When and where is the festival held?
The festival is held each September, with events, workshops and exhibitions held in various venues around the town. Our 2020 festival will take place from 18th to the 25th September. For more information about Kenilworth, see our dedicated page.
How do I get to Kenilworth?
If you’re driving, the town can be easily accessed – Kenilworth lies just off the A46 which provides a connection to the M69, M1, M6, M40 and M42 motorways.
For non-drivers, there are several different options for getting to Kenilworth by public transport. Both Stagecoach and National Express run regular bus services from Leamington and Coventry. All venues are within a 10 minute walk of a bus stop. Kenilworth also has a shiny new train station, which offers shuttle services to/from Leamington and Coventry. There is also a greenway and a dedicated footpath connecting the town to the University of Warwick, though the lighting’s not great so these might not be the best options for getting to/from evening events.
What's the deal with accommodation, parking, etc?
If you want to stay the night (or longer), there are plenty of options. Kenilworth has several charming B&Bs and hotels, ranging from small independents to big, well-known chains. You can also find rooms available on sites like Airbnb, if you prefer that kind of thing.
As for parking, many of the venues that will play host to the festival have their own car parks. There are also two large car parks in the town centre, plus on-street parking available around the town. On the rare occasions where we expect demand for parking to far exceed available spaces at certain venues, we will do all we can do arrange overspill parking.
Where can I buy tickets?
Tickets will be available online, via www.wegottickets.com/kenilworthartsfestival. You will also be able to buy physical tickets from the fine folks at Kenilworth Books and, during the festival itself, from our ‘information hub’, in the Exhibition Room at Kenilworth Library.
Are concessions available?
Free personal assistant tickets are available for all of our events. These can be secured by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are tickets available on the door?
Tickets for all events will be available on the door, unless an event has sold out in advance (in which case you’re outta luck!). Tickets cost £2 more on the door than the advance price. For what it’s worth, you’d be doing us a huge favour by booking in advance 🙂
What’s your accessibility policy?
Needless to say, we will do everything we can to ensure that everyone is able to attend and enjoy the festival. A detailed information pack, with guidance on access and accessible facilities, can be found at: www.kenilworthartsfestival.co.uk/about/accessibility.
If you would like to discuss any other questions or access requirments, please email Charlotte at: email@example.com
What’s your sustainability policy?
We try to take a WWGD? (What Would Greta Do?) approach to sustainability. We’re in the process of developing a detailed guiding document, but some things we’re committed to are:
• Meat free catering: we only serve vegetarian food to artists
• Supporting organic / local produce where possible
• Encouraging and supporting train travel over plane travel for overseas artists. We only support short-haul plane travel in exceptional circumstances and in no cases will we support a one-off show that requires long-haul flights. We do want to feature bands from the States / Canada / New Zealand / Turkey (etc), and actively try to book artists from such countries, but only if an appearance at our festival would form part of a broader UK / European tour.
• Engaging with environmental issues in our programme
• Cutting down on single use plastics. We strongly support the new mayor of Kenilworth’s drive to reduce plastic in the town, and will be working with venues to ensure we avoid single use plastics wherever possible.
I'm interested in performing / reading / exhibiting at your festival. How do I apply?
Thank you! That’s great to hear. Specific opportunities will be posted on our Contact page in the months leading up to the festival, so the best bet is to check that page for details. We’re a small team and a small-ish festival, so unfortunately we’re not always in a position to respond to unsolicited submissions from artists.