22-28Jun nr SALISBURY Chalke Valley History Festival

Tony Gosling tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Mon Mar 30 01:45:04 BST 2015

The 2014 Festival was widely acclaimed as being 
the most successful so far and we will continue 
to offer our unique combination of literary 
festival and living history entertainment.

This will include combat displays and interactive 
experiences such as the Trench, Sword School and 
Archery as well as a series of short air displays 
with historic aircraft across the weekend 
commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Even more to celebrate

As well as the 75th anniversary of the Battle of 
Britain, 2015 will mark the anniversaries of 
Magna Carta, Agincourt and Waterloo while we will 
continue to cover a wide range of subjects from 
the History of Science to History of Art.

Chalk Pyt Farm, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP5 5ET
01722 781133

Living History

On visiting the festival, you will also come 
face-to-face with Romans from the age of 
Vespasian, as well as knights of Middle Ages, 
Napoleonic riflemen and Tommies from the two 
world wars. The best living historians are not 
only among the most informed people on any given 
period, they also know how to bring the past back 
to life in an exciting and visually compelling way.

Throughout the week, we host a through-the-ages 
encampment, and our living historians will be 
providing a large number of interactive 
demonstrations, historical narratives and 
offering a wonderful and immensely well-informed 
window onto the past. 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.

  Expect guns, armour, ancient skills, tanks, 
cookery from the past, dancing, music and a unique glimpse into the past

So much to see and do.

Offering a unique blend of talks, discussions & 
debates alongside a vast living history 
through-the-ages encampment and stunning air show 
~ a celebration of history like no other


For the entire week we host a large and 
wide-ranging number of talks, from the time of 
the ancients to more contemporary subjects. Some 
very familiar faces can be seen mingling with 
crowds of eager history enthusiasts, as they join 
us to give talks, or take part in discussions.
Living History

With more living history throughout the week than 
in our previous festivals, there’s lots to do for all the family.

We are really excited about our ‘Street of Time’ 
which will be running throughout the week-long festival.
Air show

2015 will be hosting more wonderful aircraft than 
ever before, with static models of a Spitfire and 
Hurricane on show all week outside the main 
entrance tent and with even more than before filling the skies above.
Schools Festival

Running alongside the main Festival, the Schools 
Festival sees thousands of pupils from primary 
school to sixth formers visit the festival in the 
first half of the week on special days dedicated to different year groups.
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Elizabeth’s Bedfellows: An Intimate History of the Queen’s Court
24th March 2015 - 8:30 am
Darling Monster: Letters from Lady Diana Cooper
18th March 2015 - 3:15 pm
Warrior: The Amazing Story of a Real War Horse
17th March 2015 - 7:38 pm
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