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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.

Mark us in your diary 26th to 28th May 2018 for more explosive action guaranteed!
Here’s our ‘Impact’ Trailer.

Well well well. Another year and another Overlord show.

The Overlord Show team would like to thank all the public who visited the show this weekend, the vehicle exhibitors, re-enactors and traders who really are a massive aspect which makes our show great. Their attendance is greatly appreciated.

Jason Browne and his team for providing essential Security, First Aid, Fire and Rescue, and the Road Traffic Collision demonstration in the arena.

Tex for blowing up our cottage and organising the Pyrotecnics and ammunition.
All of the re-enactment groups who took part in our re-enactment battle.

The Wessex Hillrunners for building bridges (literally) and for their 4×4 off-roading experience.

Fort Nelson for displaying their Sexton 25pdr self-propelled artillery vehicle and The Ubique Right of the Line Group for operating it.

Solent Sky Museum for their Hawker Hurricane display.

Also our sponsors Horndean Tyres and RMS Waste Disposal Ltd.

We’d also like to that all of the members 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 kept the ball rolling.

T.S. Active for their assistance in the carpark and T.S. Alacrity and their Marching band.

No-doubt I will have forgotten someone and for which I apologise.

We now look forward to next year where hopefully the weather will be a little better! 

As part of our quest for feedback, we would like to ask all members of the public to respond to our survey.
Click Here to take survey (We are using the University of Southampton to run our survey)

The survey is entirely voluntary but as an incentive, we will offer a chance to win a family ticket for any who opts into the giveaway.

If you are a vehicle exhibitor, re-enactor or trader, we will have a separate survey for you which will be sent directly to your email.

I realise that it has been a while since we have given a status update and with 3 months to go, now is a great time to do so.

Over the last few weeks the organisers have been working to maintaining the show field and implementing improvements. We have recently had a new gate installed at the main entrance to improve security. The gate has been widened and set back to enable larger vehicles to swing into the show site more easily.

We have had several hedges cut back, in some cases several meters of depth has been removed, which has opened up various areas of the show field providing more space for exhibitors and re-enactors. You may remember the rather large bramble bushes near the stream which runs through the re-enactors field, they have been significantly reduce in size, which we hope will enable the public to see across and encourage them to interact and explore the show more thoroughly.

In particular there is was a working party at the show field today in which we spent securing the other entrances and improving emergency access to the show field, as well as replacing the posts to which water supply taps are mounted. We were also pleased to have the attendance of several members of the Wessex Hillrunners 4×4 group who plan to support the show this year by very kindly offering to assist with groundwork and constructing a bridge to provide access for vehicles to the plastic camping field. You’ll also be able to catch them at the show, see them in the arena or in their “mud run”.

We have a good number of vehicles, re-enactors and traders already booked in. If you haven’t done so already, best get a move on. Please to the online forms, which can be found in the menu bar under their respective headings, if you have a vehicle or a re-enactor group. Vehicles will receive an immediate response and confirmation of acceptance to the show. Re-enactors will receive an immediate confirmation of their application information. The re-enactors coordinator will process these applications and undertake some checks and will confirm any requirements in full at a later date. Traders should download the forms available and post them along with full payment to our Traders coordinator.

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!