The climate crisis is one of the biggest issues of our time, but is it in danger of slipping off the agenda as we deal with the fallout of Coronavirus? How can we tackle it at a time when nationalism is on the rise, a me-first approach is rife and global solidarity appears to be diminishing? Festival Guest Curator Elif Shafak brings together political economist Ann Pettifor (The Case for the Green New Deal), climate change expert Chris Goodall (What We Need To Do Now) and environmental campaigner Natalie Fee (How to Save the World for Free) to discuss where we are, and what needs to happen next.

In order to manage audiences safely into each of our venues, we ask that you arrive up to 40 minutes before the event starts. See the Plan Your Visit section for detailed venue arrival times.

Click below to buy the book from our Waterstones Cheltenham Literature Festival bookshop. Every purchase supports Cheltenham Festivals.

How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division How to Save the World for Free The Case for the Green New Deal What We Need to Do Now


Town Hall, Pillar Room

The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises of a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian styles columns and coved ceiling. The Main Hall is accompanied by dining and drawing rooms, as well as the Pillar Room bar.

The venue’s early 20th century Edwardian elegance makes it the classic ‘shoebox’ concert hall. With a seating capacity of 900, the Town Hall is perfectly suited to grand symphony orchestra performances with a thrilling impact.


*Fees & Booking Info

Our booking fee

As a registered charity Cheltenham Festivals charges a booking fee to cover the costs associated with providing our booking facilities.

Our charges are in line with the rising costs of this service which includes the cost of staffing, banking, developing, and maintaining our booking software and postage.

Our booking fees are as follows:

  • Online sales £2.00

We endeavour to keep our booking fees as low as possible and charge on a per order basis rather than per ticket to ensure this. We also clarify our booking fees before any transaction is completed.

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