About Wimbledon BookFest - London's Leading Literature Festival
We Believe in the Power of Stories & Reading to Change Lives!
Wimbledon BookFest is a not for profit charity promoting arts, culture and education. Our aim is develop the cultural offering for the locality through provision of:
- an annual public festival based on Wimbledon Common in October
- educational projects with schools & young people in Merton and South London
The public festival takes place in early October in a 'pop up' festival site on Wimbledon Common in its Baillie Gifford Big Tent, William Morris & Robert Graves tents. Wimbledon Bookfest hosts over 100 events in its 10 day period and has grown from 1,000 visitors in its first year to over 20,000 people now attending.
BookFest also runs a year long Education Programme with South London schools.10,000 school children from over 80 schools also now enjoy the festival every year. Over 3,000 books are given to children from a lower socio-economic demographic every year to encourage reading and literacy.
We cover our costs year to year and any money raised is put back into the festival and education work with local schools.
Wimbledon BookFest is a community arts organisation and has a small team of core workers with a large volunteer input.
Our ticket sales generate about half of the £500k a year needed to run the festival. Please do think about supporting us. We rely on sponsors, grants and our Friends to keep going and cover our ever increasing costs! Find out more
The Festival was founded in 2006 by Fiona Razvi and Tony Kane whose ambition was to develop the arts and cultural offering across the community. Registered chairty Wimbledon Arts 1120297