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The Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature

Daphne Du Maurier Festival

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Type: Festival

A very warm welcome to the 2016 Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature.Tickets are on sale now, visit the Festival website to book.

It is with huge pleasure that we present this 2016 programme and we hope to excite and enthuse both residents and visitors to our wonderful town with this year’s Festival offering.

Building on last year’s innovation of using the Royal Fowey Yacht Club as our Festival Café and bookshop, we have incorporated the Festival Box Office into this vibrant mix. Not only will you be able to meet friends, have something delicious to eat and drink, but you can buy tickets for your next performance, as well as browsing the Waterstones bookshop for the appropriate book.

This year, for the first time, we are holding an event on the evening of Friday 6th May. We are honoured that Lord Waldegrave has agreed to talk about his fascinating life and recently published memoir.  The du Maurier lecture and luncheon is this year hosted and delivered by the original Ross Poldark, Robin Ellis. There will also be appearaces from Sir Vince Cable, Ann Widecombe, Martin Bell OBE, Patrick Gale, Prue Leith, Mitch Tonks, Mitch Benn, John Suchet and many others. We promise a varied selection of events from a creative writing course to talks and panel discussions to musical evenings. For all budding singers, we have an event just for you! Join our choir workshop to learn musical pieces from scratch and perform the songs later that evening at a concert in St Fimbarrus Church. As ever we have a range of Daphne du Maurier events and workshops.

We are delighted to announce that the very successful Fowey Art Trail is back, bigger and better than before.

You will see that we have made a slight change to our name this year - the Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature. We believe that this better reflects what we stand for. Whilst we will continue to schedule musical evenings for your entertainment, our collaboration with the associated Fowey Valley Music Festival, provides Fowey with an additional classical element. Look out for this (16th and 17th September) with Craig Ogden and Emma Johnson.

Finally, on behalf of the Festival Director, Brenda Daly and all the Festival Trustees we would like to thank our sponsors, advertisers, volunteers, publishers and of course our audiences. Without your on-going support, we wouldn’t be able to achieve what we do.  Particular thanks go to our Principal sponsor: The Richardson Hotel Group - The Fowey Hotel, who have helped to make this Festival possible.

So... all you have to do now is to try and decide amongst the plethora of events what suits you best. Help us make 2016 the best Festival yet!

Melissa Hartwell and Paul Staniland

Joint Chairs of the du Maurier Festival Society

You can find out more at 

Contact Details

PL23 1ET

Tel: +44 01726 833847


Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Repeatable Event


  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - The Main Car Park in Fowey is served by a minibus for transport to the town. Disabled parking is available. There is minimal disabled parking in the Town Centre Access to the village is through the grounds of the Fowey Hall Hotel - a new set of concrete steps now provides easier access from the Main Car Park into the grounds of the hotel.

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking - Fowey has 4 long stay car parks - Main, Caffa Mill, Old Station Yard and Readymoney. The main car park is served by a minibus to bring you to the town centre
  • Park & Ride


  • On-Site café/restaurant

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties

Road Directions

From the A30, take the A391 to St Austell. Turn left onto the A390 and then right at the roundabout onto the A3082 to Par & Fowey.
From the Plymouth direction, take the A38 towards Bodmin and turn off at Dobwalls onto the A390. After passing through Lostwithiel, take the left turn on the B3269 to Fowey.
Arriving in Fowey, you will be directed to the 'Main Car Park' at the top of the town. There are other long-stay car parks at Caffa Mill and near Readymoney Cove.
A mini-bus provides transport between the town and the car park. during the day.

Public Transport Directions

Arriving by Rail, Par is the nearest Mainline station but check that the train stops at Par.
Alternatively, St Austell's station is a 'Transport Interchange' with Mainline Rail, National Coach & local Bus services plus a Taxi rank
Local Bus services : Western Greyhound No.525 / 524 serves Fowey and pick up near Par Rail station
Check your journey on Traveline 0871 200 22 33 or