At the Festival – Monday 24th – Sunday 30th June 2019

Chalke Valley History Festival,
Broad Chalke, Near Salisbury, Wiltshire SP5 5DP

 Getting to the Festival

The Festival site is on a working farm on the southern edge of Broad Chalke. The nearest towns are Salisbury (9 miles to the east) and Shaftesbury (12 miles to the west) and Blandford (18 miles to the south).

Trains run to Salisbury every 1/2 hour from London (please allow at least 45 minutes to the Festival).

Number 29 bus runs between Salisbury and Shaftesbury. There is a request stop by the Church then follow signs. The walk to the Festival is about a third of a mile.

Taxis are available from Salisbury:

Valuecars:  01722 50 50 50

Spire Travel: 03333 442700

Driving – there will be a one-way system in place so please allow extra time, especially at the weekend, to reach the Festival.

Please follow the signs to the Festival rather than your SatNav.

What time does the site open?

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 1pm

Wednesday 4pm (unless you have a morning ticket)

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9am

Bag searches

Please note that for security reasons, random bag searches my be undertaken upon entry to the Festival.


All parking is free at the Festival. There will be separate disabled parking closer to the Entrance (please bring the blue badge) and there will be aseparate parking area for Friends and Speakers.

Is there a charge to enter the Festival?

Festival tickets are required for entrance to the Festival on Saturday and Sunday and cover the huge range of historical displays on offer including living history and air displays and free Pop-up History talks.

Buying an event ticket for a weekend event provides for that day.

Note: Festival entrance tickets are not required for entrance on Monday to Friday.

Price Guide:

Festival Entrance Ticket Type On Day Pre-Booked
Adult £15.50 £12.50
Child 5 -16

(under 5 Free)

£7.50 £6
Family Ticket

2 adults, 3 children

£42.00 £35.00

Can I buy Tickets on the Day?

Yes. Please come to the Box Office at the site and we will be very happy to help you (subject to availability). Please allow extra time in case of queues.

Don’t forget that if you buy 10 weekday tickets you can have an 11thfor free.

If you are on a waiting list please don’t forget to check with the ticket office at the Festival to see if a ticket has been handed back.


Collection of Tickets

There will be a collection point in the ticket office at the entrance for you to pick up your pre-paid tickets.


Camping is available – tents and motor homes welcome.

Sorry this is a working farm, so no dogs and no fires.  Please call the ticket office on 01722 781133 to book.  Camping is only available for people who are attending the Festival and must have pre-booked tickets.

All under 18s must be accompanied by a parent/responsible adult.


We welcome children of all ages. All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult both in the talks and on the site.

Can I buy books at the Festival?

Yes. Waterstones will be at the Festival for the whole week Friends are entitled to 10% discount – you must show your Friends Membership card.

Can I become a Friend?

Yes.  £27 for single membership and £45 for a Double member. Benefits include – access to Friends Car Park, 10% discount at Waterstones at the Festival, earlier access to main tents through separate Friends and special offers. Please note that this is annual membership and you will be contacted in the autumn about renewal. Please visit friends.cvhf.org.uk to become a Friend.

Is there WIFI on site?

There will be limited WIFI on site

There is limited mobile signal at the Festival so if you are meeting friends we recommend arranging a meeting point – for example the bar in the middle of the Festival.

Are Dogs allowed?

No dogs are allowed on site, including the car park, except Guide dogs.

Is there Wheelchair access?

We welcome wheelchair users but the Festival is in a field and subject to the weather, there are not any covered walkways between the tents. We will have disabled loos, wide aisles to accommodate wheelchairs and plenty of willing volunteers who will be happy to help, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Is the Seating allocated?

No. Volunteers will be on hand to help you at each talk. Friends Membership allows early entry into the talks.

Are there hearing loops in the tents.

Yes, available in all of the three main tents.

Are there places to eat at the Festival?

Yes. As well as our pre-booked Dining Tent (delicious meals by Victoria Blashford-Snell) there will be many concession stands, coffee/tea stands and a bar. You are very welcome to bring your own picnics and there will be places to sit. Please do not bring alcohol, there is a bar on site.

Do I need wellies?

The festival is in a field and subject to the weather. There aren’t any covered walkways so please come prepared – it can get muddy although the chalk drains quickly.

Green/Environmental issues

The Festival site is on a working farm and we leave it exactly as we find it. All the rubbish generated by the Festival is taken away, sorted and recycled. It would be immensely helpful to us, if you bring a picnic, that you take your rubbish home with you.