Evesham Festival of Words Programme 2024: Save the Date!


2023 has been an amazing year and no doubt you have been wondering what we were planning for 2024. Well now you can see! Click on the link to the Save the Date Flier for a fantastic selection of events coming up and still with a few more to add!


All events will be added to our website at the beginning of January, together with ticket prices and Buy Now Buttons, whilst the full Festival Brochure will be published in March 2024. We’ve seen lots of events sell out this year so booking early really is important – so start getting some dates in your 2024 diaries!

2023 Programme:

See below details of the final events of our brilliant 2023 programme. For more information on any event, or for ticket enquiries, please contact:

Festival Chair, Sue Ablett (info@eveshamfestivalofwords.org) 0787 1285606

  • Friday 13th October, 1.00 pm: SOLD OUT

    'SS Suevic - A Tale of Shipwreck and Survival'

    Join us once again at Holland House for a 2-course Lunch and talk.  The SS Suevic was a steamship, built specifically to service the Liverpool-Cape Town-Sydney route.  She ran aground in a storm near the Lizard Point in Cornwall 116 years ago, in 1907.  It is a truly remarkable story.  456 people were rescued by the RNLI over some 16 hours with no lives lost.  This is still the largest number of people rescued by the RNLI in a single operation.  Galen Bartholomew is a keen family historian.  Two of his relatives were amongst those rescued.  His illustrated talk will describe how he pieced together an extraordinary story – how the Suevic ran aground; the dramatic circumstances of the rescue; the salvage and rebuilding of the ship (in what was the largest salvage operation ever undertaken at that time); and the Suevic’s final years as a whaling factory ship in the Antarctic, before being scuttled off Sweden to avoid capture by German warships.  A remarkable tale of shipwreck and survival.

    Two-course lunch is served at 1.00 pm (special diets can be accommodated), but arrive early to get a drink and enjoy the lovely house and gardens.  The talk will commence about 2.00 pm.

    Venue: Holland House, Cropthorne. WR10 3NB

    Tickets: £20, via Holland House  www.hollandhouse.org  2 tickets only remaining

    E: enquiries@hollandhouse.org, or T: 01386 860330


  • Monday 30th October, 1.00 pm: SOLD OUT

    Richard III: From Car Park to Cathedral

    The story of the discovery of Richard III in a car park in Leicester in 2012 is well-known. What is perhaps less well-known is the story of what happened subsequently. Described as ‘The man Leicester Cathedral chose to bury a king’, Revd Pete Hobson offers a unique perspective on Richard’s final journey from discovery to reburial. For Pete, this was a once in a lifetime project. There was no precedent for reburying a king and the eyes of the world were watching closely. The subject of many books and a recent film, the story of Richard III is one that continues to capture the imagination. Pete Hobson is author of How to Bury a King – The Reinterment of King Richard III.

    Two-course lunch is served at 1.00 pm (special diets can be accommodated), but arrive early to get a drink and enjoy the lovely house and gardens. The talk will commence about 2.00 pm. 

    Venue: Holland House, Cropthorne. WR10 3NB

    Tickets: £22, via Holland House  www.hollandhouse.org  2 tickets only remaining

    E: enquiries@hollandhouse.org, or T: 01386 860330


  • Saturday 18th November, 7.00 pm

    'Mrs Churchill - My Life with Winston'

    Winston Churchill is arguably one of the most famous Englishmen that has ever lived.  His inspirational leadership helped win the Second World War, and his parliamentary career of 62 years ensured he was responsible for momentous decisions.

    They say that behind every great man, there is a great woman.  Was this true in Churchill’s case?  What of Clementine, his wife for 56 years?  Did he bully her like he did so many other people?  Was he as grumpy and irascible at home as he often was in the House of Commons?  Given his strength and conviction, did Clem have any influence on him at all?  Or was she the little lady at home?

    Winston said, “my most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.” 

    All these questions will be answered, and many more, in Liz Grand’s superb, moving, sensitive and informative portrayal of Clementine Churchill.  (Liz’s previous shows include The Second Best Bed and Where is Mrs Christie?).  Presented by www.onarole.co.uk.

    Venue: Bengeworth Church, Port Street, Evesham. WR11 3LF

    Tickets: £12 (Includes wine/soft drink and nibbles). 

  • Saturday 9th December 7.30pm

    'A Christmas Carol'

    Don’t Go Into The Cellar perform at venues across the UK, from theatres to manor houses and festivals.  Their shows offer an original take on traditional Victorian and Edwardian literature – perfect for people seeking good old-fashioned theatrical entertainment!  Their aim is to bring new adaptations of 19th century literature’s greatest ghost and horror stories to modern day audiences.

    Join the great Victorian novelist, Charles Dickens, as he brings to life one of the most famous ghost stories of all time, A Christmas Carol – a tale of revenants and redemption, hauntings and humbug, seasonal spooks and sentiment.  Jonathan Goodwin stars as Dickens in this one-man performance, co-directed by Goodwin and Gary Archer.   Suitable for 13+ years.  Length of show approximately 1 hour 40 minutes, including 20 minute interval.

    Venue: The Henrician Studio Theatre, Evesham.  WR11 4QH.

    Tickets:  £11 or £9 concession (plus 50p booking fee per ticket)  Tickets: www.henrician.org

    Tickets also available from 0333 666 3366 (additional fee for telephone bookings).  

  • December 2023

    'Evesham Christmas Tree Festival'

    Visit Evesham Christmas Tree Festival in the beautiful setting of All Saints Church.  With around 40 trees on show, this really is quite a sight.  And make sure you visit the EFoW tree, pick up a copy of our Christmas Quizsheet, a Save the Date Flier for 2024, and help yourself to one of our Secret Santa book bundles.

    Venue: All Saints Church, Market Place, Evesham. WR11 4RW

    Free event.

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