Top fes­ti­val tips for novices

MAKE THE MOST OF EACH EVENT AND COME AWAY FEEL­ING IN­SPIRED

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Think lo­ca­tion. With so many fes­ti­vals on of­fer, you can af­ford to be choosy! Plump for some­thing fairly lo­cal, or book an event in an­other town – or coun­try – that you’d like to visit and ex­plore.

Be ad­ven­tur­ous. Don’t just book to see your favourite au­thors or names writ­ing on sub­jects that you recog­nise. Take a chance, pick a wild-card or two and open your­self up to new ex­pe­ri­ences.

Don’t miss out. Tick­ets for big-name ses­sions tend to get snapped up weeks be­fore­hand, so make sure you book your favourites early. If you do miss out, check for re­turns on the day – you may be lucky!

Ask fes­ti­val staff for rec­om­men­da­tions. With their im­mer­sion in the event, they may have an un­usual and in­ter­est­ing take on read­ing ma­te­rial.

Widen your ex­pe­ri­ence with cre­ative work­shops. Try some­thing you’ve never done be­fore and see where it takes you.

Book ac­com­mo­da­tion early. Ho­tels and B&Bs can ll up quickly when there’s a fes­ti­val in town, so plan ahead or pick a room in a nearby vil­lage to re­tire to.

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