Monday 24th – Sunday 30th June 2019 | Various prices

Throughout the week, over 100 talks from eminent historians, TV personalities and experts on a wide range of topics.

(Friends of the Festival have early-bird booking)
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We will be announcing the full talks timetable when ticket sales are launched at the end of April.

This summer, over 150 talks and debates will be delivered by eminent historians, writers and commentators.

As ever, our Pop-up series of talks will be announced at the festival.

Adding to our fantastic line-up of speakers, we are very excited to have Ken Tout, a veteran of one of the most famous tank engagements of WWII, and John Jammes, an ex-member of the French Resistance and winner of the Croix de Guerre, both promise to be particularly special events.

Monday 24th June 2019

We have 16 talks, with speakers including:

Kwasi Kwarteng
Anna Beer
Patrick Cordingley
Ali Ansari
Peter Jones
Sophie Thérèse Ambler
Allen Chalk
William Walters
Guy Walters
Niall Ferguson
Tom Holland
James Heneage
Steven Isenberg
Adam Rutherford
Katie Hickman


Tuesday 25th June 2019

We have 15 talks, with speakers including:

Leanda de Lisle
Graham Harvey
Nicholas Jubber
Robert Gildea
Mary-Ann Ochota
Tim Tatton-Brown
John Jammes
Peter Caddick-Adams
Stuart Laing
Michael Wood
Minette Batters
Alex Langlands
James Holland
Alexandra Churchill
Steve Knightley
Jonathan Phillips
Simon Winder


Wednesday 26th June 2019

We have 9 talks, with speakers including:

Tracy Borman
David Reynolds
Tom Holland
Rania Abouzeid
Emma Smith
Kate Williams
Olivette Otele
Sophie Hay


Thursday 27th June 2019

We have 15 talks, with speakers including:

Jesse Norman
John Adamson
Violet Moller
Jean Moorcroft Wilson
Tim Leighton
Victoria Hislop
Andrew Hill
Charles Spencer
John Browne
David Gilmour
Ian Hislop
Guy Walters
Turtle Bunbury
Ted Vallance


Friday 28th June 2019

We have 23 talks, with speakers including:

Dave Allan
Mark Evans
Alex Burnham
Peter Hore
Lindsey Ratcliffe
Georgina Ratcliffe
Paul Beaver
Edward Stringer
Charlie Barton
Nick Holmes
Stephen Wisdom
Tracy Borman
Eleri Lynn
Alden Gregory
Charles Farris
Nicola Tallis
Mark Wallis
Kelly Grovier
Clare Jackson
Julie Summers
Micheál Ó Siochrú
Ian Kershaw
Jane Ridley
Nicholas Cole
Ralph Northumberland
Catherine Bailey
William Sieghart
Helen Parr
Natalie Haynes
John Sessions
Dan Snow
Charlie Higson
Adam Zamoyski
Sam Willis


Saturday 29th June 2019

We have 21 talks, with speakers including:

James Holland
Robert Hutton
Natalie Haynes
Lien de Jong
Bart van Es
Dan Jones
Charlie Higson
Max Hastings
Elif Shafak
Adrian Wooldridge
Dan Snow
Ali Ansari
Antonia Fraser
James Stourton
Neil Oliver
Tim Bouverie
Kassia St Clair
Ben Macintyre
Douglas Rattray
Minette Walters
Chloe Fox
Philip Mould
Philip Collins
Sam Willis
James Daybell

Sunday 30th June 2019

We have 18 talks, with speakers including:

Ken Tout
James Holland
Gavin Mortimer
Joyce Hakmeh
Shaun Walker
Calder Walton
Fiona Carnarvon
Armand D’Angour
Andrew Roberts
Mariella Frostrup
David Butler
Michael Crick
Jeremy Black
Peter Caddick-Adams
Peter Frankopan
Kate Loveman
Robin Hanbury-Tenison
Adrian Weale
Phil Harding
John Buckley
Tim Bouverie
Jacob Rees-Mogg