Broad Chalke, Salisbury, UK
Discover the rich tapestry of our past and the vital roles played by both women and men as we embark on a captivating journey spanning more than three millennia. From the humble routines of domestic life to the intensity of warfare and the art of survival, the Chalke Valley History Festival offers a profound exploration of history, from the Stone Age to the conclusion of the Cold War. This annual event, held during the last week of June, promises to excite, enthrall, and entertain, illuminating the profound impact of our past on the shaping of our future.
The festival features a diverse array of talks, discussions, and debates that delve into the annals of history. Explore immersive living history exhibits, savor live music, and witness captivating historical performances and experiences that cater to all ages. The Chalke Valley History Festival is dedicated to fostering a deep understanding of history, making it accessible to everyone.
This remarkable event had humble beginnings, sprouting in June 2011 as a fundraiser for the local cricket club. Inspired by the idea of a history festival, it was the founder of Ottakar’s bookshops and a prominent historical novelist, who envisioned a festival solely dedicated to history. Since its inception, the festival has grown exponentially, now spanning a 70-acre farm for an entire week in June.
Drawing enthusiasts and history aficionados from all corners of the world, the Chalke Valley History Festival has become a global gathering point. With around 25,000 attendees annually, it's a testament to the festival's magnetic appeal. Visitors from as far away as Australia and the United States converge to immerse themselves in this historical extravaganza.
Proceeds from the festival are channeled into the Chalke Valley History Trust, an organization dedicated to promoting historical understanding across all age groups, with a particular focus on educating children. In addition to the main festival, the Chalke Valley History Festival hosts a History Festival for Schools, welcoming 2,500 students from independent and state schools across the UK each year.