The Idler Festival 2019 at Fenton House (Weekend Ticket)

Friday 12th July to Sunday 14th July

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Viv Groskop – Ben Moor – Joanna Neary – Jamie Bartlett – Josh Cohen – Decca Aitkenhead – Gelong Thubten – Zoe Adjonyoh – Kamin Mohammadi – David Bramwell – Clare Pollard – The Magic Lantern – Sandy Burnett – Dom Aversano – Dr Matthew Green – Anita Miller – Jonathan Hoban

Plus philosophy, bibliotherapy, ukulele, harmonica, local walks, harpsichord recitals, drawing, poetry, beekeeping, wandering minstrels, agony aunt sessions, tarot reading, dancing, knitting and much more to be announced

Fenton House will be transformed into a fantastical school for the weekend, with events taking place in most of the rooms inside as well as out on the lawn and in the orchard.

Michael Palin said, ‘The Idler Festival at Fenton House is an Arcadian idyll. A beautiful house and garden embraces a whole host of activities. The ideas and talks are all the better for being aired in the open, and the home-made sausage rolls are the best this side of heaven. Immensely civilised…a balmy, magical atmosphere.’


Festivalgoers gather on the lawn for Michael Palin’s talk

Fenton is a Queen Anne merchant’s house in the heart of Hampstead village. Its elegant reception rooms and bedrooms will set the scene for Idler Academy tutors to host salons where you can drop in and ask questions over a cocktail. There will also be wandering minstrels, swing dancing lessons, Rag Time in the orchard, local walks, beekeeping, ukulele and harmonica lessons, fortune telling, bibliotherapy and occult poetry, and modern Ghanaian food by Zoe Adjonyoh.


Busy doing nothing: lounging in Fenton’s beautiful orchard

Location: Fenton House is a brick mansion with a walled garden built for a wealthy merchant in the 17th century. It houses the Benton Fletcher collection of harpsichords, 17th-century needlework, a ceramics collection featuring Chinese and 18th-century pieces, formal lawns, a sunken rose garden, yew hedges, a 300-year-old orchard and a working kitchen garden. It was given to the National Trust by the last owner Lady Binning in 1952.


Lady Binning’s bedroom, photo by National Trust


Friday 12th: 6pm-9pm

Saturday 13th: 11am-11pm

Sunday 14th: 11am-7pm


Early Bird Weekend Tickets – SOLD OUT

Tier Two Weekend Tickets – SOLD OUT

Weekend Tickets – £105

Click ‘buy now’ at the top of this page to reserve yours.

Limited day tickets will be available at a later stage.




12-14 July 2019


Friday: 4pm – 9pm | Saturday: 11am – 11pm | Sunday: 11am – 7pm


Fenton House, Hampstead Grove, London NW3 6SP, The Duke of Hamilton, 23-25 New End, Hampstead, London NW3 1JD


Weekend Ticket: £105

Parking Instructions

Limited on-street metered parking Friday/Saturday. No parking restrictions on Sundays.

Nearest tube

Hampstead station


Building – there are two steps to entrance, ramp available.
Grounds – accessible route round upper walk and south garden to Main Stage.

To Book

Add to basket or call 0203 176 7907


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