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British Military Tournament announces spectacular new show for 2013

Event preview

ON SEPTEMBER 5, 2013, Alex Jones from BBC’s The One Show, launched the 2013 British Military Tournament.

This year’s theme is in celebration of the achievements of heroes and legends in British Military history. The code breakers at Bletchley Park in World War II, Nelson at Trafalgar, Lawrence of Arabia, and today’s heroic servicemen and women will all take centre stage.

The British Military Tournament is presented by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity in association with The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity and The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, supported by The Boeing Company.

It will take place at Earls Court on December 7 and 8 (with two shows each day) and will build on the phenomenal success of its past three years with a spectacular new show.

The launch at Earl’s Court was a sensational taster of what visitors will see at this year’s tournament. It featured The Royal Signals’ White Helmets blasting through the front doors and down the steps of Earls Court, before executing some thrilling stunts with the help of The One Show’s Alex Jones.

Royal Marine Commandos abseiled down the front of Earls Court, the Pipes & Drums of the London Scottish Regiment and the trumpeters of the RAF performed and there was even a special appearance by Lawrence of Arabia with two camels!

The British Military Tournament 2013, once again written and directed by Christopher Joll and produced by IMG Arts & Entertainment, is the most breathtaking performance of military theatre of its kind. It will be narrated live by British actor Anthony Andrews and features pre-recorded contributions by Carol Vorderman, Andy McNab and Martin Shaw.

The dazzling arena production will feature re-enactments, death-defying stunts, stunning military ceremonial set pieces, storytelling, music and state-of-the-art audiovisual and a submarine emerging through the floor of Earls Court!

The British Military Tournament is the largest fundraising event in aid of the three national charities of the British Armed Forces. Participants from all three Armed Forces make up this incredible show that raises much needed funds to support the men and women of our Armed Forces and their families.

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity was recently in the news after JK Rowling decided to donate the global publishing royalties from her Robert Galbraith novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, to the Charity – for a period of three years.

Martin Rutledge, Chief Executive of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, said:

“The 2013 British Military Tournament promises to be our most show-stopping yet – personally I can’t wait to see a submarine emerge through the floor of Earl’s Court! Not only is it a great family day out but it also brings together the three national Service benevolent charities, so that we can support the whole Service family together. It’s our biggest fundraising event and, as ever, we’re grateful for the backing from our sponsors, Boeing, for helping us to make this great event happen.”

The 2013 British Military Tournament will include:

Over 500 participants including Royal Marine Commandos.

Over 100 horses and two camels.

Massed Bands of the Royal Marines, the Central Band of The RAF and the London Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums.

The legendary Field Gun Run.

Motorcycle Display Team of the Royal Signals’ White Helmets.

Vintage and current armoured vehicles, a hot air balloon and a helicopter.

State-of-the-art battlefield technology.

Commentary from Anthony Andrews, with contributions from Carol Vorderman, Andy McNab and Martin Shaw.

In addition to the spectacular show, the exhibition area at Earls Court will once again be an integral part of the British Military Tournament. Visitors will be able to enjoy a whole host of fun activities at the Armed Forces Activity Area, including the opportunity to use an Enigma machine to create a coded message which will be decoded on site at Bletchley Park. A shopping area with a mix of retail and charity stands will have something on offer for all.

The exhibition also provides the opportunity to meet members of the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force and to have hands-on experience of some of the latest military kit.

Each day doors open two hours before performances to allow access to the exhibition area and a variety of concession stands.

Tickets: From £29.75, with concessions available for children and wheelchair users. To book, call the Earls Court Box Office on 0870 903 9033 or Ticketmaster on 0844 248 5026 or visit

Times: There are two shows each day: December 7 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm and December 8 at midday and 4.30pm.