Top festival tips for novices
MAKE THE MOST OF EACH EVENT AND COME AWAY FEELING INSPIRED
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.