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

Friday 25 April 2014, at 05.30 hours

Location: Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux

  • Site opens from 03.00 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 23 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 Services in France

ANZAC Day Service and Concert, Villers-Bretonneux Village

Thursday 25 April 2014, 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 Services in France

1st July Remembrance Ceremony, Lochnagar Crater

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

1st July 2014 at 07.28 hours

Lochnagar Crater Memorial, La Boisselle

Free

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

Members of the public are welcome to attend the ceremony, but are advised that the narrow roads around the Lochnagar Crater Memorial can get busy for this early morning ceremony. It is recommended that vehicles are parked considerately in the area of the village of La Boisselle and that people walk to the memorial.

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

Website: www.lochnagarcrater.org 1st 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

1st July Somme Service of Commemoration, Thiepval

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

1st July 2014 at 10.45 hours

Location: Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, Thiepval

Free. Members of the public are very welcome to attend the ceremony. It is suggested that visitors make their way to the memorial a little before the start time of 10.45 hours.

The Somme Service of Commemoration will take place to mark the 98th anniversary of the launch of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916.

The Royal British Legion arranges the service with the assistance of the British Ambassador to France, together with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

All Royal British Legion and Service Associations' Standard Bearers are required to muster at the Thiepval Memorial at 10.00h hours. For any enquiries about the parade and ceremony you may contact the RBL Somme Branch by email to Chris Berridge.

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

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

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

1st July Ceremony of Remembrance, Ulster Tower Memorial

36th Division Memorial, The Ulster Memorial Tower

1st July 2014

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

Free. Members of the public are very welcome to attend the ceremony.

A ceremony will take place at the 36th (Ulster) Division Memorial to mark the 98th anniversary of the launch of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916. This is the location where the 36th Division took part in the battle.

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

36th Division Ulster Memorial Tower

1st July Ceremony of Remembrance, Newfoundland Memorial Park

The Caribou Memorial at Newfoundland Memorial Park

1st July 2014

Location: Newfoundland Memorial Park, near Beaumont-Hamel

Free. Members of the public are very welcome to attend the ceremony.

A ceremony will take place at the Newfoundland Memorial Park to mark the 98th anniversary of the launch of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916. This location was where the 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.

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

Newfoundland Memorial Park

11th November Remembrance Day Parade, Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

Tuesday 11 thNovember, 2014 at 10.40 hours

Location: Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

Free. Members of the public are very welcome to attend.

The 11th 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

11th November Ceremony of Remembrance, Newfoundland Memorial Park

Caribou Memorial at Newfoundland Memorial Park

Tuesday 11th November 2014 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.

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

Newfoundland Memorial Park

Lectures

Talbot House - A Home from Home (Somme Lecture Programme)

Museum at Ocean Villas.

Monday 20, Tuesday 21, Wednesday 23, Thursday 24 October 2014

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

Time: Midday & evening.

Admission: No fee, but a donation to Peter Gill would be gratefully accepted. Advance reservation not necessary but bookings may be made in advance.

Talbot House - a Home from Home lecture will be performed by Peter Gill.

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 new study area close to Avril Williams’ museum. Lectures last for approximately one hour.

The lectures are suitable for all visitors with an interest in the Great War on the 1914-1918 Western Front. After the presentation the speaker will be available to answer questions.

Additional dates and speakers for the Lecture Programme may be confirmed in 2014.

“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 recently opened 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

The Western Front Association (WFA) Somme Branch Events

The Western Front Association logo

All WFA members and guests are very welcome to join the events organized by the WFA Somme Branch. If you have any queries please don't hesitate to contact Chairman John Knight by email. The Branch charges a small fee per event per person which includes tea and biscuits.

Email: silentpicket@me.com

Journeys of Remembrance

Europe Run to Unity

10-21 June 2014

Starting at Nieuwpoort in Flanders, Belgium, and finishing at the EU Parliament in Strasbourg, France, a relay run will be made by runners covering 1050 kilometres along the length of the Western Front.

For more information about the run, the route and dates when the runners will be passing through the Somme battlefield, you can find out more from the Facebook page:

Website: www.facebook.com Europerun.tounity

Air Display

Centenaire de la Grande Guerre: commémoration

Friday 12, Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 September 2014

Aéroclub Picardie Amiens - Métropole, Aérodrome d'Amiens-Glisy, Route St Quentin, 80440 Glisy, France

A major international air show over three days, arranged by the Aéroclub Picardie Amiens - Métropole, incorporating:

Aircraft participating in the Sunday afternoon airshow are in the process of validation (as at March 2014). The following are announced as participants:

Triplane Fokker Dr1’s (German fighter aircraft) • Triplane Sopwith (British fighter aircraft) - Fokker Einedecker (German fighter aircraft) • Royal Aircraft Factory SE5 (British training aircraft) • Patrouille de Stampes Bi-plane • Boeing Stearman (US training aircraft) • Piper Cub (reconnaissance aircraft) • Lancer de cerf-volant d’observation “Saconnney” • Replica ULM d'avion 14-18 • aerobatic (aircraft & gliders) • Parachuting • Aeromodelling

To download the brochure (pdf 3,069KB): MeetingAerienCentenaire-DossierPartenaire-291013-1.pdf

Latitude N 49° 52' 45.785" ; Longitude E 2° 22' 59.797" ; Latitude: 49.868274; Longitude: 2.383277

For up to date information visit the air show website:

Website: www.centenaire-aerien-somme14-18.fr

Address: Aéroclub Picardie Amiens Métropole, Route St Quentin, 80440 Glisy, France

Address (post): Aéroclub Picardie Amiens Métropole - BP 50202 - 80002 Amiens Cédex 1, France

Email (Président - Commissariat général): contact@aeroclub-picardie-amiens.com

Telephone: +33 (0)6 07 04 08 50

Somme Tourism: Events Listings Website

www.somme14-18.com

A website (in French) launched in November 2013 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 agenda

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