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Fenton House is a 17th-century brick mansion surrounded by a walled garden with formal lawns, a sunken rose garden, yew hedges, a 300-year-old orchard and a working kitchen garden. Fenton houses a huge collection of harpsichords and during the Idler Festival becomes a soundscape of harpsichord recitals. On display will be Fenton’s collections of 17th-century needlework and ceramics featuring Chinese and 18th-century pieces. Fenton was given to the National Trust by the last owner Lady Binning in 1952.

Fenton House, Hampstead Grove, Hampstead, London NW3 6SP

Friday 5 July to Sunday 7 July 2024

Early Bird Tickets: £120 [SOLD OUT]
Full Price Tickets: £135
Friday Day Ticket: £50
Saturday Day Ticket: £60
Sunday Day Ticket: £60

Friday: 6pm – 9pm
Saturday: 12pm – 7pm
Sunday: 12pm – 7pm

Please note, these times reflect when events will be programmed. The gates of Fenton House will open for accreditation at 5:30pm on Friday and at 11:45am on Saturday and Sunday.

Please bring a copy of your booking confirmation to receive your wristband at the gate. Wristbands entitle you to come and go from the site while the gates are open.

Disabled tickets:
The Idler Festival welcomes deaf and disabled guests and we’re working hard to ensure that we are as accessible as possible to everyone. We offer free personal assistant tickets for eligible guests. The types of supporting documentation we accept are as follows: DLA/PIP letter or equivalent (dated within the last three years) / A verifiable medical professional’s letter / D/deaf or blind registration / The Access Card / Blue Badge + Photo ID. Please contact or call 0203 176 7907 to find out more.

Nearest tube:
Hampstead Underground Station

Building: there are two steps to the entrance which provide access to the Dining Room and bookshop; a ramp is available.
Toilets: there are toilets inside the building on the first floor (accessible via the stairs only) and portaloos in the yard, which are accessible from the road (level access) or from the Lawn (via stairs)
Grounds: there is an accessible route around the upper walk and south garden which provides access to the Main Stage.
Seating: there will be seating available at all stages, though seating on the lawn is limited and those with the most need will be prioritised.
Please write to if you have any questions about access.

There is limited on-street metered parking in Hampstead on Friday/Saturday. Paid carparks can be found nearby at Hampstead Heath. There are no parking restrictions on Sundays so you can park for free nearby.

The Idler Festival does not offer overnight accommodation but you can find a range of local options here.

The festival programme with timings will be released to ticket buyers two weeks before the festival. Please keep an eye on your emails. Printed programmes will be available for free on site.

Some workshops and activities with limited spaces are subject to additional booking fees to ensure that materials can be provided and to avoid no-shows. Booking for these activities will open in the week before the festival.

Food & Drink:
There will be a bar in the Orchard and a food vendor on the Main Lawn. Tap water will be available at the bar and the food vendor.

The traders, bookshop, and bar will take payments by card but you may find it useful to bring cash, just in case.

Children at the Idler Festival:
We offer half-price tickets to under 16s. Please call 02031767907 to book. Please note that there are no children’s areas at the festival and no events aimed specifically at children. That said, older children may enjoy the talks and workshops. Families with babies are welcome and will find plenty of quiet spots in the garden.

Dogs at the Idler Festival:
There are no dogs allowed on the Idler Festival site (apart from registered guide dogs).

Terms and Conditions:
Festival tickets are fully transferable. This means if you are unable to attend an event or course you have booked, then you may pass your ticket on. Please contact us at with your details and the details of the person to whom you would like to transfer your ticket(s). If you would like to cancel a ticket, we accept cancellations for up to 28 days before the festival, refunding your money in full. Fewer than 28 days before the festival and we shall not be able to offer a refund.

Poster and borders by Alice Smith. Photos by Monika S. Jakubowska. Video by Joanna Lake.

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