With the recent announcements by the government with a roadmap out of lockdown, the Overlord Show organising committee has opted to defer this years show to the previously announced reserve dates of 13th – 15th August, rather than targeting our usual show weekend.

We are doing this out of an abundance of caution as we are not out of the woods yet, and to ensure that we have the time to organise the kind of show you have come to expect from us. We are hoping most, if not all of the regulations will be sufficiently relaxed, and that exhibitors, and our prospective guests will have increased confidence attending and be able to more fully enjoy the show.

Please be sure to mark the new dates, 13th-15th August in your calendars! You can find the event on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/3512629408835374

Exhibitors, please be sure to get your applications in. You can do this from these following pages: https://www.overlordshow.co.uk/exhibitors/

We look forward to seeing you all in August!

The Overlord Show 2021 Traders and Charities application form have now been updated, and can be found on the Traders and Charities page.

Please be sure to read the application form in detail as some sections, and contact and return mailing addresses have changed.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dave T. via the contact form on this website, or the email address at the bottom of the application form.

Other exhibitor application forms will become available in due course. We appreciate your patience.

The Overlord Show team would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

2020 has been a tough year for all of us, but with a little bit of hope, 2021 will be brighter.

The purpose of this is to give a quick update on the status of the 2021 Overlord Show.

As you know, our 2020 show was cancelled due to the uncertainty surrounding the virus. This was a tough and risky decision but ultimately, this turned out to be the correct call and minimised our losses to only the rent of our field and some miscellaneous expenses. Covid-19 Coronavirus and its variants remains a threat, and we will be monitoring the situation closely, and evaluating the feasibility of the show in a COVID-secure fashion, however, as has been demonstrated, government guidelines are subject to changes at short notice.

The club committee met this week and we are targeting the Overlord Show 2021 to occur on 29th-31st May (same weekend as usual), with a backup date set for August 13th-15th. Please mark these dates in your calendar.

We have had several exhibitors asking about applications for 2021. For anyone who had planned to attend as an exhibitor in 2020, our current plan is to transfer 2020 applications to 2021. Exhibitors will be sent a confirmation of their previous application when this happens. We ask that exhibitors check the information and update it via the Exhibitors centre when this happens. If you’ve forgotten your password, you can reset it on the login page. If you have difficulty with this, please contact us via the contact form.

Simultaneously, the 2021 application form will go live for new exhibitors. Please note, that an application is not a commitment to attend but is required if you wish to attend the show, even-more so this year with the likely requirements of track and trace.

The applications system will be reenabled sometime in the next few weeks.

For now, if you have questions, please get in contact via the contact form on our website or social media if you have questions.

As always the team is grateful for your continued support of the show!

To All Members of the Public and Exhibitors,

In light of the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and keeping in line with the government’s latest guidelines, it is with regret the decision has been made to cancel our 2020 Overlord Show.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and understanding in these challenging times, and hope to see you at our next Overlord show in 2021.

For and on behalf of the Overlord Show team and Solent Overlord Executive Military Collectors Club.

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 BarArena, 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.

Facebook Page

Public Facebook Group

Twitter

Use #Overlord2019

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

Veterans:

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.

All Current Serving Armed Forces Personnel will have an “MOD90”.
HM Armed Forces Veterans ID
Defense Discount Service 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.

Hounds for Heroes Logo

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.


Photograph H 35176.
Valentine DD tank being reversed into a landing craft (LCT 882), 79th Armoured Division School, Gosport, 14 January 1944.

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.

Just a quick message to wish you a very Merry Christmas from the entire Overlord Show Team!