Wimpole History Festival

Wimpole History festival offers chronicles of the nation’s history and heritage for the whole family set against the backdrop of the mature and idyllic woodlands of Wimpole Estate. Organised by Cambridge Literary Festival in association with the National Trust, Wimpole History Festival provides a sweeping account of history from antiquity to the present day.

Get ready to be regaled with historically accurate presentations by some of the country’s most respected historians and even entertainers. Look forward to an eclectic mix of events ranging from live performances and book signings to talks and open discussion. As an added bonus, many of the events require the participation of audiences. If you prefer a more quiet experience, then leaf through the more than 10,000 books here, or join one of the historical walking tours hosted by career historians.

If history isn’t your cup of tea, fear not, because the festival caters to more than just history lovers. Current events, such as Brexit, immigration, religious integration and political gamesmanship are frequently covered by speakers here. The world is after all, cyclical, and events tend to mirror history.

Speaking of speakers, the festival has been able to draw some heavyweights to the event. These include:

  • Professor Andrew Roberts, a fellow of Royal Society of Arts, whose biography of Winston Churchill (Walking with Destiny) is considered one of the finest ever written
  • David Olusoga, historian, writer, and TV presenter, who gave a riveting history of black Britons from the Roman era to the present
  • Professor Alice Roberts, one of the most celebrated evolutionary biologist and biological anthropologist in UK, who delivered a fascinating account of the Celts during the Iron Age in Wimpole 2017
  • Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong, reflecting on his time there as well as the island state’s handover to China during Wimpole 2017

Anthropologist Prof. Alice Roberts. Image courtesy of Dave Stevens


About Wimpole Estate

Wimpole Estate, a Grade 1 registered park, is a 3,000 acre parkland owner by the National Trust. It is named after the manor, Wimpole Hall, which is the largest house in Cambridgeshire. Wimpole Hall, which was built in 1640, is located almost nine miles southwest of Cambridge.

For more information about tickets and schedules, please call +44 (0)1223 357 851 or visit their website at http://www.wimpolehistoryfestival.com.