24th–30th June 2024 - Broadchalke, Salisbury

EXPERIENCES

Our hands-on experiences allow visitors to actively engage with history in a meaningful and memorable way.

Whether you’re exploring a Second World War trench, learning a historic dance, or training to become a secret agent in our SOE Training Camp, the experiences at the festival provide a deeper understanding of the past and offer a chance to truly immerse oneself in history.

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CONFIRMED FOR 2024


ADD-ON TO DAY TICKETS

Purchased separately, experience tickets are additional to your day tickets.

SOE TRAINING CAMP

Our hugely popular SOE Training Camp is back for 2024! This unique experience is the perfect opportunity for kids and adults to learn the skills and techniques of espionage from the Second World War. During the camp, you will be put through your paces as you learn self defence, codes and signals, explosives training, and weapons handling. This is a rare opportunity to learn exciting and unique skills, and it’s perfect for kids and adults who love adventure and espionage.  

THE TRENCH

Step back in time and experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the Second World War in our immersive Trench Experience. You will be transported back to July 1944 and the pivotal battle for Hill 112, one of the most strategically important objectives in Normandy. Complete with authentic uniforms, equipment, and props, this is a unique opportunity to experience history up close. 

SOLDIER SCHOOL

Our expert instructors will be taking recruits from the parade ground to handling weapons in this Second World War Soldier School. Perfect for younger kids!

EXPERIENCES FROM 2023

THE TRENCH

Step back in time and experience the sights, sounds, and smells of World War II in our immersive Trench Experience. This unique experience takes you first hand through the Oosterbeek Perimeter, where the British 1st Airborne valiantly held out with diminishing supplies during the Battle for Arnhem in September 1944. Complete with authentic uniforms, equipment, and props. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time.

Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience history up close.

SOE TRAINING CAMP

Are your kids ready to become secret agents? Our new for 2023 SOE Training Camp is the perfect opportunity for them to learn the skills and techniques of espionage in a safe and fun environment.

During the camp, children will be put through their paces as they learn unarmed combat, weapon handling, codework, and explosives handling. This is a rare opportunity for kids to learn exciting and unique skills, and it’s perfect for kids who love adventure and espionage. Don’t miss out on this chance to give your kids the ultimate secret agent experience – purchase your tickets today and join us at the SOE Training Camp!

KNIGHT SCHOOL – JUNIOR JOUST

Get ready for some medieval fun with our Junior Joust event. This specially designed event is for kids, and it’s the perfect way for young knights and warrior princesses to experience the thrill of jousting.

During the Junior Joust, kids will have the chance to learn about the history and techniques of jousting, and they’ll even get to participate in a mock joust using padded lances and armour. Our experienced instructors will be on hand to teach kids the basics of jousting and to make sure everyone stays safe.

This is an opportunity for kids to learn about medieval combat and to have a blast with their friends. Don’t miss out on this chance to give your kids the ultimate jousting experience.

KNIGHT SCHOOL – JUNIOR TREBUCHET

Introducing the Junior Trebuchet – combining history and engineering!

During the Junior Trebuchet event, kids will have the chance to learn about the history and physics of medieval trebuchets, and they’ll even get to build and test their own mini trebuchets. Our experienced instructors will be on hand to guide kids through the building process and to teach them about the principles of engineering and physics.

This is a rare opportunity for kids to learn about medieval history and engineering in a fun and hands-on way. Don’t miss out on this chance to give your kids the ultimate trebuchet experience!

KNIGHT SCHOOL – SWORD SCHOOL

Calling all young knights and warrior princesses – are you ready to learn the ancient art of sword fighting? Our Sword School for children is the perfect way to learn the skills and techniques of medieval combat in a safe and fun environment.

Our experienced instructors will teach you the basics of sword handling, footwork, and sparring, all while you have a blast with your friends. You’ll get to see real swords and armour, and you’ll even get to participate in a mock battle.

Perfect for kids who love adventure and history.

KNIGHT SCHOOL – HAVE-A-GO-ARCHERY

Look no further than our have-a-go-archery event for entertainment the whole family can enjoy.

This special event is designed for adults and children, to try their hand at archery. Our experienced instructors will be on hand to teach participants the basics of archery, and they’ll provide all the necessary equipment, including bows, arrows, and targets.

Whether you’re an experienced archer or you’ve never picked up a bow before, our have-a-go-archery event is the perfect way to learn a new skill and have a blast with your family.