Visiting the Festival

The 2019 Book Festival takes place from 10-26 August. Open from 9.30am until late. 

Entry to the Book Festival Village is FREE and EVERYONE is welcome! There is much to enjoy during a visit to the Book Festival, it's not only about the events.

The Festival's home in the beautiful, leafy Charlotte Square Gardens and along the west end of George Street is a wonderful space in which to sit, talk, think, play and be entertained.

You can see a favourite author, join in a workshop or debate, enjoy a cuppa in the café, a beer or a wee dram in the bar, or simply park yourself on the grass (with or without a book) and soak up the atmosphere.


We run three independent bookshops in the Book Festival village: one for adults (open 9:30-22:00 daily), stocking thousands of titles, and the Baillie Gifford Children's Bookshop (open 9:30-20:30 daily) in Charlotte Square Gardens, the biggest bookshop dedicated to children's books in the country.

We also have a smaller bookshop on George Street (open 9:30-22:00 daily) where drop-in workshops take place. The bookshops stock titles by visiting authors plus a wide array of contemporary literature and books from Scottish publishers with all proceeds going directly back into the Book Festival.

There are plenty of refreshments on site with our cafés offering a variety of fairtrade hot and cold drinks, light snacks, yummy cakes and ice cream, plus fully-licensed bars.

And we have a mini-festival called Unbound - it's a nightly literary cabaret which takes place in the Spiegeltent from 9pm until 11pm and offers authors the opportunity to try new approaches. You can expect a mix of performance, literature, music, spoken word, comedy and a few surprises. It is absolutely free, so come along one evening with some friends, grab a drink from the bar and soak up the atmosphere. 

 Remember, entry to the Book Festival Village is FREE and EVERYONE is welcome!

See our Access page for more information on our facilities for visitors with access requirements, including guides on what to expect when coming to the Book Festival village.