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Friends of the Festival

The newly launched Friends scheme offers the chance to become a patron of the arts and to be more involved with all aspects of WFL, now in its 24th year. The vision of the Festival has always been to encourage a love of literature and learning. We hope that, with the support of our new Friends, we can increase and extend the educational work we already carry out in the community across Somerset.

This new departure for Wells is aimed at encouraging our audiences to become more engaged with what the Festival seeks to achieve, thus ensuring that we continue to provide a stimulating, entertaining and popular programme in the years ahead.

Benefits of membership

• Priority booking: ticket sales for Friends will open a full week before general booking is available 
• Invitation to our Launch Party: this event traditionally happens in the marquee in the Bishop’s Palace gardens a day or two before the start of the Festival
• Brochure mailing: delivered hot off the press straight to your home!* 

Membership details

Single Friend £30, Joint Friends £50

Membership can be bought online (Click HERE) or by sending a cheque with a completed application form. (Download HERE). If you are a UK taxpayer we would also appreciate it if you can complete and return a Gift Aid declaration (Download HERE). 

Friends will automatically be added to our mailing list and so receive monthly e-newsletters. 

Please note: We respect your privacy and do not share our mailing list with any other organisation. You will be able to opt out of this facility and remove yourself from our mailing list at any time.

Friends Membership Terms and Conditions

  1. The benefits of the Friends of Wells Festival of Literature2016 can only be used by the named person or, in the case of joint membership, persons and relate to the 2016 Festival only.
  2. Friends of Wells Festival of Literature2016 membership is non-refundable.
  3. Once a Friends of Wells Festival of Literature 2016 membership has been purchased then the Friend is, or, in the case of joint membership, the Friends are entitled to the benefits of the scheme for the 2016 Festival only.
  4. Priority Booking privileges are restricted to a maximum of 2 tickets per event, per membership only.
  5. All information provided to us as part of your application for and membership of the Friends of Wells Festival of Literature2016 will be held by us in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1988 and will not be passed on to a third party.
  6. Wells Festival of Literature reserves the right to reject an application for Friends of Wells Festival of Literature 2016 membership or to terminate a Friends of Wells Festival of Literature membership at any time due to reason of misconduct or unacceptable behaviour by a Friend. In the event that Wells Festival of Literature terminates a Friends of Wells Festival of Literature membership in accordance with this clause, no refund will be given to that member for the cost of their membership OR for any remaining period of their membership.
  7. All tickets purchased using Priority Booking are subject to our Ticketing Policy.

What does the Festival do?
The aim of the Festival is to promote books and the love of reading in the community and particularly in schools...
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