Talks festival of the week: Chalke Valley History Festival, Ebbesbourne Wake, nr Salisbury


Around 13,000 people turned up last year, and looking at the programme for 2013 it's easy to see why this is the country's leading history festival.

A top-drawer list of speakers this time around includes Anne Applebaum, Antony Beevor, David Cannadine, William Dalrymple, Antonia Fraser, Max Hastings, Ian Hislop, James Holland, Tom Holland, Ben Macintyre, Don McCullin, Charles Moore, Clare Mulley, Laurence Rees, Norman Stone, Tom Stoppard, Amanda Vickery, Richard Vinen and Guy Walters, while next weekend there are children's events and activities, re-enactments and an air show.

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