Bookworms, music lovers, garden enthusiasts and artists flock to Fowey each year for the Festival of Arts and Literature.
Fowey is rich in connections with literature. The town was once home to Daphne du Maurier, and the influence of the landscape can be seen in many of her novels and plays. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch also lived in Fowey, and it is often thought that Kenneth Grahame was inspired by the River Fowey to write Wind in the Willows.
Originally conceived as a celebration of Daphne du Maurier's life and work, the Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature has grown and expanded each year to include walks, exhibitions, talks, workshops, plays and music events throughout the town, all pivoting around a love of words, music and the creative arts. Each year it is held on the week of Daphne du Maurier's birthday.
The programme is packed and varied each year and usually includes well-known faces, such as celebrities, authors, poets and historians. A highlight of the week is always the art trail, which leads you around the town's landmarks and local artist's homes and studios.