Folkestone Racecourse Sets the Scene for the War and Peace Revival


December 24, 3013, Kent News reports that the War and Peace Revival is being held at the Folkestone Racecourse in 2014 and the dates have already been announced.

This is being called the “the greatest military shows on Earth” and it will run from July 16th to the 20th. Tickets will begin to go on sale on January 6th.

In 2014, it will be the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. There are several reasons that we should take the time to reflect on this very important time in the world’s history. By the end of the war, there were very few countries that were effected in some way by the events that took place.

Locally, in Folkestone was the closest British town to the Western Front. The people that lived there were able to hear the sound of heavy artillery and see the flames from the guns on a clear night.

Folkestone also took in hundreds of Belgian refugees only a few days into the war. Later on in the war, nearly 40,000 Canadian soldiers used the town as its main pork to send soldiers to the Western Front.

The very first bomb that fell in England fell on Christmas eve near Dover Castle. Folkestone Racecourse (which is now the home of the War and Peace revival) and the surrounding areas were used to train Canadian soldiers that arrived at Westenhanger train station.

Many lives were touched in some way by the war and the War and Peace Revival is a unique event for all of the United Kingdom. This event will last five days and it will sere as a great mark of remembrance.

Some would estimate that 100,000 people came to the Folkestone Racecourse to both see the sights and sounds of war and peace in Britain. It is expected that the event will draw a larger crowd in 2014.

For ticket details, visit or phone 01304 813337. If you book by April 7, 2014, you will get a 20% discount on the full price. Second World War veterans will be admitted free as long as they book in advance.

Evette Champion

Evette Champion is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE