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

Centenary Commemorations at Allonville

15 April 2018, 10.00 - 18.00 hours

Location: Place de la Mare du Four, 80260 Allonville

  • 10.00 hours: Wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial.
  • 12.00 hours: Inauguration of exhibition Life in the Australian Garrison of Allonville in 1918 (village hall). Followed by guided tour of the Australians in Allonville in 1918, readings at the municipal library, classical music recital in Allonville church.
  • 16.00 hours: Theatre piece in Allonville church.

For information about this and other ANZAC commemorative ceremonies in the Somme region you can visit the The Somme Centenary 2014-2018 website at:

Website: www.somme-battlefields.com/anzac-france

Email: organisationcentenaire@laposte.net

Centenary Commemorations at Allonville

18 April 2018, 16.00 - 19.00 hours

Location: Place de la Mare du Four, 80260 Allonville

  • 16.00 hours: Conference Allonville: the memory of 1918 (Place de la Mare du Four).
  • 17.00 hours: Concert by Australian choir Voices of Birralee (church).
  • 19.00 hours: Meal shared by inhabitants of Allonville and the members of the choir (village hall).

For information about this and other ANZAC commemorative ceremonies in the Somme region you can visit the The Somme Centenary 2014-2018 website at:

Website: www.somme-battlefields.com/anzac-france

Email: organisationcentenaire@laposte.net

Centenary Commemorations at Vignacourt

20 April 2018

Times to be confirmed

Location: City Hall, 222 rue Godard Dubuc, 80650 Vignacourt

  • The schoolchildren of Vignacourt will place crosses sent from schoolchildren of Bargara (Bundaberg, Australia) and read poems and present drawings.
  • Vignacourt Interpretation Centre 14-18 (free admission).

For information about this and other ANZAC commemorative ceremonies in the Somme region you can visit the The Somme Centenary 2014-2018 website at:

Website: www.somme-battlefields.com/anzac-france

Email: mairie@vignacourt.fr

Australia Week in Villers-Bretonneux

20 - 29 April 2018

Location: 80800 Villers-Bretonneux

Free admission

A series of daily organised events will take place in and around the village during the week including exhibitions, guided tours, memorial walks, football matches, concerts, lectures and film shows.

A tourist information point will be open to assist visitors (opposite the town hall):

  • Monday 23 April: 14.00 - 17.00 hours
  • Tuesday 24 April: 10.00-12.00 hours & 14.00-17.00 hours
  • Wednesday 25 April: 07.30-15.00 hours

For information about the week's events you can visit the The Somme Centenary 2014-2018 website at:

Website: www.somme-battlefields.com Australia Week

Email: mairie@villers-bretonneux.fr

ANZAC Day Ceremony at the Caterpillar Valley Cemetery & New Zealand Memorial

New Zealand Memorial, High Wood, Longueval

21 April 2018, 15.00 - 17.00 hours

Location: Caterpillar Valley Cemetery & New Zealand Memorial, 80360 Longueval

Admission: Free (school groups are requested to advise they wish to attend)

  • 14.00 hours: Free shuttle departs from Longueval to the New Zealand Memorial. (There will be no parking at the site of the memorial.)

For information and contact details visit the website of the New Zealand Embassy (organiser of the event):

Website: www.mfat.govt.nz Anzac Day Commemorations

For information about this and other ANZAC commemorative ceremonies in the Somme region you can visit the The Somme Centenary 2014-2018 website at:

Website: www.somme-battlefields.com/anzac-france

Email: organisationcentenaire@laposte.net

Centenary Commemorations at Vignacourt

21 April 2018

Location: 80650 Vignacourt

  • 10.30 hours: Official ceremony of Remembrance, visit to Vignacourt Interpretation Centre 14-18, concert and lunch.
  • 14.00 hours: Cricket match.
  • 19.00 hours: Mass for Peace (Vignacourt church).

For information about this and other ANZAC commemorative ceremonies in the Somme region you can visit the The Somme Centenary 2014-2018 website at:

Website: www.somme-battlefields.com/anzac-france

Email: mairie@vignacourt.fr

Centenary Commemorations at Blangy-Tronville

22 April 2018, 10.00 - 17.00 hours

Location: 80440 Blangy-Tronville

Events during the day will include paying respects to the men from the Commonwealth Forces in the village cemetery, renaming of the school ceremony, parade, choir recital and a photographic exhibition.

For information about this and other ANZAC commemorative ceremonies in the Somme region you can visit the The Somme Centenary 2014-2018 website at:

Website: www.somme-battlefields.com/anzac-france

Email: sylvain.halgand@wanadoo.fr

Telephone: +33 6 89 94 23 70

ANZAC Day Dawn Service, Villers-Bretonneux

Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux

25 April 2018 at 05.30 hours

Location: Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux

Access: This is a ticketed event by prior registration.

  • Site opens from 12.00 hours.
  • Pre-service programme commences.
  • 02.00 hours Official programme commences.
  • 05.30 hours Dawn Service.

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 Villers Bretonneux Anzac Day Dawn Service 2018

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

Villers-Bretonneux French War Memorial.

25 April 2018, at 08.30 hours

Location: Monument aux Morts (Town Hall Square)and Market Hall, Place Général de Gaulle, Villers-Bretonneux

  • 08.30 hours: ANZAC Day wreath laying ceremony at the French war monument
  • 09.00 hours: Traditional ANZAC Day concert featuring The Republican Gard directed by Lieutenant-Colonel Antoine Langagne accompanied by the Children's Choir of Cachy and Villers-Bretonneux

For information about ANZAC Day Services in the Somme region you can visit the The Somme Centenary 2014-2018 website at:

Website: www.somme-battlefields.com/anzac-france

1 July Remembrance Ceremony, Lochnagar Crater

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

1 July 2018 at 07.28 hours

Lochnagar Crater Memorial, La Boisselle

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.

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, 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 2018, 12.00 hours (11:00 GMT)

Location: Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, Thiepval

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

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

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

1 July Ceremony of Remembrance, Ulster Tower Memorial

36th Division Memorial, The Ulster Memorial Tower

1 July 2018

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 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

Centenary Commemoration of the Battle of Hamel

Australian Corps Memorial Park, Le Hamel

4 July 2018

Location: Australian Corps Memorial, 80800 Le Hamel

Admission: Ticketed event by prior registration only.

A ceremony will be held at the Australian Corps Memorial to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Le Hamel.

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 Centenary of the Battle of Hamel

For information about this and other ANZAC commemorative ceremonies in the Somme region you can visit the The Somme Centenary 2014-2018 website at:

Website: www.somme-battlefields.com/anzac-france

11 November Remembrance Day Parade, Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

11 November 2018 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.

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 2018 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 enquiries see the Veterans Affairs Canada website:

Website: www.veterans.gc.ca Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial

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 2018 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:

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

Concert

Diggers' Requiem

23 April 2018, 20.30-22.30 hours

Location: Cirque Jules-Verne, Place de Longueville, 80000 Amiens

Admission: Free

A concert dedicated to the memory of soldiers and civilian victims of the First World War. Directed by Christophe Latham and organized by the Orchestre de Picardie. This is a world premiere commission from the Australian War Memorial and the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

For information about this and other ANZAC commemorative ceremonies in the Somme region you can visit the The Somme Centenary 2014-2018 website at:

Website: www.somme-battlefields.com/anzac-france

Email: anne-sophie.allain@orchestredepicardie.fr

Telephone: +33 3 22 92 15 84

Exhibition

100 years of the Royal Air Force - Per Adua Ad Astra

1 - 29 April 2018

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

Presenters: Dickie Bird and Steve Chaskin.

For further information go to the Avril Williams' website:

Telephone: +33 3 22 76 23 66

Email: avwilliams@orange.fr

Website: avrilwilliams.eu

Memorial Walk

Guided Walk at Pozières

Australian Memorial, Pozieres windmill.

22 April 2018, 08.00 - 12.00 hours

Location: Place de la Mairie, 80300 Pozières

Registration required

The Digger Côte 160 Association invites you to join the 9th edition of its guided walk around the battlefields of Pozières. The walk is 7km long and includes a water and snack break.

For information about The Digger Côte 160 Association and to book a place on the walk visit the website:

Website: www.digger-pozieres.org

Email: diggercote160@gmail.com

Telephone: +33 3 22 75 16 42

For information about this and other ANZAC commemorative ceremonies in the Somme region you can visit the The Somme Centenary 2014-2018 website at:

Website: www.somme-battlefields.com/anzac-france

Remembrance Walk for Cecil Healy

1 September 2018, 10.00 - 19.00 hours

Location: Mairie d'Assevillers, 1 rue d'Herbécourt, 80200 Assevillers

Free

For the centenary of 1918 the towns of Péronne and Assevillers will organize a march from Péronne to Assevillers to commemorate the liberation of Péronne. The walk will also especially remember Cecil Healy, the only Australian Olympic champion who died in action.

For information about the Cecil Healy Association and to find out about arrangements for the walk and other Cecil Healy commemorative events you can visit the website:

Website: cecil.healy.free.fr

Email: cecil.healy@free.fr

Telephone: +33 3 22 85 91 38

For information about this and other ANZAC commemorative ceremonies in the Somme region you can visit the The Somme Centenary 2014-2018 website at:

Website: www.somme-battlefields.com/anzac-france

Son et Lumière (Sound & Light Show)

Pozières Son et Lumière by Digger Côte 160

20,21,22 and 27,28,29 July 2018 at 21.00 hours

Location: Chemin du Tour des Haies, 80300 Pozieres

Admission: Euros 8,00 - 17,00 per person

To book individual and group tickets visit the Digger Côte 160 website. (Payment can be made by PayPal.)

Email: www.digger-pozieres.org Contact

Website: www.digger-pozieres.org Tickets

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 hours
  • July: 22.30 hours
  • August: 22.00 hours
  • September: 21.45 hours
  • 1 Dec - 1 Jan: 19.00 hours

Website: www.cathedrale-amiens.images-en-somme.fr Polychromie sur la cathédrale d'Amiens

Somme Events Programme 2018 at “Ocean Villas”

Museum at Ocean Villas.

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 events arranged by Avril Williams in the village of Auchonvillers, within a short distance of the 1916 British Front Line. There is ample free parking. Groups are welcome.

Events are suitable for all visitors with an interest in the Great War on the 1914-1918 Western Front. Places can be reserved. Go to the Ocean Villas website for more information and booking:

Website: avrilwilliams.eu

  • Sunday 1 April to 30 April: An exhibition commemorating 100 years of the Royal Air Force - Per Adua Ad Astra. Presenters: Dickie Bird and Steve Chaskin.
  • Friday 29 June: 10.00 and 14.00 hours. In the Footsteps of Geoffrey Malins. Walking tour. (Price Euros 25,00 per person.) Start and finish at Ocean Villas. Presenters: Andy Robertshaw and Steve Roberts.
  • Saturday 30 June: 10.00 and 14.00 hours. In the Footsteps of Geoffrey Malins. Walking tour. (Price Euros 25,00 per person.) Start and finish at Ocean Villas. Presenters: Andy Robertshaw and Steve Roberts.
  • Sunday 1 July: 07.00 hours. Meet at Ocean Villas and walk to Sunken Lane, Beaumont Hamel. Free rum and personal stories. Presenters: Andy Robertshaw and Steve Roberts.
  • Sunday 1 July: From 14.00 hours. Meet at Ocean Villas for walking tours. (Price Euros 25,00 per person.) Presenters: Andy Robertshaw and Steve Roberts.
  • Sunday 1 July: 12.30 hours. Somme Battlefield Pipe Band.
  • Sunday 1 July: 16.00 hours. Film show of 'The Battle of the Somme' with narration. Followed by a pork buffet (Price Euros 20,00 per person.)
  • Wednesday 14 November: The 51st Highland Division at Beaumont Hamel. Presenter: Derek Bird.

“Ocean Villas” Venue

Ocean Villas Tea Rooms
Ocean Villas Tea Rooms.

“Ocean Villas” is a popular destination for visitors to the Somme battlefields. Run by Avril Williams and her family for over 25 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 further information contact Avril Williams by telephone or email or go to the Ocean Villas website.

Telephone: +33 3 22 76 23 66

Email: avwilliams@orange.fr

Website: avrilwilliams.eu

Somme Events: WW1 Centenary Website

www.somme14-18.com & www.somme-battlefields.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: French www.somme14-18.com

Website: English www.somme-battlefields.com

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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