Festival in the Shire - Overview

The festival comprises of three parts to cater for all levels of J.R.R. Tolkien enthusiasts with The Conference, The Fan Exposition of original art, rare books, memorabilia and workshops as well as a large Festival with stalls and entertainment.

The general Festival is for general or new fans with shopping stalls, food, entertainment, activities, film showings and music all day and late into the evening. There will be a wide variety of stalls and entertainment. Suitable for all the family, the festival takes place at Pafiliwn Bont, Wales’ centrally located multi-purpose venue. Entertainment will include J.R.R. Tolkien inspired re-enactments, music and other performance art together with Celtic music and a myriad of fantasy related events. It will also offer attendees the opportunity to sample local Welsh food as well as view a variety of Celtic crafts and meet different craftspeople.

The Fan Exposition is for more experienced fans and J.R.R. Tolkien collectors and has a full speaker program with collectibles and art on display. This element of the festival is aimed at fans with some general experience of Tolkien lore, but we encourage new fans to step into the world of Tolkien, learn more and become experienced fans! The exposition will also showcase rare edition Tolkien books, art and drawings inspired by Tolkien, and other Tolkien related memorabilia. We are encouraging attendees to bring favourite pieces from their collection and put them on display for all their fellow fans to see.

Ticket price includes admission to The Festival, but not to the Conference.

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The Conference is for more experienced fans and J.R.R. Tolkien scholars. Ticket price includes admission to The Festival, but not to the Fan Exposition. There will be a wide range of speakers at the event over the three days. The talks are designed to be longer and more in-depth than the Fan Exposition program talks. If you have already purchased just a conference ticket, you can do both by upgrading to the VIP ticket for the difference in price.

For those wanting to experience the full event there is also a 3-Day VIP Pass that gives access to the general Festival, Conference and the Fan Exposition.

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Fans in the JRR Tolkien community are very warm and very friendly people. We really want to encourage festival attendees, performers and exhibitors alike to to get out there and mingle with everyone on site at Festival in the Shire. No matter what age, status, culture or level of Tolkien fan you are, we want you to get out and meet other like minded fans and make life long friendships that will continue for years to come. Whether you come alone or in a group you will be with friends. We feel that a successful Festival in the Shire will be one where a supportive and caring atmosphere is fostered for all involved.

Note: FITS will not under any circumstances tolerate any bullying, antagonistic or threatening behavior to any of our attendees, staff or anyone on site. We will have professional security staff 24 hours throughout the event. Offenders will be ejected from the site with no refund and banned from future FITS events. We want to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere on site so we would encourage other festival attendees to report any anti social or hostile behavior to our staff who will promptly deal with it.

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Festival in the Shire; A celebration of all things Tolkien inspired will contain themes from the books; The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion by the author J.R.R. Tolkien as well as his son Christopher Tolkien. Many new fans are only familiar with The Lord of the Rings movie and eagerly await the new Hobbit movie. We hope to enlighten both new and old fans with the huge variety of J.R.R. Tolkien and Tolkien inspired books, art, paintings, collectibles, memorabilia, games, computer games, toys, statues, movie memorabilia etc. available to collect and enjoy. There are literally thousands of different items.

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