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Caitlin Moran, Literature 2014 [credit]

Booking Information

This page gives important booking information relating to your ticket purchases.

Families Welcome

Children & Families

Cheltenham Festivals have signed up to the Family Arts Standards to ensure that we provide a warm welcome to families.

We want to ensure that everyone is safe and can enjoy our Festivals so here’s some helpful booking information for families planning a visit.

  • The age recommendations shown are a guide to the age group we think will enjoy the event most. They are not a restriction; you know your child best.
  • Children aged 11 years and under must be accompanied by a ticket-holder aged 16 or over approved by the parent or guardian of that child. This person can accompany a maximum of 6 children to an event.
  • Everyone over the age of 12 months is allocated a seat and requires a ticket, while babies in arms (12 months and under) do not require a ticket unless otherwise stated.
  • Our prices are kept as low as possible to allow for this.
  • Cheltenham Festivals maintains a Safeguarding Policy but cannot take responsibility for unsupervised children.

Find out more about our on-site family-friendly facilities to help you plan your family visit

Gift Aid

Donations & Gift Aid

As a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity, we depend on your support to bring the arts and sciences live to audiences, support emerging talent, and deliver inspirational educational programmes.

By making a donation, however big or small you will be making a real difference.

Ways to Donate

  • You can donate online at
  • You can add a donation to your ticket order (suggested donation is 10% of total cost of your order)
  • During the Festivals you can contribute to the pink donation tubs found in various locations on site

Your donation, no matter what size, will make a difference and is greatly appreciated.
Thank you.

Gift Aid
Gift Aid is an HMRC scheme that increases the value of donations from UK taxpayers by 25%, at no extra cost to the donor. For example, Gift Aid increases a £10.00 donation to £12.50, providing extra support for our work.

If you are eligible to sign up for Gift Aid you can do this as part of the donation process or when you book or register online through your account page.

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Fees, Discounts & Refunds

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
  • Telephone sales £2.00
  • In person cash & card sales £2.00
  • Science for Schools – Schools bookings £5
  • Science for Schools – Home Educator bookings £2

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.


Are not available for events which include catering, books or any other goods in the ticket price.

Group discounts: These are available on many events (10% off the total cost for a party of ten or more). Please email our box office if you wish to make a group booking.

Personal Assistants: Tickets for customers who are registered disabled will be charged the standard price of the ticket. If you require a carer, support worker or personal assistant their ticket is complimentary.

Please note that events which include catering, books or any other goods, do not qualify for a free personal assistant ticket.

Members discounts: Gold and Silver Members receive a 10% discount on a specified number of tickets per event. 16-25 Members discounts vary. See our membership page for full details.

Proof of concession is required so please be prepared to show relevant ID upon admission to events if you are purchasing tickets with a concession.

There are no senior citizens discounts for any of our Festivals


  • Please double check your order before proceeding to payment as from the moment that the transaction is completed your tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.
  • We cannot refund money or exchange tickets, except in the case of a cancelled event, which will be refunded within 28 days.
  • Lost or stolen tickets are non-refundable and no duplicate tickets will be issued.
  • Please check your tickets as soon as you receive them.

Please be advised that event speakers and or content may be subject to change. We cannot refund these tickets if the event is still taking place.

We take no responsibility for what artists and speakers say on stage. While we make best efforts to ensure that the quality of the event meets our usual high standards and is not offensive, upsetting or illegal, no refunds can be offered on the basis of what an artist or speaker says or does (or fails to say or do) during an event.


If an event has to be cancelled it will be announced as soon as possible. Please check our website, Facebook and Twitter pages regularly for updates. If you have bought tickets you will be contacted, usually via email or telephone and we will arrange a ticket refund or exchange.

How to Book

How to Book

Online booking is available 24/7 via our website.

Due to COVID-19 tickets for Cheltenham Science Festivals will be available to purchase online only.

For details of how to book online visit our online booking page

Please note: Tickets will come off sale 90 minutes before each event. This is to ensure that ticket buyers receive all the necessary COVID-19 safety information before attending the event.

For details on how we are making our ticketing contactless see Receiving Your Tickets

By Phone
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Box Office phone lines are currently closed.

In Person
For Cheltenham Science Festival, there will be no onsite or venue-based pop-up box offices. This is as part of our COVID-19 measures to minimise the number of people at the venues to keep you and our staff safe.

Please note:

  • We do not accept orders made by post or email. Post and email ticket requests will not be processed.
  • All ticket orders are subject to booking fees. Booking fees apply per order and not per ticket. For the complete information on transaction fees please visit Fees, Discounts and Refunds

Test and Trace

Government guidelines requires our organisation to collect your data and some information about you, so that we can take part in the NHS Track and Trace service and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. At the point of purchase, we will log the contact details of the person in your party who has made the ticket purchase for Test and Trace. In line with legal requirements, this data will only be destroyed after 21 days.

If you are visiting our venues we will The government has asked organisations to do this in order to keep our visitors and employees safe.

Access Requirements

Cheltenham Festivals aims to offer customers with access requirements an easy service when booking tickets.

For Cheltenham Science Festival those with access requirements can book their seats online.

See our venue accessibility page for venue specific information.

Tickets for customers who are registered disabled will be charged the standard price of the ticket. If you require a personal assistant, their ticket is complimentary.


By card: We accept payments by Visa, Mastercard and Maestro. We cannot take payment by American Express or Diners Card.

Please consider making a donation

Cheltenham Festivals is a not for profit organisation and we rely on contributions from customers to ensure the continuation of the Festivals each year. We ask all our supporters if they are able to help us with a donation when they are booking with us and we suggest an amount of 10% of the order total.

Online Booking

Online Booking

Registering with our website

To book tickets for events online you will need to set up a Cheltenham Festivals online account. To do this please click on Log-in at the top right-hand side of the navigation bar on the website. You will then be taken to a page to register your details.

Keep in touch

You can opt in to receive Cheltenham Festivals E-News which will keep you up to date with Festival news throughout the year. You can do this when setting up your account or can register on our website.

You can change your preferences at any time by logging into your account. give us permission to send you email and we’ll keep in touch throughout the Festival year.

Already registered and forgotten your password?

You can recover your password at any time.

Having trouble registering?

Your login is unique to you and links to your festival account, our website uses your email address as your username. If you have a problem registering with the website it is likely that you already have a festival account set up using that same email address. Using your original email address recover your password and you’ll be able to access your account.

Solving common problems with your web browser

Here are a few tips that can help solve common online problems that relate to your home computer setup.


Receiving Your Tickets

Tickets purchased online

Will normally be delivered to you digitally as an e-ticket.

When placing an online order you will receive a confirmation email and then a second carrier email that includes your tickets as an attachment.

You can print this attachment out and bring it with you or be ready to show it to staff on your mobile device to gain entry to your events along with proof of purchase.

As part of our COVID-19 measures to ensure that everyone is safe at this year’s Literature Festival we will be issuing e-tickets only. Please make sure you have a print out of the ticket or that it will be available to view by our staff on a mobile device you are bringing with you.

If for any reason you are not arriving with other people in your party please ensure that they have a copy of the e-ticket as they will not be admitted without it.

Please note: Tickets will come off sale 90 minutes before each event. This is to ensure that ticket buyers receive all the necessary COVID-19 safety information before attending the event.

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Access Requirements

Cheltenham Festivals aims to offer customers with access requirements an easy service when booking tickets.

Online Bookable Access Facilities

Wheelchair spaces
Can be booked online. These are clearly marked on the venue seating plan for you to Select Your Own Seat.

Helping you to hear better
Details of areas covered by hearing loops are shown on our venue plans for The Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. The Everyman Theatre uses headsets which are available on request on the day of the event at the venue.

Personal Assistants
Tickets for customers who are registered disabled will be charged at the standard ticket price. If you require a personal assistant, carer or support worker or their ticket is complimentary. These can be booked easily online with seats available throughout the venues.

Please note: Events which include catering, books or any other goods, do not qualify for a free personal assistant ticket.

Assistance dogs
Are welcome. Please provide proof that the dog is registered with an organisation that is a member of Assistance Dogs UK.

Captioned events
You can discover which events are captioned at our Festival by using the Closed Caption filter on the What’s On pages.

Venue access and facilities
See our venue accessibility page for venue specific information.

Strobe Lighting
Should an event contain strobe lighting there will be on-site warnings at the venue.

Loud noises
Should an event contain sudden and loud noises there will be on-site warnings at the venue.

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How to Select Your Own Seat

Tickets to this year’s Science Festival are being sold online only via our website. This year you will be able to choose what seats you sit in using our interactive seating plan. Although it may take you a little longer to book your tickets, we hope that this will give you reassurance and confidence, knowing that you are socially distanced from other audience members. Please follow this step=by-step guide on how to book tickets using select your own seat.

Please note – if you haven’t already activated your online account you’ll need to complete this step first. Click on the button below and enter your email address. You will then receive an email from us with a link enabling you to set a new password.

Activate your online account

Step 1: Log-in to your account

Log-in to your account by clicking the log-in button top right in the navigation bar and entering your email address and password when prompted.

Step 2: Pick your event

Browse our What’s On grid, find an event you’re interested in and click ‘Info’ to find out more or ‘Buy Now’ to proceed to booking.

Step 3: Choose your seat

First, pick which section of the auditorium you would like to sit in.

Then pick your seats. Seats will be arranged in socially-distanced blocks of 1 or 2. Please make sure that if you sit in a block of 2 then you buy both seats. If you are attending alone then please buy a single seat. Once you have added your seats, hit the ‘Add to Basket’ button.

Step 4: Check your seat, donate and add more events

Make sure to check your seat numbers at this stage as they are non-exchangeable or refundable. You can also select a donation option at this stage. We are hugely grateful to everyone who has donated so far. If you would like to add more events to your basket then you can click ‘Find more events’ to browse the What’s On grid. Once you are ready to pay, click ‘Checkout’.

Step 5: Confirm your e-ticket and address

For both safety and environmental reasons, we are using e-tickets that will be sent via email on completion of your booking. Double-check that the ‘e-tickets’ box is checked and either select your billing address from the dropdown or add a new billing address. Once these steps are complete, click ‘Proceed to Payment’.

Step 6: Add your payment details

Enter your payment details and review your order in the ‘Order Summary’. Once you have done this, click ‘Confirm Purchase’.

Step 7: Receive your ticket

After confirming your purchase you will receive two emails, your order confirmation and your e-ticket. Your order confirmation will confirm your payment and the e-ticket will confirm the seats you have booked. Please bring your e-ticket with you on the day of the event. You can present it on your phone or you can print it out.