The Chalke Valley History Festival from June 24 to June 30 is on a 70-acre site at Broad Chalke, near Salisbury. Last year, about 150 speakers were featured, and more than 40,000 tickets sold.

The week of talks, discussions and debates, also displays extensive and immersive living history and historic air displays. Since 2013, the festival has also incorporated the History Festival for Schools.

Accountancy, tax and investment firm Smith & Williamson is sponsoring this year’s event.

Lisa Ball, managing partner of the Salisbury office, which is sponsoring one of the tents at the week-long event, said: “The diversity of talks and events during the week make it such an inspiring festival.”

Launched in 2011, the festival began as a fundraiser for the local cricket club. Club member and historian James Holland had the idea for a festival, but it was James Heneage, founder and former CEO of Ottakar’s bookshops and now a historical novelist, who suggested a festival dedicated to history.

Festival tickets are on sale now from the ticket office on 01722 781133 or visit




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