Tickets and How to Book

Tickets for the 2020 Festival will go on sale in August

A handling charge of £2 applies on all online orders.
Be prepared for tickets going on sale in August by signing up to our mailing list to keep an eye on programme information & checking you have an account to save time on the day!

By phone

You can buy tickets for all events from our Box Office on 01943 816714
Office Hours:

Mon-Fri: 10.00am – 5.00pm

A handling charge of £2 applies on all telephone orders.

In person – Kings Hall events only

You can buy tickets for Headline events only from The Grove Bookshop (subject to availability).

The Grove Bookshop, The Grove, Ilkley
Opening hours Mon – Sat 9am – 5.30pm, Sun 11.30am – 4.30pm

For tickets to all other events please book by phone or online as above. Please note that you cannot book in person at the Festival Office.

On the door

All unsold tickets and any returns will be available from the Box Office at the venue 60 minutes before the start of Kings Hall events, 45 minutes for all other events.
Returns are usually available at most (but not all) sold-out events.
You are strongly advised to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Friends priority booking

Festival Friends enjoy priority booking before tickets go on sale to the public.
If you’d like to become a Friend of the Festival go to the Friends Page on our website for full details or contact the office on 01943 601210.

Refunds and resale

All tickets are non-refundable except in the event of a cancelled performance. The Box Office can only accept tickets for resale if an event has sold out and any refund is subject to a 10% handling fee. All refunds for returned tickets will be made after the Festival.
We will try to resell tickets for sold-out events but offer no guarantee that we will be able to do so.
All details are correct at the time of going to press (Jan 2019).
The Ilkley Literature Festival Ltd is not liable for any subsequent changes. Keep up to date by visiting


The Festival offers concessions to the following people (proof of status will be required):

  • Students, children and young people under 25
  • People in receipt of Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payment
  • People in receipt of a means tested benefit

Concessionary prices are stated after the full price for each event eg £8/6

Group Bookings

Groups of 8+

This year we’re offering groups of eight or more people a discount of £2 off each full price ticket for most events (some exclusions apply, please call the Box Office for more information).

Schools and Education Groups

The Festival welcomes bookings from schools and other educational establishments and offers discounted tickets as follows, plus one free staff ticket for every ten student tickets booked: £7 per student for Kings Hall events or £3 per student for most events at other venues (some exclusions apply, please call the Box Office for information). To book, contact the Box Office team on 01943 816714 or email:

Data protection

We are committed to protecting your privacy. We store the information that you have provided when
contacting us, registering for information or ordering tickets to allow us to process your orders and to provide you with information about other products and services we offer that are similar to those that you have already purchased or enquired about. If you do not wish to be contacted in this way, please let us know. We may share your information with arts and cultural organisations with whom we work, or think may interest you, but only if you opt to allow this. Our full privacy policy may be found here.

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