London Mayor Boris Johnson and BBC presenter Jeremy Paxman helped attract record numbers of visitors to the Althorp Literary Festival
The event, hosted by Earl Spencer for the 11th year running, included a number of talks by well-known authors including Tim Butcher, Julian Clary and Kate Adie.
The third day of the festival on Saturday, which included a cricket match between a Boris Johnson XI and an Earl Spencer XI, attracted a record number of visitors.
Earl Spencer said: “To be frank, it was just the best three days – happy, laughing, authors; delighted festival-goers in record numbers; and then my cricket XI defeated Boris Johnson’s team on the Saturday – even though Kevin Pietersen dropped in by helicopter to play for him – to make it the perfect weekend.
“I really do think this festival is the highlight of the Althorp year now, and it’s really good to know this place can make so many people so very happy, over several days. We work really hard to get it right. The weather helped. From my point of view, it could not have gone any better. We have set ourselves quite a target, if we are going to beat those three days. Work on that starts now.”