Welcome to the official website for the UK national commemorative event to mark the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme, at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Thiepval Memorial on 1 July 2016.

To mark the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 2016, a national commemorative event will be held at 12:00 (11:00 GMT) at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Thiepval Memorial in Northern France. This will be led by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, on behalf of the UK Government, and the French Mission du Centenaire de la Premiere Guerre mondiale, on behalf of the French Government, in partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and The Royal British Legion.

Given the high level of public of interest in attending, attendance at the event will be by ticket only. The public ballot for tickets opened on 28 September 2015, and closed on 18 November 2015. All those that entered have now been informed of the outcome of the ballot.