We’ve hit the four compass points again this year on our Summer Shows Tour with appearances at Wicksteed at War, Tankfest, the Yorkshire Wartime Experience and finally the War and Peace Revival. Here’s some of the highlights from our 2017 tour.
The first stop for the Epic Militaria tour bus (well vans technically) was Wicksteed at War. Last year was the first time we had been to this show and we were very keen to come back again this year. Yet again the the show was packed full of an enthusiastic crowd making full use of the free admission, and they were treated to a series of impressive events in the arena and displays throughout the venue. We were in the same spot as last year, which meant that yet again we could see the arena action from our stall. The show has gone from strength to strength and was again a credit to the organisers.
Distance from Epic HQ – 175 miles
Show Highlight – The replica Messerschmidt opposite our stall.
This was our third successive year at Tankfest, and again it proved itself one of the most impressive collection of armored vehicles anywhere. It was as busy as always, which unfortunately restricted us to the stall for the duration. The climax of this year’s event was the battle finale, which centred on the events that followed the successful D-Day invasion in 1944. Featuring a Sherman and a Panzer III, the battle was a real highlight (apparently!…one year I am sure I’ll be able to escape the stall to see it for ourselves!). The show is a real highlight in the Summer calendar. If you’re looking at attending next year I recommend you get your tickets early, as it is always a sell out.
Distance from Epic HQ – 198 miles
Show Highlight – Our takeaway on the Saturday evening; a proper banquet well deserved after a busy show!
After our excursions East and West we headed North to the Yorkshire Wartime Experience. I have always celebrated the atmosphere at the Yorkshire Wartime Experience. This year was no exception with a really positive and friendly mood around the whole site. The weather was thankfully pleasant, after the last couple of years had presented some impressive storms. We were worried early on about the potential for a massive storm, but luckily it swung by to the east! The event itself was bigger and better than ever, and we can’t wait to be back there for the fourth time in 2018.
Distance from Epic HQ – 166 miles
Show Highlight – The Spitfire flypast going right over our stall.
The big finish to our show season was of course the colossal War and Peace Revival. This year saw the event return to Hop Farm, a move which definitely made a positive impact on the show. There were some outstanding displays and we met some very dedicated re-enactors. We met people from more than one group who were sleeping in their fox-hole displays overnight, aiming to demonstrate their display with as much accuracy as possible. Luckily we were occasionally able to have a wander around, and managed to see some of these displays ourselves. We also between us managed to catch some of the evening shows including the Bierkellar and Rock-a-Billy performances. We’re still getting caught up from our week there, but soon we will start working on some of the ideas you’ve suggested to us, and will get some new products in progress soon!
Distance from Epic HQ – 280 miles
Show Highlight – The fireworks display at the end to cap off a great show and with it our show season.
Thanks to everyone who came and saw us at the shows – it was great to see some familiar faces and loads of new ones as well. We’re already starting our plans for next year, so watch this space!