The Agenda Festival

Festival Content

Talks and Entertainment

This year, sessions will revolve around the lives of actors Simon Williams & Lucy Fleming as well as, travellers, writers and foodies, including Tom Parker Bowles and Olly Smith delving into the delights and disasters of the world of food and wine and Martin Bell and Julia Boyd recounting their travel adventures.

All this, rounded out by Gyles Brandreth presenting a new talk, “Never Look Back; you might fall down the stairs”, the day enhanced by a range of musical treats.

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“Stage and Wisdom”

10:00am - 10:45am

Actors Simon Williams and Lucy Fleming and journalist and author Sarah Standing talk about the trials, tribulations and triumphs of the entertainment world.


Simon Williams

Lucy Fleming

“Light Luggage: Dispatches from a Diplomatic Spouse, an Explorer and a War Correspondent”

11:10am - 12:00pm

Dispatches from a diplomatic spouse and a war correspondent; FT columnist and broadcaster Miranda Green interviews ‘the man in the white suit’ Martin Bell and author and ambassador’s wife Julia Boyd about their widely divergent travel experiences.


Miranda Green

FT Columnist and Broadcaster

Martin Bell OBE

British UNICEF Ambassador & Former Broadcast War Reporter

Julia Boyd

British Non-Fiction Author

Pierre Thomas

Explorer & Expedition Leader

“Age Doesn’t Matter Unless You’re a Cheese”

12:25pm - 1:10pm

A look behind the scenes with author and food writer Tom Parker Bowles, wine expert Olly Smith to discuss what it’s really like facing up to weird food, hapless contestants and endless glasses of wine.


Carolyn Cavele

Consultant at CCPR Ltd

Olly Smith

Food and Drink Broadcaster, Wine Expert, Foodie, Columnist and Author

Tom Parker Bowles

British food writer and food critic

Never Look Back; You Might Fall Down the Stairs

2:40pm - 3:30pm


Gyles Brandreth

British broadcaster, Writer & Former Politician

Cooking Demonstration

1:30pm - 2:30pm


Thuy Hoang

Quarter Finalist on BBC's MasterChef in 2023

James Skelton

MasterChef 2022 Final 8

Just three days until we open the doors to the Agenda Festival… and look what we have spotted when running around mid preparations!👀⭐️✨

Just a handful of tickets left - come and join us! 

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The Agenda Festival - Monday 20th May

A fun and inspiring day celebrating all the rich opportunities on how to make the most out of later life. Witty speakers plus experts with the inside track on everything from finance to healthcare. 

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Hot off the press!🗞️🔥

How exciting that our Agenda Festival is featured within this month’s @the_londonmagazine with an interview with the brilliant @gylesbrandreth talking about how to get the most out of London life.

Gyles will be back with a brand new talk at the festival, come and meet him there!🤩⭐️
Our second media partner for 2024 is @theoldiemagazine! What a fabulous time we had last year listening to Harry Mount - but not to fear. They will be back with plenty of copies for you all on May 20th. We’ll see you there.⭐️🗞️🗞️🗞️
Now this is something that we are SO excited about! 

Are you an avid listener of The Archers on BBC Radio 4? 🚜🌾 If so, you are in for a treat. 

Opening the Agenda Festival will be actors, Simon Williams & Lucy Fleming who will be with us to talk about all trials, tribulations and triumphs of the sparkling entertainment world!🪩✨⭐️