Terms & conditions

Tickets go on sale to Friends of the Festival on 11 July and on general (public) sale on 17 July.


  • Phone: Monday to Friday, 10am–4pm – 01491 575 948
  • During the Festival: in Market Square

    • Saturday 30th September – Sunday 1st October: 10am – 6pm
    • Monday 2nd October – Saturday 7th October:  9am – 7pm
    • Sunday 8th October: 9am – 6pm


  • Tickets are all individually priced – see each event for specific details.
  • A transaction fee of £1.50 will be applied to all card bookings made online. If you are placing your second order with us this year (or more), calling the Box Office to book by phone means you will avoid paying the fee more than once.
  • Postage of tickets is charged at £2.00 per order. You can also opt to collect your tickets free of charge from the festival Box Office in Market Place (see above).
  • Tickets are non-refundable unless the event in question has sold out and we resell your ticket. Please contact the Box Office on 01491 575 948 if you wish to make a return.
  • Waiting lists will be available for all sold-out events and will be dealt with on a first-come-first-served basis up until the week of the Festival, at which point waiting lists will cease. During the Festival, tickets will be re-sold via the Box Office in Market Place only, on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Seating is unreserved and doors open approximately 15 minutes before each event.
  • During the Festival, any changes to the programme will be posted at the Box Office in Market Place and on our social media channels.
  • We reserve the right to cancel or alter events due to unforeseen circumstances. We will make every effort to let ticket holders know in advance, but this is not always possible.
  • All book-and-ticket tickets come with the book as standard (compulsory) unless a choice is specified in the price.
  • A maximum of up to 10 tickets can be bought for all events.


  • For Friends for the Festival, tickets are subject to availability and some events will be restricted to two tickets per friend. These will be confirmed before priority booking begins.
  • All ticket terms and conditions (above) apply


Some events or shows will be photographed. Buying a ticket affirms your consent to the filming, sound recording, or photographing of yourself as a member of the audience.


  • Our ‘Lost Child Point’ is located at the Box Office in the Festival Hub in Market Square from (see opening hours above).
  • Children under the age of 2 do not need tickets to children’s events but must be seated on their parent/guardian’s lap. (This does not include the Pat-a-Cake event.)
  • All children must have a responsible adult with them at all children’s events. All visitors are responsible for the welfare of their own children at all times during events and at Henley Literary Festival venues.
  • Henley Literary Festival maintains a Safeguarding Policy but cannot take responsibility for unsupervised children.


Details of our Friends of the Festival membership scheme can be found here.


During the Festival, lost property will be taken to the Information Point located at the Box Office in the Festival Hub (see opening hours above). Once the Festival ends, all lost property is collected and held at the Festival office. Items will be kept for a period of two weeks following the last day of the Festival, at which point it will be disposed of. Please contact us if you have any queries: info@henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk


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