Literary Festival: Visitor Information and FAQs
Travelling to Boughton
Boughton is easy to reach by road or rail.
Boughton House is situated off the A43, three miles north of Kettering, through the village of Geddington.
If you are visiting Boughton and using a route finder or a satellite navigation system, the postcode to use to arrive at the estate is NN14 1BJ. When you go through Geddington, please follow the brown tourism signs to reach the public and delivery entrance.
East Midlands Trains run regular services to Kettering from London St Pancras which take just under one hour. To save money on the fare, we advise splitting the ticket.
On reaching Kettering by public transport, we would recommend a taxi for the remaining three mile journey to Boughton. One Kettering based firm you could try is KLM Taxi’s, they can be reached on 01536 310123.
There is no scheduled public transport route direct to Boughton House due to its rural location.
Car Parking and Arrival
Parking is available free of charge on site at a distance of 75 meters (246ft) from the Stable Yard.
Drop offs/Pick ups
All drop offs and pick ups should be in the car park. It is then a short walk from the car park to the Festival site.
There are 8 blue badge spaces available in the car park.
The disabled/ impaired mobility pick-up and drop-off point is at the entrance to the Stable Yard for easier access. We then ask that cars are then parked in the main car park.
The surface from the car park to the main accessible entrance is paved with a light gravel top that does not impede wheelchair access. However, there is a small declining slope from car park to the Stable Yard and an incline on the route to the accessible entrance on the West Front of the main House.
Most areas surrounding the entrance to the House itself and the Stable Yard area, which includes the Gift Shop, Tea Room and Reception, are paved with a very small layer of granite chippings that do not impede wheelchair mobility, or cobbled.
For Boughton’s access statement see: http://www.boughtonhouse.co.uk/plan-a-visit/accessibility/
For more information about Boughton see: www.boughtonhouse.co.uk
Food and drink
Picnics will be available to purchase on site. You are of course welcome to bring your own picnic if you prefer.
As part of our environmental policy, we do not issue paper tickets.
We ask each guest to bring a form of identification with them, such as a credit card or driver’s license.
What is included in the price of a ticket?
A ticket will give you access to all talks and events, depending on venue capacity. It will also give you exclusive access to the grounds, including the Dower House garden.
A small part of the main house, including the Tapestry Suite and Great Hall will also be open to Festival guests as part of the talks. Boughton will otherwise be closed to the public. A special exhibition on the evolution of the gardens and landscape of Boughton is housed in the Stewards Hall and Unfinished Wing.
Is lunch included?
Lunch and refreshments are not included in the price of a ticket. You may purchase these on site or you may bring your own picnic. Alcohol will be on sale on site.
Is accommodation included?
Accommodation is not included in the price of a ticket. Hotels in the area include:
Holiday Inn (Corby) and Holiday Inn Express (Kettering) and the Kettering Park Hotel and Spa as well as a small number of B&Bs. We recommend booking early.
I’ve booked a ticket but can’t come. Can I get a refund?
We don’t offer refunds, but we might be able to offer an exchange for an alternative Garden Museum event. Please call the Museum on 020 7401 8865.
Can I see all the talks?
Tickets gives you access to all events. You will not however, be able to see every talk, as there will often be more than one happening at the same time. Garden Tours have a limited capacity, and are dealt with on a first-come first-served basis.
What if it’s raining?
In the true British spirit, we carry on. The majority of the talks will be inside the House, and so will be protected from the elements. Outdoor talks areas will be covered by a marquee but obviously umbrellas will be required for garden tours. Covered areas will be available for eating lunch.
Is there anything for children?
Children are very welcome, but please note there are no events specifically for younger children.
How does the seating work?
All seating is unallocated and works on a first-come first-served basis.
Are books on sale?
A selection of books by all our speakers will be on sale.
Can I bring a picnic?
Yes! All we would ask is that extra care is taken not to leave any litter behind.
Can I bring my dog?
Sadly, dogs - or indeed more exotic pets - are not allowed on the festival site.