BBC History Magazine’s History Weekends returns to York and Winchester this autumn

BBC History Magazine’s History Weekend festivals are back this autumn for the fifth year running – staged in two locations across two weekends, in the medieval city of Winchester in October (6th-8th) and historic York in November (24th-26th), featuring talks from over 30 of the biggest names in popular history including Dan Jones, Michael Wood and Tracy Borman.

BBC History Magazine’s History Weekend returns Winchester from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 October after last year’s hugely successful debut event.  The magnificent 13th century Great Hall which houses a famous replica of King Arthur’s round table and the nearby Elizabethan II court, Ashburton Hall, will play host to 28 speakers over three days, including: Tracy Borman on Elizabeth’s Women: The Hidden Story of the Virgin Queen, exploring the fascinating relationships that Elizabeth I had with the women who influenced her most, including her mother, Anne Boleyn, her greatest rival, Mary Queen of Scots, and the ‘flouting wenches’ who served her at court; Charles Spencer will tell the tale of one of the most thrilling chapters in royal history – Charles II’s escape following his defeat at the Battle of Worcester – in To Catch a King; and in The Holocaust – Meeting Those Who Were There, former Head of BBC TV History, Laurence Rees, who has spent twenty-five years meeting survivors and perpetrators of the Third Reich and the Holocaust shares his insights one of the darkest periods of the twentieth century.

Dave Musgrove, BBC History Magazine Publisher, says: “We’ve very excited to be returning to Winchester after our hugely successful debut in the city last year. We had such an amazing response to our festival last year that we couldn’t fail to come back.

BBC History Magazine‘s History Weekend returns to the historic city of York from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 November and is bigger than ever with over 25 events from leading historians and authors across two beautiful venues – the Yorkshire Museum and the 14th century Hospitium.

The York line-up includes: politician and author Roy Hattersley, discussing is new book The Catholics: The Church and its People in Britain and Ireland from the Reformation to the Present Day; Hannah Grieg, lecturer in 18th-century British history at the University of York and a historical consultant on the BBC drama Poldark, will be delving in to Eighteenth-century Cornwall & the world of Poldark; whilst James Walvin will tell a story that takes us from Atlantic slavery to modern global obesity, with Sugar: A World corrupted – From slavery to obesity.

A number of the guests will be appearing across both weekends, including: acclaimed author and historian Tracy Borman; renowned English historian and broadcaster, Michael Wood broadcaster, award-winning journalist and pioneer of the resurgence of interest in medieval history Dan Jones; and historian, broadcaster and filmmaker David Olusoga.

See the full line-up for both events, and details of how to buy tickets at or call 0871 620 4021. Subscribers to BBC History Magazine can take advantage of a reduced rate for all ticket options, and there are discounts for visitors buying tickets for both festivals.