You’re invited to the ­first ever Hillsborough Festival of Literature & Ideas, a springtime festival with more than 30 events taking place throughout the village including poetry, prose, music, fi­lm and talks plus events for families and young people.

Join us for:

The Great Hillsborough Book Hunt | Book Doctors | Donal Ryan | Kerry Hudson | Doireann Ní Ghríofa | Joshua Burnside & lots more.




Our partnering venues aim to be as accessible as possible however some venues have restricted access.

Information for people with disabilities and visitors who are not familiar with the individual venues is available through the Access 400 online service at www.adaptni.org

Should you or your group have any special access requirements, please contact us in advance of the event at hello@johnhewittsociety.org

One carer goes free for every paying disabled guest. Assistance dogs welcome.

How to get to Hillsborough

Hillsborough is located just off the A1 with easy access from the M1. We would recommend accessing public transport to get to Hillsborough. There are regular bus services (238 to Newry) from central Belfast to Hillsborough (approx. 25-30 mins). Buses leave from Belfast Europa Bus Centre. 

Nearest bus stop: Hillsborough War Memorial.

Lisburn Train station is 5 miles from Hillsborough, with bus services available from Lisburn bus centre (38 to Banbridge).

There is limited car parking in Hillsborough. There is a public car park in the village just off Main Street.



The easiest way to obtain tickets is online: go to www.johnhewittsociety.org and your booking will be handled via Get Invited. You will be able to print your tickets via any computer/printer. We recommend booking online as we don’t have a dedicated box office phone line.

Some events are free but we encourage you to register in advance to help us anticipate the number of attendees. Other events are free, drop-in, and no registration is required for these events.

Please bring your ticket(s) with you to the event but, if you can’t print this, you should be able to access them via Get Invited on your mobile phone.

When you have reserved or purchased a ticket for one of our events, confirmation is sent via email shortly after you have made your booking from Get Invited. If you do not receive this email, check your junk or spam folder for this email sent by Get Invite. If you have still not received confirmation, please email: hello@johnhewittsociety.org

For queries in phone or in person, contact Hillsborough Visitor Information Centre, (028) 9268 9717

Please arrive at events in sufficient time: late comers may only be admitted at our discretion.

If you are unable to attend an event you have registered for, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing hello@johnhewittsociety.org

The John Hewitt Society reserves the right to change or amend all or any events. The John Hewitt Society reserves the right to refuse admission and not to admit late arrivals. Unfortunately, we are unable to make refunds or exchange tickets unless the event is cancelled or postponed.