Walled Garden

The Walled Garden is a secret hideaway, a private space away from the melee of the festival site where you will uncover entertainment and inspiration in equal parts.

Perched up on the hill behind the house, and tucked away between the Bowling Green and the Orangerie, the Walled garden is surrounded by lichen-covered Regency stone walls and lined with flowerbeds. Once inside, you’ll find a stage for literary acts and music, alongside our wonderful bookshop tent – run by the team from the Falmouth Bookseller – and a smaller venue that always has something new and exciting to offer each year.

The Walled Garden plays host to as wide a range of literary talent as you might hope to see at any festival in the country: headliners from last year included the hilarious and award-winning memoirist Nina Stibbe, philosopher Julian Baggini, feminist agenda-setter Caroline Criado-Perez, Cornish-based bestselling novelist Patrick Gale and Guardian columnist Tim Dowling.

It also remains a home for the more alternative and offbeat: we love to showcase first time writers alongside the more established names and provide a platform every year to poetry groups like Clinic and Homework who bring their own eclectic blend of wordsmithery to the site. You’ll also hear from first-time novelists, young adventurers, historians, cultural commentators: writers of all shape and size.

And over lunchtime and during the evening we you can chill out to some of the more mellow music acts on the line-up.

Flanked by food stalls serving some of the best seafood and wine in Cornwall, the Walled Garden is the place to head if you want to while away a mellow few hours reclining on the grass, bathed in poetry, performance, discussion and song.

Lucy Mangan

BC Camplight

Graham Rawle

Jalen N’Gonda


David Bramwell

Clare Pollard

Iain Sinclair and The Last London Band

Nina Stibbe

William the Conqueror

The Burning Hell

The Grahams

Xiaolu Guo

Afua Hirsch

Clare Mulley

Julian Mash

Sue Hubbard

Clare Mulley


John Moore

Travis Elborough

Tot Taylor

Tishani Doshi

Tara Westover

Sam Leith

Sam Guglani

Miriam Darlington

Matthew De Abaitua

Kerry Andrew

Joe Dunthorne

Emma Glass

Christie Watson

Blake Morrison

John Grindrod