Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When can I buy tickets?

Tickets will be available via this website from spring 2024. To be the first to hear when tickets go on sale, register for our e-newsletter at the bottom of the home page.

Q: Where can I buy tickets?

Links to buy tickets to the events organised by ourselves and partner organisations will be added to the Fringe Festival and Literary Festival sections of this website when they become available.

Q: When will I get my tickets?

All tickets are digital. In most cases, there is no need to print them out, as we will have your name on the door.

Q: Can I get a refund for tickets I have purchased?

Unless an event is cancelled, e.g. because the speaker becomes unavailable, tickets for The Agatha Christie Festival are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged.

If an event is sold out and we have a waiting list, you may contact the Festival if you would like to re-sell your ticket. This must be done at least seven working days before the start of the festival (in 2024 we will not be able to process tickets after Thursday 29 August).

If the Festival does manage to re-sell your ticket, you will be refunded, minus a booking fee administration charge.

Customers will receive a full refund in case of event cancellation. No-shows will be charged the full price.

Q: Where does the Festival take place?

The Festival takes place chiefly at venues in Torquay and Paignton, including Torre Abbey, Palace Theatre Paignton, Princess Theatre and Torquay Museum.

Events also take place at other venues across Torbay and the English Riviera, and where this is the case, details are set out on the ticketing website and on this website.

Q: How can I get to the various Festival events?

Many of the events are in close walking distance to each other. Where this isn’t the case, we will be supplying information about public transport and other options ahead of the event itself.

Q: Is the Festival suitable for families and young people?

Generally, yes. Where that is not the case, this is stated explicitly in the information for the event.

Q: Can I bring a group of students to a Festival event?

We welcome groups of students and would be happy to chat about any additional requirements and make suggestions for suitable events. We may also be able to offer a bursary should costs be prohibitive.

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Q: Is there access for people with disabilities?

We aim to stage events at events with full access for people with disabilities. Where access is limited for reasons beyond our control, details will be provided in the information on each event when we publish the programme.

Q: Can I bring my dog to Festival events?

The Festival’s main venue is at Torre Abbey, where dogs (excluding assistance dogs) are unfortunately not allowed in the house or gardens. Do look out for any events specifically aimed at dog owners and their four-legged friends, including the Wagatha Mystery.

Q: Will there be food and drink available?


For events held at Torre Abbey there will be a range of food and drink available throughout the Festival week, and there are cafes, bars and restaurants within walking distance of Torre Abbey. For events at other locations, please check on the venue’s website.

Q: Where can I stay during the Festival?

There are a huge number of places to stay right across the towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, from hotels, to guest houses and apartments to B&Bs. Find recommendations on the English Riviera website.

Q: Can I buy books and other merchandise at the Festival?

We have a book shop in the Spanish Barn at Torre Abbey that will be selling a range of relevant books, including those by our guest speakers. They will usually be delighted to sign your books for you.

We also have a range of Agatha Christie Festival merchandise on sale, which supports our charity and our work with local young people throughout Torbay and the rest of Devon.

Under the Patronage of the UK National Commission for UNESCO

Under the Patronage of the UK National Commission for UNESCO

Kindly Supported by:

English Riveria Bid Company

Rosalind Hicks Charitable Trust

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