D-Day Commemoration


Thursday, 6th June, 2024

Visit Lympne Castle for the 80th Anniversary of D-Day!

Get ready for an unforgettable evening at Lympne Castle! It all kicks off at 17:00 when the castle gates swing open to the public, serving up a picnic of classic fish and chips in celebration of National Fish and Chips Day. Picture yourself savouring this iconic British dish against the stunning backdrop of the historic castle.

But that’s just the beginning. At 19:30, the road from the bistro to the castle gates is closed off, setting the stage for a truly magical event. As twilight approaches, the castle staff places remote red lights at the memorial, casting a solemn yet striking atmosphere.

At the stroke of 20:00, gather at the church memorial where Reverend Barry will address the crowd, expressing gratitude and reverence for this special gathering.

Then, it’s time for the young voices of Lympne Village School to take the stage. They recite a moving ‘poem for Schools’ followed by two stirring songs, all while wreaths are solemnly laid at the foot of the memorial.

At 20:15, Reverend Barry invites everyone into the castle grounds, where wartime music fills the air and historic speeches by Churchill echo across the grounds, transporting you back in time.

And you do not want to miss the air display by the Spitfire MkIX at 20:30.

As the evening progresses, at 21:05, Reverend Barry reads out a proclamation, setting the tone for what comes next—the lighting of a beacon. This symbolic act is not just local but international, a tribute that transcends borders and honours a shared history.

Join us for this momentous occasion at Lympne Castle, where history, community, and remembrance come together in a breathtaking display. It’s an evening you won’t want to miss!