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

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


1918-2018 Exhibition: St. Omer and the Royal Air Force

Exhibition of the RAF at St. Omer

to 30 September 2018

Tuesday-Sunday: 14.00 - 18.00 hours

Chapelle des Jésuites, Rue du Lycée, 62500 Saint-Omer


During the Great War, Saint-Omer (Pas-de-Calais) was a nerve centre of the British air force. St. Omer was home to the headquarters of the Royal Flying Corps - renamed the Royal Air Force on 1 April 1918 - for much of the war of 1914-1918. Audomarois was a centre of British aviation logistics with fifteen military airfields located there.

The Planning Agency of Saint-Omer invites visitors to experience an immersive exhibition tracing the history of the RAF between 1914 and 1918. The exhibition features:

  • testimonials
  • a plane
  • unpublished archives
  • movies
  • models
  • pilots
  • reconstructed scenes
  • period artefacts
  • simulators

The exhibition is supported by DRAC Hauts de France, the department of Pas-de-Calais, the CAPSO and The Expeditionary Trust.

For information see the Heritage St. Omer website at:

Website: Exposition 1918-2018 Saint-Omer & the Royal Air Force

Telephone: +33 3 21 98 08 51

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



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

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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