Book lovers in Gloucestershire can get access to unlimited events across the final weekend of Cheltenham Literature Festival this October 2023 with its brand-new Festival Weekender wristband.
The new wristbands cost £30 each and grant the holder one ticket to as many events as they'd like to attend on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October 2023 — subject to availability, of course.
Supported by Cotswolds Distillery, wristband holders will also receive a free gin and tonic or soft drink from its on-site bar, too.
Highlights across the weekend include former First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, sharing her desert island books; Great British Menu presenter Andi Oliver and Ed Gamble talking about his lifelong love of food; classicist Mary Beard taking a deep dive into the emperors of ancient Rome; London mayor Sadiq Khan discussing the climate emergency; Miquita Oliver chatting beauty standards with Anita Bhagwandas; author and illustrator Charlie Mackesy discussing filmmaking; Countryfile presenter Julia Bradbury sharing her love of walking for wellbeing; Gaby Roslin spreading joy; Section 28, Pride & Protest exploring the legacy of the cruel legislation and the LGBTQ+ rights groups it inspired; astronaut Tim Peake telling all about the realities of space exploration; and Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick sharing true stories from his new books.
While for families, there's Waterstones children's laureate, Joseph Coelho teaching budding authors and illustrators what it takes to be a bookmaker; historian Tom Holland talking about his new book The Wolf Girl, The Greeks and The Gods; beloved children's author Jacqueline Wilson talking about her writing career and her long-awaited sequel to Sleepovers; comedian Matt Lucas chatting about his book The Boy Who Slept Through Christmas, potentially with a song or two; and the 'nation's favourite doctor' Dr Ranj discussing the power of families at his event, A Superfamily Like Ours.
Festival Weekender wristbands can be bought online and collected from the on-site box office in the Festival Village at Montpellier Gardens from Saturday 14 October 2023. Once they've collected their wristbands, festivalgoers can then choose which events they'd like to attend and secure their place.