Somme Battlefield WW1 Events

Wreaths placed at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing during a commemorative ceremony to mark the anniversary of 1 July 1916 Battle of the Somme.

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

ANZAC Day Dawn Service, Villers-Bretonneux

Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux

25 April 2016, at 05.30 hours

Location: Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux

  • Site opens from 02.00 hours.
  • Dawn Service takes place from 05.30 hours.

Visitors are advised that the tower at the National Memorial site will be closed to the public from 22 to 26 April inclusive.

For full information about the ANZAC Day Services in France — shuttle bus services, seating, laying a wreath and more — you can visit the Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs:

Website: www.dva.gov.au Anzac Day in France

ANZAC Day Service and Concert, Villers-Bretonneux Village

25 April 2016, at 08.45 hours; 09.30 hours to 10.30 hours

Location: Monument aux Morts and Market Hall, Town Centre, Villers-Bretonneux

  • Event One: ANZAC Day Service at 08.45 hours
  • Event Two: Sadlier Stokes Scholarship Presentation & Concert from 09.30 hours

For full information about the ANZAC Day Services in France — shuttle bus services, seating, laying a wreath and more — you can visit the Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs:

Website: www.dva.gov.au Anzac Day in France

1916 Battle of the Somme Centenary Information for Visitors

There will be a security zone in place from 30 June 2016. Designated parking for designated shuttle buses will be provided for each specific event. It will not be possible to attend more than one event on the day due to the restrictions of movement. An official website provides information (in French and English) with the latest news, the main ceremonies, road closures, shuttle services, ticketing, registration and more is as follows:

Website: www.somme-battlefields.com Programme of Major Events 2016

Website: www.somme-battlefields.com Access to the Sites of Remembrance - Ceremonies 2016

1 July Remembrance Ceremony, Lochnagar Crater

Children attending the annual 1 July ceremony at Lochnagar Crater on the Somme battlefield.

1 July 2016 at 07.28 hours

Lochnagar Crater Memorial, La Boisselle

This is a ticketed event for 1 July 2016.

An annual remembrance ceremony takes place at the Lochnagar Crater Memorial starting at 7:28am, marking the time when the mine was blown on 1 July 1916.

To apply for tickets (on a first come, first served basis) you can visit the website (in English, French & German). Please bear in mind that the ceremony is organised each year by volunteers.

Website: www.lochnagarcrater.org Ticket Application for 1 July 2016

For details and photos of previous ceremonies, and visit the website for the Friends of Lochnagar:

Website: www.lochnagarcrater.org 1 July Ceremonies

For the location and information about the Lochnagar Crater Memorial on the Somme battlefields go to:

Lochnagar Mine Crater Memorial

Photograph courtesy of The Friends of Lochnagar

1 July Somme Service of Commemoration, Thiepval

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

1 July 2016, 12.00 hours (11:00 GMT)

Location: Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, Thiepval

To mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 2016, there will be a national commemorative event at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing. The event will be led by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, on behalf of the UK Government, and the French Mission du Centenaire de la Première Guerre mondiale, on behalf of the French Government, in partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and The Royal British Legion. The ceremony will be shown on large screens in Amiens, Albert and Arras for those who cannot attend the ceremony itself.

This is a ticketed event. The ballot for tickets has closed. For information about this ceremony see the official website:

Website: somme2016.org

For information about the Thiepval Memorial and its location on the Somme battlefields see our page at:

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

1 July Ceremony of Remembrance, Ulster Tower Memorial

36th Division Memorial, The Ulster Memorial Tower

1 July 2016 (time to be announced)

Location: 36th (Ulster) Division, Ulster Tower Memorial, near Thiepval

Details of the ceremony are yet to be announced. It is likely that it will be ticketed for the 2016 event.

A ceremony will take place at the 36th (Ulster) Division Memorial to mark the 100th anniversary of the launch of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916. This is the location where the 36th (Ulster) Division took part in the battle.

Enquiries can be addressed to the Somme Association:

Website: www.sommeassociation.org

For the location of the Ulster Tower memorial on the Somme battlefields go to:

36th Division Ulster Memorial Tower

1 July Ceremony of Remembrance, Newfoundland Memorial Park

The Caribou Memorial at Newfoundland Memorial Park

1 July 2016 at 16.00 hours

Location: Newfoundland Memorial Park, near Beaumont-Hamel

Visitors planning to attend are requested to register your interest with the Department of Veterans Affairs Canada.

A ceremony will take place at the Newfoundland Memorial Park to mark the 100th anniversary of the launch of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916. This location was where the British 29th Division including the Newfoundland Regiment, attacked the German Front Line and suffered the tragic loss of heavy casualties on the first day of the battle.

Information and a web address to contact Veterans Affairs Canada can be found on this link:

Website: www.veterans.gc.ca Centenary Event 2016

For the location of the Newfoundland Memorial Park on the Somme battlefields go to:

Newfoundland Memorial Park

1 July Ceremony of Remembrance, Fricourt German Cemetery

Fricourt German Cemetery

1 July 2016 (time to be announced)

Location: Fricourt German Cemetery

Details of the ceremony are yet to be announced.

For the location of the Fricourt German Cemetery on the Somme battlefields go to:

Fricourt German Cemetery

2 July Remembrance Ceremony, Canadian Memorial Courcelette

2 July 2016 at 10.00-11.00 hours

Nord Route Nationale, 80300 Courcelette

Information and a web address to contact Veterans Affairs Canada can be found on this link:

Website: www.veterans.gc.ca Centenary Event 2016

11 November Remembrance Day Parade, Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

11 November 2016 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:

Website: www.britishlegion.org.uk/branches/somme

11 November Ceremony of Remembrance, Newfoundland Memorial Park

Caribou Memorial at Newfoundland Memorial Park

11 November 2016 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

Lectures

Museum at Ocean Villas.

2016: Programme to be announced

Event Location: Ocean Villas, 10 Rue Delattre, 80560 Auchonvillers, France

Visitors to the Somme battlefields on the Western Front have the opportunity to attend a variety of lectures by expert historians. Located in the village of Auchonvillers, within a short distance of the 1916 British Front Line, the lectures take place in a study area close to Avril Williams’ museum. There is ample free parking. Lectures last for approximately one hour. Food and refreshments are available on site at the Ocean Villas Tea Rooms. Groups are welcome. Contact Avril for more information.

The lectures are suitable for all visitors with an interest in the Great War on the 1914-1918 Western Front.

“Ocean Villas” WW1 and WW2 Museum, Auchonvillers

“Ocean Villas” Venue

“Ocean Villas” is a popular destination for visitors to the Somme battlefields. Run by Avril Williams and her family for over 20 years “Ocean Villas” is one of the founding members of the Somme Battlefields Partners. It comprises numerous facilities for visitors including hot and cold meals for individuals and groups at the Tea Rooms, bed and breakfast facilities, a WW1 and WW2 museum collection, plus a section of original British trench in the process of being restored. See our page about the museum:

For information on the Somme Lectures at “Ocean Villas” and any further information you may require contact Avril Williams by email or go to the Ocean Villas website.

Email: avwilliams@orange.fr

Website: www.avrilwilliams.eu

Somme Tourism: Events Listings Website

www.somme14-18.com

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 2014-1018 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)

Related Topics

Visiting the Somme Battlefields

Remains of trenches at Newfoundland Memorial Park on the Somme battlefields.
Remains of trenches at Newfoundland Memorial Park on the Somme battlefields.

For information about visiting the Somme battlefields in France see our page at:

Visiting the Somme Battlefields