BBC History Magazine's weekend festival is back this autumn for a fourth year running. This year’s festival sees a new historic setting in the centre of Winchester, with a tremendous line-up featuring some of the biggest names in popular history.
The history weekend is working with Hampshire Cultural Trust on the county’s big theme for 2016, Royal Blood, a year-long series of historical exhibitions, performances and events bringing Hampshire’s history life. The county has played host to many crucial moments in English history and the Royal Blood events have been planned to both excite and educate visitors about its rich and illustrious royal past.
Running from 7-9 October, the festival will this year be making is debut in Winchester. The ancient capital of England is steeped in Anglo-Saxon and medieval history, and one of the lecture venues will be the amazing 13th-century Great Hall. Speakers for the weekend include Antony Beevor, Dan Snow, Suzannah Lipscomb, Jonathan Dimbleby and Michael Wood amongst many more.
This fascinating weekend is a rare opportunity to hear from some of the world’s leading historians and authors on a range of topics from Richard III and The Norman Conquest, to the Last Royal Rebels and The Private Lives of the Tudors. There are also special events to enjoy such as The Historical Trips Debate, where four expert historians will debate the Second World War, as well as a fun H for History Quiz. For a full list of ticket prices, a talk programme and to book tickets please visit www.historyweekend.com/winchester.
The weekend will be running alongside the Royal Blood events schedule, which throughout the year will include gallery exhibits, re-enactments and outdoor performances to transport everyone back to the Hampshire’s past. For a full line up of Royal Blood activities please visit http://www.royalbloodhants.co.uk/.