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Featherston Booktown

Featherston Booktown is back!

What is a Booktown?

A Booktown is a small rural town or village, close to major cities, in which second-hand and antiquarian bookshops are concentrated. Most Booktowns have developed in villages of historic interest or of scenic beauty. Their residents set up events around books - selling them, writing, reading, illustrating, printing, making and publishing them.

The first was set up in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, back in 1961. Now they're around the World, from Europe to Malaysia, South Korea, Japan and Australia. The International Organisation of Booktowns binds the towns together.

Featherston became a full member of the International Organisation of Booktowns in 2018.

Featherston Booktown thanks its partners, Friends and sponsors including Featherston Lionesses, South Wairarapa District Council, Palliser Ridge and Steve Chapman of Ray White Real Estate.  And without our stunning volunteers these events would not be possible.

Past events

Tours

Ed Byrne: Tragedy Plus Time

Ed Byrne: Tragedy Plus Time

From the quote attributed to Mark Twain, humour is defined as Tragedy Plus…

Flavours of Plenty Festival 2024

Flavours of Plenty Festival 2024

Get ready for the culinary event of the year at Flavours of Plenty Festival…

F.A.W.C! - Summer 2024

F.A.W.C! - Summer 2024

Welcome to Summer F.A.W.C! Food and Wine Classic! In its 12th year – and…

Playcentre Open Week

Playcentre Open Week

Playcentres across Aotearoa are inviting whānau with tamariki aged 0-6 years…

Hamilton Arts Festival Toi Ora Ki Kirikiriroa 2024

Hamilton Arts Festival Toi Ora Ki Kirikiriroa 2024

The annual Hamilton Arts Festival Toi Ora ki Kirikiriroa (formerly Hamilton…

Helios

Helios

HELIOS - told by Alexander Wright with cinematic score by Phil GraingerA lad…

Auckland Tuatara 2024 Season

Auckland Tuatara 2024 Season

The Auckland Tuatara will be back at Eventfinda…

David, Cori and Paul "Do the South" Stand-Up Comedy Tour

David, Cori and Paul "Do the South" Stand-Up Comedy Tour

Three of New Zealand's very best Stand up Comedians are headed South for a…

Lift Off Festival

Lift Off Festival

We have ignition!  Lift Off is Toitoi’s new annual…

Auckland Improv Festival 2024

Auckland Improv Festival 2024

Get ready to unleash your laughter and let spontaneity take center stage at…

The Hendrick’s Hootenanny

The Hendrick’s Hootenanny

Discover the curious world of Hendrick’s all month long, at The…

Assembly Room Tunes 2024

Assembly Room Tunes 2024

Join us in the beautiful Assembly Ballroom at Toitoi for our monthly Monday…

Manukau Symphony Orchestra 2024 Season

Manukau Symphony Orchestra 2024 Season

Welcome to a captivating symphonic odyssey with the Manukau Symphony…

EcoFest 2024

EcoFest 2024

Get ready for the ultimate annual celebration of our unique environment in…

Port of Tauranga 61st National Jazz Festival

Port of Tauranga 61st National Jazz Festival

Port of Tauranga 61st National Jazz Festival 23 March - 1 April 2024 The Port…