A few tips for visitors!
Head for Junction 3 of the A3(M) and follow the yellow and black AA signs to the show. You can use PO7 6HS on your satnav if you wish but follow the signs over your satnav directions.
We have free onsite parking and plenty of it, including disabled parking right by the show entrance. Please don’t stop or park on the road near the entrance or in any of the neighbouring residential areas.
Entry prices can be found on the Admission Times and Prices page.
Veterans and Serving Forces members are eligible for discounted entry by showing their HM Services ID cards, DDS Card or Veterans ID Card. Please note that a veterans badge alone may be insufficient,
While the fields are relatively flat, wear shoes suitable for a walk in the country as there may be uneven ground.
Make sure your shoes are comfortable, you’ll be doing a lot of walking around the 40 acres of fields our show is situated on.
While we do have some seating, there won’t be enough for everyone. If you are likely to need a chair, it is advisable that you bring a lightweight folding chair.
Plan plenty of time to enjoy the event – trade stalls open from 09:00, arena events from 10:00.
Bring plenty of film / memory cards / batteries – there’s a great deal to photograph!
Be aware that there are multiple fields. The main field you enter after getting your tickets contains the Trade Stalls, Food and Bar, Arena, and Vehicle Exhibits. There may be a number of additional exhibits. Turning left at the entrance and walking down past the toilets and first aid tent is the Reenactors and Living History field. There are many dioramas which you can freely explore and interact with. Feel free to ask questions and take pictures, so don’t be shy. These dioramas continue across the bridge. Going further you will find our second arena and post war exhibitors.
Why not join in the fun by dressing up in a relevant uniform or in a 40’s style. Sorry, we won’t give a discount for this but it will certainly add to your experience.
Be sure to talk with vehicle owners and reenactors. Maybe ask how you can get involved.
We have a varied program of arena events. You can view the show programme here. Some arena events are both exciting and noisy, please warn small children and the nervous. Those with sensitive ears may wish to bring earplugs for protection.
Dogs are most welcome onsite providing they are on a lead at all times. Owners must like always clean up their dogs’ mess so come prepared.
Marshalls will warn you of heavy vehicles moving to and from the arena, please keep clear of the roadways if asked.
The weather is set to be hot and breezy so remember to bring sun hats, sunglasses and suncream. We have water points throughout the site which can be used if necessary.
A lot of our continued success relies on adverting by word of mouth and by social media so be sure to tell your friends and to share your experience and photos.
Above all – enjoy yourselves and if there is anything you think we can do better for 2020 – let us know!
Applications for new traders, charities and non-trading exhibits will be closing on 1st May, so if you are interested in attending, please be sure to get your applications in as soon as possible and before this deadline.
This is a hard deadline and we can not accept traders or charities which turn up unannounced during the show.
To make an application as a trader or a charity please visit the Traders page, and download the application forms. Charities should fill in the traders form, NOT the non-trading Exhibits form.
Non-Trading exhibits are any displays which are not traders, charities, living history or reenactment, or vehicle exhibits. If you have a non-trading exhibit and would like to attend, please fill out the Non-Trading Exhibits form.
Over the years the Show has been proud to support our currently serving armed forces as well as veterans by providing discounted show entry*. We have never had a firm policy on the verification of veterans and free admission has been on a discretionary basis, however, it has become apparent that this system is being abused, and it is confusing for those eligible as to what proof of service is required of them.
To ensure a fair process for all parties involved, we have decided to formalise our policy and will ONLY accept the following ID for Serving Armed Forces, and Veterans.
Serving Armed Forces:
Official Identity MOD90
Official Identity MOD90 – We will accept expired/invalidated/retired MOD90 if you were permitted to keep it and the photo still bears a good resemblance to the card holder.
HM Armed Forces Veterans ID – Veterans who have left since December 2018 should have been given one of these. An applications process for all other veterans is expected to open soon.
Defense Discount Service ID – While we are not afflicted with the DDS, it is the OFFICIAL MOD veterans discount service. The service offers online discounts, and by use of a physical card for in person discounts. You will need to present your card.
We appreciate there are many associations for veterans, however, it is extremely difficult to verify the authenticity of all of these associations and we are therefore unable to accept these.
*Please Note, that due to rising operating costs, we are no-longer able to support a full concession.Please visit our Times and Prices Page for more information.
The annual OVERLORD show, organised by the Solent Overlord Executive Military Collectors Club, is being held at Denmead PO7 6HS on the second bank holiday in May Saturday , Sunday, and Monday the 25th to the 27th May.
Supporting military charities, the chosen charity for 2019 will be Hounds for Heroes, a local based charity near Petersfield who train and support guide dogs for wounded veterans.
The event, held in the Portsmouth area since 1975 has grown into the South’s biggest military show with 300+ military vehicles and 30+ re-enactor groups in period costume set up the living history field.
In 2019 the 6th June will be the 75 anniversary of D Day, when, code named OVERLORD, the British and Allied troops landed in Normandy to liberate Europe from the Germans.
To commemorate this anniversary, a daily 45 min. mock battle, complete with loud explosions and gunfire will depict the Normandy landings with re-enactors representing the German forces on the beach and Allied forces coming ashore from landing craft.
Along with various armoured vehicles attending the show, a DUPLEX DRIVE Valentine Tank, will take pride of place in the battle. This will be the first showing of this historic amphibious swimming tank, fitted with a large canvas screen and twin propellers, allowing it to float and drive up onto the beach head.
In addition, in the second arena, a morning skirmish will be presented depicting other battles, followed by a demonstration of gunfire from five cannons demonstrating the development of weapons from 1865 to 1950.
The show will be attended by 120 trade stalls selling military wares, with a food court and beer tent alongside the main arena.
Visitors are encouraged to join in the fun by dressing in period uniforms and costumes, and the event will be open from 9am to 5 pm each day
Admission prices can be found here.
Vehicle owners, reenactors, traders and other exhibitors are invited to make applications using the forms found on the website here.