For the first time ever, the beautiful borough of Chelsea will play host to a brand new five-day festival in exploration and celebration of history. Renowned historians, speakers, authors and performers will come together to educate, entertain and mark the beginning of many more annual festivals to come.
Beginning on 9 October – marking the 75th anniversary of Operation Market Garden, an unsuccessful military operation fought in World War II – the Inaugural Chelsea History Festival will place all emphasis on the importance of the past, with over 35 events comprising of concerts, conversations and an array of activities apt for families and friends to take part. There will even be appearances from Arnhem veteran Victor Gregg, in conversation with author and historian Rick Stroud, and British military historian and author of Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, Antony Beevor.
Other festival highlights include talks from journalist and bestselling author Sonia Purnell and war surgeon David Nott, a promising performance of The Lark Ascending– held in the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s Wren Chapel and featuring renowned British baritone Roderick Williams OBE – as well as guided historic walks, botanical workshops and live marching drills. British journalist and award-winning author Max Hastings will also be headlining, discussing his eagerly anticipated book Chastised: The Dambusters Story, 1943. Saturday appears the predominant day to attend with more than 20 exciting events programmed.
An outstanding combination of free and ticketed events ensure that visitors of all ages can get involved and immerse themselves within this inspiring celebration of history.
9 – 13 October 2019
Festival events will take place across three different locations on Royal Hospital Road in Chelsea (SW3); the National Army Museum, The Chelsea Physic Garden, and the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
Tickets from £0 to £30. chelseahistoryfestival.com