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The Show

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Temple At War

Temple at War never rests in working hard to provide one of the most memorable and iconic military events of the re-enactment season.

Traditionally held annually on the second weekend in May, the 2021 event will be held on 18-19 September 2021 at the uniquely atmospheric Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Braintree, Essex CM77 8PD. The decision to move the date of the 2021 show is to address the challenging events of 2020/21 due to COVID 19 and meet the fantastic demand we have received.

Temple at War showcases the very best military re-enactment, fantastic vehicles and ever increasingly popular vintage scene. We first opened our doors in 2015 to an expectant crowd and we are thrilled to say that the high quality event has grown substantially, gaining an outstanding reputation as one of the best Military events to attend. Indeed, September 2021 will be the very first outing for many new attractions and exhibitions within our displays as our groups pull out all the stops to give you the best vintage military experience you could wish for.

Over 900 authentic re-enactors will gather over the September weekend, portraying characters,
scenes and displays from WW1 to present day. From arrival, right through the 2 day event you will be welcomed to join in a truly outstandingly and brilliantly interactive historical experience that you, your family, and your friends can encounter. Once bitten by the friendly and welcoming atmosphere at Temple at War, it truly is a lifetime event that you will want to return to every year and many many do!!

Headlining in September 2021 we are excited to welcome star of ‘Allo, Allo!’ Arthur Bostrum who played the wonderfully playful French Policeman. Star of Bad Lads Army, Dad to all, Corporal Neuokus who cant wait to put you through your enlistment drill and fantastic 1940’s stage singers Fox, Wiggle and Sass to get those feet moving in front of the iconic Temple at War main stage. All our stars will be available for photographic and autograph opportunities.

Marvel at the spectacular military vehicles. 1940s stage and main arena entertainment. Daily explosive full battle displays. Collector opportunities amongst a wide range of Vintage and Militaria trade stands as well as some of the best high quality Food Stalls around, not forgetting the
opportunity to chat with and support our 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 September 2021!

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 an opportunity to really visit history in a total real life experience! This show is one of the best interactive ways to see, feel and soak up history which just can’t be experienced from download apps, books or the classroom.

Temple at War is truly a fantastic opportunity for everyone to share their enthusiasm, knowledge and expertise in a family friendly and safe environment. From the moment you are welcomed on arrival to the very last minute goodbye, whether you chose a day out or a whole weekend experience, Temple at War is packed full of 100% enactment. Fantastic value for money, you will want to come back for more! Check out our Facebook ratings and genuine feedback. We work hard and in collaboration with some of the very best photographers who provide their
excellent photos for regular show updates and information 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 both local and National Military 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 a huge tank carrier, can you really afford to miss Temple at War in September 2021?

About The Show Temple At War
What's On?

Entertainment

  • Officer Crabtree (Author Bostrum) from BBC TV sitcom 'Allo 'Allo!
  • Corporal Nauyokas From TV show Bad Lad's Army
  • Fox, Wiggle & Sass, a vocal close harmony trio
Hall Of Fame

Best In Show Winners

2015 Winners

Our group was formed in 2009 by a group of like-minded individuals with a passion for WW1 History, especially the Queens Own Royal West Kent’s, the Regiment in which many of our own relatives served.

We love to attend various shows:- Military, Fairs and Fetes throughout Southern England where we can interact with the public of all generations. We enjoy talking to people about the WW1 Tommy, what he would have worn, the weapons he would have used, and the food he would have eaten, all within our period encampment. It works the other way too, we always have time to listen to our visitors and their own stories, which over the years have been very interesting and we too learn from these, (from experience very moving too).

Our numbers are made up from an age group that spans from 14 to 82, male and female, our eldest member being John who served in Malay with the West Kents.

Nigel  who is one of the originators of our group travels to Belgium every year to commemorate his Great Uncle who lost his life serving with the West Kent’s. It was his dream to build a memorial on the Western Front, and in 2013 this dream became a reality. You will find the memorial to the Queens Own at Tertre, Belgium. Should you wish to find out more about this please do not hesitate to ask us.

Looking forward to seeing you all.

The Queens Own Royal West Kent Temple At War Best In Show 2015

2016 Winners

The group was formed in 2012 by Andrew and Mark in order to concentrate on the Hertfordshire battalion. The group currently has 14 members who aim to pay tribute to the men and women who volunteered their time and effort to help protect Britain in its ‘hour of need’ from invasion and to keep alive the memory of the largest volunteer army in history.

The group have extensively researched the history of the Hertfordshire Home Guard from local and national sources and display all the associated weapons and equipment so that a realistic portrayal is on show. Since 2012 The Hertfordshire Home Guard Living History Group have won three major show awards including Best in Show, Best Living History Group and Best Re-enactment Group.

Hertfordshire Home Guard Temple At War Best In Show 2016

2017 Winners

The 10th Essex is a Military Display and Living History Group depicting the British Soldier in the Great War 1914-1918. To the smallest detail all the members are all authentically uniformed and drilled as members of the Regiment and have an extensive experience of Commemorative Marches and Parades in Europe.

The 10th Essex were the largest unit of the 2006 Somme March televised in the UK by the BBC. The group’s aim is to provide a well informed and balanced “Visual Remembrance” of those brave men of the Battalion and others who served in the British armed forces throughout the conflict”. The authentic depiction of the Battalion is the objective as well as to educate. History and learning being fun, immersive and interactive.

With no roped off areas or barriers members of the public can really get up close and personal with our living historians and their artifacts Mr Ian Hislop is the Patron of the 10th Battalion The Essex Regiment Living History Group

2018 Winners

I’ve been displaying at Shows for around 25 years and always enjoyed the different diorama’s which added greatly to a display. I really wanted to create something unique to use as a back-drop for displaying vehicles.

We were all very proud to receive the Temple at War 2018 Best in Show Award. My friend, John and I wanted to get all our bikes together in one display and needed a backdrop.

The garage with the vintage bikes was an immediate success and has drawn good crowds of like-minded enthusiasts. The idea behind the motorcycle dealership is based on the many post-war auctions selling ex-military motorcycles and Companies like Pride and Clarke.

I came across lots of corrugated tin sheeting at a farm which was perfect and built the display by recycling scraps over 3 weekends. Our regular bikes on show include Harley Davidson, Matchless, Norton, and a selection of British dispatch motorcycles which is often added to by the appearance of motorcycle rarities. – Rick

Mechanics Garage Temple At War Best In Show 2018

2019 Winners

The Firebase was founded in 2005 by two like-minded friends – Kevin and Kevin .

Over the years, the display has certainly grown and in 2017 The Firebase partnered with Colchester based DTW Airsoft, who supply most of the weapons that the group use. After purchasing an M35A2C Reo US Military Truck, it has become the main back drop to The Firebase display.

The group now boasts a group Sergeant and Show Co-ordinator as core members and in 2019 were joined by David and Jane with their amazingly restored period military vehicles. The Firebase display is run as a Vietnam War US Army Command Post Layout with the members own kit on display. Kevin says ‘We love interacting with the public and we are so proud to have won the 2019 exhibition award!. Thanks to all at Temple at War for the brilliant show they organise, to all The Firebase members, and to all the public for their support! The other members of The Firebase team are George, Jake, Jason and Jason.

The Firebase Best In Show Temple At War 2019