The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival returns to the Old Swan Hotel on Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 July 2024!

For one long, sultry, summer weekend the temperature in Harrogate rises whatever the weather as the world’s hottest celebration of crime writing swings into town. Once tasted, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival leaves you on the edge of your seat, waiting for the next exciting chapter.

The 2024 Festival guarantees thrills, and perhaps a few spills at the hotel bar, at the gathering of the crime writing industry’s self-appointed Annual General Meeting, with a difference! Grab a pint of Yorkshire’s finest ale, relax in the hotel gardens, and dip into an intoxicating mix of comedy, cabaret, heated debate, and scintillating socialising. It would be a murderous misdemeanour to miss it.

It’s the friendliest Festival with its feet firmly on Yorkshire ground. Hang out with your heroes, get an exclusive insight into the Next Big Thing, rub shoulders with the UK’s leading agents, editors and publishers. Be inspired and join in the drama at Agatha Christie’s old haunt: the luxurious Old Swan Hotel.

“Harrogate: a town defined by the Festival” Luca Veste

What are the ticket options?

We have a number of different ticket options, from spending the whole weekend with us to choosing just to catch your favourite author. Tickets are released in stages, so we’ve provided some details below:

Don’t miss a minute of the drama with one of our exclusive Classic Weekend Break Packages, which includes

  • 3 Nights accommodation with breakfast at a Festival hotel arriving Thursday 18 July 2024
  • Access to all events in the Live Event Tent (21 altogether)
  • Priority booking for additional events, including the Author Dinner and publisher events (additional fees may apply)
  • A Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival goody bag.

Click here for more info & how to book

Be up close to the action with access and a guaranteed seat to all events in the Live Event Tent on the day(s) of your choosing, with tickets available from just the one day to the full weekend. And of course, access to our bars, signing room and book shops, as well as going home with your own Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival goody bag.

We have three types of Rover Tickets available:

Friday Rover Tickets: Access to all events on Friday 19 July 2024 in the Live Event Tent (8 events)

Saturday Rover Tickets: Access to all events on  Saturday 20 July 2024 in the Live Event Tent (9 events)

Weekend Rover Tickets: Access to all events from Thursday 18 – Sunday 21 July 2024 in the Live Event Tent (21 events)

Rover Tickets will go on sale late winter/early spring. Sign up to our newsletter to receive more details nearer the time.

Just want to catch a few of your favourite authors? You can purchase tickets just for the events of your choice, whilst still being able to soak in the Festival atmosphere, pop along to the book signing and enjoy a pint of Theakston Old Peculier at the bar.

Tickets for individual events will go on sale late spring 2024. Sign up to our newsletter to receive more details nearer the time.

If you want to be part of the Festival spirit without committing to attending an event, then a Site Pass may be the option for you. Our Site Passes grant you access to the main Festival grounds of The Old Swan Hotel, including the bookshop and the bar.

Please note: Site passes do not give you access to any Live Event tent events – tickets for events must be booked separately. However, if you book a ticket for a Live Event Tent event on a specific day, you are automatically granted access to the site for that day, and so there is no need to purchase a site pass.

For example, if you book to see a panel event on Friday, then you do not need to book a Site Pass for Friday – your ticket to the event automatically grants you access to the site for the whole day. But if you want to meet a friend in the bar on Saturday and you don’t have a ticket for any events on Saturday, then you do need to book a Site Pass for Saturday to be allowed on site.

The cost of a Site Pass cannot be redeemed against the cost of any event tickets you choose to buy for that day, so please do consider carefully if you would like a Site Pass or an event ticket. If you need any further guidance, please do call our Box Office on 01423 562 303.

Site passes will go on sale late spring 2024. Sign up to our newsletter to receive more details nearer the time.

Looking for something special to do for dinner at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival? Then join us for our special Author Dinner, where you can get to know your favourite authors in a relaxed dinner environment. Tickets include a two course meal, a glass of wine and a copy of your table host’s book.

It wouldn’t be a true crime evening without a mystery to be solved  – and will your table be the team to find out who did it?

Click here for more info and book FRIDAY

Click here for more info and book SATURDAY

Creative Thursday will return on 18 July 2024. A day of writing workshops, panel discussions and pitching sessions which no aspiring crime writer will want to miss. They say every day is a school day, but if your favourite lesson is learning how to write a bestselling crime novel, then no day beats Creative Thursday.

Wherever you are in your writing journey, whether on the first chapter or the final draft, you’re guaranteed to pick up pointers which will help polish your prose and perfect your plot. Leading authors and industry professionals are on hand to share their secrets and arm you with everything you need to take that great idea and make it into a great book.

It’s a full day, packed with information, help, encouragement, and diabolically golden advice. Creative Thursday is immersive and unique, and is designed to give you the best chance of getting that publishing deal you dream of.

Hear from successful authors who took the plunge to attend Creative Thursday and subsequently found themselves on the path to publication! Who knows, one day that could be you.

Click here for more info & book tickets

Each year a number of publishers host their own exclusive events during the Festival weekend. Many of these events are free, but do require a ticket to be booked to reserve your space.

Tickets for Publisher Events are announced from Late Spring and in the lead up to the Festival.

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