Designed to inspire, excite and inform.
Set in the heart of the beautiful Wessex countryside, there is so much amazing entertainment for all the family.
The 2014 Festival was widely acclaimed as being the most successful so far and we will continue to offer our unique combination of literary festival and living history entertainment. This will include combat displays and interactive experiences such as the Trench, Sword School and Archery as well as a series of short air displays with historic aircraft across the weekend commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Even more to celebrate…
As well as the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, 2015 will mark the anniversaries of Magna Carta, Agincourt and Waterloo while we will continue to cover a wide range of subjects from the History of Medicine to History of Art.
Acres of encampments
Days in June
Literary talks and debates
Living historians and re-enactors
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…
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.
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 ‘Street of Time’ which will be running throughout the week-long festival.
2015 will be hosting more wonderful aircraft than ever before, with static models of a Spitfire and Hurricane on show all week outside the main entrance tent and with even more than before filling the skies above.
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.