It was a great show this year, completely defying the weather forecast. We even had our best ever Monday with footfall being comparable to Saturday and Sunday, which has helped offset the increased outlay. With this, we bring good news that the show will be going ahead next year from Saturday 25th to Monday 27th May 2019 at the same location – The Lawns, Denmead.
With this years success, it goes without saying we have a couple of people to thank for the hard work they have put in, in the months leading up to and over the weekend itself.
Firstly, all of the vehicle exhibitors, reenactors or living historians and traders, without which we wouldn’t really have a show. As always, your attendance is greatly appreciated.
Will Gibson and his team and the cadets of T.S. Active for their assistance with carpark marshalling, and first aid.
The T.S. Alacrity Marching Band for their music and continued support.
The Portsmouth Marine Cadet Drill Display team for their spectacular and entertaining performance.
The Garrison for bringing the WWI trench display to life and additionally demonstrating their 18 pounder howitzer.
Adrian Hill for choreographing the battle and organising the ammo, and Tex and his team for setting up the bigger bangs!
The Wessex Hill Runners for their 4×4 Course!
Those who assisted with marshalling duty, and site security in the evening!.
We’d also like to that all of the members and friends of Solent Overlord Executive Military Collectors Club who spent the last year planning the show, and the members who dedicated their time over the duration of the weekend to help with the many many jobs which needed attending to.
And anyone else I have forgotten.
As part of our quest for feedback, we would like to ask all members of the public to respond to our survey.
There are different surveys catered to each type of exhibitor. Traders wishing to give feedback need to do so directly to the Traders Coordinator.
There is less than a week to go until this year’s Overlord Show.
The team are hard at work setting up the field as we speak. The grass has been cut, we have made major improvements to the main vehicular roadways in the vehicles field and also in the public carpark – 100 tons of tarmac planings have been distributed atop ballast to level and remove ruts from the field and prevent potential flooding. However, the forecast looks good for the back end of next week and across the weekend so this is unlikely to be a problem. It will be quite breezy and sunny so remember to bring sun cream so you don’t get burnt.
All exhibitor passes and information such as sign-in sheets have now been printed and will be sent down to the field in the coming days for exhibitors when they arrive. A polite notice that exhibitors are NOT permitted on site before noon on Wednesday so please do not turn up before then.
Over the show weekend, we will be quite busy and we may not be able to respond promptly to emails or messages. Most information can be found out on the Show Info pages. Entry Prices, Open/Close Times, the programme and FAQs are all there!
A polite reminder that applications for Traders, Reenactors, and Non-Trading Exhibitors will be closing on Wednesday 9th May.
Vehicle Exhibitors deadline is 20th May.
Please be sure to get your applications in before these deadlines.
If you have any questions or issues, please do not hesitate to get in contact via the Contact Page, or via Facebook.
In the case of technical issues (e.g. with the online application forms), almost all issues have been related to Ad Blockers or out of date cache stored on devices. Please ensure you are not running any ad blocking software (we don’t run ads on our website), and clear your browser cache. For instructions on how to do this please see https://kb.iu.edu/d/ahic. If this does not resolve the problem, send an email to “[email protected]” clearly explaining what the issue is, what browser and device you are using and ideally what you were doing at the time.
A message regarding applications.
The tradelines are almost full and any prospective traders are urged to get their applications in ASAP to avoid disappointment. There is only so much space and once it’s gone, it’s gone.
Vehicle exhibits are going well and we are 20 vehicles up compared to exactly the same time last year. Still plenty of space, however, we would prefer to have applications in sooner rather than later.
Similarly, if your reenactment group would like to attend, please get your applications in soon as we will be beginning to allocate space in the reenactor’s field.
To make applications: visit the Exhibitors page
It has been a while since we made any updates and with just over 2 months until the show, I thought it would be a good time to start to drive up some hype.
As always the organisers have been working tirelessly over the last few months planning the show and improving the field. We have now improved our water distribution at the site with new water pipe, taps, and standpoints. We will also be improving signage en route to the site with official AA event signs.
Applications have been open for a while now and are making good progress. If you are yet to make an application, please do so as soon as possible via the Exhibitors page.
We still have loads of space for reenactors and vehicles. Traders are approximately half full. If you have any problems, do not hesitate to get in Contact and we will try our best to assist you with this.
For anyone from the Isle of Wight wishing to exhibit, we have negotiated a 10% discount with WightLink ferries valid for the week before and after the show. And select times over the show weekend. Any exhibitors from the IOW will be sent this information AFTER they have made an application. We are not able to provide this to visitors.
In recent years, we have been trying to focus on special interest exhibits, and we are hoping on having a number of these exhibits at the show, to include a WWII 40mm anti-aircraft set display, a post-war T54 Tank. We may potentially have other special vehicle exhibits.
We are also looking at developing a display to commemorate 100 years of the end of WWI.
As with each year, we have requested a BBMF flyover, though admittedly we have not been particularly lucky with this.
Soon, we will be distributing our flyers, you might see a few about.
After a few delays, the show team is prepared to open the applications for the 2018 show.
Please visit the Exhibitors page and click on the respective buttons for Vehicles, Reenactors, Traders and Non-Traders.
The process has changed for Vehicles, Reenactors, and Non-Traders. More information can be found on the Exhibitors page. There is an all-new exhibitors centre, which will allow you to manage your applications online and the whole process should also be easier for any exhibitors who have to make multiple applications.
The process for Traders remains the same as in previous years.
The Code of Conduct has received a much-needed update and has substantial changes. It is now called “Exhibitor Standing Orders”. Please be sure to read it in full.
For any potential exhibitors who were planning on attending the show this year. No! We haven’t forgotten about you!
The application forms are not quite ready yet but we are hoping to make these available as soon as possible. Applications will be online (except traders) like before, however, you will now be able to check and modify these applications via the website. All exhibitors from last year should expect emails notifying them when we have made them available. There have been a number of revisions, aiming to reduce the amount of information asked. There have also been a number of proposals for ways of improving the show layout and improving the use of space on the show field, so these are being planned by the respective subteams for vehicles, reenactors, and traders.
Be sure to note us down on your calendar and we thank you for your patience.