19 guidance on cleanliness and social distancing.

How long is each event?

Most author events are one hour long, including questions from the audience.  Other events are longer - please see our brochure for more details - click here.

What are the seating arrangements?

There are no allocated seats, other than those that have been set aside for our sponsors or VIP guests. You may want to consider bringing a seat cushion with you.

Will there be toilets?

Yes – Portable toilets are at Skern Lodge, including one disabled toilet.  There are toilets in St Mary’s Church Hall and in Appledore village.

Is there disabled access?

Yes to all the venues that we are using.  But please be aware that the marquee is on a field and although there will be matting laid down it will still be an uneven ground.

If disabled parking is needed, please speak to a car parking steward who will direct you.

Will hearing loops be in place?

Yes, in all the main venues.

Can I bring my dog to the Festival?

As much as the Appledore Book Festival loves animals we request that you do not bring dogs or pets to the Festival - with the exception of guide dogs and disability assistance dogs. 

Will I be able to ask a question at the end?

Roving microphones will be available at those events where questions are encouraged.  There is also a question form in the main festival programme – available online.

Will I be able to buy a book?

There will be a Waterstones stall onsite at Skern Lodge and in St Mary’s Church Hall.  If you are a Friend of the Festival, remember to show your membership ticket to receive your membership discount.

Will I be able to meet the author and get my book signed?

Arrangements will be different for each author – some may be happy to meet and sign, others will want to be distanced, and some may pre-sign copies. This decision will be down to the individual authors on the day.

Can I get something to eat and drink?

On the Festival field there will be a choice of food outlets, coffee vans and refreshments. However, there will be no outdoor seating, so you may wish to bring a picnic blanket or chairs. We ask that you please take your rubbish home with you.

In St Mary’s church hall the Hospice will be operating a café where you can get drinks and light snacks throughout the day.  In Appledore village there are various eating establishments.

Please note:  we ask that food is not eaten in venues during a performance.

Can we stay at Skern if we are also attending the next event?

Yes, please stay on and enjoy our music, catering facilities, Waterstones bookshop and environmental stands.  Or relax and have a chat with other Festival goers. Bring picnic blankets or chairs if you wish.

What if the event is cancelled due to circumstances beyond the organiser’s control?

Your money will be refunded by the Box Office.

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