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Life Lessons 2021 - Event Cancellation

It is with a heavy heart that we have made the decision to cancel this year’s Sunday Times Life Lessons festival. 

While Covid restrictions have been lifted in recent weeks, our fundamental responsibility remains to our audience, our speakers, our exhibitors, our suppliers and our sponsors. Their wellbeing remains our paramount concern. And while we hope and believe that the UK is on the right track to emerge safely from the pandemic in the months ahead, we have taken the hard decision to put safety ahead of ticket sales and cancel the Life Lessons festival planned for the weekend of July 16th to 18th at Chiswick House in London.

We believe this is the right decision and provides clarity for everyone. But be in no doubt – The Sunday Times’ Life Lessons festival will return: bigger, better, stronger and more relevant than ever before. Our speakers – who illuminate our cultural landscape – can’t wait to return to share their ideas with the Life Lessons community.  And when we can gather safely together once again, we will celebrate all the big things that matter to us: from cohesion to wellbeing and sustainability; challenging perceived wisdom and redefining the horizons ahead of us.

Ticket holders can find additional information on their ticket refund in our FAQs. Please click here to access them.

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I had a wonderful time at Life Lessons – even better than I expected, and I was expecting a lot. All the visitors I spoke to told me they'd had a fantastic day.

Bill Bryson


This festival takes people from all across society with interesting ideas; it’s a wonderful petri dish where people will meet, the ideas will cross-fertilise and produce new, better ideas.

Andrew Hunter Murray


It’s important that we have a domain like this where people can sit and try to create a new vision and a new narrative. I hope that people leave with a real sense of that.

Bella Lack


Life Lessons has changed the way I’m going to do my events. I’ve been to so many talks here and they’re fantastic. I’m so grateful. I’d love to do more work with you

Ruby Wax


Just wanted to say thank you and express my gratitude for putting together such a lovely weekend. Both Venetia and I thought it was one of the best and well organised events we’ve been to in a long time.

Max La Manna


Life lessons to me is connection – human connection – where people can listen and work out what’s best for them. I had a brilliant time. It’s the favourite event I’ve done! Thanks so much for the fun!

Rupy Aujla


Life Lessons is a fantastic event. It’s an interesting festival that so many people of different walks of life can get things out of.

Flo Perry


Life Lessons is really special. Today has been incredible…so many pearls of wisdom. The opportunity to speak to people who are interested in different things, or talk to a talk on something completely different: that’s what helps you to grow.

Sabrina Cohen-Hatton


Life Lessons is a great idea. It feels like there’s not enough of it. I would like to think that this is the start of a sea-change I guess. In that it’s something going forward that people realise needs to be part of our everyday thinking.

Romesh Ranganathan


Life Lessons is doing a very important thing in making information and wisdom accessible. It’s wonderful!

Megan Jayne Crabbe


I very much enjoyed my discussion with the Reverend Richard Coles. The Life Lessons format triumphantly demonstrates that a one-on-one discussion doesn’t have to be adversarial to be entertaining. On the contrary, a mutually respectful conversation, even between participants who might be expected to disagree, can be interesting for both them and the audience.

Richard Dawkins



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