Somme Battlefield WW1 Events
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: Events & Updates
- 2 July to 17 November 2016 Daily Commemorative Service (Last Post), Thiepval Memorial
- 11 November 2016 Remembrance Day Parade, Thiepval Memorial
- 11 November 2016 Informal Remembrance Ceremony, Newfoundland Memorial Park
- 13 November 2016 Ceremony to Commemorate 51st (Highland) Division, Beaumont Hamel
- 18 November 2016 Service of Thanksgiving, Thiepval Memorial
Son et Lumière (Sound & Light Show) Pozières by Digger-Côte 160; Amiens Cathedral
- Somme Tourism: Events Listings Website
1916 Battle of the Somme Centenary Information for Visitors
An official website providing information (in French and English) with the latest news, the main ceremonies, road closures, shuttle services, ticketing, registration and more is at:
Website: www.somme-battlefields.com Programme of Major Events 2016
Website: www.somme-battlefields.com Access to the Sites of Remembrance - Ceremonies 2016
2 July - 17 November daily at 11.50 hours (local French time)
Location: Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, Thiepval
To mark each day of the Battle of the Somme during the centenary of the battle a short commemorative service, including playing of Last Post, will take place at 12 noon at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing. The ceremony will be hosted by the Royal British Legion in partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Interested groups and individuals are invited to attend. To see a calendar of people attending and to book your interest to attend you can visit the Royal British Legion website:
Website: www.britishlegion.org.uk Marking each day of the Somme
Some of the daily ceremonies will be broadcast live at 11.30 hours British time. For live ceremonies and previous ceremonies visit the page:
Website: www.britishlegion.org.uk Daily Last Post Live Ceremonies
For information about the Thiepval Memorial and its location on the Somme battlefield see our page at: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:
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
13 November 2016 at 11.00 hours
51st (Highland) Division Flagstaff Memorial, Beaumont Hamel
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 and the 2016 event marks the centenary of the capture of Beaumont Hamel village by the division on 13 November 1916.
After the ceremony everyone attending is invited to the village hall for a Vin d'Honneur hosted by the villagers.
Anyone who would like further details can contact Derek Bird at:
For the location of the Flagstaff memorial in the cente of Beaumont Hamel see our page (memorial number 22) at:
18 November 2016
Location: Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, Thiepval
A formal Service of Thanksgiving will be held to mark the final day of the Battle of the Somme at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing. The ceremony will be hosted by the Royal British Legion in partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Visit the Royal British Legion website for more information:
Website: www.britishlegion.org.uk Somme 100
For information about the Thiepval Memorial and its location on the Somme battlefields see our page at:Thiepval Memorial to the Missing
Son et Lumière (Sound & Light Show)
Amiens Cathedral: ”Son et Lumière” La Cathédral en Couleurs Light Show
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
Somme Tourism: Events Listings Website
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)
Visiting the Somme Battlefields
For information about visiting the Somme battlefields in France see our page at: