At this year’s festival we are very excited to have created a scale section of a First World War trench. Built by a team of experts and local volunteers, and using authentic methods and materials, official period manuals, as well as drawing upon the testimonies of those who built and fought in them, this will be as close a representation of what a First World War trench was like as is possible.

TrenchDuring the week, you can enter the trench as a fly-on-the-wall spectator as our living historians follow the events leading up to the start of the Battle of the Somme in real time, while throughout the weekend it will be possible to witness the events as they unfolded back in 1916 from the perspective of this starting point for the battle.