The Idler Festival 2019 at Fenton House (Sunday Ticket)

Sunday 14th July

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The Idler has teamed up with the National Trust’s Fenton House, a grand merchant’s dwelling with beautiful walled gardens in Hampstead, to bring you a three day festival of idling in July. This ticket gives you access to the Idler Festival on Sunday 14 July, 12am-7pm. If you would like to attend the full weekend, simply click here to find tickets.


Sally Phillips from Smack the Pony performs an amusing series of silly monologues

Squeeze lyricist Chris Difford reads from his memoir and performs classic hits and new solo material

Garden guru Alys Fowler teaches her tips and tricks in Fenton’s 300 year old orchard

Technology commentator Jamie Bartlett asks, ‘Can democracy survive the internet?’

Killing Joke’s bassist Youth teaches drawing while DJing on the Idler’s Dancette

Mariam Khan and Sufiya Ahamed discuss faith, feminism and race

Viv Groskop on lazy public speaking

Idler editor Tom Hodgkinson, Dr Brendan Burchell and Will Stronge debate the four day week

Buddhist monk Gelong Thubten gets us meditating

Lifestyle writer Kamin Mohammadi teaches us how to live the Italian Bella Figura

Rock journalist Amy Raphael shares her stories of women at the frontline of music

Leading psychotherapist Jonathan Hoban leads a therapeutic walk

David Bramwell on Kit Williams’ 1979 picture book treasure hunt Masquerade

Guy Standing argues that universal basic income would lead to freedom and leisure

Award winning novelist Tim Lott holds a salon on How To Tell A Story

Penguin Classics’ editor Henry Eliot on mazes

David Goodhart editor of Prospect magazine on the rise and potential fall of the cognitive classes

Novelist Louisa Young provides agony aunt one to ones

Sandy Burnett leads a classical music tour through the Baroque Era using Fenton’s oldest harpsichord plus pipes played by Will Summers

There’ll be bibliotherapy, swing dancing, poetry salons, ragtime in the orchard, ukulele and harmonica lessons, idle beekeeping, wandering minstrels, food by Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, tea and treats by Picalilli Caff, and cocktails by Beeble.



14 July


12pm – 7pm


Fenton House, Hampstead Grove, London NW3 6SP



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