How to book tickets for the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

This year’s FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival is once again 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 one hour before the event.

  • In person or by telephone: Blackwell’s bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford, from February 10, 0870 343 1001 (calls cost 6.7p a minute, plus your phone company’s access charge). Mon-Sat 9am-6.30pm (9.30am Tues). Sun 11am-5pm.

  • Festival box office: The box office in the Blackwell’s marquee will be open throughout the festival.

  • Immediately before events: Last-minute tickets are available for purchase from the festival box office in the marquee in the hour 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 one hour before.

    Our box office

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

    We have no need to print tickets and deliver them. Nor is there any need for you to print out your email confirmation. 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, just in case

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

    The WeGotTickets 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 WeGotTickets 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.

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

    As with any large event involving hundreds of participants, it is inevitable that some speakers will have to cancel at the last minute due to illness, bereavement or other circumstances beyond their control. Full refunds will be made for any cancelled events, and the festival will try to find alternative speakers if time allows. Refunds for cancelled events can only be made through the original point of sale.

    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 change venues, alter the programme or substitute writers if circumstances dictate. Tickets are not refundable and cannot be exchanged.