Our Community / Summer Festival

Showcasing the best of our community’s leading speakers, in this family-friendly arena you’ll experience live demonstrations, laid-back chats and bold orators. Grab a drink, some delicious food and an open mind and settle in for an afternoon of talks and debates with your family. 

Here is where our thought leaders meet to challenge big ideas and discuss the world we live in, all contained in our cosiest setting away from the festival floor.

Introducing our first speaker: Philip Collins – Speeches that have changed our world

Few know more about words – their power and their ability to make and shape history – than Philip Collins. Now a Times columnist, Philip was Tony Blair’s chief speech writer and has written speeches for everyone from CEOs to charity leaders. This is a gripping homage to some of the most famous political speeches in history – their construction, delivery, impact and much else besides. Not to be missed!