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Booking Information 2024

Where possible please make bookings directly through

Blackfriars Box Office, or by telephone on 01205 363108

This will cost you less (only a £1.00 booking fee or no booking fee if you are a member) and provide more profit for the Book Festival and the Theatre. 

The Box Office is open from 10am - 1pm from Monday to Friday and from 10am to 2pm on Saturday. Closed Sunday 

Remember if you book for 3 sessions on one day you will get a voucher for £5.50 to spend in the refreshments marquee. Redeem this on entry to your first event by showing all 3 tickets on the door.  

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Blackfriars Theatre PE21 6HP

Blackfriars plays a very important role as Boston's centre for entertainment and the arts. It is home to two very successful local amateur dramatic and operatic groups, as well as hosting a varied program of professional stage productions.

Its history as a venue for the arts dates to a meeting of the local drama and arts groups which took place in 1959, at which it was resolved to find premises, which could be converted, into a theatre. Led by Alan Champion, warden of Pilgrim College, and local architect Alan Meldrum, the idea of creating a "Little Theatre" from the remains of the thirteenth century Dominican Friary, in Spain Lane, was formed. In September 1961 the Blackfriars Trust was formed to raise money for the conversion, supported by a grant from the Ministry of Works.

The opening of the theatre in 1966 was the first stage in the development of a complete Arts Centre. Over the following years two studios, a kitchen and office were added, and in 1980 the first full-time professional director was appointed. Today Blackfriars is run by a board of directors and relies on a dedicated force of volunteers who provide vital support in the box office, administration, as front of house stewards, bar staff and various other duties.
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Boston Guildhall PE21 6HT

Boston Guildhall is a magnificent building that is wonderfully preserved with a wealth of original features. It was built in the 1390’s; a wealth of stories, secrets and experiences are told and shared throughout the building.
It is most famous for its association with the Pilgrim Fathers who went on to found the colony in America that would become Boston USA.
The Pilgrim Fathers were arrested and imprisoned in the cells at Boston Guildhall. After a month they were released.
Visitors can still see the cells today where Bradford, Brewster and the Pilgrims were held and tried. You can also explore the other stories and histories across the centuries through permanent exhibitions and tales about each of the rooms. The sights, smells and sounds of the Guildhall provide a fascinating insight into the history of Boston.
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Fydell House PE21 6HT

Fydell House, South Street Boston, is in the heart of Boston’s cultural quarter. The house was originally built in the early 1700’s and came into the ownership of Joseph Fydell in 1726, thus acquiring its name. The Fydell family owned the house, although it was latterly rented out, until the 1930s when it was purchased by the newly formed Boston Preservation Trust, to save it from demolition. Nikolaus Pevsner in his series of guidebooks begun in the 1940s called it ‘undoubtably the grandest house in town’. From 1945 the house was, for many years, leased to Nottingham University as Pilgrim College. Fydell House is now open to the public and hosts conferences, weddings, art exhibitions and lectures. Rooms are also available for short or long term hire and the walled garden, laid out in the Georgian style is a hidden gem.

Boston Preservation Trust is proud to support the Boston Book Festival and the Trustees have donated the use of the house for the entire weekend free of charge.
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Places to stay

There are plenty of good hotels, B&B's and other choices of accommodation in Boston, to make your stay here comfortable.
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