A selection of some of the best events coming up over the next few months.
MILITARY VEHICLES DAY
Visitors will also be able to see many of the light weight vehicles put through their paces, as they tackle the punishing banks and ditches of the 4×4 course at Mercedes-Benz World. Back over at the Museum site, the summit of the Test Hill beckons anyone brave enough to attempt the steep climb.
DATES: 16 November 10am-4pm
WHERE: Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0QN
PHONE: 01932 857381
HOW MUCH: Adult: £11.00, Senior Citizen/Student: £10.00, Children (5-16): £6.00, Children under 5: FREE, Family ticket: £30.00 (2 adults & up to 3 children)
BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL TATTOO
This year’s special Tattoo will feature bands from as far apart as Belarus, Poland, Austria and, of course, our own British Armed Forces. In this special centenary year of WWI and the 70th anniversary of D-Day, all the marching bands, led by the Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and including this year a Massed Scottish Pipe Band, will demonstrate their musical skills both individually and as they combine for the spectacular Grand Finale featuring over 1,000 performers.
DATES: Saturday 29 November at 6pm and Sunday 30 November at 2pm.
PHONE: 0844-338-8000 (Box Office)
THE ROYAL MARINES CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
Featuring festive music, military marches, big band hits, and popular showstoppers, these entertaining concerts delight audiences each year.
End the year in style at this special event – book early to avoid disappointment.
DATES: From Thursday 27 November at 7.30pm to Sunday 7 December at 7.30pm. For full list of dates and locations see website.
THE RUSSIAN SPECTACULAR
This spectacular programme of music from across the world will feature one of the world’s finest bands who will be joined by traditional folk dancers and guest soloists. From traditional Russian music to the big band sound, there is something for everyone at this special event, which will foster links through the international language of music, song, and dance.
Ending with a Spectacular Finale ‘Last night of the Russian Proms’ this is an evening not to be missed.
DATES: Monday 24 November at 7.30pm – Monday 1 December at 7.30pm. For full list of dates and locations see website.
WAR & THE HORSE
A recruiting station, replica bi-plane, and musical favourites from the time will evoke the spirit of the early days of the war, while a play entitled Letters from the Front will represent the bittersweet intensity of love and loss felt by families across the land.
Compare and contrast through the day as the Troopers change into the somber khaki clothing that was to be evocative of the years to come. Glimpse into this world as we tell this remarkable story through reenactment, talks, music, and children’s activities.
DATES: Sat 20-Sun 21 September
WHERE: Dover Castle, Castle Hill Road, Dover CT16 1HU
PHONE: 01304 211 067
HOW MUCH: See website for details.
SCARBOROUGH MUSEUMS TRUST
were destroyed. This attack caused great public outcry and ‘Remember Scarborough’ became the slogan for an impassioned recruitment drive.
One hundred years on Scarborough Museums Trust are leading the ‘Remember Scarborough’ regional partnership. A new exhibition about the bombardment of Scarborough opens this summer at Scarborough Art Gallery. The exhibition will feature some never before seen material, and visitors can find out what happened that morning 100 years ago, why it may have happened, and the ensuing local, national, and even international impact.
DATES: 26 July-4 January, Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Scarborough Art Gallery, The Crescent, Scarborough, YO11 2PW
SCARLET AND GOLD
Taking the title from Lloyd Thomas’s wonderful march, it evokes the splendour and sparkle of the Guards’ uniforms and instruments, which combined with the beautiful setting of Cadogan Hall, promises an evening of musical pomp and grandeur.
The evening will showcase the outstanding talents of the very best of the Corps of Army Music’s musicians, bringing the bands of four of the Foot Guards Regiments, the Household Cavalry, and the Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra from the parade square to the stage.
For more information on this and other ceremonial events go to www.householddivision.org.uk.
HERE: Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ
DATES: 28-29 November 2014
PHONE: 020 7730 4500 (Box Office)
HOW MUCH: Tickets start from £15
AUCTION OF ARMS, MEDALS & MILITARIA
Those wishing to discuss the inclusion of any such item in the catalogue should contact Ned Cowell for advice. Both vendors and buyers may be assured of a professional and courteous service.
DATES: 12 November 9.30am-7pm, and 13 November 9am-10.30am
WHERE: The Lymington Saleroom, Hampshire, SO41 9BL
PHONE: 01590 670070
JOIN NOW! THE ENTRY OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE INTO THE WAR
The exhibit focuses on the mobilisation and involvement of the British Empire over the summer of 1914, troop landings and their crossing of the continent, the initial fighting in Belgium and in Northern France, and the incident of the Battle of the Marne and the Battles of Ypres and Yser, from autumn to the Christmas truce of 1914.
PHONE: +33 60 32 14 18
DATES: May-September: 9.30am-6.30pm, October-April: 10am-5.30pm. Runs until 30 December 2014
‘PRACTISED IN THE ART OF WAR: LIMERICK SIEGES, 1642 TO 1691’
Friday 3 October: afternoon tour of King John’s Castle, followed in the evening by a keynote lecture by Kjeld Hald Galster (formerly Royal Danish Defence College) and the unveiling of local artist Ester Barrett’s painting The Siege of Limerick at a wine reception.
Saturday 4 October: presentations by eight invited speakers, followed by an evening conference dinner.
Sunday 5 October: a morning walking tour of the walls of Limerick.
DATES: Friday 3 October-Sunday 5 October 2014
WHERE: Absolute Hotel, Sir Harry’s Mall, Limerick, Ireland
HOW MUCH: Non-Thomond members conference registration: €65/£54/$90 (excluding dinner), Conference dinner: €27/£23/$38
To see this article as it appeared in issue 49 of Military History Monthly, click here.