What's on at Chalke Valley History Festival 2020?

What's on at Chalke Valley History Festival 2020?

Published at 1:53pm 27th February 2020.

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We've been getting some details about this year's event - from Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th June.

It's the 10th anniversary year of the Chalke Valley History Festival (CVHF), and they're set to be celebrating in style.

New additions for 2020 include live music in the bar area every night of the Festival; living history houses; a Speigeltent; a Special Ops 'training camp'; and much more.

Chalke Valley History Festival 3 - images for 2020 (photo by Elizabeth Perry)
The Chalke Valley History Festival will return this June


There's set to be a few famous names appearing at the Broad Chalke site over the week in June too.

Among the initial line-up announced is: 

  • TV presenter and gardener Alan Titchmarsh
  • Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams
  • TV historians Dan Snow and David Starkey
  • Comedian Al Murray
  • BBC Newsnight's Diplomatic Editor and historian Mark Urban
  • Comedian and impressionist Rory Bremner
  • Playwright Tom Stoppard


As well as marking its 10th anniversary, the Festival is also commemorate 75 years since VE Day and 80 years since Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain.

There'll be special 1940 and 1945 days during the week as part of that.

Chalke Valley History Festival 2 - images for 2020 (photo by Graham Smith)
The Festival's become hugely popular over the last decade

The popular air displays will be back over the weekend, with historic aircraft going over the 60 acre site throughout Saturday and Sunday (27th and 28th June).

On the Saturday night (27th June), we can also see a huge fireworks display to round off what they're calling a 'Victory Party' with a 40s theme.


It's thought to be the world's biggest festival dedicated to history.

The aim is to 'make history accessible to all and to encourage both young and old alike to leave feeling enthralled, excited and enthused about our past'.

There's also a massive schools and education programme as part of CVHF, which last year welcomed around 2,500 students from 112 schools.


Tickets for the Festival are due to go on sale from 28th April - that's when the rest of the Festival programme will be announced too.

You can find out more about that on the Chalke Valley History Festival website.

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