Peter Caddick-Adams is a writer and broadcaster who specialises in military history, defence and security issues. He previously lectured in Military and Security Studies at the UK Defence Academy for twenty years, and in Air Power for the Royal Air Force. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Geographical Society, he also spent thirty-five years as an officer in the UK Regular and Reserve Forces, and has extensive experience of various war zones, including the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. His books include Monty and Rommel: Parallel Lives, Monte Cassino: Ten Armies in Hell, Snow and Steel: Battle of the Bulge 1944-5, Sand and Steel: A New History of D-Day and 1945: Victory in the West.
In this Thread of History talk, Peter Caddick-Adams will discuss the origins and course of the Peninsular War, fought in Portugal and Spain from October 1807 and which saw the overthrow of the Bourbon kings by Napoleon Bonaparte, but was then followed by British intervention and the slow fight back, first reclaiming Portugal and then driving the French back across the Pyrenees in the winter of 1813-14.
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).