Welcome to CVHF 2013!

After months of feverish anticipation, the stage is set. CVHF has opened its gates today for the third year and it already promises to be an unforgettable week.

With over 30,000 passionate punters poised to descend on our Wiltshire site this week to savour seven action packed days devoted to history, CVHF has preserved its claim to be one of the most evolving and diverse festivals in the UK.

And it’s not hard to see why the interest is in this year’s festival is so high with the likes of Boris Johnson, Tom Stoppard, Joanna Lumley, Rupert Everett and Ian Hislop – to name but a few – participating in CVHF13.

Already things are well under way as the Chalke Valley Festival for Schools has opened proceedings with talks from Chris Lloyd, Tim West and Natalie Haynes (alongside a plethora of Living History attractions) drawing in around 1,100 students over the next two days.

However, kicking off the festival proper tonight will be the Holland brothers, Guy Walters, Laurence Rees and many, many more leading figures from the world of history.

For regular updates on all the latest from the festival do check:

– the CVHF Blog http://www.cvhf.org.uk/category/blog

– the CVHF facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Daily-Mail-Chalke-Valley-History-Festival/321460004642710

– the CVHF twitter feed https://twitter.com/CVHISTORYFEST (@CVHISTORYFEST)

Xander Drury