Butcombe Brewing Co has been announced as the sole supplier of beer at this year’s Chalke History Festival. 

The event, billed as ‘the biggest, most celebrated history festival in the world’ runs from June 24 to June 30 2024 at Church Bottom, Broad Chalke.

History buffs can enjoy the classic Butcombe Original, craft lager Underfall, Ashton Press Cider and the new Tall Tales Pale Ale, which is fast becoming the most popular ale in the South West. 

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For those looking for a non-alcoholic option, the multi award-winning Goram IPA Zero will also be available, all served at the festival’s two bars – the main arena bar next to the stage and the members’ tent bar.

Attracting the finest and most distinguished historians, academics, leading thinkers, and writers from the UK and abroad, the Chalke History Festival is now firmly established as one of the must-attend events of the festival summer.

The event, which takes place on a 70-acre farm, in the heart of the countryside just outside Salisbury, it blends literary talks, discussions and panels with eye-catching and entertaining living history and historical experiences. 

Reenactors at the Challey Valley TapReenactors at the Challey Valley Tap (Image: Martin Cook)

Brand Manager, Butcombe Brewing Co, Simon Dehany, said: “We’re delighted to be ‘making history’ at our inaugural Chalke History Festival.  We are passionate about supporting local creative initiatives and events so this incredible festival is a great fit. 

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"From our historic Butcombe Original to our new exciting Tall Tales Pale Ale that has been going down a storm in our pubs, we’ve got something for everyone to enjoy.”

Several household names including Sebastian Faulks, The Rest Is History duo Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook, Michael Wood, Bettany Hughes, musician and record producer Jakko Jakszyk, and Sathnam Sanghera are confirmed in the programme, as well as a greater number of international speakers and experts this year.

Co-Founder and Creative Director of Chalke History Festival, James Holland, said: “Chalke History Festival has all the elements of a quintessential English summer festival: vibrant tents, delicious food and drink, camping beneath the stars and an enchanting atmosphere.

"We are therefore delighted that Butcombe will be supplying the beer at this year’s event. Visitors are ensured a fantastic historical experience, as well as being able to relax with a pint of something cool and refreshing in between talks!”