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Books in the Belfry special event 2nd April 2022

This page is a summary of the information you need to get the most out of the event.

Small image of festival mapTravel & Parking

See the how to find us page for directions to Flamstead.

See the Festival Map for locations of the car parks. Some roads in Flamstead are narrow and/or are bus routes. Please park considerately, using the car parks if possible, and respecting the needs of local residents.

Format & Duration

The main part of the event will last about an hour or possibly slightly more, depending on the number of questions. After that, you have the opportunity to have the author sign one of his books, which you have just bought. The queue for this can be quite long and can take 30 minutes or even longer. If not queuing you can socialise, maybe discuss the books, have a drink, or just leave.

Covid Precautions

All government guidance in force at the time will be followed. The church will be well ventilated so we suggest you wear something warm. Please try to keep your distance from others in any crowded areas when not seated.

Of course, if you have tested positive for Covid-19 or are exhibiting any symptoms, we ask you not to attend. If you notify us before noon on the day of the event, your ticket money will be refunded.

Box Office

Opening hours from 5:00pm on Saturday April 2nd.
Location just outside then from 5:30 inside the church; by the main entrance (North porch)
Ticket sales buy tickets (if still available) – cash only; cash withdrawals can be made at the Post Office during opening hours
Ticket collection pick up tickets bought in advance (please bring confirmation email)

Refreshments & Local Amenities

Location Times Available
Spotted Dog see website details on website
Three Blackbirds see website details on website
Village Stores & Post Office see Facebook page for details newspapers; food; drink; sweets; ice-cream; and much more
Post Office (in Village Stores) as above post office services including cash withdrawals


The church now has a WC. Alternatively the landlord normally kindly agrees for use of the facilities in the Spotted Dog.

Disabled Access

The church has wheelchair access through the North (main) entrance. The W.C. is accessible. There is limited parking for disabled people outside the main entrance; see the Festival Map. Please contact us beforehand if special arrangements are required.

Difficulties & Emergencies

Contact one of the organisers or the Box Office should you need help such as first aid or finding a lost child.

Book Sales & Signings

Harpenden Books are supporting the Festival and will be selling the books associated with the session. After the session there will be the opportunity to meet the author and have your new book signed.


Flamstead is a village of some 1700 people, just off the A5 and Junction 9 of the M1 but the village centre could be in a different world. The Festival takes place around the churchyard, which doubles up as the village green. St Leonard’s, the parish church is on one side of the green, the Village Hall on the other. The Parish Council website has more details.


The Festival raises funds for the benefit of the Friends of St Leonard’s (FOSL) for the conservation and repair of the church building and its surroundings. (But please see note about the 2022 special event.)

While at the Festival do have a look at the mediaeval wall paintings and the many other treasures in the church and enjoy the outside space that also serves as the village green. It is this heritage we need to maintain for the sake of future generations.