Sat 26 Sept - Sun 4 Oct 2020

Sat 26 Sept - Sun 4 Oct 2020

More brilliant names added to this year’s line up

May 27, 2020

We’ve put the finishing touches to this year’s star studded festival line up and we’re very excited to reveal who will be joining the likes of Mary Berry, Kate Atkinson and Julian Clary between Saturday 28 September and Sunday 6 October.

Cricketing fans will be as pleased as punch to find out that Sir Alastair Cook, England’s most successful batsman, will be joining us for a no-holds-barred discussion about his life, career and what he plans to do next now that he’s retired.

Have I Got News for You team captain and comedian Paul Merton will be bringing his quick-wit to the Henley stage, and Sir Michael Parkinson will not only be regaling us with tales of his broadcasting career, but also his memories of his friend and footballing legend George Best. And we’re very excited to have Festival favourite Gyles Brandreth return to Henley with Dancing by the light of the moon, his brilliant celebration of the best loved poems in the English language.

Women in history is a strong theme in this year’s programme with local author Anna Pasternak talking about her new book Untitled which reveals a very different version of Wallis Simpson, and Woman’s Hour host Jenni Murray will be presenting A History of the World in 21 Women.

Bryony Gordon will be hosting a very special Mental Health Mates session with special guest food writer Melissa Hemsley, and we’ve another brilliant edition to our already stellar children’s line up in the form of former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq, who’ll delight the audience with brain busting quizzes and games galore.

Interior design fans will be in their (very stylish) element as we welcome back Farrow and Ball’s colour curator Joa Studholme to talk about the perfect recipes for decorating, and our friends at The Home Page will be hosting a special panel with fashion and textiles designer Pearl Lowe, block printmaker Molly Mahon and stylist and bestselling interior and gardens author Selina Lake. Muddy Stilettos will be back again with their literary salon including Lisa Faulkner, Ella Dove and Lotte Jeffs.

And to round off what promises to be a brilliant week, the festival will be closed by David Nicholls and Jojo Moyes, two of the UK’s best selling authors, in a joint discussion on their writing careers and the inspiration for their latest, and much anticipated, new novels.

We think that this year might just be our most varied line up yet, and we can’t wait to see you all in the Autumn.

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Tickets go on sale to Friends of the Festival on 16th July and on general sale on 22nd July 2019.