Further From Festival

  • Harry Potter Party

    It was a Harry Potter Bonanza on Sunday, with live owls, a sorting ceremony, face painting, wand-making, Quidditch and much more!

  • Ten Writers Telling Lies

    We rounded off a busy Saturday with Ten Writers Telling Lies, a beautiful combination of short stories, poetry, and music

  • Gill Sims - Why Mummy Drinks

    Gill Sims, blogger and facebook star, joined us for some fizz and afternoon tea and to hear all about her hilarious book Why Mummy Drinks!

  • Alan Taylor - A Friendship with Muriel Spark

    We were delighted to welcome Alan Taylor this weekend, where he discussed his friendship with the great Muriel Spark. This was a fascinating insight into who Spark really was, vs the persona of a recluse which was wrongly applied to her.

  • Kevin MacNeil on Robert Louis Stevenson, Borges, & Casares

    We were thrilled to welcome Kevin MacNeil to the festival, who discussed the links between the works of the Argentinian giants Jorge Luis Borges and Adolfo Casares, and Robert Louis Stevenson. This was a fascinating event exploring the themes of these great authors' works, as well as how Stevenson influenced Borges (or should that be how Borges influenced Stevenson, Kevin?)

  • Gavin Francis & Jim Crumley

    Jim Crumley and Gavin Francis joined us on Saturday morning and gave a wonderful talk about the beauty of winter. From their discussions and readings from their own works, winter seems a far less daunting season, instead one to be appreciated!

  • Charlie MacLean - Words To Whisky

    Charlie MacLean - Words To Whisky

    Our first event of this year's Festival was a wonderful night filled with all things Whisky! A really interesting evening learning all about the properties of a good whisky from Charles MacLean!

  • Information for Quidditch players for this Sunday's Harry Potter event

    Quidditch: some information

    Due to time and space constraints, as well as the fact that a range of ages will be playing together, we will be playing a simplified version of Quidditch on Sunday.

    If your young witch or wizard would like to participate, here are the rules:

    • Teams will be decided on the day after the Sorting Hat Ceremony


    • The object of the game is to get the quaffle into the hoops which will be placed at either end of the pitch. Each goal scores 10 house points.


    • Matches will be 10 minutes long, changing ends after 5 minutes.


    • At full time, the snitch will be released. The first team to ‘tag’ the snitch wins the match + 150 house points.

    *Please note that we cannot provide broomsticks, so they will need to bring their own Nimbus 2000! Please also note that broomsticks are not necessary for our version of Quidditch.

  • Harry Potter Party: SOLD OUT

    This event is now SOLD OUT.

    If you are interested in being added to a waiting list for returns, please email sally@maddingcrowdlinlithgow.co.uk

    Many thanks!

  • Charles Maclean Taster

    A wee taster of Master of the Quaich, Charlies Maclean, who will be kicking off our Further From Festival on Friday 2nd of February!

    Come nestle in the cosy confines of The Four Marys pub where Charlie will explain all about the properties to look for in different whiskies, and even have a tasting session of selected whiskies - all included in the ticket price!