The Idler Festival 2020 – Weekend Tickets On Sale Now


A weekend of talks, debates, comedy, music and merriment in the idyllic surroundings of Fenton House and Gardens

After 2019’s sell-out festival, the Idler magazine is once again taking over Fenton House in Hampstead from Friday 10 July to Sunday 12 July.

The Idler Festival 2020 will include performances by author Will Self, Suede frontman Brett Anderson, and actor and screenwriter Simon Farnaby. Comedian Sally Phillips will return to keep us in stitches for the third year running. Master forager Roger Phillips, style guru Peter York, acclaimed author Olivia Laing and journalist Hadley Freeman will also be among the speakers.

Tier Two tickets (saving £15 or 12% on full weekend ticket price) are on sale now.

Festival-goers gather on Fenton’s lawn

Once again we’ll be transforming Fenton House with its orchard and ornamental gardens into our dream school for a bucolic weekend on the edge of central London. There will be big name headliners and a wealth of fascinating talks and workshops, plus merry-making in the evenings.

Other speakers include economist Richard Layard, Professor Guy StandingPermaculture founder Maddy Harland, journalist Kate Spicer, natural navigator Tristan Gooley, anthropologist David Graeber, tech reformer Wendy Liu, medicinal cannabis expert Dr Julie Moltke, author Catrina Davies, war journalist Sean Langan, and much more to be announced.

Favourite Idler activities Philosophy, Beekeeping, Ukulele, Harmonica, Tarot Reading and The Art Car Boot Fair will be back.

Just the thing to give your soul a treat.

A salon in Lady Binning’s bedroom

This is what festival-goers said about 2019:

A wonderful weekend… An event that expanded my mind and made me re-evaluate so much in my life.

A soul-soothing bucolic haven of unexpected loveliness.

Relaxed and imbibed with calmness and a sense of purpose.  

The orchard at Fenton House

Location: 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.


Super Early Bird Tickets: SOLD OUT

Early Bird Tickets: SOLD OUT

Second Tier Tickets: £110 plus tax and booking fee

Full Price Tickets: £125 plus tax and booking fee.



Useful Information

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

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

Please note, these times reflect the programme with some events taking place off-site. Fenton House is open from 6pm – 9pm on Friday and 12pm – 7pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Nearest tube:
Hampstead Underground Station

Building – there are two steps to the entrance which provides access to the Dining Room and bookshop; a ramp is available.
Grounds – there is an accessible route around the upper walk and south garden which provides access to the Main Stage.

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.

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

Children at the Idler Festival:
We offer half-price tickets to under 16s. Call to book. Please note, there are no children’s areas at the festival and no events aimed specifically at children. Older children may enjoy the talks. 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).