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The Chalke History Festival 2024

The historical event of the summer is back with a new name, a new look, and a programme to make your mouth water!

Living historian soldiers lining up in the Chalke History Festival

The Chalke History Festival - the biggest, most celebrated history festival in the world -will this year run from 24th to 30th June. To mark the start of a whole new chapter for the event it has announced a new name and a new look, with the website and branding being given an eye-catching makeover with a fresh new logo, new social media handles and the new domain name - all reflecting an exciting moment in the history festival’s life.

Over the past decade or so, the Chalke History Festival has firmly established itself as one of the must-attend events of the year, with its mixture of talks, performance, living history and all the elements that the best English summer festivals should have: eye-catching tents, delicious food and drink, and an absolutely magical atmosphere.

With nearly 140 talks, panel discussions, quizzes, live podcasts and debates, this year’s line-up is certainly its most varied to date, offering a unique opportunity for visitors of all ages to engage with history in a dynamic and interactive way, and appealing to both history buffs and casual visitors alike.

The star-studded lineup of speakers includes: Michael Palin, Zeinab Badawi, Tom Holland, Tracy Borman, Al Murray, Bettany Hughes, Charlie Higson, Sathnam Sanghera and Kate Mosse.

There are loads of activities for all the family to get involved in and create lasting memories. The little ones can have hours of fun in the Storystock Children’s Tent of Surprises, and performances by Wizzo’s Rip-Roaring History and Rattlebox Theatre will delight crowds throughout the week.

Elsewhere on the site, children will get a chance to watch history come to life through performance and living history events, for example watching medieval knights sword fighting or exploring the Second World War trench. Plus, there will be talks specifically aimed at young minds of all ages where the speakers will cover a diverse range of topics, designed to make learning fun and accessible. Plus, children and adults alike will also be thrilled by the news that the colourful Vintage Fairground, with all the thrills of the big wheel and the Helter Skelter, is back.

Live music provides a hugely important backdrop to the whole Chalke experience. With different musical acts to choose from each evening - including The Bran Flakes, Trip for Biscuits and ABBA’s Angels - visitors will be able to relax with a glass of something cold whilst listening to songs from a variety of the ages and appealing to a wide range of musical tastes. The hugely popular Saturday Night Party also returns, so visitors should get ready for the raucous sounds of the swing age at the D-Day Dance, which will take place in the new, stunning Spiegel tent and will feature The Swing Ninjas. And, whether you crave fine dining, cozy cafes, lively bars, or mouthwatering street food, you’ll be able to find a huge selection of top-quality local food to satisfy the whole family.

The full programme can be found here:

A trio of singers in WW2 uniforms


The Chalke History Festival will take place at Church Bottom, Broad Chalke, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 5DP. For more details about the festival, please visit the website at Follow all the news on X @Chalke Festival and Instagram at @chalkehistoryfestival and on Facebook.


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