Festival Friends

Become a Festival Friend

Becoming a Friend of the Festival is easy and a great way to become part of the family.

Since 2017, Newark Book Festival has been sharing good writing, encourage reading, supporting writers and offering the chance for people everywhere to meet authors, illustrators and storytellers through an inclusive and accessible programme of events.

Your support creates unforgettable experiences, gives people the opportunity to see and hear from fantastic authors and illustrators, and nurtures the next generation of writers.

Benefits of becoming a friend

As well as supporting the growth of Newark Book Festival, by becoming a festival friend you’ll benefit from priority tickets, discounts, early access, VIP areas, gifts and more.

Priority Booking

Friends priority booking to secure your seats before they go on general sale.

Festival Gifts

Festival Friends goodie bags, with book-related gifts and discounts to use at local businesses.

First to hear

Receive programme announcements, ticket releases, and news of special events before anyone else.

VIP Areas

Access to the festival VIP areas for refreshments before each event.

Ticket Discounts

Festival Friends exclusive ticket prices, discounted and sometimes free!

Exclusive Events

Invitations to year-round Festival Friends only events, launch events and online events.






Up to 2 adults and 3 children under 16 years




By becoming a Friend of Newark Book Festival, you will be helping us to continue building a festival that inspires, challenges and fires imagination, broadens horizons, champions writing and encourages reading.

As well as enabling us to welcome new and internationally recognised authors to the festival such as: Matt Haig, Joanne Harris, Mark Billingham, David Baldacci, Carole Matthews, Elly Griffiths, Alison Weir, Lucy Rowland, Michelle Harrison, Chris Mould, Mahsuda Snaith, Kanneh-Masons and many more.

Celebration Packages

We also offer Christmas, Occassion and Birthday celebration packages. Get in touch to tell us what you would like and who this membership gift is for.

The cost is the same but includes a printed membership letter, book gift, and Festival bag all wrapped up ready to go - a great way to give a memorable gift!

More ways to get involved

Newark Book Festival Volunteer at Newark Castle

Become a Volunteer

We are looking for aspiring new volunteers of all ages to join Newark Book Festival and help behind the scenes and at our events.

Newark Book Festival - Newark Market Place

Sponsor Newark Book Festival

View our range of Festival sponsorship packages to support the sustainability and legacy of Newark Book Festival.