This wonderful annual event is held in the Chalke Valley, just outside Salisbury in Wiltshire. It is the ideal festival for the Slow Traveller: quirky, fun, informative and in beautiful surroundings which are off the beaten track. If you are planning to visit, here we answer all of your questions about the practicalities.

People watching a talk at the Chalke Valley History Festival

What is the Chalke Valley History Festival?

Started in 2011 as a fundraiser for the local cricket club, the History Festival has grown to a large outdoor event held in the rural village of Broadchalke. It runs Monday - Sunday for a week in June and has the biggest names from the worlds of UK history, literature, politics, academia and more, who all attend to give a talk and often sign books. As well as the seated talks, there is a whole festival of living historians who set up camp, don their period clothes and educate and entertain visitors, whether its through staging battles, guided walks, open air talks, building, cooking and creating, or just chatting to the people who pass by.

Where is the Chalke Valley History Festival?