There are a number of options for parking for the festival within the town:

On street parking – please only park in marked bays even outside of parking restriction times as there are often parking wardens in the town even on a Sunday. The bays in the centre of the town are limited to two hours during restricted periods. Check the signs.

Pay and display parking – right next to the Jubilee Hall. Payment required every day except Sunday morning. Check the signs.

Festival free car park – on the playground of Chagford Primary School on the right as you enter the town from the north east. There is room for 70 cars. Please allow 10 minutes to walk to the Jubilee Hall


Chagford is a small but thriving Devon market town situated in the northeast corner of Dartmoor, 25 miles west of Exeter. It nestles between the hills of Meldon and Nattadon, on the banks of the River Teign.



Not only is Chagford located in the most ancient and outstandingly beautiful landscape, but it is also renowned as a cultural hub, attracting many writers, artists and musicians to make their homes here.   

Besides the literary festival, Chagford also boasts a hugely popular music festival, Chagstock, in the summer and a celebrated Film Festival in the autumn.

Photo by Chris Chapman

Photo by Chris Chapman

For a small town, Chagford offers an astonishing range of places to eat and drink, with excellent cafes, restaurants and pubs scattered around the town, as well as a choice of hotels and B&Bs. And don’t forget the shopping – there’s an eclectic range of shops to suit everyone’s tastes.

For full details of what’s on offer, opening times, etc., go to

For details of festival venues and parking, see VENUE MAP

“I was lucky enough to be taken to Chagword on Mother’s Day and am now knee deep in wonderful books to read.” Festival-goer