Overlord 2018 Planning underway.

Soliders Shooting with clip ejecting from gun

I am glad to inform everyone that Solent Overlord Executive Military Collectors Club has had its first meeting to discuss the Overlord Show 2018.

We are still in the process of assigning duties to team members and prioritising jobs so anyone in the Solent area who is interested in helping should consider joining S.O.E. and the Show Team.

You may notice, we have a new website which has been rebuilt from the ground up, which should improve loading times and address some minor issues. Feel free to send in your comments and suggestions for the site. New features for exhibitors are planned which aim to make the application process even easier than last year. Applications will probably be looking to open some time around November/December time.

Food traders who are interested in catering can send interest via the contact form and it will be passed on for consideration.

We have a number of social media platforms now, so be sure to like, join and follow! Facebook Page. Facebook Group. Twitter.

There will be more information and promotional media released in the coming months, so stay tuned!


Thank You for a great Overlord 2017.

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.

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!