The Arena

The arena is a action packed part of the show with things happening in the arena all-day from 10:30am-16:00pm.

The arena is a place to see all those great military vehicles you’ve come to see in action. The arena gives the chance for Military vehicle owners to get the toys out and play and use their vehicles in the arena for everyone to see. You will see a variety of vehicles from all over the world being represented including British, German, American, Soviet and many other European vehicles.

The Noon Day Gun, F troop carry out this traditional time signal everyday at Noon. Many famous battles are re-created by the re-enactment groups at The War and Peace Revival, with battles from WW2, Vietnam and The Cold War.

If you’re a relevant vehicle and want to come and play during these events – please just turn up!

10.30: Armour tradition dictates that we start with the Heavy Mob! Was it only a year ago that we were here last?

11.15: A Military Oddity Hmm Lucky Dip time! What’s on site already that’s weird and wonderful? Our commentator Andy likes big unusual toys – a nasty job but someone has to do it – must be the REME in him!

11.45: The Noon Day Gun

12.10: An Artillery lesson. It takes many forms on wheels and tracks and confuses people in many ways – not least in the shock and awe. Tobin Jones will demonstrate.

12.45: SHIFT IT! Anything that moves is often the basics of military logistics, from WW1 and earlier with the horse to the present day, How do armies worldwide supply themselves and move?

13.15: Land-Rovers.
What can or can’t you say about this very British Icon ? The best of British and the starting place for many Military Vehicle enthusiasts. So many different variants to try out.

13.45: Wheeled Armour The heavy tracked boys were out earlier, but their eyes and ears are out now. You need to know what the enemy is up to and these are just the right vehicles for the job.

14.30: Post War British Battle
The days of the Cold war, the Falklands conflict and the late 80’s are brought to life in an exciting display by “The Royal Union Rifles”. The platoon will use period weapons and equipment to demonstrate some of the tactical manoeuvre’s practiced regularly by the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR). Pyrotechnics and blank ammunition will be used.

15.00: Armour : Standing in the Arena we can identify a lot of armour from the noise of their engines, and from a long distance – let’s hope some are out to flex their trax!

16.00: Close.

If you’re a relevant vehicle and want to come and play during these events – please just turn up!

10.00: Armour : Well we seem to have got the hang of it again, feel the earth move as the armour and tracked vehicles come out to flex their muscles and enjoy themselves.

11.00: The Yanks, arsenal of the world for so long! From WW2 until now – throughout the world and on TV we see their vehicles from Jeeps to Abrams Main Battle Tank, from Jimmys to the mighty OSHKOSH transporter.

11.50: The Noon Day Gun:

12.10: Another Artillery lesson. Tobin Jones will explain the detail differences for us, from Howitzers to Field Guns, they are all under his remit.

12.45: Military Oddity : The worlds armies design and use the weird and “wonderful” . What can we show you and how were they used ?

13.30: Heavy Vehicles. All Armies have breakdowns and they vary from small to mega, what would you use to recover a tank? All Armies need to move huge volumes of men and munitions. So maybe size does matter – 2.5 tonnes and upwards – if it has to be moved there’s a truck for the job !

14.15: Lightweights : The other end of the spectrum, from bicycles to motorcycles, Austin Tillys to Jeeps, 15 cwts, 30 cwts, Jimmys and Dodges – they all had a role and continue to this day with Hummers and the new vehicles needed and developed for the current world conflicts.

15.00: Vietnam Battle

Asia is the theatre of operation for today’s battle. The Vietnam War was fought between 1965 and 1974, by America and its Allies against the North Vietnamese and the Communist powers of China and Russia. The “Rolling Thunder” living history and re-enactment group in association with the A.I.P.S will re-create an authentic action packed battle from the jungles of Vietnam. Pyrotechnics and blank ammunition will be used.

15.45: Armour: Big Boys Toys. Actually we know girls that have tracked armour as well. So perhaps you might just think, “I Want one of those “ ! You too can come out to play some time soon, talk to the owners !

16.30: Well the second day is over and we are back in to the swing of things! WE LOVE IT WHEN A PLAN COMES TOGETHER!

If you’re a relevant vehicle and want to come and play during these events – please just turn up!

10.00: Armour: Well its early days but there is armour about, you can hear it rumbling and clanking, and as the show grows they will be out to play – from WW2 to the present day almost anything could be here and not always tracked !

11.00: The Legendary Ginger Gammon Motorcycle Ride Out!
Departure point to be confirmed.

11.45: The Noon Day Gun.

12.15: A further artillery lesson. It’s not just on the ground that counts, anti-aircraft artillery is an integral part of the system; take the WW2 German 88 mm – it covered roles for both this and anti-tank – and was feared in both areas.

12.45: Ambulance! Both war and peace bring casualties – it’s an unavoidable fact! The military blues and twos are here to show off.

13.15: Get Some in ! 55 years ago the Stalwart commenced its service, a national service vehicle, but the Saladin, Saracen and Saladin came from the same stable! And the post war British vehicles came into service Austin K9, Champ, Bedford, Ferret and Centurion and so many more ! The wheeled and tracked national service came of age!

14.00: Wermacht The Turning Point ! 75 years ago the Axis suffered its first major defeat! STALINGRAD – some of the kit the Germans used is here, and it’s unusual, interesting and some of it is completely unique.

14.30: Cargo Carriers Well all armies have them, you need to get soldiers, ammunition, supplies, and myriad other things to where they are needed on the battlefield and the Home Front – from all periods of conflict.

15.15: WW2 Skirmish
Take a trip in time back to WW2 to see the mighty Allied forces battle to push back the German lines. This promises to be “one hell of a battle” as the Allies attempt to breach the German defences and drive towards Berlin in a desperate bid to secure Europe from the oppression of the Axis invasion. Pyrotechnics and blank ammunition will be used.

16.00: Armour: Turrets & Tracks Finale. Yes the noise and the dust (we hope) are back, the Divas of the show are here for your delectation. But seriously some of these tracked wonders are unique and represent thousands of hours of time and effort – Oh and Investment.

17.00: End of Arena action

10.00: Armour: Is it the dust or the mud this year? Will we see some of the rarest armour in the world – stay tuned to find out!

11.00: Wheeled Armour It’s time for the Ferrets, Dingos, Saladins and Foxes to come out and shake a tail feather! The eyes and ears of the army sally forth.

11.45: The Noon Day Gun!

12.15: An alternative Artillery Lesson. “Professor” Tobin Jones continues his masterclass of the various artillery pieces on site.

12.45: A Military Oddity If it’s odd and unusual it probably has a military application.

13.30: Jeeps: Iconic, collectable, adaptable and you can keep one in your garage! But the truth is they are all slightly different in character.

14.00: The Eastern Bloc – Cold War After WW2 it all went cold from the Baltic to the Mediterranean!
We know Winston said something like that – the post war years in Europe spawned new designs and wars continued on a different scale all over the world as we tried to come to terms with PEACE!

14.45: WW2 soft skin – Throughout the world motor manufacturers rose to the challenge to supply their forces, GMC, Ford, Daimler, Bedford, Karrier, Gaz, Morris to name a few, but all with the same motive – Victory.

15.15: War in the desert. From Alamein to Tunis in WW2, Kuwait to Baghdad, Afghanistan it’s always a long haul in the Desert – hard on men and machines.

15.45: Vietnam Battle
Asia is the theatre of operation for today’s battle. The Vietnam War was fought between 1965 and 1974, by America and its Allies against the North Vietnamese and the Communist powers of China and Russia. The “Rolling Thunder” living history and re-enactment group in association with the A.I.P.S will re-create an authentic action packed battle from the jungles of Vietnam. Pyrotechnics and blank ammunition will be used.

16.15: Armour : Yes the noise and the dust (we hope) are back. Many of the vehicles you see here represent thousands of hours of restoration and huge amounts of money and travel to find those original parts and not least a great deal of skill and dedication.

17.00: Close

If you’re a relevant vehicle and want to come and play during these events – please just turn up!

10.00: Armour: Dawn of the last day, and you can hear the armour rumbling as they warm up and come to the Arena for their final day’s play.

11.00: Land Rovers – Despite the demise of the Defender there are still plenty of land rovers used by the military and probably will be for some years.

11.45: A TRIBUTE TO THE FALLEN 100 YEARS SINCE THE END OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918

We take this opportunity to commemorate all those servicemen lost in past and current conflicts, their families and friends and those of the Military Vehicle fraternity who have passed on, the Arena events will halt for a short period. The Noon Day gun (hopefully an 18 pounder of WW1 design) will mark the start and finish of a minute’s silence across the showground during proceedings.

12.15: Your last Artillery lesson. The final report from Tobin – we hope that you now have a better idea of some of the different designs and applications of gunnery.

12.30: Military run-arounds. Communication is one of the keys to military success and if your radio doesn’t “cut it” these guys might. From bicycles and motorcycles, Jeeps, Tillys, and Gaz, to Landover’s, Dingo’s, Staff cars and carriers; they were all and are part of the military internet. Lightweights only in name !

13.00: Veterans Parade
Their numbers are naturally reducing but let’s show our appreciation for those who have served!

13.15: Wreckers Well armies have breakdowns and they vary from small to mega, what would you use to recover a tank? It’s gone on since the very start of mechanised movement and although they are slow some of the best are 70 years old. Why is it the Scammell reminds us of Fantasia?

14.00: D-DAY to BERLIN the Allied motorised armies were eventually unstoppable compared to so much of the
German horse drawn supply chain. All the Allies supplied vehicles as well as the USA – oh and contrary to what you might think; the white STAR is an Allied recognition sign! Canadian, British and American kit is here to show different interpretations for transport.

14.30: A Tribute to 100 years of the RAF – the timing may vary due to weather and other influences – we will try to keep you updated.

15.00: The War & Peace Revival Prize Giving – The Concours d’Elegance of military vehicle world.

15.45: BATTLE: WW2 Axis vs Allies Battle
The last arena battle at this year’s show will see an explosive battle as the Allied & Axis forces come to a stalemate, before seeing one side smash through the opposition lines and push on to their final objective. The fighting will be fierce and intense as these enemies push to dominate ground and destroy the enemy. Pyrotechnics and blank ammunition will be used.

16.30: Armour: And finally, as they say on the News – its heavy, heavy monster time! Last outing for the big boys toys.

17.30: END EX!

2018-06-08T15:36:22+00:00June 1st, 2018|About, The Show, What's On|0 Comments