The Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival is set to return in June.

It is scheduled to start on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 23 and run through to the evening of Sunday, June 27 at Church Bottom in Broad Chalke.

After much consultation with the relevant authorities and key stakeholders, the five-day event - made possible after receiving a generous grant from the Arts Council Culture Recovery Fund - will take place in accordance with government guidelines.

As an outdoor festival, many of the planned activities will be centred around two big marquees and two new stages that will host talks, as well as the large tents. The festival will offer its usual amazing line-up of talks, topical debates, living history and activities for children, with eminent historians and household names all bringing history to life.

Festival chair, James Holland, said: “We are incredibly excited about the festival’s return. It will be the first big family event to take place in nearly 18 months, and I know the general public, currently starved of real-life festivals, are desperate to get back to some kind of normality.

“This will be a fabulous chance for families to go out, have fun and meet friends across the spacious layout of the site, to soak up some culture in a safe environment. It goes without saying that the safety of all those attending will be our utmost priority. The programme is going to be wide-ranging with lots to see and do, and we really can’t wait to welcome everyone back.”

There will not be a physical Festival for Schools this year. Instead, the festival will be creating a wealth of specifically generated content ready for the start of the academic year in September.

This will include filming curriculum-based talks from leading academics and historians relevant for students in Years 10 and 12, and also delivering a mass of filmed material for Years 6, 7, and 8.

In this way the festival will provide a long-term, free digital resource in line with the aims of the Chalke Valley History Trust.

John Glen, local MP for Salisbury, said: “The Chalke Valley History Festival is one of the jewels in the crown of the area’s cultural life. It is wonderful news that it can proceed this year. It will be a huge boost to the morale of both history buffs and the many local businesses, which supply and support the festival.”

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