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Tim Harford: Cautionary Tales

Festival of Economics

St George's Bristol  |  £6 – £12

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Tim Harford returns to the Festival of Economics with a second live recording of his popular podcast, Cautionary Tales.

We tell our children unsettling fairy tales to teach them valuable life lessons, but these cautionary tales are for the education of grown-ups – and they are all true.

In his hit podcast Cautionary Tales, Tim Harford brings stories of awful human error, tragic catastrophes, daring heists and hilarious fiascos.

Tim Harford is an economist, journalist and broadcaster.

Pay What You Feel

This event is part of our new ticket pricing structure where we ask people to pay what they feel they can afford in accordance with their means. Read more about it here. Read on for the ticket prices for this event.

One free carer ticket can be booked at the same time for a paying disabled visitor. If you need to book more than one, please contact us before booking to arrange.

Pay It Forward

The Pay It Forward option enables you to book a ticket above the standard price, and will help to subsidise a ticket for someone who requires the Pay What You Can option. This option is aimed at people who are able to meet their basic needs and would like to help somebody else with the cost of their ticket.

  • Is this for me? – I have access to a regular and stable income and I have the means and desire to contribute towards making the event affordable for others and supporting Bristol Ideas.


This recommended price is based on what we’d traditionally charge for a similar event. It helps us make sure that basic costs are covered. This price is aimed at people who are able to meet their basic needs and have enough to live on.

  • Is this for me? – I have access to a regular and disposable income, and I can comfortably afford the recommended ticket price.


This option is lower than the recommended price. It is subsidised by Bristol Ideas and fellow audience members who have booked at the Pay It Forward rate. This price is aimed at people who could do with support to get by.

  • Is this for me? – My access to income is low and unstable and I worry about meeting my basic needs. I would select a concession rate due to my personal circumstances.

No one will be turned away due to lack of funds, so please contact us if you have any queries.

Booking Information

Ticket booking is via Eventbrite. Please review Eventbrite’s terms and conditions and Privacy Policy as Bristol Ideas do not accept any responsibility or liability for the policies. You can read Bristol Ideas’ Privacy policy here.

Please note we only refund tickets if the event is cancelled. Events start punctually and, out of consideration to other audience members and speakers, our policy is not to admit or issue refunds to latecomers. Full Terms and Conditions here.

Getting to St George’s

Walking and cycling: The Visit Bristol website has downloadable maps of Bristol City centre. There are bicycle racks in front of the Great George Street entrance. There are also bicycle racks at the bottom of Park Street. Find information on cycling routes and parking on the Better By Bike website.

Bus: St George’s Bristol is close to stops for several local bus routes, with the nearest bus stops being on College Green (bottom of Park Street) and Clifton Triangle (top of Park Street). Visit the First Bus website to find your nearest bus service and plan your journey.

Train: The nearest main train station is Bristol Temple Meads, approximately 1.2 miles away. This is approximately a 30-minute walk. The nearest local train station is Clifton Down, approximately 1 mile away. This is approximately a 25-minute walk. There are plenty of bus links between both stations and St George’s Bristol.

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