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As we transcend into October summer seems like a distant memory – the air feels fresh with a nippy bite, leaves on the once lush green trees rapidly change into a golden copper tone; autumn is without a doubt arriving. As the season starts to cool and the mood starts to mellow,  festivals and events are undoubtedly heating up. At Les Routiers we love to seek out some of the best creative, exciting and original festivals happening across the UK & Ireland. Within the autumn months literature festivals are a popular commodity, with people across the UK celebrating the spoken word. World renowned speakers, writers and comedians are coming together to showcase their love of storytelling and literature.

Birmingham Comedy Festival – Friday 4th October to Sunday 13th October 13

Birmingham is the home of one of the most vibrant yet unsung comedy scene; despite popular acts such as Hollywood star Russell Brand, Adam Hills and Nina Conti, media coverage has been limited.

The comedy festival was first suggested as a great way to raise the profile of comedy talent within the bustling city of Birmingham, since its first show the response from Promoters, comedians and acts has been extremely positives and plans for a new arts festivals was born.

San Caqrlo Restaurant Birmingham

Complete your comedy filled festival experience with an unforgettable trip to a San Carlo restaurant. Situated in the heart of Birmingham’s demanding city centre this award winning critically acclaimed restaurant serves only the best authentic Italian cuisine, using only the finest ingredients. Their talented team of esteemed chefs have produced a fantastic specialty menu, bringing the true taste of Italy to Birmingham.


The Cheltenham literature Festival 2013 – 4th October until the 14th October 2013

For ten days every Autumn, Cheltenham is transformed into a literacy lover’s dream, welcoming over 600 of the world’s finest writers, poets, politicians and actors – all who are there for one purpose – to celebrate the joy of the written word. The programme is bursting at the seams with interview, workshops and nearly 500 debates. This is the only festival where you will see Hollywood legends rub shoulders with political leaders.

 “The very first proper literature festival I’ve ever been to, and definitely one of my all-time favourites”

Jacqueline Wilson

While at the festival make sure you drop in on highlighted acts such as Nicholas Hytner – and embrace his fascinating career leading the National Theatre to creating a new global audience with successes like The History BoysWar Horse and One Man, Two Guvnors. Myself. A highlight for most will be the appearance of the critically acclaimed actor Sam West who converses in playing George VI in Hyde Park on Hudson  a film which tells the extraordinary story of the new King’s ground-breaking meeting with Franklin D Roosevelt in 1939.

This creative celebration is one of the oldest events of its kind in the world, first established in 1949; it was the first festival to host superstar speakers, allowing fans the chance to meet their favourite authors, idols and characters.

 Literature FestivalWhile taking in the inspired words from these famous speakers don’t forget to experience ‘The big book.’ Standing 2.2 meters tall, and made out of wood and bound completely in leather, this big book is believed to be the third largest book in the world! The best bit is that you will get your chance to be involved in writing a book which already has over 3,000 contributions in 78 languages!

Families can also take advantage of the free events, between the 6th and the 13th of October, get involved in the special family fun time. With plenty of talks, craft workshops, games and storytelling – there’s oodles to get involved in.

17 minutes from the festival site, lies My Great Grandfathers Restaurant, located in the historic medieval town of Tewkesbury in the Cotswolds, this famous independently owned eatery overlooks Tewkesbury Abbey, and is within walking distance of the Roses Theatre. This Les Routiers listed establishment is set in a beautiful 16th century building, steeped in years of history. Despite its fantastic facade this renowned restaurant offers a cosy atmosphere, excellent cuisine and fine wines.

My Great Grandfather Restaurant

So exercise those imaginative abilities and enjoy these inspired festivals. Whether you want your writing hand encouraged or you simply just want to be tickled by some first class comedy, these occasions are certainly not ones to be missed.



September 27, 2013 | Les Routiers UK

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