Tom Tugendhat has been the Member of Parliament for Tonbridge and Malling since 2015 and is Chair of the influential Foreign Affairs Select Committee. He read Theology at Bristol University and studied Islamics at Cambridge University for a Master’s. After graduating, he was a journalist based in Beirut before joining the Army during which time he served on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and, most recently, as the military assistant to the Chief of the Defence Staff. As a Territorial Army officer he worked on everything from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to establishing the Armed Forces Muslim Association. He also worked for the Foreign Office and helped set up the National Security Council of Afghanistan and the government in Helmand Province.
Family Ticket: 2 adults, 3 children; Child Ticket: aged 5-15; Under 5: FREEIn this discussion chaired by Tom Tugendhat, William Dalrymple and Elisabeth Leake will discuss the turbulent history of the past 200 years of this complex, ancient, culturally rich part of the world. They will explain why it has continued to suck in those who have no right to be there and become the scene of so many frustrated ambitions, and what the prospects are for this exotic but troubled corner of the globe.
The Outdoor Programme daily ticket gives you access to everything on the festival's massive Outdoor Programme.
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).