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

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 on 1 July 2016. It will not be possible to attend more than one event on the day of 1 July 1916 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

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

This is a ticketed 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, 17.30-18.30 hours

Location: Fricourt German Cemetery

Details of the ceremony are available from the German war graves agency:

Website: www.volksbund.de

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

23 July 2016 Official Commemorative Ceremony at 1st Australian Division Memorial. Pozières

1st Australian Division Memorial

23 July 2016, at 16.00 hours

Location: 1st Australian Division Memorial, Pozières

A commemorative ceremony will take place. For information about access and application forms for an attendance pass you can visit the following official website:

Website: anzaccentenary.gov.au News - Pozières

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

Son et Lumière (Sound & Light Show)

Pozières Son et Lumière by Digger Côte 160

15, 16, 17 and 22, 23, 24 July 2016 at 21.00 hours

Euros 17,00 per person

To book individual and group tickets visit the website. (Payment can be made by PayPal.)

Email: www.digger-pozieres.org Contact

Telephone: +33 - 7 60 00 69 43

Website: www.digger-pozieres.org

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

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 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