Our aim is to promote a love of the written word, first by running an inspiring and entertaining Festival of Literature and secondly by using any profit to encourage the next generation to embrace that love of literature, through helping to fund and support educational projects in Wells and the surrounding area.
Our committee is run entirely by volunteers, and our funding comes solely from ticket sales, our Friends and the generosity of our sponsors. We owe our success to their invaluable support.
The costs of putting on a Covid-safe Festival, combined with a live-streaming option and reduced ticket sales thanks to the restrictions of social distancing, mean that we now need your support more than ever. If you would like to make a donation towards offsetting the shortfall in our 2020 income, we will be better placed to continue our on-going support of educational projects in local schools and colleges. You can donate via PayPal (below).
Become a Friend
The Wells Festival of Literature Friends scheme offers members the chance to become a Patron of the Arts and be more involved with all aspects of the Wells Festival of Literature. The scheme encourages our audiences to become actively engaged with what the Festival seeks to achieve, ensuring that we continue to provide a stimulating, entertaining and popular programme in the years ahead.
Benefits of Membership
- Priority booking: ticket sales for Friends will open a full week before general booking is available
- 10% Discount on Tickets
- Event invitation – to an exclusive pre-Festival event which takes place when the Festival programme is made public
- Brochure mailing: delivered hot off the press straight to your home!
- Friends will automatically be added to our mailing list to receive email updates from the Festival
The Friends Membership scheme is now open for 2021. You can pay your 2021 membership fee online using your credit or debit card details, or you can send us a postal form if you wish to pay by cheque, standing order or bank transfer (BACS):
With the ongoing support of our Friends, we hope to increase our educational work, and so further extend the love of literature and learning among the young people of our county.
We are always looking for sponsors to help with funding for the Festival. There are many ways you can support us – from sponsoring an event (or several) to providing a service or product for use during the Festival. There are a range of packages and opportunities available.
Sponsors and Supporters of the 2021 Festival
Thank You to all the Sponsors and Supporters who make the Festival possible.
The committee would like to thank all our supporters for their generosity, with a special mention to Chubb Bulleid, our principal sponsor, who are once again offering support across the whole Festival. In addition, we are grateful to all the people who help out in so many ways.
And a massive Thank you to:
- Cedars Hall staff
- David Backhouse
- Heidi Shakespeare and Max Kolombos (website design and maintenance)
- Jo Shepherd – photographer
- Kilver Court Designer Village
- Mary and Jorgen Nielson
- Mendip Ladies Group
- Mendip Times
- Microbitz Computers
- Mid Somerset Series of Newspapers
- St Andrews Press
- Starry Dog Books
- The Leveller
- Wells Chamber of Commerce
- Wells Voice
All the volunteers who deliver brochures, put up posters, steward events and all the myriad other things that make the Wells Festival of Literature such a success…..
Our 2021 Sponsors
- Basil Powell Shoes
- Eleanor Decamp
- Golden Bottle Trust
- John Jackson
- Mowbarton Estate
- Old Mill
- Pilgrim Financial
- Priory Dental
- RCR Partnership
- Santé Wines
- The Unpackaged Travel Company
- Wells Cathedral School
- Westholme Publishing
- Worth House B&B
- Priority booking + 10% discount on 4 tickets to each event
- Complimentary tickets to the sponsored event
- Opportunity to purchase hospitality tickets
- An invitation to special events
- Publicity on marketing materials
- Event sponsors receive a signed copy of the book
To find out more about the rewards of Festival sponsorship, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org