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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 Summer Festival is taking place from 30 May - 5 June at various venues across Derby city centre. We are offering in-person events as well as a Digital Pass and individual event recordings.

When are tickets going on sale?

Festival Friends can access priority bookings from Monday, 8 April from 10am.

Our general sale begins on Monday, 15 April from 10am.

If you’d like to find out more about signing up to become a Festival Friend, visit the website here.

How can I book tickets?

You can book tickets via the Derby Book Festival website here.

Alternatively, for events taking place at QUAD, you can book via the website, over the phone (01332 290 606), or in-person at the box office.

For event recordings and our Digital Pass, you can only book via our website.

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 Summer Festival line-up will be available to view online from Monday, 15 April.

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.

If you’d like to stock copies of our programme, please let us know by emailing:

Will I receive a physical ticket?

If you book via our website, you will not receive a physical ticket. All events booked via our website will automatically generate a confirmation email, which is also your ticket.

When you book in-person at QUAD, you will receive a physical ticket unless you have requested them to be emailed to you (you will need to show this when you come to the event(s), either on your phone or you can print it off at home). If you have booked online, you can still get a physical ticket by visiting the QUAD box office.

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

Yes, we have several options: we are filming and recording 14 events. You can either buy and view these as individual event recordings (each costing 50% of the in-person ticket) or you can buy a Digital Pass for £30 to view all 14 recorded events after the Festival has finished.

How long will these recordings be available for?

Once the Festival has finished, our external filming and sound team will start uploading the recordings to our YouTube channel. This means individual recordings and the Digital Pass will be available from Saturday 8 June until Saturday 20 July.

More details about the Digital Pass can be viewed here.

What is the Digital Pass?

The Digital Pass gives you access to watch all 14 recorded events for one price. It’s a great opportunity to catch up on all your favourite author events, whether because you couldn’t attend in-person, or because you want to re-watch a talk.

Find out more, including all the authors who are featured, here

What are the benefits of becoming a Festival Friend?

By becoming a Festival Friend for 12 months, you receive benefits such as accessing priority bookings to all events one week before tickets go on general sale. This enables you to choose your seats at QUAD first (seats are no longer offered on a come-first-serve basis). Throughout the year, you will also receive ticket offers and be invited to special events.

How do I become a Festival Friend? 

It’s really easy to become a friend of Derby Book Festival. Simply visit the website here, and decide whether you want to purchase a single or joint membership. Unlike other memberships, 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 between the hours of:

Monday - Thursday: 10am - 9pm
Friday - Saturday: 10am - 10pm
Sunday: 10am - 7:30pm

Last food orders are:

Monday - Saturday: 7:30pm
Sunday: 4pm

Last drink orders are taken 30 minutes prior to closing.

What are the parking arrangements at the venue?

There are lots of parking options available in Derby. If you choose to park at the Assembly Rooms car park (DE1 3AF), Chapel Street, or Bold Lane ‘Parksafe’, your ticket can be validated by QUAD or Derby Museum, so you only need to pay £2.70 for the day.

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.

For events at Artcore, the Assembly Rooms car park is close. At Derby College Roundhouse, free parking is offered to attendees. All you need to do is drive up to the security barrier, and the security team will let you in. There is also an overflow car park if the main one is full.

What are your plans for Festivals in 2024?

Great news! Our Summer Festival is the second of three Festivals planned for 2024:

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

·       Thurs 30 May - Weds 5 June (Summer)

·       Fri 15 – Mon 18 November (Autumn Edition)

What are the addresses of your venues: (A-Z)

Artcore Gallery,
8 Osnabruck Square,
Albert Square,
Derby, DE1 2DS

Derby College:
The Roundhouse,
Roundhouse Road,
Derby, DE24 8JE

Derby Museum & Art Gallery (DMAG):
The Strand,
Derby, DE1 1BS

Derby Theatre (situated within the Derbion shopping centre):
15 Theatre Walk,
St Peter’s Quarter,
Derby, DE1 2NF

QUAD, Market Place,
Cathedral Quarter,
Derby, DE1 3AS

The Museum of Making:
Silk Mill Lane,