5 min readMar 26, 2022


Chalke Valley History Festival

The largest celebration of history in the UK will return this summer

The Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival will run from 20–26th June 2022. Returning for 7 days this summer/Expanded outdoor programme and entertainment/World-class speaker line-up/Hugely popular Festival for Schools

Praise for the 2021 Festival

“Green slopes bathed in sunlight, translucent blue skies at dusk, magical talks round the fireside, the jolly crowds, especially young people, and terrific re-enactors this year.” MICHAEL WOOD

“It is the most civilised festival you will ever go to and really is something special.” SLOW TRAVEL

Regarded as an integral part of the summer festivals calendar, The Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival is set to return from 20–26th June, 2022 and promises to be more exciting and interactive than ever before. After a slightly shortened version in 2021, this year it will be back to seven days, packed full of historical entertainment, inspiring discussions, fun for all the family and featuring the very best historians in the land. Also back for 2022 is the Chalke Valley History Festival for Schools, which will run for two days and will offer a curriculum-based programme of events designed to encourage pupils to learn about history through a series of immersive activities and engaging talks.

Taking place at its stunning venue in Broad Chalke, near Salisbury in Wiltshire, this year’s festival will build on some of the hugely popular open-air events introduced last summer. Visitors will be able to listen to world-class speakers, and to watch eye-catching demonstrations given by knowledgeable living historians, whilst sitting on the surrounding hills savouring delicious historic fast food. Acclaimed travel writer Colin Thubron will take to the stage in one of the big speaker tents, while children experience the thrill of driving the 1930s dodgems or riding on the big wheel at the vintage fairground.

Image by Russell Emm

A new Speaker’s Corner tent, where visitors of all ages can listen to shorter but highly informative talks in a more informal atmosphere, is being introduced for the first time this festival. Much-loved BBC broadcaster Justin Webb…




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