Somme Battlefield WW1 Events
This page provides information about events related to the First World War taking place on and around the Somme battlefields. Index of listed events:
- Remembrance Ceremonies
Son et Lumière (Sound & Light Show) Amiens Cathedral
- Somme Tourism: Events Listings Website
11 November 2017 at 10.40 hours
Location: Thiepval Memorial to the Missing
Free. Members of the public are very welcome to attend.
The 11 November annual Remembrance Day parade is organized by the Royal British Legion Somme Branch. The ceremony at the Thiepval Memorial will be followed by smaller services in the nearby village of Thiepval at 11.30 hours.
For enquiries about the event see the RBL Somme Branch events page at:
11 November 2017 at 11.00 hours
Location: Newfoundland Memorial Park, near Beaumont-Hamel
Free. Members of the public are very welcome to attend the ceremony.
An informal ceremony of Remembrance will take place at the Caribou Memorial at Newfoundland Memorial Park. Please note that the Visitor Centre will be closed from 10.30-12.15 hours.
Details of the ceremony can be requested from the Veterans Affairs Canada website:
Website: www.veterans.gc.ca Newfoundland Park Visitor Information
For the location of the Newfoundland Memorial Park on the Somme battlefields and contact information go to our page:Newfoundland Memorial Park
13 November 2017 at 11.00 hours
51st (Highland) Division Flagstaff Memorial, Beaumont Hamel
A short ceremony will be held at the 51st (Highland) Division flagstaff in the centre of Beaumont Hamel. The ceremony is held at the flagstaff each year to mark the centenary of the capture of Beaumont Hamel village by the division on 13 November 1916.
Anyone who would like further details can contact Derek Bird at:
For the location of the Flagstaff memorial in the cente of Beaumont Hamel see our page (memorial number 22) at:
Son et Lumière (Sound & Light Show)
Amiens Cathedral: ”Son et Lumière” La Cathédral en Couleurs Light Show
The tourist board is open during the annual summer “Son et Lumière” light show at the cathedral. The light show lasts for 45 minutes and is on from 15 June to third Sunday in September and 1 December to 1 January. The cathedral website lists the sound and light show under the term “polychromie son et lumière”.
- June: 22.45 - 23.30 hours
- July: 22.30 - 23.15 hours
- August: 21.45 - 22.30 hours
- September: times are available from the Tourist Office
- 1 Dec - 1 Jan: 19.00 - 19.45 hours
Somme Tourism: Events Listings Website
A website (in French) launched by the Conseil général de la Somme (Somme tourisme). The site includes information about a variety of events taking place throughout the 2014-2018 centenary in the region of the Somme battlefields. There is also information about visiting the battlefields for individuals, groups and students, and the Circuit du Souvenir route of battlefield sites.
Website: www.somme14-18.com All events (in French & English)
Visiting the Somme Battlefields
For information about visiting the Somme battlefields in France see our page at: