Most bookings can be made through the Mercury Theatre Box Office, or online at – However, some events have different box offices and booking lines, so please check the programme.

Mercury Theatre Box Office

Box office opening hours: Monday-Friday 11.00am-4.00pm
Book by phone: 01206 573948
Book online: by following the booking link on each event page on this website
Book via email:
Book in person: Due to recent Government guidelines regarding COVID-19 Mercury Tickets box office in Red Lion Yard is currently closed to the public. You can still book tickets online, via telephone and via email as above.
There will be no booking charges made by the Mercury Theatre although there will be a charge of £1 for postage unless tickets are collected from the theatre. If you book online you can print off your own ticket.

Bookings will be taken until 2 hours before the start of the event. Remaining tickets will be on sale on the door.


Concession prices are available to those aged 27 and under. Please provide proof of age on ticket purchase and at events.


Essex Book Festival is a partnership programme with multiple partners. Please advise the Box Office if you have any access requirements when making a booking. Visitors with a disability are offered a free ticket for a companion. If you require a BSL interpreter, please advise the Box Office and we will do our best to accommodate this. We also have a Roger Pen hearing system, so please let us know if you would like to book this by emailing us at


The Festival cannot refund money or exchange tickets except if an event is cancelled. If this occurs, please return your tickets to the Box Office within 30 days for a full refund.

Due to the Government guidance regarding COVID-19 we have taken the decision to cancel all remaining festival events as of 19th March. As we are a charity and our insurance would not cover this kind of eventuality we are asking ticket holder if any ticket sales could be treated as a donation wherever possible.