Visitor tips for Overlord 2012

This year’s show promises to be the best ever but a few tips should help make your experience even more enjoyable!

Head for Junction 3 of the A3(M) and follow the yellow and black signs to the show

Parking is free!

Wear shoes suitable for a walk in the country

Plan plenty of time to enjoy the newly enlarged event – stalls open from 09:00, arena events from 10:30

Bring plenty of film / memory cards / batteries – there’s a great deal to photograph!

Be aware that there are three fields of exhibitors, traders and re-enactors!

Plan ahead – get your outfit together ready for “40’s Sunday”

Feel free to chat with vehicle owners and living history groups

Some arena events are both exciting and noisy, please warn small children and the nervous

Marshalls will warn you of heavy vehicles moving to and from the arena, please keep clear of the roadways if asked.

A wide range of food and drink stalls are planned for 2012

Whatever the weather there are plenty of trade stands to sell you sun hats or waterproofs, sandals or wellingtons, sunglasses or sou’westers …

Dogs on leads welcome, please clear up after them if necessary
Above all – enjoy yourselves and if there is anything you think we can do better for 2013 – let us know! :

Overlord 2011 – The best yet?

Now the clearing up is almost done (Sunday and I have just unloaded my trailer!) it’s time to reflect on Overlord 2011, our most ambitious show yet. The culmination of 12 months of planning and hard work was anticipated with a certain amount of trepidation by the SOE committee and members, a new site bringing new and unknown challenges.

Thanks to the generous support and encouragement of our exhibitors, our traders and our living history groups we were able to put on a great show to entertain the public, both our regular visitors and the locals of Denmead who had never experienced a show of this scale at the Lawns. We have had a brilliant time staging this show and have had many positive comments from visitor and exhibitor alike. Nice though it is to bask in praise we are not complacent enough to let things rest and we realise that there is a lot that we can do better for next year, it’s a new site and we are still growing into it.

So watch this space!

Praise and constructive criticism are equally welcome so please use the comments box below to let us know your views on what we have done and what we still need to do.

Don’t just take my word for it – links to pictures and comments below:

External Sites:

Rambo’s report on the Historic Military Vehicles Forum

Kev Shaw at UK Airshow Review

Mark Rutley’s portraiture set on  flickr

Barry James Wilson on flickr

Thank you!