What’s on? A guide to events in 2019

What's On Guide to 2019
What's On Guide to 2019

A quick review of the events, museum days, exhibitions, genealogy events, military shows, talks and much more – all available in 2019.


Back To Our Past

Belfast, ANT

February 15th -16th 2019

Apart from the range of exhibitors on all aspects of family and social history, there is a programme of presentations offering visitors expert guidance on tracing their family histories.

Website: https://backtoourpast.ie/




Family Tree Live

Alexandra Palace, London, N22 7AY

April 26th -27th 2019

Family Tree Live is brought to you by Family Tree in partnership with the Federation of Family History Societies and will provide visitors with a vast range of learning opportunities under one roof.

Website: https://www.family-tree.co.uk/ftre/show/family-tree-live/




Duxford Air Festival 2019

IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire

May 25th – 26th  2019

The IWM Duxford Air Festival will be a feast of action-packed flying full of speed, noise, power and thrills.

Website: https://www.iwm.org.uk/events/duxford-air-festival-2019




HISTORICAL ANNIVERSARIES - 75th anniversary of D-Day.

In 2019, we will be marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the allied invasion of Northern France during the Second World War.

June 6th 2019.

Please follow the Forces War Records website and social media platforms for updates.


The Genealogy Show 2019

The National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, England

June 7th – 8th 2019

Designed to bring the international genealogy world together, the event will run from 10:00 – 17:00 over two days and will be a great opportunity to network, learn and have fun! Exciting headline talks from experts and celebrities from around the world on a wide variety of themes will ensure there is something for everyone. With commercial providers, sponsors and exhibitors representing many aspects of family and local history, the exhibition hall will provide the opportunity to engage with experts in the field to further your research interests in genealogy.

Website: https://www.thegenealogyshow.uk/


The Family History Show, York.

The Knavesmire Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, York

June 22nd 2019

This is the largest family history event in the North of England, with       major new show features, free parking & easy hall access. The Family History Show, York is the event to attend in 2019.

Website: https://thefamilyhistoryshow.com/york/


Weston Air Festival

Weston-super-Mare Seafront, Marine Parade, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset

June 22nd  – 23rd 2019

The free event is a mix of spectacular aerobatic displays and armed forces celebrations. There will be trade stands and activities to entertain the whole family.

Website: http://westonairfestival.com/


Chalke Valley History Festival Air Show

Church Bottom, Bury Lane, Broad Chalke, Near Salisbury, Wiltshire.

June 24th – 30th 2019

Set within 70 acres of an area of outstanding natural beauty in Broad Chalke, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, the festival offers a unique blend of talks, discussions and debates alongside interactive living history, through-the-ages encampments and stunning air displays to excite, entertain and educate about the past.

Website: https://cvhf.org.uk/


Armed Forces Day

Salisbury To Host Armed Forces Day 2019, though 100’s of events taking place across the country.

June 29th 2019

Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.

Website: https://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/




The Family History Show, South-West.

The University of West England Exhibition and Conference Centre, Bristol

July 6th 2019.

This is the largest family history event in the South West, with major new show features, free parking & easy hall access.

Website: https://thefamilyhistoryshow.com/south-west/


Royal Navy International Air Day

RNAS Yeovilton

July 13th 2019

RNAS Yeovilton, the spiritual home of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm, will open their gates to up to 40,000 visitors to enjoy the magnificent five hour flying display, meet Armed Forces personnel and see their equipment up close.

Website: https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/Yeovilton-Airday


Flying Legends

IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire

July 13th – 14th

Enjoy world class, unrivalled, choreographed displays featuring unique aircraft types rarely seen together in the UK skies or anywhere else.

Website: https://www.flyinglegends.com/


Royal International Air Tattoo

RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire

July 19th – 21st 2019

The biggest military airshow in the world. See modern military and classic aircraft featuring static and flying exhibits from all over the world in around eight hours of spectacular flying each day.

Website: https://www.airtattoo.com/


The War And Peace Revival

The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Kent.

July 23rd – 27th 2019

Thousands of military vehicles are expected to gather at the venue from around the world representing the armies of the 20th century. Look out for tanks, artillery, armoured and amphibious vehicles, cars, Jeeps, bicycles and motorbikes, emergency and commercial vehicles – and lots more. Living History scenes will provide a unique picture of life in conflict with depictions from WW1 to the present.

Website: https://warandpeacerevival.com/




The Family History Show, London.

Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Rd, Esher

August 24th 2019

Run by the organisers of the Yorkshire Family History Show, the London event is attracting exhibitors and family history societies from all over the UK.

You don't have to have London Ancestors to come to this fair - they can be from anywhere in the country! Everyone is very welcome and there will be lots to see.

Website: https://thefamilyhistoryshow.com/london/


Military Odyssey

The Kent Show Ground, Detling, Nr Maidstone, Kent

August 24th – 26th 2019

With over 4,000 re-enactors and living history enthusiasts in attendance as well as over 250 stalls and 200 vehicles, Military Odyssey is the world's largest multi-period re-enactment show. Regardless of your historical knowledge, there is bound to be something for you.

Website: https://www.military-odyssey.com/index.php




The Victory Show

Foxlands Farm, Cosby, Leicestershire

September 6th – 8th 2019

Held over a 100 acre site, the Show provides Historical Societies and re-enactments through various forces from several era's and theatres during the period of 1939-45. From Airmen to Infantry, the Victory Show opens a window in time to the fabulous 1940's

Website: http://www.thevictoryshow.co.uk/index.php


Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire.

September 21st – 22nd 2019

Expect a wealth of wartime aircraft including mass formations.

Website: https://www.iwm.org.uk/events/duxford-battle-of-britain-air-show-2019


Bristol & Avon FHS Family History Fair

Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol.

September 28th 2019 (provisional date)

Website: https://www.bafhs.org.uk/our-society/news/536-bafhs-family-history-fair-september-2019




Doncaster & DFHS Family & Local History Fair with Craft Stalls

Doncaster Deaf Trust, Leger Way, Doncaster.

October 12th 2019

Family & Local History Societies, Advice/Help Desk, Transcriptions, Indexes, Genealogy Supplies, New Books, Second-Hand Books, Software, Microfiche, Data CDs, Antiquarian Books, Postcards, Map Reprints, and so much more…

Website: https://doncasterfhs.co.uk/event/ddfhs-family-local-history-fair-with-craft-stalls-2019/


Rootstech London 2019

ExCeL London Convention Centre

October 24th – 26th 2019

Get ready to have the ultimate learning experience as you choose from more than 150 hands-on lectures on topics such as DNA, records, and preserving family memories. Test out the latest tech in the exhibition hall, enjoy world-class entertainment, and much more!

Website: https://www.rootstech.org/london


The above guide has been complied from a number of sources from the event websites, direct contributions and press releases. Information is believed to be correct at the time of publishing. Forces War Records accepts no responsibility should an event be curtailed or cancelled in anyway. Reader are urged to use the listing with caution and to check directly with the event organisers before making travel arrangements.

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