Chalke Valley History Festival

Chalke Valley History Festival

Date: Monday 23rd June – Sunday 29th June 2014
Distance from The Dove:  21.5 miles (35 minutes)

About the Festival:

The Chalke Valley History Festival is the largest festival dedicated entirely to History in the UK. Offering a unique blend of talks, discussions & debates alongside a vast living history through-the-ages encampment and stunning warbird air show, it is a celebration of history like no other. The site is set in the heart of Wessex where Thomas Hardy meets an ancient rolling chalk landscape that has been trod for millennia.  Whether young or old, there is much on offer at this truly unique festival of history.

Each year, the site becomes a giant encampment of living history through the ages, from Romans to the Second World War, and with displays by some of the very best re-enactors and historical interpreters in the UK. With an air show featuring Spitfires, a B-17 and other warbirds, and with Sword School, Have-a-Go Archery, an interactive First World War trench experience, and jousts and battle re-enactments, there is much to see for all the family.

Throughout the week, the Festival plays host to many of our most popular, passionate and leading historians, from Dan Snow and Jeremy Paxman to leading academics and well-loved personalities such as Ian Hislop, Al Murray and John Sessions.  There will also be a chance to meet D-Day veterans as well as Battle of Britain Spitfire pilot, Geoffrey Wellum, DFC.  During the festival a wide variety of subjects will be covered, from Ancient Mesopotamia to the Cold War and with debates, discussions, lectures, seminars and events for all ages.

The Festival is to support the values of The Chalke Valley History Trust which has been set up to promote the understanding, importance and enjoyment of history to the widest possible audience of all ages.