Ypres Salient WW1 Events

Standards marching at the Menin Gate on 11 November.

This page provides information about events related to the First World War taking place on and around the Ypres Salient battlefields. Index of listed events:

Remembrance Ceremonies

Daily Last Post Ceremony

The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing
The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing.

Every Day — 20:00 hours

Venue: The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, Ieper/Ypres

At 8 o'clock (20.00 hours) every evening the traffic through the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing is stopped and buglers of The Last Post Association play Last Post followed by Reveille in a moving ceremony.

Details of the Last Post Ceremony

Monthly Last Post Ceremony - Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing

The Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing
The Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing.

Every first Friday of the month at 19:00 hours

Venue: Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing

The Last Post is played at the memorial on the first Friday of every month at 7 o'clock (19.00 hours). The ceremony was first started on the 7 June 1999 and is organized by the Comité du Memorial de Ploegsteert.

Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing

Armistice Day Ceremonies & Commemoration

Wreaths laid at the Menin Gate on Armistice Day 11 November.
Wreaths laid at the Menin Gate on 11 November

Sunday 11 November 2018

A number of commemorative events take place in Ypres each year to mark the anniversary of Armistice Day on 11 November 1918. The annual events include morning church services, a special Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing and a concert in St. Martin's cathedral.

Events and times for the following events as part of the Armistice commemoration 0n 11 November 2018 will be as follows:

Lone Piper

The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing
The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing.

06.00 hours

Venue: The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, Ieper/Ypres

A Lone Piper will play 'Battle's O'er', a traditional Scottish lament played at the end of battle. The Piper will be one of 1,000 individual Pipers across the United Kingdom and countries around the world playing the lament at the beginning of the day’s commemorations.

Remembrance Ceremony at the French National Cemetery Saint Charles de Potyze

Charles de Potyze cemetery, Ypres

11 November 2018

Time: 08.45 hours

Venue: Zonnebeekseweg, Potijze

A ceremony will take place at the French military cemetery a few minutes' drive to the north-east of Ypres.

For the location of this cemetery see our page at:

Saint Charles de Potyze

Morning Service at St. George's Memorial Church

St George's Memorial Church, Ypres

11 November 2018

Time: 09.15 hours

Venue: St. George's Memorial Church, Elverdingestraat, Ieper/Ypres

Attendance at the morning service is by ticket only. Tickets for the 2018 service have all been allocated.

Website: www.stgeorgesmemorialchurchypres.com

For information about St. George's Memorial Church see our page at:

St. George's Memorial Church

Service in St. Martin's Cathedral, Vandenpeerboomplein, Ieper

St Martin's Cathedral, Ypres

11 November 2018

Time: 09.30 hours

Venue: St. Martin's Cathedral, Ieper/Ypres

Service of Remembrance in Flemish to commemorate Armistice Day in Saint Martin's Cathedral.

The Poppy Parade

The Poppy Parade in Ypres

11 November 2018

Time: 10.00 hours

Venue: Starting point - the parade departs from Vandenpeereboomplein

Please be advised that the usual arrangements may be modified owing to the anticipated large number of visitors to Ypres for 11 November 2018.

The Poppy Parade is open for everyone to join it. For information about The Poppy Parade and how it came about you can read our page:

The Poppy Parade

The Poppy Parade forms up near St. George's Memorial Church and St. Martin's Cathedral in the Vandenpeereboomplein square. The parade Marches Off at 10.00 hours in advance of the bands and main parade to the Menin Gate Memorial. The Poppy Parade passes through the Menin Gate Memorial and halts in a specially reserved area to the east side of the Menin Gate Memorial.

If you are carrying a wreath to be laid during the Menin Gate morning ceremony, once you reach the Menin Gate you will be directed to the designated area where wreath-laying members of the public are to stand.

Ceremony at the Ypres War Victims Monument

Ypres War Victims Monument.
Ypres War Victims Monument

11 November 2018

Time: 10.30 hours

Venue: Ypres War Victims Monument

Wreaths will be laid at the monument during a short ceremony.

Special Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing

Bands at the Special Last Post ceremony on Armistice Day 11 November.
Bands at the Special Last Post ceremony on Armistice Day 11th November.

11 November 2018

Time: 11.00 hours

Venue: The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, Ieper/Ypres

This Ceremony of Remembrance is a special Last Post Ceremony on the occasion of the anniversary of the Armistice. Places to stand under the Menin Gate Memorial are allocated by invitation.

The ceremony will be attended by bands, a choir, Standards and wreath layers.

11 November 2018 will mark 100 years since the Armistice and the ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial will be subject to special arrangements.

Live Projection of the Ceremony

A live projection of the ceremony will be shown on a large screen in the Grote Markt (Market Square).

A projection screen in the Grote Markt (market square) will enable the public to view the live ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial.
Live projection screen in Ypres

Any updated arrangements for the public attending the occasion of the 11.00 hours ceremony will be available on the website of the Ypres/Ieper Tourist Office:

Website: www.toerismeieper Commemoration Armistice

Carillon Concert - Belfry Cloth Hall

Time: 12.30 hours

Venue: Belfry, Cloth Hall (Lakenhallen), Grote Markt, Ieper/Ypres

Evening Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial

Menin Gate Ceremony

11 November 2018

Time: 20.00 hours

Venue: The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, Ieper/Ypres

Restricted access to the public

Important note: For the evening ceremony on 11 November 2018 there will be restricted access to the Last Post ceremony and there will be no access for members of the public to lay wreaths. The ceremony will be screened live to watch on a large screen in the Grote Markt (Market Square).

For more information about The Last Post Ceremony each evening, see our page at:

Details of the Last Post Ceremony

Ceremony of Remembrance, Indian Monument

Indian Forces Memorial, Ypres

12 November 2018, 11.00 hrs

Ramparts, south side of the Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper/Ypres

A ceremony will be held as part of the annual Ypres commemorations to remember the Indian troops who served in the Ypres Salient.

See our page at:

Indian Forces Memorial, Ypres

Theatre

Journey's End

Poster for Journey's End play in Ypres.

10 October to 12 November 2018

Kruitmagazijn, 8900 Ieper - Ypres

Tickets: Euros 22.50 (and prices for concessions)

Bringing high-quality professional war drama to historic locations the MESH theatre company produces living theatre where history speaks, bringing truth and life to stories of war in significant sites close to where lives were lost. R C Sherriff's seminal WW1 masterpiece Journey's End was the highly acclaimed début production of the MESH theatre company in Flanders in Autumn 2017, 100 years after Sherriff fought in the Third Battle of Ypres.

The production for October-November 2018 will again take place in an immersive bunker at the Kruitmagazijn (Ammunition Store) in Ieper-Ypres, Belgium.

For information, a trailer and tickets see the links below:

View the trailer on YouTube : Journey's End Trailer 6m 36sec

Email: info@meshtheatre.com

Website: www.meshtheatre.com

Website: www.meshtheatre.com Tickets

Exhibition

To End all Wars?

27 October to 15 November 1919

Venue: In Flanders Fields Museum, Grote Markt 34, 8900 Ieper - Ypres

Temporary exhibition

An assessment of the First World War.

Telephone: +32 (0)57 239 220

Email: flandersfields@ieper.be

Website: www.inflandersfields.be

Coming World Remember Me: Land Art Installation

to 11 November 2018, sunrise to sunset

Venue: De Palingbeek, Palingbeekstraat 18, 8902 Zillebeke

Free

An outdoor land art installation by the artist Koen Vanmechelen comprising 600,000 clay figures. The clay figures have been made over a period of four years by different people of different nationalities.

The location of the installation is in a provincial park south of Ypres - Ieper in the area of the battlefield sites of The Bluff and Hill 60. It is a designated walking and recreation area with a restaurant and toilets.

The open air exhibition comprises:

  • Information Centre (open daily 09.00-12.30 and 13.00 -17.00 hours)
  • Paths to walk around the installation
  • Viewing platform (includes steps)
  • Digital file to download for teachers to prepare for a visit (request by email)
  • Participation in the project as a sponsor to register as a godmother or godfather for Euros 5,00. At the end of the expo all godmothers and godfathers can collect/receive by post a clay figure.

SatNav co-ordinates provided for the main car park location by the expo are:

  • 50°48’50.41N  , 2°55’13.02”O

To find out more about visiting the installation, about free parking, reserving a time slot for groups, reservations for coach parking, and lots of information about the artist and his vision for the 600,000 clay figures and online registration to become a godmother or godfather you can visit the website:

Website: www.comingworldrememberme.be

Email: cwrm@vzwkunst.be

Concert

“The Great War Remembered” Concert at St. Martin's Cathedral, Ieper

St Martins Cathedral

Friday 9 November 2018 at 20.30 hours: SOLD OUT

Extra performance 11 November 2018 at 14.30 hours SOLD OUT

Sunday 11 November 2018 at 17.00 hours: SOLD OUT

Venue: Sint-Maartenskathedraal (St. Martin's Cathedral), Ieper/Ypres

The annual Great War Remembered concert is held in the magnificent cathedral. Choirs and bands bring their talents together to submerge the audience in the atmosphere of the Great War through instrumental and vocal music, combined with images of the First World War. The concert is organized by The Last Post Association, the volunteer organisation responsible for sounding the daily Last Post at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ieper.

For 2018 the concert participants will be:

  • Koninklijke Harmonie Ypriana (Concert Band)
  • Ypres Surrey Pipes & Drums
  • Chorus Choir
  • Wannes Cappelle
  • Piet Goddaer
  • Ralph McTell

Remembrance Project

The List of Names

4 August 2014 - 31 December 2018

In Flanders Fields Museum, Grote Markt, 8900 Ieper (Ypres)

At 10.00 hours on 4 August 2014, when the museum opened its doors on that day, a non-stop projection started to show the names of the people who died on Belgian soil exactly 100 years before to the day, and whose deaths were directly as a result of the war. A website has been launched at the same time, and this will enable people from all around the world to look up a name of a relative, and to supply information about that person to the museum for this special database of names. The project is supported by “Gone West”, a cultural programme initiated by the Province of West Flanders for the duration of the Centenary commemorations.

For more information see the In Flanders Fields Museum website:

Website: www.inflandersfields.be Name List

Related Topics

Armistice Day in Ypres

Standards at The Menin Gate Memorial 11.00 hours ceremony.
Standards at the 11 November ceremony.

For information about the events that make up the annual events for Armistice Day in Ypres see our page:

Armistice Day Commemorative Events in Ieper - Ypres

The famous Cloth Hall (Lakenhalle) in the Market Square of Ieper/Ypres.
The Cloth Hall (Lakenhalle) in the Market Square of Ieper/Ypres.

Ieper - Ypres Events Information

Further information about the wide variety of local and cultural events held in Ieper during the year can be obtained from the Visitor Centre for Ypres and the Westhoek (formerly called the Ieper Tourist Office). The Visitor Centre is located in the Cloth Hall (Lakenhallen) in the centre of Ieper.

For information about the Visitor Centre, advice on parking in the town and contact details see our page at:

Visitor Centre for Ypres and the Westhoek

Visiting the Ypres Salient

For information about battlefield sites to visit, cemeteries, memorials and visitor accommodation see our page at:

Visiting the Ypres Salient

Useful Link

1914-1918 Centenary Events in Belgium

For information on events in Belgium to commemorate the centenary, with other information about places to visit, accommodation you can visit this website:

Website: www.greatwarcentenary.be