How to book tickets for the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

This year’s FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival is a ‘ticketless’ event. No physical tickets will be posted to those who have booked. The booking reference you receive with your email confirmation – or printed-out confirmation if you have no access to email – is your ticket. On the door, we will ask for the name and postcode of the person who booked the ticket.

Tickets can be bought as follows:

  • Online: Please visit Tickets can be booked up to two hours before the event.

  • In person or by telephone: Tickets can be booked at the box office at Blackwell’s Bookshop, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BQ. The box office number is 0870 343 1001 and opening hours are Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm and Sunday 11am-5pm. The box office in Blackwell’s bookshop will close at 6pm on Friday, March 21, 2014, and be replaced by the festival box office in the Blackwell’s marquee on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

  • Festival box office: The box office in the Blackwell’s marquee will be open throughout the festival. Telephone 0870 343 1001.
    Festival box office opening hours are:
    Saturday 22 March 9am to 6.30pm
    Sunday 23 March 9am to 4.30pm
    Monday 24 March 10am to 6.30pm
    Tuesday 25 March 9am to 8.00pm
    Wednesday 26 March 9am to 8.00pm
    Thursday 27 March 9am to 8.00pm
    Friday 28 March 9am to 6.30pm
    Saturday 29 March 9am to 6.30pm
    Sunday 30 March 9am to 4pm

  • Immediately before events: Last-minute tickets are available for purchase from the festival box office in the marquee in the two hours leading up to each event.

    Note:We strongly recommend that all festival-goers purchase their tickets well before the events as the festival box office can get very busy. Our new box office system means you will not require a physical ticket unless you book at the last minute. Your details will be recorded on the door of the event as long as you book online or through the festival box office up to two hours before.

    You should allow at least an extra 15 minutes if you are purchasing tickets for events at Christ Church, Corpus Christi College and the Ashmolean.

    Our new box office

    The festival has a new box office developed for us by the leading online ticket agency WeGot Tickets. Online sales are made through WeGot Tickets online booking system. In-person and telephone sales are made through the festival’s own box office developed for us by WeGot Tickets.

    For the first time, we are able to integrate pre-festival and on-festival ticket sales, a major improvement for the festival administration. There is no queuing to pick up tickets and we can quickly access customer booking details and more easily contact you in the event of last-minute cancellations or changes.

    Finally, it is better for the environment. We have no need to print tickets and deliver them. Nor is there any need for you to print out your email confirmation. You can store it on your mobile device or make a note of the booking reference. In any event, we will have your name and postcode on the door recorded against the tickets you purchased for that event. We do advise that you bring along some form of identification with either a photo or signature.

    As always, please make sure you arrive in plenty of time, particularly for the big events at the Sheldonian Theatre, which often sell out.

    The WeGot Tickets system is very flexible. For example, if you are buying tickets for someone else, such as for a present, you can reallocate them through your WeGot Tickets account or through the point of sale if you bought at Blackwell’s or through the festival box office. If you do have any issues with your booking, you should refer in the first instance to the point of sale, ie WeGot Tickets, Blackwell’s or the festival box office in the marquee. Refunds can only be made through the original point of sale.

    You can find out more about how the ticketing system works at

    Children’s Events

    Ticket prices shown are for children and adults. There are no concessions. Children under two are admitted free. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult (aged 18 or over); the festival cannot accept responsibility for the safety of unaccompanied children. The accompanying adult must have a valid ticket.

    Children over 13 cannot be responsible for younger children, although they may attend events alone as long as they are taken to and collected from the specific event venue.

    Disabled access

    Please check our location and travel page or with the box office for information on disabled access for each event.

    Unless otherwise stated, events and panel discussions last one hour.

    The FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival reserves the right to alter the programme or substitute writers if circumstances dictate. Tickets are not refundable and cannot be exchanged.