What to wear, what to eat, celeb spotting, the free concerts, the town itself… how to make the most of your visit
1. Remember to bring your tickets or if you’re picking them up on site factor in the time it will take to get them. It’s busy
2. Take the time to relax between talks , take out a book and lose yourself in the written word. There are plenty of deckchairs about for you to do just that
3. Wear something comfortable and practical. The sun may be out but underfoot it’s still muddy. And you’ll be walking around a fair bit. Now’s not the time for a fashion parade
4. Remember it’s not just about books. There’s music and comedy, too, and not just at night. We caught a midday mini-concert – for free!
5. Eat, drink and be merry! There’s a great mix of eateries on the field and tipples ranging from tea and coffee to the stronger stuff. Dip in and enjoy
1. Don’t miss out on popping into town. It’s under a mile away so definitely walkable. There are cafes, the Castle and, of course, lots of bookshops
2. Ignore no2 (above) if you’re under 20. You won’t care if you’re uncomfortable as long as you look good. There are a few brave fashionistas out there. We salute you for not letting your standards drop!
3. Don’t forget to bring your books for signing. It’s not a given but you”ll kick yourself if the chance is there but you can’t take it
4. Don’t forget your camera phone. There are a lot of celebrities out on the festival site so who knows who you”ll spot?
5. Don’t forget to pack a spare bag. Chances are you’ll be treating yourself to one or two books and something from the craft stalls dotted around the field. You’ll need something to put them all in
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