The Chalke Valley History Festival brings history to life in more ways than you might think. People might travel far and wide to see their favourite historians deliver talks and to sign their books but the festival also has many more things up its sleeve to entertain and engage history lovers.
Having gone around the festival, our Editor has picked his top 5 things to do at the festival. There really is something for all ages and historical interests here at Chalke Valley.
1 The Giant Hawker Typhoon “Tiffy”
High on the hill is the Giant Hawker Typhoon “Tiffy” It has been a collaborative effort with Qinetiq and the MOD Boscombe Down S.T.E.M team working closely with universities, colleges and schools to create the largest model World War II fighter plane ever.
For those who remember crafting their small Airfix models and dreamed about a larger scale version...then this is for you.
The Hawker Typhoon created is four times the size of the ones that flew over Normandy on D-Day. Whilst there are over 50 Spitfires still flying today, there is not one Typhoon. For fans of this spectacular plane this is a must see.
2. World War II Trench
(£11.50 Book in Advance)
Brace yourself as you prepare to experience this immersive experience within the World War II Trench. Re-enacting a scenario from Normandy in 1944 you will be guided through the Trench with pyrotechnics going off around you. This the not for the faint of heart but certainly gives you a vivid flavour of what conditions in which the men who fought faced.
3. The History Tellers
Performing 10 different shows over the course of the festival, The History Tellers will bring history to life for all ages. From sailing the ocean waves with the Mutiny of the Bounty to Secret underwater Espinarge, this is a real treat for the whole family. Think along the lines of Horrible Histories are you are practically there.
My personal favourite is the story of Maurice Wilson who aimed to reach the summit of Everest in the 1920s. No talent, never climbed before and no clue. Be sure to check them out.
4. The History Maker
The History Maker AKA Adam Schuch-Des Forges vividly brings to life the story of Major C.K King who was also known as “Banger”. Focusing on “Banger” Schuch-Des Forges recounts the stories of the men who fought in the East Yorkshire Regiment on D-Day. Skillfully acted and wonderfully told you will find some of the anecdotes amusing but will also leave with a deep respect for “Banger”. This is a must watch.
5. The Moot
For all things “Living History” head to the rear of the festival and visit The Moot. With a wealth of historical periods covered from the Romans to the Second World War, re-enactors will show you cookery, warfare and of course, my personal favourite, the history of brewing.
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