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Festival Information


All sessions should last one hour. Doors open 15 minutes before the start of each session. Please switch off all mobile/electronic devices. Tickets will be available at the festival welcome desk over the weekend (depending on availability).

In case of lost or forgotton tickets please visit the festival welcome desk (at the entrance to the library).


Sessions will take place in the Great Hall, the Recital Room, the VLR (in the library) and the Chapel. All venues have disabled access except the Chapel, which is up a short flight of stairs (BBC Beyond Belief event only). The Recital Room and the VLR are on the 1st floor and have lift access. If you have any concerns about your mobility in the unlikely event of an emergency please speak to one of the stewards before the session starts.

Accessible toilets are located in the library building.

BSL/English interpreters will be at the following events: The Food of Love, Sounding the Sonnet, Great Shakespearean Actors, Snatches of Old Tunes, Shakespeare and Religion, Churlish Priests, By Her Own Letters, Carnal, Bloody and Unnatural Acts, An Actor's Life for Me.

We are sorry that the school does not have a hearing loop.

Finding Your Way Around

Bloxham School Map

Stewards will be on hand throughout the weekend and printed maps will be available at the welcome desk (at the entrance to the library).


There is some parking (including dedicated disabled parking spaces) and a drop-off point at the main school entrance. Additional parking is available a short distance from the school - please follow the directions of the stewards.

First Aid

The First Aid point is located at the entrance to the Great Hall. 


Hot and cold drinks, light snacks, meals and a bar will be available throughout Friday and Saturday in the Refectory.

PLEASE NOTE: We are not able to accept card payments in the Refectory and there are no facilities to withdraw cash on site. The nearest ATM is at the Co-op in Bloxham.

Refectory Opening Times

10:00am - 5:00pm Hot and cold drinks
12:00pm - 2:15pm Lunch service (choice of hot meals and salads)
7:30pm Festival Dinner (pre-booked tickets only - book tickets here)


9:00am - 7:00pm Hot and cold drinks
12:00pm - 2:15pm Lunch service (choice of hot meals and salads)
2:30pm - 5:00pm Afternoon tea
5:30pm - 7:00pm Supper service (sandwiches and drinks)


5:00pm - 5:30pm Tea at St Mary's (before Songs of Praise)


Pubs and Restaurants in Bloxham

The Joiners Arms - food served 6pm - 9pm (8pm Sunday)
Old Bridge Road, Bloxham OX15 4LY  01295 720223

Bloxham Fish Bar - open 4:30pm - 9:30pm
High Street, Bloxham - 01295 722343  

Elephant & Castle 
Humber Street, Bloxham   01295 720383


Church House Bookshop will run a bookstall throughout the weekend in the main building, with a great selection of speaker books and other titles. Author signing sessions will also be here - full details of these will be at the welcome desk. To order speaker books or find out more visit or call us on 0845 017 6965 (Mon-Fri, 9:30am - 5pm).

Payment by cash or card. Unfortunately we are not able to accept book tokens.

Time to Spare

If you have an hour or two to spare between sessions, we recommend:

  • School library - open all weekend and offers comfortable seating to read the paper or relax in quiet. (No food or drink please.)
  • St Mary's Church - the 198ft spire of this beautiful medieval church dominates the landscape for miles around. The church will be open to view throughout the weekend. Find out more here.
  • Bloxham village - offers a pleasant stroll along the high street with several attractive local pubs. You can find more information about the local area at and