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Commemorative Events 30-31 July 2017
On 30 and 31 July, the UK Government in partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the city of Ypres, the Municipality of Zonnebeke and the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 will mark the centenary of Passchendaele, the Third Battle of Ypres. The official commemoration begins on the eve of 30 July with a traditional Last Post Ceremony at the CWGC Menin Gate, followed by a special live performance in Ypres Market Square. On 31 July, there will be service of commemoration set amongst the graves and names at the CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery. The UK Government organised a public ballot to allocate 4,000 tickets in pairs, free of charge for descendants to attend the commemorative event at CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery on 31 July. The ballot is now closed and those being offered tickets have been notified.
Memorial Museum Passchendaele Alternative Programme for Non-Ticket Holders 31 July
If you have coaches in the area on 31st July and would like to offer the alternative programme to your clients you can book online.
The municipality of Zonnebeke and the MMP1917 offers 1,000 people, who couldn’t get a ticket, an alternative programme on that day. There are three options (see below) and each option starts from car park “C” at Bellewaerde.
The link below takes you to the information page, to book tickets you will need to set up an account (if you don’t already have one for online event booking).
1. Complete your information making sure that you put Country as Verenigd Koninkrijk.
2. The next screen asks for your National Register Number – ignore this and just tick to accept conditions. It will work.
3. Once confirmed, log in and click on Exhibitions. You will be shown a programme. Please select one of the three options below. You can book up to 30 at one time. When booking, you will need to provide first name/last name/address/date of birth.
The options are:
C.1. Long Dawn Walk – 5.9 miles (9.5 km) - 31/07/2017
The first option is a guided dawn walk of 5.9 miles with breakfast and several stops where an extra guide gives additional explanations. The walk ends at the Zonnebeke chateau grounds. Cost €20 pp.
C.2. Short Dawn Walk – 3.4 miles (5.5 km) - 31/07/2017
The second option is a 3.4-mile guided walk with breakfast and several stops. The walk ends at the Zonnebeke chateau grounds. Cost €20 pp.
C.3. Entrance to the Chateau ground - 31/07/2017
The third option is public transport to the Zonnebeke chateau grounds. Cost €12 pp.
All options include:
· A visit to the MMP1917
· A Tommy Tucker meal
· Live coverage on a big screen of the ceremony
· Transportation to the car park (shuttle buses from 4 p.m.)
· Free entrance to the “Passchendaele Centenary Exhibition field” with reenactors, exhibitions, artefacts, info module etc.
All those booking one of the options will also have the chance, through a lottery, to attend the official ceremony at CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery*, or to be one of the first to visit the Zonnebeke Church Dugout. This exceptionally well-preserved dugout will be officially opened after the ceremony. Notification of which event has been allocated will be sent by email on Monday 24 July.
*Memorial Museum Passchendaele has been allocated tickets for the official ceremony which they are offering to individuals through a lottery.
Read and book your tickets here.
Brussels Expands permanent car free zone
In June 2015, the city of Brussels expanded its car free zone to include the area around the stock exchange and the Anspach lane. The car free zone is almost double in size! The city presented a new circulation plan for cars and public transport and focuses on the expanded cycling network and more parking bays.
For people that are aged 65+ and/or people with mobility requirements, exceptions may be granted. Please contact the local tourist office for more information.