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Welcome to Our Village & Festival

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.

As a home of wonderful stories, learning and the beginning of many autobiographies, it seemed only right to celebrate this special place with a literary festival of its own.

In 2018, our first Literary Festival was created...

This year, it was back - bigger and better, and with even more beautiful historic venues to host our guests 

Set in the heart of the village, Repton LitFest 2019 was a rich and varied programme of literature, art and poetry for all to enjoy


We also had live music, food and drink and children's events to keep everyone entertained throughout the weekend

Once again we brought big stories and engaging speakers to this little village!

Dates for Repton LitFest 2020 will be announced soon...

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

Our Literary Festival will support a local National Literacy Trust project that drives up literacy levels and helps enhance educational attainment