Fowey Festival of Words and Music

10 May – 17 May

Fowey Festival of Words and Music

Fowey Festival of Words and Music - What's it all about?

The du Maurier Festival Society has been working hard to keep this much loved festival afloat and has moved from a publically subsidised model to a more community based approach.  Developing a sustainable model brings its own benefits including reduced ticket prices, a wider choice of refreshments, and non-reliance on the weather!
The new approach has meant moving from a tented village to permanent buildings in the town and venues this year will be: St Fimbarrus Church, Fowey Town Hall, Fowey Library, Fowey Hall Hotel, Fowey Hotel and the Bistro which means that the quality of the programme can retain its integrity whilst developing sustainability.

With an extensive fund raising programme and immeasurable support from local businesses and the wider community there is a genuine feeling of excitement and a buzz about the town. Look out for the brightly coloured Festival Makers this year!

A little bit about the Festival...

Set against the backdrop of the beautiful River Fowey estuary the Festival provides the  very best of literature and the arts; talks, interviews, exhibitions, presentations, theatre, music, creative writing workshops, reading groups, literary luncheons, trails, guided walks and river cruises to enjoy, inform, challenge and inspire the imagination!

New this year is a Family Fun Weekend offering families the opportunity to engage with literature and the natural environment. Set in the beautiful grounds of Trenython Manor Hotel, the weekend offers a range of activities including; den-building, mask making, hidden haikus, willow weaving,  nature trails, prize bran-tub, storytelling  and meeting famous authors and illustrators.

New this year there is an Art Trail to enjoy. Organised by local artists who will share their passion.
As usual there will be several community events to add even more choice and variety.

How can you take part?

The Festival is an opportunity for locals and visitors alike to explore why the area has been a rich source of material for so many writers. Join the intimate gatherings when novelists bring their works to life through workshops and reading groups. Find out more about the commercial process of getting a book published or learn how to make your very own hard-backed journal. Join us for an evening of classical or jazz music or watch a live theatre performance, exquisitely performed.

New this year; are several literary lunches and a talk that includes a cream tea in the ticket price.

Friend & Patrons-Becoming a Friend or Patron entitles you to a range of benefits and helps to secure the future of the Festival.  Becoming a volunteer is a great way to have fun and support the Festival at the same time!

Festival Programmes-Pick up a programme at Tourist Information Centres throughout Cornwall or visit for more details.  Call 01726-879500 for bookings.

A bit about Fowey

The countryside around the town’s magnificent harbour is the setting for guided walks and river cruises that take in many locations which have been an inspiration for famous novelists like Daphne du Maurier, Arthur Quiller-Couch, Leo Walmsley and Wind in the Willows author Kenneth Grahame.

As you walk the ever narrowing streets of the old town where medieval and Georgian buildings cast shadows over each other, a vibrant maritime history comes to life. If you enjoy good food and wine Fowey boasts many bistros, cafes and restaurants and hotels where you’ll find menus offering the very best in local produce. Unique, independent shops rub shoulders with more well-known names offering an incredible choice of goods to please the most ardent shopper!

Stay a while, you’ll be inspired!



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Opening Times

May 10, 2014 - May 17, 2014


The Quay
Fowey Cornwall PL23 1AJ

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