Full programme announced and tickets go on sale for the Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival - 26th June to 2nd July 2023

Chalke Valley History Festival

Leading thinkers and speakers/Interactive historical experiences/ Living history experts/Six topical themes/Fun for all the family/Live music every day

A unique opportunity to sample the sights, sounds and smells of the past. The wait is over. Get ready for the most thrilling and entertaining event of the year - the Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival! The end of June signals the start of one of the most popular, and indeed successful, fixtures in the summer festival calendar. The festival will give you the chance to go back in time and experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the past, while enjoying over 200 talks, live performances, and interactive experiences. With a massive line-up, you can expect to hear from the most exciting, inspiring, and fascinating historians and performers around. With so much to see and do, there's never a dull moment at the Chalke Valley History Festival. History buffs and casual festival-goers alike will have the opportunity to experience everything from thrilling jousts and medieval encampments to immersive World War II trench experiences and discussions on current political affairs. Key themes for this year are: ENVIRONMENT - From farming and food production to climate change and the shifting sands of time. CONFLICT - Warfare throughout the ages from ancient times to Ukraine. POLITICS - Whether in Ancient Rome or more recent times, the rise and fall of dictators, prime ministers and presidents have shaped and defined our lives. SCIENCE & EXPLORATION - From inventions to the crossing of oceans and deserts. SOCIETY & CULTURE - Everyday life through the ages: food, art, literature, music and how the fabric of society evolves. SPORT - It is a large part of our lives. Here we explore the rich human drama in the evolution of some of our favourite pastimes. Want to learn about the current War in Ukraine and Putin's Russia? Interested in busting myths about Charles I's wife Henrietta Maria? Curious about the dramatic story of women of the American West? Or if you want to reminisce about Ashes series gone by, we have former England cricket captain Mike Brearley. Or if you want to find out more about the Abbey Road studios with David Hepworth, or hear the astonishing inside story of Colditz with Ben Macintyre, then The Chalke Valley History Festival is the place to be this summer.
Full programme announced and tickets go on sale for the Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival – 26th June to 2nd July 2023
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Full programme announced and tickets go on sale for the Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival – 26th June to 2nd July 2023
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Parents can enjoy hearing from TV presenter and distinguished gardener, Alan Titchmarsh

Parents can enjoy hearing from TV presenter and distinguished gardener, Alan Titchmarsh, while their kids are put through their paces at the SOE Training Camp, learning about unarmed combat, weapon handling, and code work. Even Tracy Chevalier, the author of the international sensation "Girl with a Pearl Earring," is making her festival debut to talk to the ever-popular Dan Snow. War buffs will love the special mornings devoted to The Cold War and The Second World War. These two events will include live firing of a 3.7-inch heavy anti-aircraft gun, and a discussion about Britain and the nuclear threat, as well as a welcome return to the festival by 102-year-old veteran Mosquito bomber pilot Colin Bell. Or maybe you’d prefer some light-hearted WW2 chatter with James Holland and Al Murray as they record a ‘live’ edition of their We Have Ways of Making You Talk podcast. We have a new Trench experience, where school children and adults alike can step back in time and experience the sights, sounds, and smells of World War II through the Oosterbeek Perimeter, where the British 1st Airborne valiantly held out with diminishing supplies during the Battle for Arnhem in September 1944. During the festival weekend, visitors can expect to see the Medieval encampment, complete with a full joust and other activities and demonstrations. Watch skilled knights battle it out on horseback and learn about the history and culture of the Middle Ages. This year, kids can even build and test their own mini-trebuchets. Meanwhile, festival favourites will be sharing stories and historical facts and figures from across the centuries, including Max Hastings' graphic new history of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, Michael Wood revealing the true story of The Trojan War, and Andrea Wulf talking about her eye-opening biography of the first Romantics. For those who want to soak up the atmosphere and sample a few local refreshments from the Chalke Valley Tap, then there may be a few unexpected visitors in the bar area. Dressing up is encouraged, but is not obligatory. As Festival Director Jane Pleydell-Bouverie says, "This festival has something for everyone, from the most serious historian to the casual observer who just wants to soak up the atmosphere and have a good time."
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As if all that weren't enough ...

As if all that weren't enough, there will be live music throughout the festival, with each day focusing on a different era of 20th Century popular music. The line-up includes The Bluebirds, a stunning close-harmony trio passionate about keeping the vintage sound of the wartime years alive, Old Baby Mackerel who will recreate the music of the early 20th Century, and The Soul Strutters who will delight the crowds with their love of groove, disco, funk, soul and R&B from the '70s. Festival-goers can expect to rub elbows with some of the most fascinating and accomplished historians and performers around. The line-up this year is truly impressive, featuring big names like Michael Morpurgo, Ian Hislop, Antony Beevor, Tracy Borman, John Major and Charlie Higson. Of course, no festival would be complete without food and drink, and the Chalke Valley History Festival doesn't disappoint. Mouth-watering cakes and snacks will be available from plentiful food and drink outlets, and visitors can enjoy delicious lunches and suppers in the Dining Tent provided by Provenance: Field to Fork Food. And for those who can't get enough of the festival's incredible speakers, there are over 200 Chalke Talks available on the festival's podcast. These talks, taken from over a decade of festival appearances, cover a wide range of historical topics and are sure to satisfy even the most voracious history buff. So, if you're looking for a fun and engaging way to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and smells of the past, look no further than the Chalke Valley History Festival. It's a unique opportunity to experience history like never before, and with so much to see and do, it's sure to be a highlight of your summer. 26th June to 2nd July - Don't miss out - get your tickets now at www.cvhf.org.uk For further information, please contact Alex Hippisley-Cox on mobile 07921 127077 or email her at alex@ahipcoxpr.co.uk The Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival will take place at Church Bottom, Broad Chalke, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 5DP. For more details about the Festival, please visit the recently-relaunched website at www.cvhf.org.uk Follow all the news on Twitter at @CVHISTORYFEST and on Facebook and Instagram.
Full programme announced and tickets go on sale for the Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival – 26th June to 2nd July 2023
Full programme announced and tickets go on sale for the Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival – 26th June to 2nd July 2023

Chalke Valley History Festival

Attracting the finest and most distinguished historians, academics, leading thinkers, and writers from the UK and abroad, The Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival is now firmly established as one of the must-attend events of the festival summer. Taking place on a 70-acre farm, in the heart of the Wessex countryside just outside Salisbury in Wiltshire, it blends inspiring literary talks, discussions and panels with eye-catching and entertaining living history and historical experiences.
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