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3 Festivals for 2024


We understand you may have questions or queries around this year's Festival and have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions.

When is the next Derby Book Festival?

Our first ever Spring Collection is taking place from 29 February - 4 March at various locations across Derby city centre. We are offering in-person events as well as:

a Digital Pass of eight events or individual recordings, which will be available to watch from the comfort of your home after the Festival has finished. 

Recordings will be available for a period of six weeks from Thursday 7 March until Friday 19 April.

When will tickets be available?

Here are the key dates for your diary:

Festival Friends have priority booking from Monday 15 January at 10am. You can book online via our website (which will redirect you to QUAD’s website for events taking place a QUAD). For events taking place at QUAD, you can also book in-person or call the team on 01332 290 606 to book over the phone.

Our general sale begins at 10am on Monday 22 January. 

How can I book tickets?

Tickets go on sale from Monday 22 January.

You can book tickets online by visiting this link

The Digital Pass can ONLY be purchased on the Derby Book Festival website here and individual recordings can be purchased here. You cannot book these with QUAD or any other venue partner.

I have a carer. Do they need to book a ticket?

Our policy is to provide a complimentary ticket to any carer on request, but you do need to book a ticket. Please contact the QUAD box office for events at QUAD or email for more information.

Where can I view the programme?

Our Spring Collection event listings will be available for you to view online from Monday 15 January. We will also be distributing printed programmes to venues and locations across the city. You can pick one up from QUAD, Derby Museum, local libraries, and other arts venues.

Will I receive a physical ticket?

If you book in-person at QUAD, you will receive a physical ticket unless you have requested that they are emailed to you (you will need to show this when you come to the event/s, either on your phone or print it off at home). If you have booked online, you can still get a physical ticket by visiting the QUAD box office. All tickets booked via the Derby Book Festival website will automatically generate a confirmation email - this is also your ticket.

I’m not able to attend in-person events, can I watch online?

Yes. We have several options: we are filming and recording eight events and you can book tickets to watch these as individual recorded events (each costing 50% of the in-person ticket) or you can buy a Digital Pass for £25 to watch all of these recordings after the Festival has finished, from 7 March to 19 April. More details about the Digital Pass can be viewed here.

What is the Digital Pass?

The Digital Pass gives you access to watch all eight of the recorded Festival events. The full list of events which you can watch with the Digital Pass can be found here. The Digital Pass costs £25. The links will be sent to you after the Festival has finished, and you can watch the recordings until Friday 19 April.

If the in-person event is sold out, what are my options?

We will have recordings of eight events, so you can buy an individual recording or a Digital Pass to watch them all. You can only book these via our Derby Book Festival website or buy a Digital Pass to watch eight events. Alternatively, our in-person events have a waiting list at QUAD that you can be added to, but we cannot guarantee spaces will become available.

I loved an event so much I want to watch it again, can I?

Yes, you can! We will have recordings of eight events and a Digital Pass so you can rewatch all your favourite events from the Festival. You can buy a full pass or individual recordings.

What are the benefits of becoming a Festival Friend?

By becoming a Festival Friend for 12 months, you receive benefits such as Priority Bookings to all events one week before the tickets are on general sale. This enables you to choose your seats at QUAD first. You will also receive ticket offers and be invited to special events.

How do I become a Festival Friend?

It’s easy to become a friend of Derby Book Festival, simply visit this link and decide whether you want to purchase a single or joint membership. Remember: you do not have to live at the same address as the person you share your membership with.

If the event is cancelled, will I get a refund?

Yes - tickets are refundable (and exchangeable where possible) if an event is cancelled.

Can I purchase refreshments during my event?

The Cafe Bar at QUAD serves hot and cold food every day. See opening times below:

Monday: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 10:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 10:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am – 7:30pm

Last Food Orders:

Mondays – Saturday: 7.30pm
Sunday: 4:00pm

Last Orders for drinks taken 30 minutes before closing.

What are the parking arrangements at the venue?

If you park at the nearby Assembly Rooms DE1 3AF, Chapel Street, or Bold Lane ‘Parksafe’, your ticket can be validated by QUAD or Derby Museum, so you only pay £2.70 on return to the car park. There are other car parks and metered street parking close to QUAD but they will probably be more expensive if your visit lasts longer than two hours.

What are your plans for Festivals in 2024?

Great news! We are organising not two but three festivals next year. Save the dates in your diary and keep an eye on our social media channels and newsletter for updates.

  • Thurs 29 Feb - Mon 4 March (Spring Collection)

  • Fri 31 May - Tues 4 June (Summer)

  • Fri 15 – Mon 18 November (Autumn Edition)