D-Day 80, Celebrations

D-Day Discovery Bus

Step back in time to learn about the incredible preparations for the D-Day landings here in the New Forest on the D-Day Discovery Bus.

This mobile experience will feature poster displays, short videos, and fascinating oral histories recorded by local residents.

Children can immerse themselves in the era by dressing up in period costumes and take part in fun, hands on activities free of charge.

The bus will be at Fordingbridge Recreation Ground on Saturday 1st June from 2.00pm to 4.30pm.

Fordingbridge Events Group & Fordingbridge Town Council

D-DAY 80

Thursday, 6 June 2024
from 8.00pm
A Commemorative Event at Fordingbridge Recreation Ground
Performances by SingSpace choir and Hyde Band
Beacon Lighting

D DAY 80
Events Guide and Stories from a Forest at War

36 page document: D-Day 80th Anniversary Events in the New Forest
This document details a series of commemorative events and activities taking place across the New Forest from May 9th to June 22nd, 2024, to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day. The New Forest, significant in WWII for its military preparations and troop gatherings, will host exhibitions, memorial services, interactive displays, and historical tours. Highlights include a “Discovery Bus” with wartime displays, beacon lighting ceremonies, and a range of family-friendly events. The guide emphasises the forest’s historical role and the enduring legacy of the Allied forces’ bravery and sacrifice.