Hello all you wonderful people who have got tickets to this weekend's lit fest. Firstly, thank you! Your support for our wonderful adventure is so very much appreciated!
As you are now aware we like to treat you to venues across the delightful town of Burford. All the venues have now been allocated and should show on your ticket info but just in case here is a list followed by directions.
Torie True: Warwick Hall
Emma Crawforth: Greening Room, Warwick Hall
Mike McInnes: Greyhounds
David Edmonds: Calendar House
Anne L Murphy: The Coach House
Mark O'Shea: The Coach House
Lizzie Pickering: Greyhounds
Nick Penny: Greyhounds
Marion Turner: Warwick Hall
Vicky Fox: The Coach House
The Secret Garden Party: Oh no not yet! Shhhh it's a secret!
Alison Waller: Meet at Hugo Lovage Patisserie so you can grab a coffee and a treat!
Malcolm Tuner: The Coach House
Andy Field: The Coach House
Helena Dove: Greyhounds
Marc Hamer: The Coach House
Sue Leigh: The Lenthal Chapel at The Priory
The Warwick Hall in Burford is a vibrant and bold community facility that supports the expanding ministry of St John the Baptist. It hosts a café as well as providing multi-purpose venue hire.
Walk through the gate to St John the Baptist Church, it's the one with the gloriously tall spire, turn immediately left and you are at the doors to Warwick Hall.
Greyhounds stands just off the High Street in Burford on the north side of beautiful, quiet Sheep Street, noted for its handsome ancient houses. Originally built for a wool merchant in the 15th century, it was later to become an inn and then a Temperence Hotel. In 1908 it was restored as a home and was acquired by the present owners in 1999.
We are thrilled that for the third year Micheal, the owner, has allowed us to use his delightful drawing room. It's a secret but Greyhounds is one of the finest B&B's in the Cotswolds.
Sheep Street is just off the High Street with The Tolsey Museum and Reavleys Pharmacy at its apex. Walk a little way up Sheep Street and Greyhounds in one your left through the archway.
Hugo Lovage Patisserie
What can I say about this slice of heaven at 54 High Street Burford, the Chef, Cindy, is a goddess and her macrons are divine perfection, btw they just won Patisserie of the year! Turn up a few minutes early and order your coffee and a sweet treat - complete perfection!
Calendar House is one of the prettiest houses on Sheep Street, just a little further on the left up from Greyhounds. Calendar is a private house and we are delighted that the owners have offered their drawing room as a venue. We will meet you at the door. (please note there are no facilities at this venue)
The Coach House
The Coach House is a new venue to us and, indeed, Burford. When the Bull opened in 1536, it was a coaching inn, a place for tired horses to recover and prepare themselves for the next long ride. The new Bull aspires to offer the same service to anyone on a journey who might need a moment to catch their breath. The Coach House is part of Bull. As a guest of Bull you might take part in flower pressing classes or a garage band and we are thrilled Bull has offered this venue to Burford Lit Fest. Take a left off Burford High Street onto Priory Lane, follow the lane until you see the old brewery on your left, as you walk through the gateway turn right towards the Estates Office, come upstairs!
The Lenthall Chapel at The Priory
Burford Priory, an Elizabethan mansion, was built by Sir Lawrence Tanfield, on the site of the medieval hospital of St. John the Evangelist. In 1637 it was bought by William Lenthall who made extensive alterations and also built a chapel. The building was neglected for the best part of a century but restoration was begun in 1908, and the chapel has been repaired and refurnished, and was reconsecrated in 1937. We are grateful to current owner, Matthew Freud, who allows us to use this stunning building to close our festival. As you come down the High Street take a left onto Priory Lane and the gates to The Priory are directly infant of you. Please do not press any buttons, we will meet you at the gate as this is a private house.
Thank you again for supporting Burford Lit Fest and we look forward to welcoming you.