We can't do it without you

With your help Ways With Words’ festivals can keep working their magic and you can enjoy some perks too.

What does your money help us do?

These last two years have been incredibly challenging for us and your support is vital. In short, your contribution means we can keep running festivals in beautiful locations around the UK and launch our new programme of online events. It also means that, once normality appears on the horizon, we will be able to offer our bursary scheme for young literary enthusiasts.

Due to covid restrictions, we may not be able to provide all of the benefits we normally offer Friends. 

If you want to renew you membership or become follow the links below. These will take you through to the Ways With Words online shop where you can purchase your membership.

A note re Words by the Water 2022

If you become a Friend during priority booking week for Words by the Water (14th-21st February) it can take up to 24 hours for the Theatre by the Lake box office to be notified of your membership status.

Friend – £20 p.a

  • priority booking for up to six festival tickets per individual event before general booking opens
  • exclusive ‘Friends only events’ with speakers and writers throughout the year
  • invitations to festival launch parties in Dartington and Cumbria
  • electronic Friends’ newsletter with exclusive offers and news from Ways With Words
  • invitations to book-sales
  • sneaky peek of events before the programme is released to the wider public

Become a friend here

Good Friend – £100 p.a

  • priority booking for up to eight tickets for any event before general booking opens
  • exclusive ‘Friends only events’ with speakers and writers throughout the year
  • invitations to festival launch parties in Dartington and Cumbria
  • electronic Friends’ newsletter with exclusive offers and news from Ways With Words
  • invitations to book-sales
  • sneaky peek of events before the programme is released to the wider public
  • a credit in the programme

Become a Good Friend here

Close Friends enjoy:

  • priority booking for up to 10 festival tickets per event during priority booking
  • six complimentary festival tickets for catch-up events (excluding workshops)
  • exclusive ‘Friends only events’ with speakers and writers throughout the year
  • invitations to festival launch parties in Dartington and Cumbria
  • electronic Friends’ newsletter with exclusive offers and news from Ways With Words
  • invitations to book-sales
  • sneaky peek of events before the programme is released to the wider public
  • a credit in the programme
  • exclusive use of a Friends’ lounge at Dartington*

*Availability of a Friends’ lounge will be subject to covid restrictions.

Become a Close Friend here

Best Friends enjoy:

  • priority booking for up to twelve festival tickets per each individual event in a festival programme before general booking opens
  • twelve complimentary tickets for streamed events (excluding workshops)
  • exclusive ‘Friends only events’ with speakers and writers throughout the year
  • invitations to festival launch parties in Dartington and Cumbria
  • electronic Friends’ newsletter with exclusive offers and news from Ways With Words
  • invitations to book-sales
  • sneaky peek of events before the programme is released to the wider public
  • a credit in the programme
  • exclusive use of a Friends’ lounge at Dartington*

Supporting an event

As a Best Friend, you have the opportunity to be named as supporting an individual event. As an event sponsor you receive:

  • ten complimentary tickets for catch-up recording of that event so friends and family can enjoy the event from the comfort of their home.
  • invitation for yourself and one guest to lunch or dinner in the Speakers Dining Room on the day of the nominated event
  • complimentary copy of the book dedicated by the speaker of the event chosen to be supported

*Availability of a Friends’ lounge will be subject to covid restrictions.

Become a Best Friend here