Simon Jenkins

Simon Jenkins

Sir Simon Jenkins is an award-winning journalist and author of several books on politics, history and architecture. He writes for the Guardian and the Sunday Times, as well as broadcasting for the BBC. He was knighted for services to journalism in 2004.

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  1. Speakers Corner: X Questions on the Celts
    Speakers Corner: X Questions on the Celts

    In X Questions with... your favourite historians and authors will discuss ten questions submitted by the public. We would love you to submit a question about the Celts for Simon Jenkins in advance via Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. This event will be held at the Storage Works Speakers Corner tent.

    Outdoor Programme Event

    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).


    Europe's cathedrals are magnificent. They outstrip palaces and castles and are humankind's greatest creations. They are also hugely popular, most of them absolutely packed. From Chartres to York, Cologne to Florence, Toledo to Moscow and Stockholm to Seville, Simon Jenkins will illuminate old favourites and highlight less well-known masterpieces. This will be a joyous exploration of Europe's history through telling the stories behind these wonders and showing the cathedral's central role in the European imagination.

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