Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

22-25 July 2021 | Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate


We are working hard on 2021’s Festival and have ambitions to run a live event in July. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be extremely dynamic with rules and regulations changing constantly. We are adapting and evolving operational plans to be able to deliver a safe Festival in line with the government regulations at the time.

We remain optimistic about the year ahead and like you, we are very much looking forward to the return of live events. We do hope to be able to welcome you back to the home of Crime Fiction this summer, from the 22nd to the 25th of July. Be sure to pencil those dates in the diary.

If you have any questions, please email

In the meantime, don’t forget to check out HIF Player (our free on demand event platform), our podcast, You’re Booked, our Book Of The Month, stand alone events and much more – discover our online Festival now.

What’s On

Discover our upcoming streamed events.

HIF Player

Bringing events to life digitally. Watch and listen here.

Book Of The Month

Read along with us this month.

You’re Booked

Author interviews and book reviews, a must for any reader.

Family Resources

A host of collated fun ideas, activities, lesson plans, and workshops to make life for families just a little bit easier.

Crime Writing Festival Sponsors