Covid-19 Measures

Welcome back to Durham Book Festival

Having produced the festival entirely digitally in 2020, we are presenting a hybrid festival in 2021, with live events at Gala Theatre (many of which will also be streamed) and a full digital programme of events, films and podcasts.

We can’t wait to welcome back our audiences to Durham Book Festival. We want everyone to feel comfortable and safe and we hope the information below will help you plan your visit.

Gala Theatre

We’re working closely with our colleagues at Gala Theatre to ensure everyone’s safety. There may be a number of measures in place, but we are determined that when you arrive, you’ll feel welcome, at home, and able to enjoy our events as you always have.

Durham Book Festival and Gala Theatre staff will be waiting to welcome you at the door, ready to answer any questions you may have, and to give you the reassurance you need to help you move around the building with confidence.

We are encouraging and recommending that everyone continues to wear face coverings, unless exempt, to protect our customers and staff. We encourage people to continue to be considerate of one another by giving each other space, continuing to wash hands regularly and using the hand sanitiser provided.

This will help to reduce the spread of coronavirus and keep everyone safe.

Your tickets

Please purchase tickets in advance where possible, and use our eTicket facility, ideally bringing a copy on your smartphone, rather than printing the ticket off. This will allow you to enter the Gala Theatre more easily, minimise the amount of time you may have to wait, and reduce contact with the front of house team.

Book with Confidence Guarantee

If you are unable to attend an event for any reason, and your booking is not greater than 10 tickets, as long as you let us know 48 hours before the event, we will refund the cost of your tickets, or exchange them to another event. Free of charge.

If you become unwell after your visit

Gala Theatre is working with the government’s Test and Trace programme. If you display Covid-19 symptoms, you will be required to let us know.


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