Speaker highlights so far

History Hub: James Holland talks to Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson chats to James Holland about #Brexit and the importance…
1st July 2016/by James Holland

Somme Service, Chalke Valley History Festival

Our ‪#‎Somme100‬ service this morning was led by Rt Revd.…
1st July 2016/by Sarah Ewen

Dr Tom Booth

Dr Tom Booth from the Natural History Museum talks to us about…
1st July 2016/by Sarah Ewen

UPDATE ON MUDDY CONDITIONS & SITE ACCESSIBILITY AT THE FESTIVAL

We have had a record amount of rainfall in the last month and…
1st July 2016/by Sarah Ewen

WW1 Day in the Trenches

WW1 Day in the Trenches from Chalke Valley History Trust on…
1st July 2016/by Sarah Ewen

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1st July 2016/by Sarah Ewen

Peter Caddick-Adams talks to us about The Battle of the Somme

Peter Caddick-Adams talks to us about the importance of marking…
30th June 2016/by Sarah Ewen

Michael Morpurgo talks to us about ‘An Eagle In The Snow: The Man Who Could Have Prevented WW1

Michael Morpurgo talks to us about writing historical novels…
29th June 2016/by Sarah Ewen

Max Hastings compares Boris to Berlusconi #Brexit

In his talk at Chalke Valley History Festival yesterday, Max…
28th June 2016/by Sarah Ewen

FLYING FORTRESS NOT LANCASTER

Very sadly, the Battle of Britain's Memorial Flight Avro Lancaster,…
17th June 2016/by James Holland

Ten Things You Never Knew About The Restoration

Restoration England was one of the most exhilarating periods…
16th June 2016/by Alexander Larman

OVER THE TOP: THE STORY OF DOROTHY LAWRENCE

A BIT ABOUT THE RESEARCH AND THE RATIONALE BEHIND THE SHOW Any…
14th June 2016/by Lizzie Crarer

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So much to see and do.

Offering a unique blend of talks, discussions & debates alongside a vast living history through-the-ages encampment and stunning air show ~ a celebration of history like no other…

Speakers

For the entire week we host a large and wide-ranging number of talks, from the time of the ancients to more contemporary subjects. Some very familiar faces can be seen mingling with crowds of eager history enthusiasts, as they join us to give talks, or take part in discussions.

Living History

With more living history throughout the week than in our previous festivals, there’s lots to do for all the family.

We are really excited about our Interactive living history encampments through the ages from the Romans to the Second World War, which will be running throughout the week-long festival.

Air show

There  can be few better places to watch wonderful historic aircraft than against the beautiful backdrop of our festival.  This year we are really excited about the UK’s only Lancaster coming for both days of the festival weekend, along with a stunning array of fighters and other planes, including a Corsair, P-40 Kittyhawk, Spitfires, Hurricane and P-51 Mustang.  The Chalke Valley will be alive to the roar of these beautiful old warbirds!

Schools Festival

Running alongside the main Festival, the Schools Festival sees thousands of pupils from primary school to sixth formers visit the festival in the first half of the week on special days dedicated to different year groups.