A few members of our Daphne du Maurier Society of North America are planning to attend next year’s Fowey Festival. This site was created as an information source for the 2023 festival. As we learn more information – When do tickets go on sale? When can one submit a presentation? Which Society members plan to attend? - the site will be updated.
In the meantime, dust off those duffels, tally up those frequent flyer miles, and plan to meet us for lunch in the charming south Cornwall town of Fowey, England.
The 2023 Fowey Festival is May 12–May 20, 2023. The North America group will attend May 16-May 20, 2023.
“But luxury has never appealed to me, I like simple things, books, being alone, or with somebody who understands me.”
Daphne du Maurier.
Join those of us who feel as Daphne du Maurier does in Fowey for the festival that celebrates her work.!
Founded in 1997, the Fowey Festival was originally called the Daphne du Maurier Festival of Arts and Literature. The village of Fowey has been home to not only du Maurier, but authors Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch and Kenneth Grahame, the author of Wind in The Willows. The festival has grown into one of the most respected literary festivals in Europe. On the festival calendar one can always find an internationally famous author, musical performances of the highest caliber, skilled and gifted artisans, nature walks, and guided tours of the charming town.
As Alfred Hitchcock once said on The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, “Bored you will not be!”
We will be hosting a luncheon for Daphne du Maurier Society of North American members on Wednesday, May 17, 2023. Location and menu will be provided in April 2023.
Havener's 0.2 Miles
Fowey Cottages 0.2 Miles
Retreat to Fowey - various distances
Old Station Masters House 0.2 Miles
Fowey Harbour Hotel 0.2 Miles
Note: Please keep in mind rooms book far in advance.
Note: As we know who is attending the festival, and the dates of attendance, we will make this section a bit more robust. For example, we could organize a group to share a van, etc.
The best way to get from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Fowey is by car. By car, takes about four hours.
Second choice is by train which takes 6h 25m and costs 90 – 175 US dollars.
Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 10 – 15 US dollars and takes 7h 28m.
ARRIVING BY CAR The Town Centre Car Park, (formally Main Car Park), PL23 1ET and the Caffa Mill Car Park, PL23 1DF are well signposted. Both are about 5 minutes walk into town. Parking information can be found at: www.cornwall.gov.uk
ARRIVING BY BUS A local minibus service runs around the town calling at the Town Centre Car Park and the Town center between 10am-7pm about every 15 minutes. An extended service will operate from the bus stop by the church up to the Town Car Park for 30 minutes after the evening performances. Please check locally for updates. Regular bus services run between St. Austell (incl. Par Railway Station) and Fowey: Enquiries 0871 200 2233 or visit www.travelinesw.com
ARRIVING BY FERRY Bodinnick Car Ferry: from Bodinnick (Looe direction) to Caffa Mill. For up-to-date information visit www.ctomsandson.co.uk/bodinnick-ferry. Polruan Pedestrian and Cycle Ferry from Polruan to central Fowey – Town Quay (look for the signs). Tel: 01726 870232. The timings first thing and last thing are between Polruan to Fowey Town Quay – 7.15am to 9pm Mon-Friday, 7.30am to 9pm Saturday, 10am to 5pm Sunday, until 15 May. Any late ferries (after 9pm) will need to be booked via the main office on 01726 870232. From 16 May times as above, except between 9.45am and 5.15pm services are between Polruan and Whitehouse Slip in Fowey. All other times are between Polruan and Town Quay.
Tickets are on sale for 2022.
Information on 2023 tickets will be available in due course - probably January 2023.
Check out this year’s website to read about all the great presentations and events: https://www.foweyfestival.com
Information on submissions will be added when available.
Fowey is a port town and civil parish at the mouth of the River Fowey in south Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The town has been in existence since well before the Norman invasion, with the local church first established sometime in the 7th century; the estuary of the river Fowey forms a natural harbor which enabled the town to become an important trading center. Our dear Daphne du Maurier used to make the ten-minute drive from Menabilly, her home, to the Fowey corner shop and to patronize the local bookstore.