Dates and opening times of the festival site

At the Festival – Wednesday 23rd June – Sunday 27th June 2021. Site opening times: Wednesday at 3pm; Thursday, Friday, Saturday and, Sunday at 9:30am.


Chalke Valley History Festival, Church Bottom, Bury Lane, 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 from the station to the Festival).

Number 29 bus runs between Salisbury (from Blue Boar Row in Salisbury) and Shaftesbury Monday – Saturday. There is a request stop by the Church in Broad Chalke then follow signs to the festival. The walk to the Festival from the request stop is about a third of a mile.

Taxis are available from Salisbury:

Valuecars:  01722 50 50 50

All The Sevens 01722 777777

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.

Bag searches

Please note that for security reasons, random bag searches may 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 a separate parking area for Friends (Festival Memberships) and Speakers.

Festival Entrance Tickets

Either a talk ticket or an outdoor programme ticket are required for entrance to the Festival on all days.  On Wednesday 23rd June access to the Festival site is free to locals in the valley, however a ticket must be pre-ordered .

Ticket Prices

Individual talk tickets range from £11 to £15.50

Outdoor Programme  tickets range from £11 to £13.50 depending on which day

Adult: £11 Thursday (from 1.30pm); £12 Friday (from 1.30pm); £13.50 Saturday (from 9.30pm);

£13.50 Sunday (from 9.30am)

Child (under 16) £5 each day

Booking tickets

All tickets within a particular group must be purchased by one booker and each group must consist of one household or support bubble.

Each order, even if it includes tickets to more than one event, can only be on behalf of a maximum of 6 people.

The lead booker’s contact information will be stored in line with our Privacy Policy and we may share your contact details with NHS Test and Trace. If required, it is the obligation of the lead booker to provide contact details for the other members of the group.

Social distancing measures may apply throughout the festival site.

Collection of Tickets

We are not intending to have a ticket collection system in place, unless tickets have been bought a week prior to the Festival opening. All pre-booked tickets will be sent by post.

Ticket venue is subject to change based on demand.  Please see the notice board at the Festival Entrance for any changes to the programme.

Ticket to individual event admits one person to that event only as well as the outdoor programme for that same day.

Ticket to outdoor programme admits one person to the Festival site for the day specified on the ticket on which the event is held but does not entitle you entrance to any of the talks in the marquees.  These must be separately purchased. If you purchase a talk ticket you do not need to buy an Outdoor Programme ticket as access to the outdoor programme is included within the Talk ticket.

The bookings office will be open from 9am – 14:00 Monday to Friday should you wish to speak with someone about a booking. You can call them on 01722 781133/01722 516139.

Can I buy Tickets on the Day?

Subject to availability, yes. Please come to the Box Office at the site and we will be very happy to help you. Please allow extra time in case of queues. Queues will have socially distanced measures in place.

As matters stand at the moment, we will be restricted to 4,000 spectators on site at any one time, although this may change on 21st June if the Government is able to stick to planned easing of restrictions.  So it is best to assume there will be a limit and, to be certain of getting in, tickets should be booked in advance.

Friends of the Festival are able to book tickets from 17th May, while tickets are on sale to the general public from 19th May. Please note we are not doing swaps or exchanges this year. Tickets can only be handed back if the event is Sold Out. Refunds will only be given if the ticket is re-sold.

Will the talks take place in marquees, as per normal, or will there be outdoor stages too?

There will be two big marquees, albeit with socially distanced seating, plus a wider, entirely outdoor programme which will include a range of talks, debates, panel discussions and late evening story-telling on our exciting new outdoor stages, as well as living history events, live music each day, entertainment, shopping and food. The outdoor programme will time travel through the ages, include a speaker’s corner, living history events as well as the amphitheatre-style stages.  People will be able to access all that is on the Outdoor Programme for the price of just one single modestly priced day-pass ticket or if they have bought a tickets to a tented talk for that day.

Will there be social distancing measures in place and, if so, how can the public be assured that the festival site is Covid secure? Will you need to show a negative Covid test to enter the site?

We have been doing detailed and stringent planning for a raft of Covid-secure measures.  Precisely what will be determined by the state of national legislation and guidance at the time the festival is held, but rest assured we have undertaken a rigorous planning process and that we will be adhering to the required measures that are in place at the time.  These may include but are not limited to:

  • Wearing of face coverings
  • Non-invasive temperature checks
  • Social distancing
  • Restricted use of certain facilities
  • Designated entrance and exit routes
  • Queuing and one way systems on site
  • Mandatory hand sanitising
  • COVID-19 certification

There will be plenty of hand sanitising stations throughout the site and our tents will be cleaned after each event.

All our staff, speakers and volunteers are required to undertake lateral flow tests before they come onto the site.

The COVID-19 Safety Protocols will be communicated to visitors by email, social media and by notices at the Festival site.  The COVID-19 Safety Protocols are and will be based on all applicable government & related agency guidance & legislation in force at the time as well as on CVHF’s assessment of appropriate measures and are subject to change without prior notice.

In line with government guidance, we require that any visitors do not attend the Festival if they believe that they: may be infected with COVID-19; have experienced symptoms in the last 14 days; have been in close proximity to anyone who has experienced symptoms in the last 14 days; have arrived in the United Kingdom in the last 14 days and are not covered by the exemption rules relating to self-isolation or quarantine; or have been instructed to self-isolate or quarantine.

CVHF is required by the UK Government to collect the name of the lead purchaser of tickets and the number of people for whom tickets are being bought and a telephone number and address, together with the date of the visit.

CVHF will collect this data for the whole Festival site and certain designated locations across the Festival site such as the talk tents.  This information will only be shared with the UK Government’s contact tracing schemes in order to support NHS Test and Trace and will only be used where necessary to help stop the spread of COVID- 19.

All these regulations are designed to keep everyone safe and ensure that everyone has a great time. Please respect our staff at all times as they implement these measures for everyone’s wellbeing – and most importantly we hope you enjoy the Festival.

Camping & Glamping

Camping & Glamping options are available and motor homes are welcome. All camping must be pre-booked. Glamping at the weekend includes outdoor programme tickets to the festival. Standard Camping requires outdoor programme or talk tickets to be purchased separately.

  • Camping is only available for people who are attending the Festival.
  • Sorry this is a working farm, so no dogs and no fires.
  • All under 18s must be accompanied by a parent/responsible adult.
  • Children: All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult both in the talks and on the site.

All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult both in the talks and on the site.

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.

Friends Membership

Benefits include – early ticket sales; use of Friends Car Park; 10% discount at Waterstones at the Festival; earlier access to main tents through separate Friends entrance 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.

WIFI on site

There will be WIFI on site.


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

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.

Unfortunately, this year we will NOT be able to provide mobility scooters.

Is the Seating allocated?

No. Volunteers will be on hand to help you at each talk. Friend’s Membership allows early entry into the talks.  This year due to COVID restrictions, chairs will be widely spaced and there maybe some empty chairs to assist with that. Volunteers will assist with seat allocation.  You may not be able to sit your group all together given the configuration of the chairs in the talk tents.

Tents will be vacated after each talk to allow cleaning before the next event.

Are there hearing loops in the tents?

Yes, available in both of the two main tents.

Food at the Festival

As well as our pre-booked Dining Tent (delicious meals by Victoria Blashford-Snell) there will be many concession food stands, coffee/tea stands and a bar. In the dining tent there will be two separate sittings. There will be a 45 minute break between sittings to allow for cleaning and re-laying. There will  be 50% capacity with each place laid 1m apart.

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.

Will there be a bar?

Yes, there will be the usual tented bar area at the heart of the site with table service. We have also put in place a mobile ordering service in the bar to enable people to order their drinks via their mobile phone. The bar team will then bring drinks orders to numbered tables to ensure there is no crowding at the bar.

Will there be live music?

Yes, we are planning to have live music every evening with some very exciting acts including the folk band, Trials of Cato, 1920s flapper music with a contemporary take from Trip for Biscuits, incredible chanteuse, Chrystal Bliss, and festival favourites, the Branflakes.

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 policy

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.

What happens if the festival is cancelled due to government regulations?

In the event CVHF cancels the Festival, ticket purchasers will be offered a full refund (excluding postage charges) or credit voucher for use at the following year’s Festival.  If a refund is chosen, the refund will be processed within 8 weeks of the cancellation by way of a credit to the card used for the purchase.

Will I get a refund if I catch COVID-19 and can’t attend? 

If you or any of the persons on whose behalf you are booking a ticket is unable to attend as you or they test positive for COVID-19 or have been required to self-isolate within 14 days of the event, CVHF will provide a full refund on production of written evidence to that effect.

Will I get a refund if I don’t have COVID-19 but am required to self-isolate?

Yes, If you or any of the persons on whose behalf you are booking a ticket is unable to attend as you or they test positive for COVID-19 or have been required to self-isolate within 14 days of the event, CVHF will provide a full refund on production of written evidence to that effect.

Do I need to be vaccinated to attend?

No, we are not requiring visitors to the festival to be vaccinated.

Is there a risk that I catch COVID-19 at the festival?

There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present during a global pandemic.  COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease with the risk of illness, serious long-term injury and death.  All visitors are voluntarily agreeing to assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 by attending the festival.