What's On

There will be so much to see and do during the day

Please see the menu on the left for details of exhibitors and re-enactors.


10.00The event will open with a Flag Break Ceremony by Oxfordshire Home Guard.

10.30Winston Churchill arrives by boat in to Abingdon Lock.  He will then perform an inspection of the Home Guard.

11.00May Blossom Vintage Songbird will delight us with songs from the era.

12.00Dunkirk Scenario.  The 69eme Regiment Infanterie de Fortresse & 2nd Glosters will be re-enacting the walking wounded returning from Dunkirk on board cruiser Anamac, followed by a speech by Winston Churchill.

1.00Launch of the Mk7 'Cockle' Canoe. A unique chance to see the only complete one afloat.

2.00Talk on the Upper Thames Patrol by Bill King 

2.30Unveiling of the Upper Thames Patrol memorial plaque by Bill King and Winston Churchill who will then give a speech.

3.00Dunkirk Scenario (as previously).

3.00Jilly Melodies and Memories will delight us with a medley of 40s songs. 

4.00 Finish

Throughout the day feel free to wander amongst the re-enactors, see the displays, inspect the boats, vintage and military vehicles.

Please note the programme may be subject to change (when possible we will post any changes on the website) and all water borne events will be subject to river conditions.

Talk and Memorial Unveiling

Renowned historian Bill King will give a short talk about the Upper Thames Patrol prior to the unveiling of the memorial to the Upper Thames Patrol by Winston Churchill and Bill.

  • Speaches and Home Guard Inspection from Winston Churchill
  • Live Music from May Blossom Vintage Songbird
  • Oxfordshire Home Guard Re-enactment
  • 69eme Regiment Infanterie and 2nd Glosters
  • Home Front Exhibitions

  • Teas, coffees and delicious home-made cakes.
  • Catering vans will be available on Rye Meadows as part of the Spring Regatta.
  • Abingdon town has many restaurants and cafes to cater for all a short walk away.

More information to follow so please keep an eye on this page.