This bank holiday weekend we thought you would like to know how your favourite weekend of ideas is shaping up . . .
Saturday bounces along with our renowned line-up of big bold ideas. Begin with a philosophy breakfast, or by reviewing the papers and the ALSO day to come with Nichi Hodgson. On our the main stage leading UK Theoretical Physicist Professor David Tong will be explaining the work and the legacy of his colleague Prof Stephen Hawking, Prof Sir Nigel Shadbolt (did you catch him on Radio 4 Today's programme this week?) explains how we don't need to worry about AI now we are all 'The Digital Ape'. Margaret Heffernan will present the first of her three mini-manifestos on how to reconcile your life and your work, psychologist Philippa Perry explains how to survive your family, and tech writer and broadcaster Jamie Barlett explores the difficult relationship between the internet and democracy. Lucinda Hawksley author of 'March Women March' gives voice to the forgotten women who secured the vote for all women (it is the 90th anniversary in early July), John Higgs takes us on a psycho geography tour of the UK, LSE fellow Carl Miller explain how technology is reframing power and how it's all up for grabs, the BBC's Catrin Nye leads our big debate and David Attenborough's sound recordist Chris Watson takes us on an audio journey in to the heart world's most fascinating places.
Sunday's programme gives you so much to think about – and all in the most entertaining way. Rick Edwards and Michael Brooks present the truth of the science shown on the silver screens with Science (ish), author and comedian Viv Groskop will kindle in you a deep love of Russian Literature, author and broadcaster Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics LIVE, award winning comedian Robin Ince introduces us to his Pragmatic Insanity, UCL neuroscientist Prof Sophie Scott explains the relationship between the brain and laughter and LSE anthropologist Jason Hikel explains that we might have to radically rethink the way we consume to address global inequalities. Over on the talks stage you can find where we are on the journey to cure cancer through gene editing with CRISPR scientist Alastair Russell, astrology's contribution to the modern scientific world with science writer Michael Brooks, the untold story of Christianity with Catherine Nixey and how to get much more awe and wonder in your life with award winning writer Casper Henderson.
On Friday - we throw open our gates at 12pm and can offer a lazy afternoon by the lake and a take-away 'scones and jam' picnic for anyone in the mood. In fact Friday's ideas programme is food themed, with a food market with fresh fruit and veg and treats springing up on Friday evening. Broadcaster and food writer Rachel McCormack will be doing an introduction to whisky (and a Whisky Masterclass), food historian Rebecca Earle asks us to taste our way around the world through the British foods we love and we have award winning writer Jessica Fellowes (Downton Abbey, Mitford Murders) will bring the first half of the 20th Century to brilliant life in our beautiful Jaffe and Neale Book Shop and Cocktail Bar. The Rum Shack officially opens up at 'The Beach', as does our restaurant Getaria and in Dining we have A Midsummer's Night's Dinner and a late night Far Out: Astrological Dining Experience for guests to book on from next week. We'll also be hosting tastings, workshops, masterclasses, an introduction to Spanish food, and ALSO have a brilliant line up of music across our stages, late evening comedy and later night disco-dancing.
We're still discounting our day tickets for Saturday and Sunday to £49 as we perfect the exact details of our schedule - so do forward to anyone who might want to join you for the day.
For the first time we are launching today a number of Friday night tickets if you have anyone local who you'd like to join you. Friday Night tickets are available for £20 and guests are also able to book on any of the dinners / masterclasses / enhanced talks when they go on sale.
Finally, a reminder if you pre buy a festival programme (£5) we can send you the exact timetable of events as soon as it goes to press (approx a week before) so you can plan your days (and pick up your physical copy when you arrive).
Workshops, food event and experiences, our clever pleasures, wellness, fitness family and kids events will all be announced over the next few weeks – so please check your inboxes.