This May major names including Sir Terry Wogan, Sir Trevor McDonald, Julian Clarey, Fern Britton, Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan will headline the spectacular 12-day Daphne du Maurier festival in Fowey; home to the acclaimed author who wrote such greats as Jamaica Inn, Rebecca, and Fisherman's Creek.
Fans of du Maurier can stay opposite the cottage where she wrote Hungry Hill, in Farthings, a 200 year old former pilchard store above Readymoney Cove, available through Blue Chip Holidays.
As well as nationally and internationally known writers and TV presenters, the festival (09-20 May) will play host to a range of musicians including Oysterband, who swept the board at this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards; eighties favourite Nik Kershaw, and even classic boy band Blake.
One of the highlights of the festival will be the advance screening of a new film version of Daphne du Maurier's story, the Scapegoat, commissioned by ITV. Before the screening the audience will be treated to a question and answer session featuring a panel of actors and the behind-the-screens crew, who will discuss the interpretation and making of du Maurier's haunting and intriguing tale.
Over 200 separate events will take place over the 12 days for the event including boat trips, guided walks, concerts, talks, workshops and plays throughout the town.