Wimpole History Festival 2019

Join us in June for a glorious feast of history, heritage and hospitality that is the Wimpole History Festival.

A unique partnership between Cambridge Literary Festival and the National Trust, Wimpole’s History Festival is set in the idyllic Wimpole Estate. The magnificent country mansion, rolling parkland and library of more than 10,000 books provides the perfect backdrop to welcome some of Britain’s best authors and most engaging historians.

A great day out for all the family

Wimpole History Festival (21-23 June) is a day out full of things to see and do, from meeting a Roman soldier to going to Sword School and learning how hit the target with a bow and arrow; visit the Hall or Home Farm or catch a talk by your favourite author.

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.

Grab your seat for author talks and debates

This year’s line-up includes household names, figures of screen and page. Antony Beevor, Michael Morpurgo, Melvyn Bragg and Lucy Worsley will appear alongside Sally Wainwright in a rare appearance, Neil Oliver, Colin Grant and Andrew Roberts. As always, the festival will celebrate the rich panorama of history in all its guises: both fun and enlightening, it will also provide crucial context to current events.

For the festival weekend, normal admission to Wimpole applies, with additional tickets required for author talks and debates.

For further details and to book your tickets visit wimpolehistoryfestival.com

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 John Orna-Ornstein, Director of Culture and Engagement discussing what is the future for more than 350 country houses in our care; archaeologists Angus Wainwright and Shannon Hogan will be sharing what lies beneath at the Wimpole Estate; National Trust curator James Grasby discusses what celebrities houses in the care of the National Trust reveal about their occupiers; join Ian Wright, gardens adviser for the National Trust who was awarded the ‘RHS Associate of Honour’ as he shares what his favourite plant and favourite National Trust gardens are, as well as what the National Trust is doing to connect visitors with these amazing living works of art.

For the full programme of National Trust speakers visit wimpolehistoryfestival.com

The author Philip Ardagh at the Wimpole History Festival
The author Philip Ardagh at the Wimpole History Festival
The author Philip Ardagh at the Wimpole History Festival

Pop ups galore

Enjoy locally-sourced food and drink at our pop up street food stalls and craft stalls. Recharge your batteries under the shade of the trees and cool off with a refreshing drink before setting off again on your historical journey!

Scything festival

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. You can see rural crafts being created by hand and learn about our wildflower meadow management.

New for 2019 – plan your journey

This year we’re making it even easier for you to experience the splendour of Wimpole with regular shuttle buses from Cambridge to Wimpole. Plan your journey and book your tickets.