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Chalke Valley History Festival - An Unforgettable, Unique Family Festival

Church Bottom, Wiltshire

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Saturday 29th - Sunday 30th June 2019

Suitable for 0-100 years

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See, hear and feel history at the largest festival in the world dedicated entirely to History. Packed with talks, interactive reenactments, demonstrations and more it's the perfect way to get kids engaging and learning about the wonders of the past. 

See history come to live in the stunning living history encampments. See reenactments that will take you from the age of the Anglo Saxons and Vikings all the way through to the Second World War. Kids will love seeing the characters of the past as they learn about exploration, food and drink, farming, and D-Day and the Liberation of Europe as part of the 75th Anniversary commemorations.

  • Learn amazing new things at the informal, interactive and free half-hour pop-up talks
  • Be wowed by the stunning historic vehicles on show, including a Sherman tank, American M4 High speed gun tractor, giant Hawker Typhoon statue and more
  • Leave the kids to makes some historical creations at the Children’s Activity Tent (at extra cost £11.50 per session)
  • Throughout the weekend, Sword School will give you a taste of what it was like to clash blades in the Middle Ages (at extra costs £11.50 per session).
  • Discover interactive exhibitions from some of the UK's best museums
  • If you go on the Saturday enjoy the D-Day Dance & Dress-up and enjoy a fabulous Forties fandango complete with fireworks
  • The dynamic duo The History Tellers will be bringing their unique blend of comedy and history to a variety of stories from our turbulent past
  • Living History events will have the family immersed in the wonders of history with weaponry, cookery and even farming demonstrations 
  • Fascinating fun for all the family

Reviews: 

"My 17 year-old son spent the whole of the weekend immersed in the festival, talking to the stall holders and watching the various displays. He couldn’t stop talking about it on Saturday evening and left exhausted but extremely happy on Sunday. I think you may well have changed his life. The festival brought to the fore his love of history and for this, I can only thank you." - Festival Goer

"My son (6) and I took part in the Sword School, which was brilliant, We spent nearly 5 hours wandering through the different ages, meeting various different ‘characters’, who were all eager to share ‘their’ stories, historical knowledge and costumes, which my little boy loved and the re-enactments were fantastic. It truly was a wonderful day." - Festival Goer

“The best History festival in the country. It’s fantastic” - Dan Snow

“It has to be seen to be believed.” - Ian Hislop

Dates and Prices

Dates: 

  • The Festival runs from 24 - 30 June, but this offer is for weekend entrance tickets, Saturday 29 or Sunday 30th June
  • Open daily 9am - 8pm

Price Information: 

  • £5 for Child Ticket, 17% off
  • £10 for Adult Ticket, 20% off
  • £28 for Family Ticket (2 adults & 3 children), 20% off
  • Under 5s go Free

Please note that some activities and talks are at extra cost. All events that are included in the ticket price are indicated with a green line on the programme 

Paid for talks include entry to the festival. These events are indicated with a yellow line on the programme

The Children's Activity tent and Sword School are £11.50 per session, can be booked on the day

Need to Know
  • All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult both in the talks and on the site.
  • No dogs are allowed on site, including the car park, except Guide dogs.
  • The festival is in a field and subject to the weather. There aren’t any covered walkways so please come prepared – it can get muddy although the chalk drains quickly.
  • Tickets must be printed, tickets shown on smartphones will not be accepted. 
  • Please note that some activities and talks are at extra cost. All events that are included in the ticket price are indicated with a green line on the programme 
  • Paid for talks include entry to the festival. These events are indicated with a yellow line on the programme
  • Paid for talks include entry to the festival 
  • For all FAQs please see here 
  • No refunds available 

Accessibility: 

The festival welcomes wheelchair users but the Festival is in a field and subject to the weather, there are not any covered walkways between the tents. The festival will have disabled loos, wide aisles to accommodate wheelchairs and plenty of willing volunteers who will be happy to help, please don’t hesitate to ask.

There will be hearing loops available in all of the three main tents.

How to Redeem
  • Please present your LittleBird e-Ticket on the day for entry 
  • Tickets must be printed, tickets shown on smartphones will not be accepted. 
  • You will receive your ticket via email after purchase 
Plan your Visit

Address and Contact Info

Church Bottom
Bury Lane
Broad Chalke
Near Salisbury
Wiltshire
SP5 5DP

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