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A day of debate on politics, economics, philosophy and more at The Battle of Ideas festival

November 5, 2022 at 10:00 am - 6:00 pm UTC+0

A day of debate on politics, economics, philosophy and more at The Devonshire Dome as the Battle of Ideas festival returns to Buxton!

Join us at this stunning venue in the spa town of Buxton, in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire.

An opportunity to get to grips with some major public debates and the challenges we face going forwards, covering politics, economics and our wider culture.

Produced by the Academy of Ideas with headline partner the University of Derby .

For ticket details, see Eventbrite. Please note that due to industrial action, train services are likely to be disrupted on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 November.


10.30 | Welcome address
  • Claire Fox
  • William Clouston
  • Sherelle Jacobs
  • Hilary Salt
  • James Woudhuysen
  • Chair: Dr Mo Lovatt
12.15 – 13.30 | Lunch & Ideas Market
Browse a wide range of stalls while enjoying a sandwich lunch, courtesy of the University of Derby.

12.30 – 13.15 | Lunchtime Inspirations

  • Tracey Follows
  • Dr Nicholas Joseph
  • Timandra Harkness
  • Chair: Rob Lyons
  • Harley Richardson
  • Dr Ruth Mieschbuehler
  • Dr Adam Simcock
  • Chair: Dr Vanessa Pupavac
  • Sherelle Jacobs
  • Dr Mo Lovatt
  • Rick Moore
  • Graham Stringer MP
  • Chair: Hilary Salt
  • Tania Edwards
  • Timandra Harkness
  • Iona Italia
  • Barry Wall
  • Chair: Andy Shaw
  • Susie Hawkes
  • Dr Ken McLaughlin
  • Jordan Tyldesley
  • Wasiq Wasiq
  • Chair: Jo Herlihy
  • Simon Cooke
  • Rosamund Cuckston
  • Dr Caspar Hewett
  • Gawain Towler
  • Chair: Austin Williams
  • Heather Brunskell-Evans
  • Dr Anna Loutfi
  • Harry Miller
  • Graham Wettone
  • Chair: Alastair Donald
  • Callum Breese
  • Tracey Follows
  • Jacob Reynolds
  • Dr Nikos Sotirakopoulos
  • Chair: Sam Parker
16.10 – 16.30 | Afternoon refreshments
  • Marion Calder
  • Dennis Hayes
  • Alan Miller
  • Charlie Winstanley
  • Chair: Claire Fox
Buy tickets now via Eventbrite. (Tickets include refreshments and a sandwich lunch.)
  • Standard ticket – £25
  • Concession ticket – £15
  • AoI associate ticket – £15
  • Full-time students – £5
  • School pupils – FREE (see ticket offer below)
We are delighted to make the following special offer to school pupils: a free day-ticket to the Buxton Battle of Ideas festival on Saturday 5 November.

Email schoolschampion@academyofideas.org.uk stating you would like to attend, the name of your school and an email address to send your free ticket to.

For all enquiries about the Buxton Battle of Ideas festival, including programme information, partnership opportunities, or to volunteer, please email: Mo Lovatt at: molovatt@academyofideas.org.uk


November 5, 2022
10:00 am - 6:00 pm UTC+0
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The Free Speech Union
020 3920 7865
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Devonshire Dome
1 Devonshire Road
Buxton, SK17 6RY
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