The Festival is now the largest in the UK dedicated entirely to History. It is the only festival to combine interactive living history with flypasts, literary talks and panels.
“We all thought that this was the best festival yet. The organisation was immaculate and being a sponsor was the icing on the cake.” ~ GP
Our speakers are of an immensely high calibre and have included Niall Ferguson, Antony Beevor, Kate Adie, Mark Knopfler, Ian Kershaw, Jung Chang, Michael Morpurgo, Monty Don, Bettany Hughes, Dan Snow, Boris Johnson, Andrew Marr, WW2 fighter pilots, D-Day veterans and many others covering a wide range of topics which are complemented by the living history exhibitions, ancillary tents and stalls. In the evenings there is a long break for an excellent supper in the Dining Tent when the speakers, sponsors and their guests as well as much of the audience congregate.
“The green room was perfect, the food was great, the talks I saw were all very good, the planes were spiffing and the kids were rewarding. Congratulations” ~ Sebastian Faulks
The Festival is owned by the Chalke Valley History Trust which we have set up to promote the understanding, importance and enjoyment of history to the widest possible audience of all ages. The main Trust activity thus far is furthering the history education of children by running a concurrent Festival for Schools for which we have a bursary scheme to enable pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend. Started in 2013, this was extended in 2014 to include primary schools.