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

Centenary Anniversary Ceremony: the Battle of Arras, 1917

Memorial Wall at Wellington Quarry, Arras

9 April 2017 at 06:30 hours

Location: Wellington Quarry - la Carrière Wellington, Rue Arthur Delétoille, 62000 Arras

On 9 April 1917, at 05:30 (British time) 24,000 British soldiers emerged from the Wellington Quarry in the south of Arras to start the Battle of Arras, an operation of diversion before the Aisne offensive by the French Army at the Chemin des Dames. They lived in the underground tunnels during the weeks which preceded the Arras offensive.

On 9 April 2017 in the early hours of the morning, at 06:30 hours (French time), in front of the Memorial Wall of the Wellington Quarry, a ceremony of remembrance will take place. This annual ceremony is a tribute to the British soldiers who took part in the Battle of Arras. A sculpture by Marian Fountain called “The Earth Remembers”, in memory of the New Zealand Tunneling Company, will be unveiled at the ceremony.

This ceremony is open to the public to attend and there will be official representatives attending. For up to date information you can visit the official Arras Centenary website and if you wish to make an enquiry you can do so through the contact page:

Website: www.arras1418.com Contact

Or you can contact the Arras Tourist Office direct:

Telephone: +33 (0)3 21 51 26 95

Fax: +33 (0)3 21 71 07 34

Email: contact@explorearras.com

Website: www.explorearras.com

For details of the location and information about the Wellington Quarry museum see our page:

Wellington Quarry - la Carrière Wellington, Arras

Centenary Anniversary Ceremony: the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Canadian National Memorial Vimy

9 April 2017

Location: Canadian National Vimy Memorial

Access: This is a ticketed event

The government of Canada is leading a delegation to participate in commemorative events at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. The events include a commemorative ceremony at the Memorial on 9 April and the opening of the new Visitor Centre on 10 April.

Please note that there will be restrictions in public access to the Memorial Park site from 1-10 April 2017.

Access to the ceremony on 9 April 2017 will be controlled and anyone wishing to attend must register before 28 February 2017. Information about registration, about the events and site restrictions is available on the Veterans Affairs Canada website:

Website: www.veterans.gc.ca 100th Anniversary

General visitor information about the Canadian National Memorial at Vimy is available from:

Website: www.veterans.gc.ca Vimy Visitor Information

For information about the memorial you can visit our page:

Canadian National Vimy Memorial

ANZAC Day Wreath Laying Ceremony, Bullecourt

Bullecourt Mairie

25 April 2017, at 14.00 hours and 14.45 hours

Location: Bullecourt

  • Event One: 14.00 hours ANZAC Day Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Commonwealth and the French monuments in Bullecourt village centre, the Square du Souvenir Français
  • Event Two: 14:45 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: www.dva.gov.au Anzac Day in France 2017

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

Email (Musée Bullecourt 1917): musee-bullecourt1917@cc-sudartois.fr

Telephone: +33 3 21 55 33 20

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

Australian Memorial Park Bullecourt

Official Ceremony of Remembrance

Canadian National Vimy Memorial

Sunday 5 November, 2017 at 11.00 hours

Location: Canadian National Vimy Memorial

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

Website: www.veterans.gc.ca Vimy Visitor Information

Canadian National Vimy Memorial

Informal Ceremony of Remembrance

Canadian National Vimy Memorial

11 November 2017 at 11.00 hours

Location: Canadian National Vimy Memorial

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

Website: www.veterans.gc.ca Vimy Visitor Information

Canadian National Vimy Memorial

Exhibition

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

Free

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

Email: contact@musee-du-jouet-ancien.com

Website: www.musee-du-jouet-ancien.com

Community Commemorative Event

Cobbers Night 2017, Fleurbaix

Saturday 15 July 2017 at 19.30 hours

Salle Richard Saputa, Rue du Quesne, 62840 Fleurbaix, France

Ticket: Euros 15,00 (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 2017 will be redirected towards the settlement of the Cobber’s Night 2018 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:

Website: www.cobbersnight.com

Air Show

Poster for Lens Air Show 2017

Lens Air Show: Commemoration of the Battles of Vimy and Hill 70 1917

9 September 2017, twilight evening meeting at Givenchy

10 September 2017, main event approx 13.30-19.00 hours

Aérodrome de Lens-Bénifontaine - 62 bis rue Pasteur, 62410 Bénifontaine

Free admission

To find out about the programme of aircraft, parachutists, static displays and latest announcements you can visit the website.

Telephone: +33 (0)6 09 50 31 52

Email: organisation@meeting-air-lens.com

Website: www.meeting-air-lens.com

Arras Tourism: WW1 Centenary Website

www.arras1418.com

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: www.arras1418.com 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