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Visiting Cornwall's Guide to the
Daphne du Maurier Festival 7th May to 16th May 2009

Festival Brochure for 2008
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The festival began in 1997 and is now a regular fixture in Cornwall's cultural calendar. Set in and around the picturesque town of Fowey and its neighbouring villages, the Festival is a magical ten days of talks, music, comedy, drama and song. There are also guided walks, boat trips, exhibitions and more. There really is something for everyone.
It's the Festival's eclectic mix of events that gives it such charm. The warm welcome offered by the town and its residents is another reason why Festival goers return again and again. If you've never been before, why not make this year the year to visit Cornwall for Fowey's fun and friendly festival?

Links to Information on the Festival website
General Information
Visitor Information
2009 Festival Program
Festival Tickets (from March 2009)
On this page:
How to get there
The du Maurier Theatre and Festival Marquee
Festival Tickets
Who's appearing for 2009
How to get there
By Car
From the M5 at Exeter, there is a choice of routes, A38 or A30, of which the latter is now virtually all dual carriageway to beyond Bodmin.
From the A30, after Bodmin, take the A391 to St Austell and then the A3082 to Fowey.
From the A38, at Dobwalls, take the A390 through Lostwithiel to St Blazey and then follow the signs to Fowey.
Parking in Fowey: the Main Car Park, on Hanson Drive as you enter Fowey from St Austell or the Caffa Mill Car Park, in Station Road, if approaching from the Bodinnick Ferry.
There are 2 Car Parks at, or near to, Caffa Mill - an easy, level walk to the town events.
The Beach Car Park, close to Readymoney Cove provides an alternative for day-long parking.
Polruan has a large car park at the top of the village.
Bodinnick has very limited parking.
Weekly and Daily Car Parking tickets are available for all of Restormel Car Parks. In Fowey these are; the 'Main', 'Readymoney' and 'Caffa Mill' Car Parks, but they apply across the Borough, including Newquay on the north coast. They give unlimited time in Long Stay Car Parks and a certain time in Short Stay Car Parks.
The Daily tickets can be purchased from the ticket machine in the car park.
The Weekly tickets (35) can be purchased (Pound coins!) from the ticket machine in the car park, from Fowey TIC (in person only, in cash and with your car registration number) or from Restormel Borough Council in advance, phone (01726) 223 303.
By Rail
All rail services stop at St Austell (9 miles from Fowey) and some stop at Par (4 miles from Fowey). Enquiries: 08457 484950
By Air
Fly to Newquay Cornwall Airport (28 miles from Fowey) - more details on our Transport page.
By Coach
National Express coaches stop at St Austell and St Blazey.
Local Ferries
Car Ferry - between Caffa Mill, Fowey and Bodinnick every 10-15 minutes. Last ferry around 8:40 pm
Pedestrian Ferry - between Whitehouse Quay, Esplanade, Fowey and Polruan every 15 minutes until 6:15 pm. Thereafter from Town Quay, Fowey until 11:00 pm.
By Cross-Channel Ferry
Brittany Ferries arrive in Plymouth.
Further east, Portsmouth has convenient links with Caen, Le Havre and Cherbourg
Local Buses
A free mini-bus service operates between the Festival Village and the town centre calling at Caffa Mill, Fowey Docks and the Main Car Park during the Festival. It operates between 6:45 pm and 8:15 pm and again from 10:00 pm to 11:30 pm. The Free Mini-bus Service is provided by Fowey Town Council.
Other regular bus services operate between St Austell and Fowey, passing through St Blazey, Par and Tywardreath (Timetable enquiries: 0870 6082608)
By Yacht
Fowey is a very popular, well equipped and scenic mooring if you're arriving by yacht.
Access to the Theatre and the Marquee
Both the du Maurier Theatre and Festival Marquee are sited on the Festival Village. Please park in the Main Car Park, Hanson Drive, Fowey. Due to construction works at Fowey Hall Hotel, there will be alternative pedestrian access arrangements to the Festival Village this year. Strictly no access for vehicles. Please follow the signs.
Disabled Access
If assistance is required for a disabled person, leave a message for the Organisers on (01726) 223 535, giving your phone number. They will call you back about providing an escort from the Fowey Hall Hotel car park. Drivers must not park their cars in the hotel car park.
Disabled parking is now Free. There is parking for disabled people in the Main Car Park.
Disabled access to Community Events By virtue of the range of venues, the quality of access may vary. Please contact the organisers to verify the conditions applying - many events are of a temporary nature. Further information is available on the Festival Website.
Venue Seating Capacity
Festival Marquee - 600
Du Maurier Theatre - 150
Town Hall - 100
Festival Tickets - on sale from March 9th
By Telephone - 0845 094 0428 (Local Call Rate) or 01726 879 500 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Saturday
10:00am - 5:00pm Sat - Sun
By mail before the Festival - Daphne du Maurier Festival Box Office, Cornish Riviera Box Office @ St Austell TIC, Southbourne Road, St Austell Cornwall, PL25 4RS
Open to Festival patrons from 6th March and to the general public from 13th March.
NB. There is a Booking Fee of 1.50 and Postage is 50p per Order
Cheques must be made payable to 'Restormel Borough Council'
In Person before and during the Festival - at The Cornish Riviera Box Office @ St Austell TIC, Southbourne Road, ST AUSTELL, Cornwall, PL25 4RS
You'll find it by the JET Service Station and Little Chef, on the A390 through St Austell.
Also at "Bookends Too" 25a Fore Street, Fowey
There is a Booking Fee of 1.50 per Order for orders by credit or debit card.
In Person during the Festival - at Festival Village, Fowey - 9:00 am to 8:30 pm (from 11th May)
On Line - at

It is important to book in advance for the main venues where there is limited capacity:
The Festival Marquee has a seating capacity of 600
The du Maurier Theatre has a seating capacity of 150
Fowey Town Hall has a seating capacity of 100
If an event is 'Sold Out', a waiting list will be set-up for last-minute cancellations.
Some of the names appearing at the du Maurier Festival in 2009
As ever those appearing at the du Maurier Festival are drawn from so many walks of public life; politicions, comedians, comediennes, singers, writers, musicians, composers, rock stars, scientists, naturalists, theatre companies, poets, actors, actreses and more.
  • Paddy Ashdown
  • Chris Barber Big Band
  • Tony Benn
  • Sir Richard Rodney Bennet
  • Susie Boyt
  • Jo Brand
  • Gyles Brandreth
  • Colin Dexter
  • The Early Edition
  • Victoria Field
  • Anne Hall
  • John Hall
  • Johnny Kingdom
  • Nick Lowe
  • Claire Martin
  • Ian Maxwell
  • Roger McGough
  • Fiona Millar
  • Gilbert O'Sullivan
  • Susan Penhaligon
  • Jan Ravens
  • Andy Robinson
  • Will Self
  • Dick Strawbridge
  • Sir Roy Strong
  • Helen Taylor
  • E V Thompson
  • Arabella Weir
  • Roy Wood
  • ... & more ...

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