Some popular names taking to the stage this year include Ollie Ollerton, one of the first former UK Special Forces members to talk openly to the media, he undertook operations of the highest levels during his career and will reveal some true-life stories from his military career.
Also sharing their tales will be Patricia Wiltshire, the only forensic ecologist and botanist in the UK to specialise in the location of human remains; former England rugby player James Haskell, who will talk about stories from his career as well as how he has prepared for retirement; Britain’s best loved wine writer Oz Clarke who pops the cork on his love affair with wine; and Mark De Lisser, well-known choral director and vocal coach who worked on the highly acclaimed 2019 show My Dementia Choir.
This is the third consecutive year that The Quilter Cheviot Theatre has featured at Blenheim Palace and is proving ever popular with the crowds. The theatre will host 300 people for each session across the four-days of the event and features a varied group of speakers from across several disciplines who will address a range of topics.
Hosting The Quilter Cheviot Theatre will once again be BBC Countryfile Live presenter Joe Crowley, who has become synonymous with bringing together bright minds to share candid insights, compelling conversations and personal experiences.
Andrew McGlone, Chief Executive of Quilter Cheviot said: “I’m delighted to welcome such a diverse and interesting group of speakers to our theatre, and I’m sure they will entertain the visitors to this year’s Countryfile Live event at Blenheim. We all share a love for the outdoors, and a mutual passion for British expertise and quality which is embodied by our theatre speaker line up. I’m really looking forward to hearing from all of them.”
A full line-up of all the speakers and details of how to book complimentary tickets can be found here. Please note a ticket for BBC Countryfile Live will need to be purchased in order to attend talks at The Quilter Cheviot Theatre.
Countryfile Live celebrates every part of the British countryside for a full experience of everything the programme cherishes. The event is a celebration of the British countryside and the programme embodies this with four days of live arena shows, debates, food, drink, farm-animal demonstrations and shopping from over 500 independent retailers and lifestyle brands, in the beautiful setting of Blenheim Palace.
The Countryfile team will be giving talks and hosting demonstrations, giving the public the chance to speak to, and learn more about, their favourite presenter. Visitors can also get involved in all the outdoors action at the Wildlife Zone, Equine Arena, National Trust Acre and Dog Lovers’ Arena, enjoy a pint of something local at the Craven Arms or take in all the fun of the fair at The Village Green.