The Chalke Valley History Festival was established to promote the understanding of history to people of all ages. Offering a unique blend of talks, discussions & debates alongside a vast living history through-the-ages encampment and stunning warbird air show, the Chalke Valley History Festival is a celebration of history like no other.
Set in fields in south-west Wiltshire, the festival’s home lies in an idyllic part of the world. Here, chalk downs, etched by ancient droves, overlook lush farmland and, during the week-long festival, a large encampment. It is a stunning spot – where an ancient English landscape meets Hardy’s Wessex. And for one week at the end of every June, this normally sleepy corner of England comes alive to the sound of Merlin engines, cannon-fire, muskets and music.
Whether young or old, there is much on offer at this truly unique festival of history.
Enjoy fascinating, insightful and excellent talks and presentations for a wide range of speakers – all experts in their fields, and also often household names such as Dan Snow, Neil Oliver, Tom & James Holland, Ranulph Fiennes, Charles Spencer, Peter Snow, Ian Hislop, John Sessions, Charlie Higson, Sebastian Faulks, Nicholas Soames and Julian Fellowes.
Enjoy weekend air displays with the UK’s only flying Lancaster, Spitfires, a Hurricane, a P-51 Mustang and a Catalina.
There are also Living History displays with small encampments from Roman times to the Second World War. Each encampment is manned by hugely knowledgeable living historians and re-enactors who will be demonstrating their particular period – living, cooking, eating, making tools and everyday utensils, or preparing for battle. They will give informal talks and provide all manner of practical activities with anyone of any age can get involved. There will be an Anglo-Saxon settlement with two reconstructed dwellings, and a medieval combat tournament. There is also the Trench experience to better understand life on the Western Front during World War One. Or enjoy Sword School to taste what it was like to clash blades and shields.
Tickets are now available to book at www.cvhf.org.uk