Wealden Literary Festival
Boldshaves Garden, Woodchurch, Kent
We're planning to bring the Festival back on 26 and 27 June 2021
A nature-inspired family-friendly two-day festival of books, words, art and outdoor experiences.
The Wealden Literary Festival is an enchanting weekend of words and ideas - a celebration of nature, place and creativity through literature, the arts and food.
Something for people of all ages, a family-friendly festival with entrance for children aged 14 and under being free. Author events, creative workshops and secret fairy-tale adventures through the woods can all be booked via the website.
Set in the beautiful Boldshaves Garden near Tenterden in the Weald of Kent and the fields and wild woods that surround the gardens, Wealden Literary Festival brings together renowned authors, poets, artists and makers who look first and foremost to nature, wilderness and the spirit of place for inspiration.
In addition to the programme of talks, the Festival offers all ages the opportunity to take part in a series of creative writing and art workshops as well as woodland-based activities and events such as bushcraft, foraging and wildlife spotting. The Festival also showcases the best of local craftspeople and food producers through a pop-up market and features a campfire feast and woodland camping.
About Wealden Festival Foundation
We are a registered charity, aiming to promote access to literature, the arts and the natural world. The charity aims to help individuals and communities thrive through the natural world, literature and the arts. It seeks to achieve its aims through outreach programmes with local schools and communities which culminate in an annual Festival - Wealden Literary Festival - which is now in its third year. The charity offers a broad range of events and activities based around our interaction with the natural world, including: debates, talks, Q&As and poetry readings with renowned nature and travel writers; creative writing masterclasses; collaborative drawing exercises, immersive, hands-on art demonstrations; arts and crafts workshops; wildlife safaris, botanical walks and nature trails; interactive outdoor activities, including introductions to gardening and wildlife-spotting; den-building, bush craft and foraging; writing and photography competitions. Charity Number 1170588
The charity operates from Boldshaves Garden in Woodchurch, near Tenterden in Kent (TN26 3RA) and currently works with schools and communities in the surrounding area, including Ashford, Hythe and Folkestone.