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 2017 at 05.30 hours

Location: Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux

  • Site opens from 01.00 hours.
  • Pre-service programme commences from 01.30 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 2017

ANZAC Day Service (French service) and Concert, Villers-Bretonneux Village

25 April 2017, 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 French 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 2017

11 November Remembrance Day Parade, Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

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:

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

11 November Ceremony of Remembrance, Newfoundland Memorial Park

Caribou Memorial at Newfoundland Memorial Park

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

Ceremony to Commemorate 51st (Highland) Division

13 November 2017 at 11.00 hours

51st (Highland) Division Flagstaff Memorial, Beaumont Hamel

Free

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:

Email: chairman.wfasnb@gmail.com

For the location of the Flagstaff memorial in the cente of Beaumont Hamel see our page (memorial number 22) at:

Monuments & Memorials on the Somme Battlefields

Son et Lumière (Sound & Light Show)

Amiens Cathedral: ”Son et Lumière” La Cathédral en Couleurs Light Show

The annual Son et Lumière Light Show at Amiens Cathedral.
Son et Lumiere at Amiens Cathedral.

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

Website: www.cathedrale-amiens.images-en-somme.fr

Lectures

Museum at Ocean Villas.

“Ocean Villas” 2017 Programme of Lectures

Wednesday 1 July 2017; 25-29 October 2017 (further dates to be announced)

Time: Lectures start at 17.00 hours (unless otherwise stated)

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

Admission: Euros 10,00 per person unless otherwise stated (includes an apperitif)

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.

  • Wednesday 1 July: 07.30 hours, the Sunken Lane
  • Wednesday 1 July: 14.00 hours, Walking tours start from 14.00 hours (Euros 25,00 per person)
  • Wednesday 1 July: 1900 hours, Barbecue followed by a concert (Euros 25,00 per person)
  • 25 to 29 October: Avril's Estaminet/Tommy Atkins/Home from Home

“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:

  • Tea Rooms with hot and cold meals for individuals and groups
  • bed and breakfast accommodation
  • a 140 seat centre (available for hire) for conferences, seminars and learning with licensed bar, kitchen, shower and toilet facilities
  • a WW1 and WW2 museum collection
  • a section of original British trench in the process of being restored.

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.

Telephone: +33 3 22 76 23 66

Email: avwilliams@orange.fr

Website: avrilwilliams.eu

Somme Tourism: WW1 Centenary Website

www.somme14-18.com

A website 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 Events & information

Related Topic

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