Welcome to Our Festival

Repton Litfest is back for 2020!

We’ve come a long way in our first two years, building on our initial success by adding more artists, new events and new venues within our beautiful historic village!

Last year, we were treated to some amazing performances, stories and music from an eclectic mix of artists including the fabulous Nick Burns, David Bradley & George Rainsford!

This year, although a very challenging one, we’ve no intention of letting the pandemic stop us completely and we’re sure that you, our supporters and visitors, have never felt more in need of our festival experience - so we’re going to bring it to you in a safe and responsible way

At present, we‘re planning a ‘socially distanced’ festival and we’re reviewing all potential internet-based options so as many people as possible can enjoy this year’s event!

Once again, the festival will celebrate the heritage of our wonderful village through its history, architecture and global alumni. We’ll have another exciting line up of performers to appeal to every taste – and if you haven’t visited us before – take a look at last year’s Gallery to get an idea of what our amazing festival is all about.

Repton Litfest is operated entirely by volunteers and we owe them and the amazing performers who’ve supported us so far, a huge debt of gratitude. You can see who they are by visiting Our Appreciation page.

We’d also like to thank everyone that has visited the festival in previous years, and if you did, it would be great if you could take a little time to leave us a comment or recommendation for others to see on our Facebook page! (If you need a little guidance on how to do that – just click here!)

You can also join our mailing list to make sure you don’t miss out on any news!

So, for now, we’ll say thanks again and we’ll make sure we keep you up to speed with all new developments, both on here and through our social media 



We look forward to meeting old friends and new from 23rd to 25th October 2020

Stay Safe and Read More!

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Welcome to Our Village 

A village and civil parish in South Derbyshire noted for our historic buildings of St Wystan's ChurchRepton School, the Anglo-Saxon Repton Abbey and the medieval Repton Priory.

Repton is a village full of architectural and historical significance, once the capital of the Anglo Saxon kingdom of Mercia.

St. Wystan’s Church is of national importance. It holds an Anglo Saxon crypt of the 8th and 9th centuries, which once held the bones of St. Wystan and was a place of pilgrimage. With its spiral decorated columns and vaulted roof, the crypt is one of England's most precious survivals of Anglo Saxon architecture. 

To the east of the church are the remains of Repton Priory, an Augustinian house founded in 1172. Its precinct wall and arch of its 13th century gatehouse are still important features of the village. After the dissolution of the Monasteries, part of the priory buildings became the home of Repton School which was founded in 1557. Another part became Repton Hall, which today is also part of the school.

Repton is home to great words, thoughts and deeds, burying kings, educating performers and growing sporting heroes.

Repton School has long been recognised for its accomplished alumni: including...

Roald Dahl, Jeremy Clarkson, Christopher Isherwood, actors Basil Rathbone, Tom Chambers and Nicholas Burns and ex-Derby County footballer Will Hughes.

Festival Founders – Nick Brown and Chris Ward-Brown.

Programme Director – John Cavey

The Repton Literary Festival Ltd is a not for profit company registered in UK

info@reptonliteraryfestival.co.uk or call us on:

07568 673301

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