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

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

Daily Commemorative Service (Last Post), Thiepval Memorial

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

2 July - 17 November daily at 11.50 hours (local French time)

Location: Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, Thiepval

Free

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

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

Ceremony to Commemorate 51st (Highland) Division

13 November 2016 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 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:

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

Service of Thanksgiving, Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

18 November 2016

Location: Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, Thiepval

Free

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)

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