Ticket info:

  • Day passes (£35) – access to all events on that day and entrance to the festival site.
  • Individual events (price as advertised) – includes entrance to the festival site.
  • Entrance only (£5) – does not include access to any ticketed events.
  • Children under 14 (free) – must enter accompanied by an adult.
  • You can buy tickets here.

Jul 15 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Nicholas Crane – The Making of the British Landscape @ The Garden Tent
10:30 am
Award-winning writer, President of the Royal Geographical Society and co-presenter of the BBC’s Coast series, Nicholas Crane embarks upon an epic geological journey across 12,000 years of the British landscape, from the Ice Age to the twenty-first century, combining the latest scientific research on climate change with captivating story-telling. This urgent and timely new book…
Jul 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lucy Strange - The Secret of Nightingale Wood @ The Yurt
11:00 am
1919. Henry has moved to the countryside with her parents and her baby sister, Piglet – all still scarred by the death of her brother. Alone in her head, she begins to explore her surroundings, encouraged by her only friends – characters from her favourite books. Nobody much notices when she wanders into the woods…
Jul 15 @ 11:00 am – 4:30 pm
Woodland fairytale adventure @ The Weald Den
11:00 am
Come and join this secret fairytale adventure into the woods and discover some fairy magic at Boldshaves… Suitable for ages 3+. Various adventures will be going on throughout the weekend, so head over to the Wondrous Events stall to find out more…
Jul 15 @ 11:30 am – 5:30 pm
Badger Bushcraft
11:30 am
We are delighted to have Badger Bushcraft with us at this year’s festival.  Phil has an infectious passion for all aspects of bushcraft and country living combined with an exceptionally professional attitude, a host of relevant qualifications, years of experience and tremendous enthusiasm.  He will be running various bushcraft events throughout the weekend – drop…
Jul 15 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Clover Stroud - The Wild Other @ The Garden Tent
12:15 pm
Clover Stroud talks about her powerful story of an idyllic Oxfordshire childhood shattered by a riding accident that left her mother permanently brain-damaged and sent her searching for a sense of home that had been so violently broken. The author’s search saw her on a journey that took in gipsy camps in Ireland, the rodeos…
Jul 15 @ 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Storytelling with Beanstalk @ The Weald Den
12:30 pm
Life is better when everyone can read well and express themselves confidently. Beanstalk is a national charity that provides one-to-one literacy support to children who struggle with their reading. The charity recruits, trains and supports volunteers to provide one-to-one literacy support in primary schools. Beanstalk’s trained reading helpers transform the lives of the children they support,…
Jul 15 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Carol Donaldson - On the Marshes @ The Yurt
1:30 pm
In 2014 Carol Donaldson set out on a series of walks across the marshes, travelling from Gravesend to Whitstable. Both an act of pilgrimage for a landscape she loves and a journey of discovery into why people are drawn to live there, Carol meets and stays with the houseboat owners and caravan dwellers, the hermits…
Jul 15 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Naomi Howarth - Tug of War @ The Weald Den
1:30 pm
Naomi Howarth is an author, illustrator and designer based in London. Her book, The Crow’s Tale, was shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize 2015. In this event, Naomi will be reading her latest book, Tug of War, and leading an art class in which you can learn how to draw the animals she depicts.…
Jul 15 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Jay Griffiths - Journeys through Wilderness @ The Garden Tent
2:30 pm
In Philip Pullman’s words, Jay Griffiths’ “work isn’t just good – it’s necessary.” Jay Griffiths is an award-winning author of books including Wild: An Elemental Journey, Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape and Tristimania. In its urgent defence of the rights and needs of every child, Kith is an impassioned, illuminating analysis of the heart of…
Jul 15 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Writing Nature Memoir (2 hours) @ The Yurt
3:00 pm
Our emotional journeys are often reflected by physical journeys: long walks, explorations of faraway spaces, or obsessions with wild things. In recent years, writers have found rich pickings in nature memoir, with books like Wild, H is for Hawk and The Outrun winning the hearts of readers and becoming a permanent fixture in the bestseller…
Jul 15 @ 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Hugh Warwick and Mark Cocker - Linescapes @ The Garden Tent
4:15 pm
In his latest book, Linescapes, Hugh Warwick unravels the far-reaching ecological consequences of the lines we have drawn through our hedges, walls, roads and railways: as our lives and our land were being fenced in and threaded together, so wildlife habitats have been cut into ever smaller, and increasingly unviable, fragments. He offers a fresh…
Gardening Q&A @ The Yurt
Jul 15 @ 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm
Gardening Q&A @ The Yurt
5:15 pm
Drop-in gardeners surgery where you will be able to come and ask all sorts of gardening related queries to our team of experienced gardeners.
Melissa Harrison celebrates the four seasons in conversation with Dan Richards @ The Garden Tent
6:00 pm
The Seasons Anthologies, edited by Melissa Harrison and published in association with The Wildlife Trusts, is a true celebration of the seasons. A collection of writing both classic and modern, and from all corners of the UK, these anthologies mix prose and poetry dating back a thousand years to tell the story of each season’s…
Nature Trails @ Boldshaves
Jul 16 all-day
Nature Trails @ Boldshaves
12:00 am
Please feel free to enjoy the woods, garden and fields surrounding Boldshaves.  All trails begin from below The Weald Den.  Just follow the markers or feel free to ramble at your will.
Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE, Anna Pavord & Oliver Hilliam: The Land - Past, Present, Future @ The Garden Tent
10:30 am
Fiona Reynolds, Anna Pavord and Oliver Hilliam explore the joys to be found in nature, the threats faced by today’s landscapes and the possible solutions to some of the pressing issues of our times. Fiona Reynolds is Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and a former Director-General of the National Trust. In her first book, The…
Jul 16 @ 11:00 am – 4:30 pm
Woodland fairytale adventure @ The Weald Den
11:00 am
Come and join this secret fairytale adventure into the woods and discover some fairy magic at Boldshaves… Suitable for ages 3+. Various adventures will be going on throughout the weekend, so head over to the Wondrous Events stall to find out more…
Jul 16 @ 11:30 am – 5:30 pm
Badger Bushcraft
11:30 am
We are delighted to have Badger Bushcraft with us at this year’s festival.  Phil has an infectious passion for all aspects of bushcraft and country living combined with an exceptionally professional attitude, a host of relevant qualifications, years of experience and tremendous enthusiasm.  He will be running various bushcraft events throughout the weekend – drop…
Jul 16 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Mark Cocker – Moth Trapping, Wildlife Safari @ The Yurt
11:30 am
Join Mark Cocker, the celebrated author, naturalist and environmental tutor, on a wildlife safari exploring the gardens at Boldshaves. The focus of this event will be on bumblebees and moths, two of the most important indicators of a healthy environment. Weather dependent, Mark will be showing and identifying moths from a moth trap he will have laid overnight. Spaces…
Jul 16 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Children's Arts & Crafts @ The Weald Den
12:00 pm
We will be running an all day children’s arts and crafts workshop where all ages are welcome to get involved.  More details to follow soon…
Jul 16 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Philip Hoare in conversation with Tim Dee - RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR @ The Garden Tent
12:15 pm
Philip Hoare, author of Leviathan, or, The Whale, returns to an aquatic theme with his new book, RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR, a composite portrait of the subtle, beautiful and inspired ways in which we have come to terms with our watery planet. In his latest book, the author goes in pursuit of human and animal stories of the…
Jul 16 @ 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Storytelling with Beanstalk @ The Weald Den
12:30 pm
Life is better when everyone can read well and express themselves confidently. Beanstalk is a national charity that provides one-to-one literacy support to children who struggle with their reading. The charity recruits, trains and supports volunteers to provide one-to-one literacy support in primary schools. Beanstalk’s trained reading helpers transform the lives of the children they support,…
Jul 16 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Walkshop & Soundshot @ The Yurt
12:30 pm
Walkshop & Soundshot This workshop brings together individual experiences of place to create a shared ‘soundshot’ of the festival site. Focusing on the senses, you will use simple psychogeographical techniques to explore your surroundings and create a text map, charting your experience of walking around Boldshaves. Sharpening your listening skills, you’ll use freewriting approaches to record found and environmental sounds. At the…
Jul 16 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Richard Osmond - Useful Verses @ The Yurt
1:30 pm
Richard Osmond’s brilliant debut poetry collection, Useful Verses, follows in the tradition of the best nature writing, being as much about the human world as the natural, the present as the past: Osmond, a professional forager, has a deep knowledge of flora and fauna as they appear in both natural and human history, as they…
Jul 16 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Alys Fowler in conversation with Allan Jenkins @ The Garden Tent
2:30 pm
Leaving her garden to the mercy of the slugs, award-winning writer, journalist and gardener Alys Fowler set out in an inflatable kayak to explore Birmingham’s canal network, full of little-used waterways where huge pike skulk and kingfishers dart. Her beautiful memoir is about noticing the wild everywhere and what it means to see beauty where…
Jul 16 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Yuval Zommer - The Big Book of Beasts @ The Yurt
3:30 pm
It’s time to unleash the beasts! The Big Book of Beasts is the amazing follow-up to the successful The Big Book of Bugs – but this time it’s all about the bigger creatures that inhabit our planet. Yuval Zommer, the book’s author and illustrator, will be sharing amazing facts about some beastly characters from the book (i.e. lions, tigers, bears, hippos, hyenas and…
Jul 16 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Will Ashon in conversation with Dan Richards – Strange Labyrinth @ The Garden Tent
4:00 pm
In litter-strewn Epping Forest on the edge of London, might a writer find that magical moment of transcendence? He will certainly discover filthy graffiti and frightening dogs, as well as world-renowned artists and fading celebrities, robbers, lovers, ghosts and poets. But will he find himself? Or a version of himself he might learn something from?…
Jul 16 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Reverend Peter Owen Jones – Pathlands @ The Yurt
4:30 pm
The Reverend Peter Owen Jones has walked the length and breadth of the British Isles. In Pathlands, he has collected 21 of his favourite circular walks and shares his thoughts on the experience and the transformative experience of walking. Peter has fronted many acclaimed television documentaries including, most recently, South Downs: England’s Mountains Green, in which…
Christopher Somerville – The January Man: A Year of Walking Britain @ The Garden Tent
6:00 pm
The January Man is the story of a year of walks. Month by month, region by region, and season by season, Times columnist and author Christopher Somerville walks the British Isles, following routes that remind him of his father with whom he shared a love of long distance walking. As he travels the country from the…