French Flanders & Artois WW1 Events

Chapel and graves at Ablain St-Nazaire French Military Cemetery (Notre Dame de Lorette)

This page provides information about events related to the First World War taking place on and around the French Flanders and Artois battlefields. Index to the listings:

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Remembrance Ceremony

Weekly Act of Remembrance: Souvenir Flame

Lantern Tower at Notre Dame de Lorette French cemetery

Sundays (Palm Sunday to 11 November inclusive) at 11.45 hours

Ablain St-Nazaire French Military Cemetery (Notre Dame de Lorette), Souchez

Each Sunday from Palm Sunday to 11 November at 11.45 hours the “Souvenir Flame” in the centre of the cemetery is rekindled by the leader of the Honour Guards on duty that day.

Ablain St-Nazaire French Military Cemetery (Notre Dame de Lorette), Souchez

ANZAC Day Wreath Laying Ceremony, Bullecourt

Bullecourt Mairie

25 April 2018, at 14.30 hours and 15.30 hours

Location: Bullecourt

  • Event One: 14.30 hours ANZAC Day Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Commonwealth and the French monuments in Bullecourt village centre, the Square du Souvenir Français
  • Event Two: 15:30 hours ANZAC Day Commemorative Service at the Australian “Digger” Memorial on the outskirts of the village.
Digger Memorial at Bullecourt

For information about these and other ANZAC Day Services in France and Belgium you can visit the Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs:

Website: Anzac Day in France 2018

Or make an enquiry at the Musée Jean et Denise Letaille - Bullecourt 1917

Email (Musée Bullecourt 1917):

Telephone: +33 3 21 55 33 20

For information about the Australian Memorial Park Bullecourt see our page:

Australian Memorial Park Bullecourt

Informal Ceremony of Remembrance

Canadian National Vimy Memorial

11 November 2018 at 11.00 hours

Location: Canadian National Vimy Memorial

Details of the ceremony can be requested from the Veterans Affairs Canada website:

Website: Vimy Visitor Information

Canadian National Vimy Memorial


Toys go to War - Le jouet s'en va-t-en-guerre

to 31 December 2018

Musée de la Poupée et du Jouet ancien, Château de Robersart, 59110 WAMBRECHIES


This exhibition is held at the museum of toys on the north-west side of Lille. Old toys depict major events of the First World War on land, air and sea, taking the visitor through key events of the world war in fascinating displays of toys from the beginning of the 20th century.

Opening hours:

  • Wednesday & Thursday, public holidays (except Christmas and New Year) and school holidays: 14.00-18.00 hours

For information about group visits, guided visits and childrens' activities contact the museum:

Telephone: +33 3 20 39 69 28



Cobbers Night 2018, Fleurbaix

Saturday 21 April 2018 at 19.30 hours

Salle Paroissiale, Rue des Armées, 62840 Fleurbaix, France

Ticket: Euros 12,00 (includes a drink). There is restauration and a bar at the venue.

Fleurbaix inhabitants, helped by the Rotary Club of Armentières, are organizing the Cobber's Night for a second year. This is a special evening to welcome and host Australians who are descendants of soldiers who are visiting the area on the anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles. It is an opportunity for the people of Fleurbaix, who welcomed the soldiers and took care of them in 1916, to thank them and their descendants for their courage.

No protocol, just a new meeting place surrounded by folkloric music, songs and dances.

The revenues of the Cobber’s night will be redirected towards the settlement of the next annual Cobber’s Night and to the development of friendly relationships between Fleurbaisians and Australians.

For more information, contact details and to book a place at this special event visit the Cobber's Night website:


Arras Tourism: WW1 Centenary Website

An official website including information about a variety of events taking place throughout the 2014-2018 centenary in the region of the Arras battlefields. There is also information about major sites of interest to visit on the Arras battlefields.

Website: Events & information

Related Topic

Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery & Arras Memorial, Arras
Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras

For information about places to visit and the battles that took place in the region of French Flanders & Artois see our page:

French Flanders & Artois Battlefields