Wiltshire Life are delighted to be sponsoring the talk by Hamish de Bretton-Gordon with Guy Walters at the Chalke Valley History Festival.

Chalke Valley History Festival is UK's biggest festival devoted just to history, taking place on 23-27 June 2021.

Wiltshire Life spoke to Chair James Holland in our June issue. Here is a sneak peek at what he had to say about this year's festival:

Will the talks take place in marquees, as per normal, or will there be outdoor stages too? There will be two big marquees, albeit with socially distanced seating, plus a wider, entirely outdoor programme which will include a range of talks, debates, panel discussions and late evening story-telling on our exciting new outdoor stages, as well as living history events, live music each day, entertainment, shopping and food. The outdoor programme will time travel through the ages, include a speaker’s corner, living history events as well as the amphitheatre style stages. People will be able to access all that is on the Outdoor Programme for the price of just one single modestly priced day pass ticket or if they have bought a ticket to a tented talk for that day.

Will there be any speakers taking part in the festival for the first time this year? We always like to welcome both old friends and historians visiting for the first time and this year is no exception. David Abulafia, Paul Lay, Vince Cable, James Naughtie, Marina Wheeler, Cat Jarman, Matthew Paris and Dorian Lynskey are all making their first visits to the Chalke Valley. We’ve an incredible lineup this year as well as a number of artefacts and acts that have never before been seen at the festival.

The Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival will take place at Church Bottom, Broad Chalke, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 5DS from June 23-27.

You can find details about the programme, and more information about what is in store this year, by visiting the website as detailed below.

You can also find details on how to become a Friend on the CVHF website.

Due to government restrictions on numbers, there will be restrictions on the number of tickets for sale this year. We strongly advise you to book early to avoid disappointment. • Follow all the news on Twitter at @CVHISTORYFEST and on Facebook and Instagram. www.cvhf.org.uk