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Free Activities

Whether you’re after stimulating talks during the day or fancy great entertainment and music in the evening, you’ll find a host of free events in The Huddle in our Feast Café.

The Times Crossword

FREE – No ticket required
7-11 Oct, 11am-12pm
Feast Café Bar

Settle in as The Times Crossword Editor Richard Rogan takes you through the mysteries of the day’s crossword puzzles with a helping hand or a tantalising hint where needed.


A Very Short Introduction To…

FREE – No ticket required
7-11 Oct, 11.30am – 12pm and 2.30 – 3pm
The Huddle

Big topics, short talks. Join experts for bite-size intros to mind-expanding subjects: from poetry and reading to secularism, Charles Dickens and emotion. In association with Oxford University Press.

Cheltenham Writes

FREE – No ticket required
7-11 Oct, 4.30pm-5pm
The Huddle

To celebrate the incredible talent of our local authors, we’ve invited five of the best to read from their books and talk about their experiences as writers.

Also Don’t Miss

The Sky Arts Studio

As our new official broadcast partner, Sky Arts will be broadcasting from the Festival across the week, with live coverage, interviews and events. Pop in to be part of the filming or take part in other creative activities.

The Bookstand

Grab a book and get comfortable in our cosy outdoor lounge. Swap some books, enjoy the morning paper and plan your day at the Festival.