On the Day

Books in the Belfry special event 2019

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.

Box Office

Opening hours from 6:30pm on Friday October 11th.
Location just 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


A WC is finally being installed in the church. The landlord has kindly agreed for use of the facilities in the Spotted Dog.

Disabled Access

The church now has wheelchair access by means of a fixed ramp.

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 is raising funds for the benefit of the Friends of St Leonard’s (FOSL) for the conservation and repair of the church building and its surroundings especially the roof, which needs major restoration work.

While at the Festival do have a look at the mediaeval wall paintings 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.