About The Show

Temple at War is thrilled to be opening the Military re-enactment season once again in 2020 as we return for our sixth year to the fantastic setting of Cressing Temple Barns on 16-17 May.  Since opening its doors in 2015, Temple at War has rapidly gained an outstanding reputation for the scale and high quality re-enactment on display which is now known throughout Europe as one of the best Military events to attend.

For the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, the Essex Event will showcase the best and largest Annual Living History gathering in the UK.   Over 900 authentic re-enactors will gather over the May  weekend, portraying characters, scenes and displays  from WW1 to present day which will be the most outstandingly brilliant interactive experience that you, your family and your friends will encounter.  A lifetime event that you will want to return to every year.

Spectacular  military vehicles.  Atmospheric 1940s entertainment. Explosive full battle displays daily.  Collector opportunities amongst a wide range of Vintage and Militaria trade stands as well as some of the best high quality Food Stalls around whilst supporting nominated National and Local Military Charities.

No other military show has the unique signature attractions that have been built exclusively by Temple at War over the past years, with even more to come in 2020!

Experience the atmospheric Woodland Encampments and the spontaneous and dramatic enactments with interactive characters.  Take part in drill practice with a Company of WW1 Soldiers.  Deactivate a WW2 Bomb. Watch the tense and thrilling battles throughout the weekend complete with explosive pyrotechnic effects.  Join the Home Guard parade or American GI WW2 Drill.     Learn about the thousands of items and artifact displays and talk to enthusiasts showcasing their wealth of knowledge on the clothing, collectibles, weapons, vehicles and equipment of the eras exhibited.  Temple at War really is a full day out for all the family.

Imagine your very own ‘time tank’ that can transport you back 100 years.  Use all your senses to soak up history which just can’t be experienced from download apps, books or the classroom!

Temple at War is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to share their enthusiasm, knowledge and expertise in a family friendly and safe environment.  From the moment you arrive to the very last minute, whether you chose a day out or a whole weekend experience, Temple at War is packed full of 100% enactment.  You will want to come back for more!  Check out our Facebook ratings and genuine feedback. We work with some of the very best photographers who provide their excellent posts for daily posting on our social media platforms.

Many of you that regularly follow Temple at War will know that the Show has the pleasure in supporting the following charities:



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, can you really afford to miss Temple at War 2020?

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

Tickets may be purchased online at early bird rates from now until 31 March 2020. From 1 April 2020 tickets will be available to purchase online at the normal show rates published.  Tickets will also be made available from the main reception area during the published Temple at War Show times. Saturday 16 May 0900hrs – 1700hrs and Sunday 17 May 1000hrs – 1600hrs*.

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



Tickets have now gone on sale for Temple At War 2020.

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Rated 4.9 – 5.0 – Read what our visitors say about Temple at War !!

Fantastic atmosphere, good fun, loved the dancing and great food court

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

Outstanding event, and one of the best we attend each year

Amazing show! Great actors, so much to see

Great place, well laid out, good value for money and a really good 1940’s experience thank you

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

Wonderful day out and well worth the entry price, considering how much is here. Must be one of the best Living History events around

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.

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