Literary Festival

The 12th Althorp Literary Festival: Wednesday 10th - Saturday 13th June 2015

                                              *** TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE ***

A Literary Festival Like No Other 

Althorp House and the Palladian proportions of its honey coloured, ironstone stables provide the most magnificent setting for The Althorp Literary Festival.

Literature is synonymous with Althorp – part of its history. George John, the Second Earl Spencer, amassed one of the greatest private libraries of its time, amounting to over 43,000 volumes of priceless first editions, sprawling through the house’s grandest rooms. 

The Althorp Literary Festival is a unique celebration of Literature. In its first eleven years, the Festival has been privileged to host nearly 200 novelists, historians, comedians, actors, politicians, sportsmen and television personalities, including Bill Bryson, Alastair Campbell, Jung Chang, Julian Clary, Sebastian Faulks, Julian Fellowes, Helen Fielding, Boris Johnson, Michael Palin, David Starkey, and Twiggy. This year’s line-up will build on this success.

We would like to invite you and your special clients and friends to enjoy a wonderful summer’s day at the Althorp Literary Festival – or, of course, join us for all four – and be inspired by stellar authors in the setting of one of England’s most beautiful, private, stately homes.

There are up to twelve talks each day, with something to suit all interests, as well as a number of fringe events to enjoy over the course of the Festival. Join us for lunch or afternoon tea in the Althorp Stables Cafe against a background of poetry readings, and musical performances.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 12th Althorp Literary Festival, on Wednesday 10th, Thursday 11th, Friday 12th and Saturday 13th June 2015.


“Many congratulations on the Althorp Literary Festival – leaving your rivals in the shade.” - Boris Johnson

“You have restored my faith in literary festivals…The audience was particularly engaging. I don’t think I have had such a spectacular reaction.” - Daisy Goodwin

Ticket Prices

  • Lunchtime Session Tickets £10.00
  • Single Session Tickets to individual author sessions £15.00
  • Day Tickets £45.00

With each Day Ticket purchased you may reserve up to four individual author sessions. Author sessions must all be on the same day. You may reserve additional sessions at the Single Session Ticket price. 

Please note that two and three day tickets to the festival are no longer available. Festival Goers wishing to attend for two or more days are kindly advised to purchase the relevant number of Day tickets.

How to book tickets

Tickets can be booked either online or over the telephone:

  • Online: Please click' Book Tickets' on the left hand tab
  • Telephone: 01604 770 107

Please note that the telephone booking office is open Monday - Friday, 11am - 5.30pm

"We came away totaly stimulated, especially in the context of such a beautiful house and grounds." (Althorp Literary Festivalgoer)


Althorp is easily accessible by car or by train from London, Birmingham, Milton Keynes and Oxford.

Click here for details on how to get to Althorp.

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