CHALKE Valley History is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

The event runs from Monday, June 22 to Sunday 28 in Church Bottom, Broad Chalke.

Organisers say: "The Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival is a celebration of the past like no other and is a unique array of interactive living history, activities for all the family, historic aircraft displays as well as talks and discussions with top-class speakers and household names. The festival aims to make history accessible to all and to encourage both young and old alike to leave feeling enthralled, excited and enthused about our past."

It features more than 200 talks and activities.

Speakers already confirmed include Holocaust survivor Inge Auerbacher; journalist and television presenter Alan Titchmarsh; former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams; globally best-selling novelist Tracy Chevalier; TV historians Dan Snow and David Starkey; international lawyer and best-selling writer Philippe Sands; comedian Al Murray; former lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret Anne Glenconner; celebrated gardener, renowned conductor Jane Glover; BBC Newsnight’s Diplomatic Editor and historian Mark Urban; international best-selling author Jung Chang; comedian and impressionist Rory Bremner; writer, commentator and broadcaster Agnès Poirier; and the greatest living playwright, Tom Stoppard.

2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of VE Day as well as the 80th of Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain, and the festival will be holding special 1940 and 1945 days, including talks, discussions and demonstrations.

And to mark these milestones and the festival's own special milestone there are some new changes to the line-up, including a vaudeville theme, live music in the bar every night, and a new Spiegeltent. On the Saturday night, fireworks will light up the skies over the Chalke Valley as visitors take to the dance floor and enjoy a full programme of entertainment at the Victory Party, dressed up in their glad rags and Forties finery.

The festival will look very different this year, with living history encampments right in the centre of the site. Among the new additions for 2020 will be four historic dwellings - Iron Age, Medieval, Tudor and a late 17th Century coaching inn. Each one will be lived in throughout the week and will include a stockaded area for animals and all the features of daily life in those periods.

Also new for this year, is a Special Operations Executive (SOE) training camp, historic brewery, an all-female crewed Russian T-34 tank, a Second World War field workshop, soldier school, and a new trench experience.

The festival also boasts aircraft displays taking place at intervals over the weekend.

The Live History Live programme returns, showing the vital role of both women and men in our developing story. From domestic day-to-day living to warfare and survival, there will be much to learn from the Roman and Celtic era through to the end of the Second World War. All the living historians taking part in the activities are experts in their fields and each event will show them making or doing something from the past – and often busting many deeply entrenched myths in conversation with TV historians and authors.

The full programme for the main festival will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets go on sale on April 28.