Wimpole History Festival is the product of a unique partnership between Cambridge Literary Festival and the National Trust.
Set in the beautiful Wimpole Estate with its country mansion, rolling parkland and library of more than 10,000 books, this is the perfect backdrop to welcome some of Britain’s best and most engaging historians.
Wimpole History Festival will cover a sweep of history from the Classics to the present day and will be marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, and the centenaries of the House of Windsor, the Russian Revolution and the Battle of Passchendaele.
From Vikings to Victorians, Russian Revolution to Queer History, Capability Brown to Rudyard Kipling, stand-up Classics to Jane Austen-inspired theatre, Wimpole History Festival is packed full of talks, debates, book signings and performances, plus a rich seam of events which take you to the heart of the National Trust, the invaluable work it does and its hidden treasures. Expect living history, workshops and activities for young history lovers too including sword school, falconry and dressing up as a Roman Emperor. In between events you will be able to take advantage of the rich offering of local pop-up food and drink stalls…or pack a picnic. There is the also the chance to learn more about Wimpole itself, with new guided tours of the hall, gardens and farm, and a historically themed children’s trail.