The 2017 Festival will take place 26th June – 2nd July.

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.

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. Details coming soon.

Air show

There  can be few better places to watch wonderful historic aircraft than against the beautiful backdrop of our festival.  Details will be online soon for 2017.

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.

History Hub

Fascinating content from CVHF speakers past and present,
including audio from previous talks.

VIDEO: KISSINGER 1923-1966: THE IDEALIST by Niall Ferguson

No American statesman has been as revered and as reviled as Henry…
6th December 2016/by Sarah Ewen

New site for 2017

1st December 2016/by philipewen

History Hub: James Holland Talks To Dan Snow

Dan talks to James about his current work, his love of sharing…
18th July 2016/by James Holland

Highlights of Knight’s Cross Winner, Günter Halm’s talk at CVHF

Günter Halm, a veteran of the Second World War, fought under…
10th July 2016/by Sarah Ewen

The Eyes of History

A beautifully shot video of Living History at Chalke Valley History…
6th July 2016/by Sarah Ewen

Parking and site accessibility update

We apologise for the delay in getting to our Festival carpark…
3rd July 2016/by Sarah Ewen

History Hub: James Holland talks to Tom Holland

James Holland talks to his brother Tom Holland about Athelstan,…
2nd July 2016/by James Holland

Living History..backstage

A look backstage at Living History at Chalke Valley History Festival.. LIVING…
2nd July 2016/by Sarah Ewen

CVHF Air Show Update From Paul Beaver

Paul Beaver talks about what to expect at our Air Show this year.. Paul…
2nd July 2016/by Paul Beaver

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

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