Wimpole History Festival: Step back in time with Lucy Worsley, Andrew Marr and more

Historian Lucy Worsley. Picture: Sophia Spring

Historian Lucy Worsley. Picture: Sophia Spring - Credit: Archant

The Wimpole Estate in Arrington is set to go back in time next week, for their all-new history festival.

Historian Lucy Worsley. Picture: Courtesy of the National Trust

Historian Lucy Worsley. Picture: Courtesy of the National Trust - Credit: Archant

The Wimpole History Festival schedule will be packed full of talks, debates, book signings and performances, plus a series of events which take you to the heart of the National Trust, the invaluable work it does and its hidden treasures.

National Trust regional director Paul Forecast said: “I am thrilled that the National Trust is hosting the first Wimpole History Festival. Across the country every year we welcome millions of people to our special places, who want to explore stories of the past and be inspired. The Wimpole History Festival promises to be the blue ribbon event.”

The festival is the result of a brand new partnership between Cambridge Literary Festival team and the National Trust.

Honorary patrons of this new venture include Mary Beard, Sarah Dunant, Orlando Figes, Bridget Kendall, Andrew Marr, David Reynolds and Dame Fiona Reynolds.

Historian Lucy Worsley. Picture: National Trust

Historian Lucy Worsley. Picture: National Trust - Credit: Archant

Cathy Moore director of Cambridge Literary Festival said: “Hosting a history festival right now makes wonderful sense – in volatile times, there is comfort to be drawn from an understanding of history which allows us better to understand the world we live in and the more we know, the more likely it is that we will not repeat mistakes of the past.”

Highlights include a talk by historian Lucy Worsley on the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, Andrew Marr reflects on what Brexit means for Britishness, David Olusoga explores being black and British, and historical novelist Alison Weir tackles the tempting topic of Tudor queen Anne Boleyn.

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In addition to the lectures and debates, there will be living history, Jane Austen-inspired theatre workshops, and there will be activities for young history lovers too including sword school,falconry and dressing up as a Roman Emperor.

Children will be transported to different times by Francesca Simon who introduces them to the world of Norse mythology, while Philip Ardagh shares the secret diary of a medieval knight in training, and Chris Lloyd stops off at the 10 most significant moments that have shaped history.

In addition to the Old Rectory Restaurant, there will be some pop-up food and drink stalls to tempt the taste buds while relaxing between activities.

For tickets go to wimpolehistoryfestival.com or call 01223 357851.