Alex Preston is the prize-winning author of four novels and a book of nature writing. He writes for The Telegraph, The Economist and Harper's Bazaar and reviews books for the Observer’s New Review. He co-founded the Corfu Literary Festival and is patron of Oxford and Wealden Literary Festivals. He studied English under Tom Paulin at Hertford College, Oxford, and holds a PhD on Violence in the Modern Novel from UCL.
The well-trodden view of smuggling is of the moonrakers and of Cornishmen sneaking up creeks in the dead of night. As Alex Preston will explain, however, there was nothing romantic about this brutal trade, and nor was it run by West Countrymen operating like Georgian Robin Hoods. Rather, the epicentre of smuggling in the eighteenth century was Sussex and Kent, the counties closest to the continent, and was run by ruthlessly murderous mafiosi gangs bringing misery and mayhem to the areas in which they dominated.
The Outdoor Programme daily ticket gives you access to everything on the festival's massive Outdoor Programme. The child ticket is applicable for ages 5-15; Under 5’s are free
We have talks on the IPGL and History Hit Outdoor Stages, the Living History encampments and static displays, Speaker's Corner talks, performances from the History Tellers and others, live music, two bars, the Emporium, book shops and numerous cafes and food stalls. Anyone with an Outdoor Programme ticket can access up to twenty-five different scheduled events on any one day, so it is truly great value.
For those wishing to experience The Trench, Sword School and Children's Creative History events, these are ticketed separately and need to be pre-booked. Rides on the Vintage Fairground are payable at the ride.
Tickets to individual events in the Hiscox and Smith & Williamson tents also provide access to the Outdoor Programme on that particular day (1 person per ticket).