Althorp House.

Next year’s dates for the 14th Althorp Literary Festival at Althorp House in Northamptonshire have been announced.

The festival, which takes place annually, will run between Thursday 28th September and Sunday 1st October 2017.

Groups visiting the literary festival can expect a line-up of speakers, with a number of talks taking place on each day, as well as live music, poetry and exhibitions.

As an example of what to expect, the 2016 festival line-up included actor Brian Blessed, author Anthony Horowitz, screenwriter Andrew Davies – whose work includes the recent BBC adaptation of War and Peace – television presenter and heritage campaigner Loyd Grossman and radio presenter Paul Gambaccini.

There will also be pop-up shops, and a variety of food and drink choices available at the Althorp Literary Festival.

Althorp House

Set in 550 acres of land, Althorp House is the 500-year old home of the Spencer family. It was founded by Sir John Spencer in 1508 after he bought the land to build a house and it has since become the home for the Spencer family for the next 19 generations.

It is currently the home to Charles, Ninth Earl Spencer – the godson of Her Majesty the Queen – along with his wife and children.

Guided tours of the house, which has 90 rooms ranging from the state dining room to the library and the Sunderland room, are available.

Althorp is open on selected dates from May to September next year, before the four day Althorp Literary Festival concludes the 2017 season. 

Groups of 12 or more can benefit from discounted rates on ticket prices, and free admission for the group travel organiser and coach driver is available.

Group visits must be booked in advance.

Group travel organisers should visit for more information.