Christian Howgill

Christian Howgill

Christian Howgill’s writing credits include TV shows such as Jasper Carrott, Rory Bremner, and Clive Anderson Talks Back. Radio credits include, Weekending, News Huddlines and Two Cheers for the BBC. He’s also written or had columns with several magazines like Punch, Edge, Excel, FORE! and Today’s Golfer. For the last quarter of a century, Christian has been lucky enough to weave tennis into his professional life, first as editor of The Queen’s Club Magazine and then in a managerial capacity, before setting up The Tennis Emporium website, leaving him well placed to compile this delightful anthology of weird and wonderful tennis anecdotes.

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    Christian Howgill will reveal how a chance remark turned into a tea towel, which became a series of greeting cards, which eventually grew into the book, 'How Tennis Invented Everything'. Come along and discover how tennis invented everything from The Secret Service, James Bond, mobile phones, Facebook, Tinder, the Mafia, the Beatles, Shakespeare, psychology and even democracy itself. How it first invented banking before causing the world’s financial crisis. How tennis not only won the 1966 World Cup for England, but changed the course of history by killing three kings. It even helped win the Second World War. You’ll never look at tennis the same way again.

    Outdoor Programme Event

    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).

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