Historian and filmmaker Michael Wood is the author of many best-selling books and 120 documentary films, among them The Story of England: ’the most innovative history series ever on TV” (The Independent.)
After his magical telling of the Lady of the Fountain by the fire at last year’s festival, Michael Wood returns to the Arthurian tales for this wonderful story in which knightly courage is put to the test in a mysterious adventure involving a winter journey, a beautiful lady in a strange castle, and a challenge from which there is no escape.
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).
To celebrate the fortieth anniversary of his much loved first book, now republished with five new chapters, festival favourite Michael Wood goes back to the roots of England in the fascinating centuries between the Romans and the Norman Conquest. Along with Alfred the Great, Athelstan, and William the Conqueror, Michael looks at Hadrian the African, Aethelflaed Lady of the Mercians, Eadgyth princess of Wessex and Queen of Germany, and also Lady Wynflaed of Ebbesbourne Wake in the Chalke Valley. Overturning preconceptions of the Early Middle Ages as a shadowy and brutal time, he will illuminate a richly exciting and formative period in the story of Britain.