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Frequently Asked Questions – 2022

Here are some of the questions that we are often asked. If you have a query that is not answered below, please email your question to      

CEDARS HALL and Wells Festival of Literature will ensure that all health and safety advice is followed during the Festival.  Any social distancing required by the official guidelines at the time will be in place.

Please also remember to check the website regularly in case of unavoidable alterations to the line-up or changes to government guidelines. 

How much are the tickets for the Festival?

General Admission:         £10
Student Admission:         £6
Friends Admission Price with 10% discount £9 
Literary Lunches:              £10 (no booking fee)

There is a booking fee of £1 per ticket, which will be added to your purchase at checkout. In common with most booking platforms, the ticketing site for Cedars Hall, Eventcube, adds a booking /administration charge to the price of a ticket.

How can I become a Friend of Wells Festival of Literature?

More information: Friends of Wells Festival of Literature

When and where will brochures be available?

Brochures will be sent by post to Friends and sponsors. They will also be available at various locations in and around Wells and the surrounding area, including libraries, information centres, shops, pubs etc. Please look out for them from the end of July! The 2022 Festival: Full Programme is also available online.

How do I book a ticket for the Festival?

On our website: (you will be directed to Eventcube, the ticketing site for Cedars Hall once you have made your choices)

Via the box office telephone line: 01749 834483 (weekdays 9.30am to 12.30pm)
Any unsold tickets will be available ‘on the door’ at Cedars Hall prior to each event. (Cash only please)

How long is each event?

Each event lasts an hour, including approximately 15-20 minutes for questions. The Poetry Reading and Prize Giving event lasts for three hours.

What happens if the event is cancelled or a change in the Covid guidelines affects public gatherings?

If any event is cancelled for whatever reason, ticket-holders will be given a full refund.

Where do events take place?
All Festival events in 2022 will be held in Cedars Hall, a state-of-the-art performance venue which is a short walk from the centre of Wells and close to several car parks – see map for details. Cedars Hall is situated in Wells Cathedral School and can be accessed on foot either from The Liberty or from the main gate in College Road. Please note that there is no public access via the service gate at the Bristol Hill junction of New Street and Mountery Road.

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Literary Lunches take place in the Dining Room of Cedars House, opposite Cedars Hall.  

Is there wheelchair access?

There is wheelchair access to Cedars Hall. Wheelchair seats can be selected at checkout along with a Wheelchair Companion seat.

How do I get a hearing loop seat?

Cedars Hall has a hearing support system that is fully compatible with modern hearing aids. Details are available on the Cedars Hall website. Please click here to view. They can also be found in the Festival foyer. Please ask a steward on the door for a receiver that will enable you to access the hearing system.

Is the seating in Cedars Hall numbered or reserved?

All tickets this year will be for numbered seats and will be allocated at time of purchase.

Will there be a Festival Book shop?

Waterstones will be running a pop-up shop in the Drawing and Morning Rooms in Cedars House.

Can I buy books by authors other than the ones featured in their events?

Depending on space and availability, Waterstones will be selling a selection of books from all speakers. There is also a facility to buy books online from this website in each event’s information section.

Is there somewhere to eat before and after events? 

Light refreshments will be available in the Cedars Hall foyer and there are also many places to eat in Wells, a short walk away. Several restaurants are offering a special Festival offer with a 10% discount to Festival ticket-holders.  These are:

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Is parking available?


We are able to allocate disabled-only parking in the car park adjacent to Cedars House on The Liberty. Please inform the box office (01749 834483) at time of booking to reserve a disabled parking space. This area is reserved exclusively for disabled parking and for speakers appearing at the Festival.


This is available in Mundy’s Meadow car park (BA5 2QL) on a first-come-first-served basis; from here it is a short walk via Lovers Walk to The Liberty. Mundy’s Meadow is a private car park accessible from Mountery Road (see map) and will be open for Festival-goers throughout the Festival only.


Additional parking spaces are available in the city’s public car parks (see map). Charges start from £1.50 for two hours parking during the day and are often free after 6.00 pm. All these car parks are within a 15-minute walk from the Festival:

Market Square (BA5 2RB)

Union Street (off Chamberlain Street, BA5 2PU)

South Street (BA5 1SL)

Princes Road (BA5 1TE)

Tucker Street (off West Street, BA5 1TF)

For more information, please visit:

Where can I stay during the Festival?

There are many hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation in and around Wells. Click here to visit the City of Wells website for accommodation