The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust organises a number of events throughout the year, with the undoubted highlight being Memorial Day, the annual commemoration of the anniversary of the start of the battle.
Memorial Day is held on one of the two Sundays closest to the first day of the Battle, which began on 10 July, 1940. In 2014 it will take place on 6 July and will mark the 21st anniversary of the unveiling of the Memorial.
The Trust also organises exclusive Battle of Britain-themed tours around Folkestone and Dover, the area that became known as Hellfire Corner following the fierce aerial combat that took place overhead during 1940 and later in the conflict.
The Trust’s regular tour guide is Geoff Simpson, a member of the RAF Historical Society and author of many texts on the Battle including A Dictionary of the Battle of Britain, published in association with the Trust.
Tours usually include the museum at Hawkinge, which has a remarkable collection of artefacts from the Battle, and Hawkinge New Cemetery, where British and German aircrew are buried.
The 2014 tours have now been fixed for 10 May and 6 September, and with interest already keen, early booking is recommended. Tour places cost £75, with a small discount for Friends of the Few. Joining the Friends has many other benefits as well as the reduced tour cost – you can find out how to join here.
The other regular event that brings crowds to the National Memorial to the Few is the visit of the Action Stations! Spitfire over the site. See Live Spitfire appearances at Capel-le-Ferne for details.