Sir Anthony Seldon is the acknowledged national authority on all matters to do with Number 10 and Prime Ministers. His first book on a Prime Minister, Churchill's Indian Summer, was published forty years ago, and since then he has written or edited many books, including the definitive insider accounts of the last five Prime Ministers. He is the honorary historian at Number 10 Downing Street, chair of the National Archive Trust, and has interviewed virtually all those who have worked in Number 10 in the last 50 years. He was formerly Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham and, before that, Master of Wellington College.
The Western Front way is a new long-distance walking and cycling path that follows the course of the First World War's Western Front from Nieuwpoort on the Channel coast in Belgium to Pfetterhouse in Switzerland. In this discussion, two people intimately connected with its development, Anthony Seldon and David Walsh, will discuss its significance, how they hope it will ensure commemoration of the conflict remains relevant in the 21st century, and how an area of such devastation in 1918, when the war ended, has become a stretch of Europe rich in culture, regeneration and rich historical significance.
The Outdoor Programme daily ticket gives you access to everything on the festival's massive Outdoor Programme. The child ticket is applicable for ages 5-15; Under 5’s are free
We have talks on the IPGL and History Hit Outdoor Stages, the Living History encampments and static displays, Speaker's Corner talks, performances from the History Tellers and others, live music, two bars, the Emporium, book shops and numerous cafes and food stalls. Anyone with an Outdoor Programme ticket can access up to twenty-five different scheduled events on any one day, so it is truly great value.
For those wishing to experience The Trench, Sword School and Children's Creative History events, these are ticketed separately and need to be pre-booked. Rides on the Vintage Fairground are payable at the ride.
Tickets to individual events in the Hiscox and Smith & Williamson tents also provide access to the Outdoor Programme on that particular day (1 person per ticket).