Each month, Military History Monthly’s ‘On Manoeuvres’ section brings you the info on Britain’s finest history-themed activities, from lecture days and air shows to militaria fairs and re-enactments. With summer soon to be upon us, we take the opportunity to draw particular attention to six of the best indoor and outdoor events taking place over the coming months.
Yeovilton International Air Day
together with their modern counterparts to highlight the role that RNAS Yeovilton Squadrons have played – and continue to play – in operations through the decades.
The day will also feature world-class military aerobatic teams such as the RAF Red Arrows and – the stars of this year’s show – the Royal Saudi Air Force Saudi Hawk Display Team. Invitations have been sent out to foreign nations in the hope that they will once again support the show. The home team, consisting of the Royal Navy Black Cats, Royal Navy Historic Flight, and the Commando Assault Finale, will showcase the Fleet Air Arm’s
assets past and present.
WHEN: 23 June 2012
WHERE: Royal Naval Air Station, Yeovil, BA22 8HT
HOW MUCH: Adults £18 in advance, £23 on the day; under-15s £5 in advance, £8 on the day; senior citizens £16 in advance, £23 on the day
Midlands History Festival
Re-enactors at the festival not simply fight each other: they study their chosen field in depth, and all of them have
extensive knowledge of the history they are recreating, right down to what they are wearing and the weapons they are using.
There will also be a history market, where you can buy anything from a coat of arms to a Roman comb. Be sure to
catch the falconry displays, and visit Troll’s Bottom real-ale bar.
WHEN: 4-5 August 2012
WHERE: Overstone Park, Northampton, NN6 0AB
HOW MUCH: Adults £8, children £4, families £20
The Battle of Britain Living History Show
On Saturday night, the show hosts the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra – an eleven-piece 1940s swing band that will be performing in a large marquee with stage, wooden dance-floor, and licensed bar. Tickets for the dance cost £15 each, which includes free entry to the rest of the show on either Saturday or Sunday.
WHEN: 9-10 June 2012, 10am-6pm
WHERE: WSRA Fields, Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton, TA4 1BH
HOW MUCH: Adults £7, under-15s and senior citizens £5, families £20
The Muckleburgh Military Collection Display and Military Weekend
With various Regular Army and RAF displays, plus costumed re-enactors and living history groups making sure there isn’t a dull moment, this family-friendly weekend will host military stalls, Army Cadet Force displays, tank demonstrations, military vehicle rides, the radio shack, the rifle range, and vehicle parades by the Norfolk Military Vehicle Group. More information on booking a stall or overnight pitch accommodation can be found on the website.
WHEN: 23-24 June 2012, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Muckleburgh House, Weybourne Road, Norfolk, NR25 7EG
HOW MUCH: Adults £10, under-12s FREE; camping plus entry for two £25
and Normans) participating in arena events over the three-day festival. From the 20th century, there will be a WWI trench reconstruction to tour, and battlefield conflicts recreated – with a range of aircraft taking part.
There will also be hundreds of indoor and outdoor trade stalls to browse through, with some of the country’s rarest collectables on display.
WHEN: 25-27 August 2012, 9.30am-6pm
WHERE: Kent Show Ground, Detling, Kent, ME14 3JF
HOW MUCH: One-day ticket Adults £15.30, under-15s £9.30. Two-day ticket Adults £27.50, under-15s £16.75.
Three-day ticket Adults £41.50, children £25
The Real War Horses
Speakers Dr Graham Winton, Andy Robertshaw, David Kenyon, and Simon Butler, will cover a wide range of topics, including the story of the use of horses for transport, the making of the War Horse film, the domestic horse industry, and the procurement of non-military horses for the massive demands of the Great War. There will be a look at the welfare of horses on the Western Front, and the story will be told of what happened to them after the war had ended.
Tickets can be purchased via the National Army Museum.
WHEN: 16 June 2012, 10.30am-5.30pm
WHERE: National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4HT
HOW MUCH: Adults £15, concessions £12.50
To see these listing in map form, as it appeared in MHM 21, click here.