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Save the Date for The Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival 2019


By LoveReading on 24th April 2019

This year's Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival will take place from Monday 24th to Sunday 30th June. The tickets go on sale on the 30th April.

The world's largest festival entirely devoted to history in the UK will take place in a usually quiet field in Broad Chalke, near Salisbury in Wiltshire. The festival will be spread over 60 acres and will be a unique combination of topical debates, discussions and talks as well as a vast living history encampment. Attending the event will be the best living historians, all experts in their field, who will bring history to life using their extensive knowledge and passion for their subjects.

In addition to the exclusive talks, discussions and debates, the Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival will also boast a range of interactive tents and activities including: SOE commando training, Royal Signals Morse code lessons, archaeology walks, vintage vehicles, a book store, shopping emporium, a bar, fine dining and street food. 

The event this summer with feature more than 150 talks and debates and it has already been revealed that a number of eminent historians, writers and commentators have been confirmed. The speakers include Vitoria Hislop, Michael Wood, Mariella Frostrup, Niall Ferguson, Kate Williams, Max Hastings, Elif Shafak, Ian Kershaw, Kwasi Kwateng, Neil Oliver, Antonia Fraser, Ben MacIntyre, and Olivette Otele. There will also be special appearances made by Ken Tout, a veteran of one of the most famous tank engagements of WWII and John Jammes, a French resistor and a winner of the Croix de Guerre.

We also have a competition to win a family weekend ticket to the festival until the 14th June. Click here to find out more.

To find out more, see the full programme and book tickets, head to

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Natalie B - 29th April 2019

The archaeology walks sound really exciting! Xx

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