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A weekend of history and heritage for the whole family

Taking place for the third time, 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.

Our feast of history and heritage for the whole family includes talks, debates, book signings and performances, as well as rich, interactive living history through the ages, historical walking tours, workshops, activities and events for young history-lovers.

Festival highlights

There will be talks from leading historians, broadcasters, writers, commentators and academics, including Antony Beevor, Lucy Worsley, Andrew Roberts,  Sally Wainwright,  Neil Oliver and Julia Lovell. We will mark the anniversaries of the start of World War Two, the birth of Queen Victoria, the Peterloo Massacre and the centenary of Save the Children. We will discuss the Windrush scandal, Communist China, the history of the BBC and much more besides.  There are lots for children to do including a very special music and story performance of The Mozart Question, by  Michael Morpurgo of The Mozart Question, plus a special ‘Kids’ Zone’ and a ‘sword school’ for your young historians-in-training. To sustain you throughout, there’ll be an array of delicious food and drink on offer from our pop-up food park (as well as the Estate’s own cafés and restaurant).


Watch this space for regular updates


Join us and escape for the weekend – we look forward to seeing you there!



Booking Details

Box Office opens Friday 26 March
Book tickets online: www.wimpolehistoryfestival.com
or call: 01223 357 851
or visit the Box Office in person: Cambridge Live Tickets, Wheeler Street, CB2 3QB

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