Wimpole History and Nature Festival 2020

We’re making a few changes to our popular history festival in 2020, with a new format and location on the estate, but all your favourite bits are still there. So do join us in June for a glorious feast of history, heritage, nature and hospitality that is the Wimpole History and Nature Festival.

A great day out for all the family

Wimpole History Festival (20-21 June) is a day out full of things to see and do, come and enjoy the hidden stories of the past with our interactive ‘living history’ displays. Enjoy falconry, sword school and archery, catch a talk by your favourite author or come and participate in our ’50 Things’ activities. Alternatively, head to the farm, take a walk up to the folly or visit the hall.

With debates, book signings and performances, plus events that take you to the heart of the National Trust, the invaluable work it does and its hidden treasures you can't fail to be amused for the weekend.

Get the inside story on the National Trust 

We have a host of wonderful talent from across the National Trust to inform, entertain and delight. A few highlights include Rosie Hale, Director of Nature and Science discussing what the nature should do with its Farmland. James Grasby, Building and Landscape Design Advisor will be returning this year to talk about his most up to date project. Maria Jordan, Studio Manager, Textiles Conservation will be joining us for the first time this year to talk about the conservation of 18th Century Dolls House and furnishings.

The full programme of National Trust speakers coming soon.

Scything festival & Rural skills

We make hay while the sun shines at Wimpole and June is the time to experience the traditional rural skill of scything as showcased in our Scything Festival. New to this year’s Festival will be the showcase of our resident shire horses, who will participate in some demonstrations. You can see rural crafts being created by hand and learn about our wildflower meadow management. Drop in to the scything festival for a flavour of authentic agricultural experience.

Pop ups and crafts galore

Enjoy locally-sourced food and drink at Church Field which is turned into a street food paradise, as well as browsing through our selection of local craft companies. Recharge your batteries under the shade of the trees, listen to some music and cool off with a refreshing drink before setting off again on your historical journey!