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Huntingdonshire History Festival


Saturday 30 June – Tuesday 31 July
Various timings and events, see below

The festival will be opening on Saturday June 30th with an all-day re-enactment display and living history camp provided by Pickering regiments of the Sealed Knot. They will be portraying Huntingdon shortly after the occupation of the town by Charles I in 1645. Throughout the month 30+ shops, cafes, pubs and offices will be displaying assorted exhibitions on local history with leaflets to guide visitors between venues, there will also be a host of other activities running as outlined below. All ticketed events will have tickets available via Eventbrite.

Examples of other events

  • Sealed knot re-enactment
  • Norris Museum – Childrens activities
  • A14 Archeology Finds
  • Guided walks
  • Pie and ale evening
  • Huntingdonshire Quiz
  • All Saints Church Art and Craft Activity
  • Cinema evenings
  • Meet Oliver Cromwell up close (handling objects at the Cromwell Museum)
  • Join up with the 95th Rifles (Napoleonic Wars)
  • Talks on local history eg Hunts Cyclists Battalion

Many of these events can be booked on our Facebook page through Eventbrite or at the following shops: Oxfam Books and Music and Niche Comics & Bookshop.

When the county of Huntingdonshire ceased to exist in 1971, this brought to an end a civic power which had existed for over 1000 years. During its existence, Huntingdonshire has given us a rich historical heritage. With this depth of history in mind, the Huntingdonshire History Festival was born.

Currently, the festival is in the planning stages, so some venues and event timings are yet to be decided. Full details will be published nearer the time of the festival.

The festival will be opened by Jonathon Djanogly, MP for Huntingdon, on Saturday 30 June in Huntingdon Market Square with an all-day re-enactment display and living history camp provided by Pickering Regiments of the Sealed Knot. They will be portraying Huntingdon shortly after the occupation of the town by Charles I in 1645. Throughout the month a number of shops, cafes, pubs and offices in and around the centre will be displaying exhibitions on local history with leaflets to guide visitors around venues; there will also be a host of activities. Some events will be ticketed, available free of charge via Eventbrite, search “Huntingdonshire History Festival”. All festival events will be free.

Every Sunday in July guided tours of Hinchingbrooke House will take place. Cambs Lock Antiques and Collectables on St Mary’s Street will be hosting vintage tea and buns at their premises. RAF Wyton Heritage Centre will be mounting an exhibition and giving talks in the Town Hall on 21 and 22 July.

Evening events throughout July include two tours of the Cromwell Museum (opposite All Saints Church, High Street),  a series of talks by local historians on diverse subjects such as the Battle of Huntingdon in 1645, the Whitney collection (a series of Victorian pictures through to 1950s of Huntingdonshire) and the Hunts Cyclist battalion in WWI. There will also be talks on the ghosts that haunt Huntingdon and a self-guided ghost tour ending at The Falcon on the Market Square for spirits of a different kind. The month ends with the Huntingdonshire Pub Quiz on 31 July where you’ll be able to flaunt your new local history knowledge.

There will be lots to do for children as well as adults; meeting a Civil War soldier every Friday of July between 1.00pm and 3.00pm at Cromwell Museum, their own town trail tracking down the Lego figures hiding in each display and, of course, the Norris Museum’s wonderful children’s event on 25 July at the George Hotel from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

This year is be the first in what is planned to become an annual festival so please come and you’re your support. Visit the shop displays, do a ghost tour, drop a few pounds in the donation pots, get in touch on Facebook (@huntshistoryfest) and maybe learn something new about the places that are all around you.