Ditchley Festival of Ideas

The Festival of Ideas is a relatively recent innovation within the Ditchley programme, having had two hugely successful events in 2017 and 2018.

The festival is a one day event which brings two hundred and fifty brilliant and influential young academics and professionals to Ditchley Park for a programme of discussions, debates and thought provoking activities. The aim is to introduce Ditchley to the likely leaders and thought leaders of tomorrow, those who are curious about the world in which they live and open to new ideas and challenges to current patterns of thinking, to Ditchley.

We are delighted to announce the date of our 2019 Festival as Saturday 13 July.

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The festival makes full use of the house and outside spaces, with the interactive activities in particular making innovative use of the landscaped grounds at Ditchley Park.

The first two festivals have been hosted in partnership with Holywell Manor, the home of Balliol College’s post-graduate community, with a small committee of students and young professionals supporting the development of the programme, extending Ditchley’s engagement with the next generation.

Festival of ideas

Other Ditchley events

From time to time Ditchley hosts other events, both at Ditchley Park and elsewhere. The format for these events varies according to how best to deliver impact on a particular theme of work. These range from an annual panel event held in the Speaker’s House at Westminster, to smaller discussion groups hosted in partnership with other interested parties.

Details of other past events can be found here.