About The Show

Temple at War is a two day event that has rapidly gained an outstanding reputation for the highest quality re-enactment and military vehicles that take part in the show which is now known throughout Europe as one of the best Military events to attend.

Completely family friendly, Temple at War will be returning for its fifth year on 11-12 May 2019 to the historic and fantastically atmospheric venue that is Cressing Temple Barns, Braintree Essex CM77 8PD.

The show will showcase the best and largest Annual Living History gathering depicting the last 100 years of Military History in the UK.  Over 900 authentic Great War, WW2 and other conflict re-enactors will give young and old the most outstandingly brilliant interactive experience which will be remembered by you, your family and your friends for a lifetime.

This amazing Military Show will also host, spectacular vintage and military vehicles, atmospheric 1940s entertainment to include star stage appearances’ by Herr Flick and Helga from the legendary BBC comedy series ‘Allo! Allo!’, as well as girl groups, The Hotsie Totsies and Fox Wiggle and Sass.  Catch the explosive full Battle displays based on real life WW2 encounters.  If you are a collector or just starting out on the vintage and militaria scene, look out for a bargain amongst a wide range of indoor and outdoor trader. As Temple at War is a full days experience, the show also provides a number of high quality food stalls from all over the UK.

Unique to the Temple at War show are the signature attractions that have been built exclusively by the Temple at War team over the past five years.  If you are one of our regular guests to the show or you are a new comer, the show always has something new for everyone to see or do.  As the 2019 show builds, we will endeavor to honour its quality guarantee.  Just check out our excellent public ratings and genuine comments posted since 2015!

Experience the atmospheric German Woodland Encampment.   Encounter spontaneous and dramatic enactments with our interactive period characters.  Take part in a real and physical bayonet practice with a Company of WW1 Soldiers.  Deactivate a WW2 Training Bomb. Watch the tense and thrilling battles throughout the weekend and experience the sensational pyrotechnic effects.  Join the Home Guard parade or American GI foray.  Learn about the thousands of items and artifact displays and how to dance to the music of the era and experience the opportunity of talking to hundreds of enthusiasts showcasing their wealth of knowledge on the clothing, collectibles, weapons, vehicles and equipment of the eras exhibited.

Imagine your very own ‘time tank’ that can transport you back 100 years.  All your senses will tell you are walking through the biggest living history interactive museum you are likely to experience.  Soak up history in a way which just can’t be experienced from downloading apps, reading books or the learning in a classroom!

Temple at War is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to share their enthusiasm, knowledge and expertise in a family friendly and safe environment.  Whether you chose a whole day out, or a whole weekend experience, Temple at War is packed full of 100% enactment.  From the moment of your arrival, you will be greeted by our welcome team. to the very last minute of your time journey with us when we wave you goodbye!  You will want to come back for more!  All our online social media posts are accompanied by thousands of images from previous Temple at War shows.

The Temple at War show complex provides superb disabled facilities and a free car park for over 1800 vehicles.

Come early and stay late.  From the smallest item of military kit to huge tank carrier, Temple at War is not to be missed.

Unfortunately, only guide dogs are permitted within the show ground.

Admission passes may be purchased online at early bird rates from now until 31 March 2019. From 1 April 2019 admissions will be available to purchase online at the normal show rates published.  Admissions will also be made available from the main reception area during the published Temple at War Show times. Saturday 11 May 2019 0900hrs – 1700hrs and Sunday 12 May 2019 1000hrs – 1600hrs*.

* Serving Military Personnel and Military Veterans are admitted free of charge.

Temple at War supports the following Military Charities – Help for Heroes – Support our Paras and the Royal British Legion.


Tickets have now gone on sale for Temple At War 2019.

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Quotes from people attending Temple At War


Having served for a number of years in the British Army, coming here today was like going back in time.
The smells of hexmin fires cooking, old canvas army tents etc..the sounds of machine gun fire with soldiers in old uniforms is amazing.As well as the ladies singing Al the old war songs.
Walking into the show literally took my breath away.
Every part of the show is amazing. Lots of army vehicles to look at as well as different army camps.
All the food stalls have been great too.
I highly recommend the show. One of the best if not the best old military settings I’ve ever seen. I feel as though I’ve gone back in time.
Thank you to every one involved who have made the effort.
Being 100 years since the end of WW1 made it all the more poignant.
Thank you.

What a fantastic show

One of the best days out I have a year and yet again I was not disappointed Wether was good and I was able to get round in my wheelchair with out any problems must be recommended to all and a special thanks to all the staff and stool holds for making it possible

Will definitely be there next year loved it

Build it and THEY will come, see you next year

We plan to be there again next year! Thank you for a well organised show with a great crowd and great weather!

What a fabulous day we had, an amazing event and gorgeous people. Can’t wait for tomorrow!

Best show I have ever been to, if this is what it is like now, just think what the next 5 years is going to be like

Check out the photographs from Temple At War 2018 to get a flavour of things to come.