Don’t let the monumental significance of the Armistice Day centenary fade into oblivion amid a season of festivities. See which UK cities are making a noise as they paradoxically fall silent this commemorative Armistice Day, and find out how you can get involved.
Theatrical tribute – from £55pp at Crabwall Manor Hotel & Spa, Chester
The award-winning theatre group Antic Disposition presents an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Henry V at Chester Cathedral, on 18, 19 and 20 October. A moving tribute to British and French war soldiers, the performance commemorates the centenary of the First World War Armistice, blending Shakespeare’s historic play with songs inspired by AE Housman’s poetry in a powerful display of unity and divide. Stay at nearby Crabwall Manor Hotel & Spa, from £55pp per night with breakfast (two sharing). Call Crabwall Manor Hotel & Spa on 01244 851666, www.crabwallmanorhotelandspa.com
Reflection and remembrance – from £54pp at Chilworth Manor Hotel, Southampton
On Sunday 11 November, Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre presents a special performance to mark the 100-year anniversary of the end of the First World War. Hosted by the Royal British Legion and in collaboration with the Showcase Performance Company, the ‘Festival of Remembrance 2018’ will be performed by a 300-person cast and will include poetry, music and song, as well as time to reflect with the Act of Remembrance. Stay overnight at Chilworth Manor Hotel, 15-minutes from the theatre, with breakfast from £54pp (two sharing). Call Chilworth Manor Hotel on 023 8076 7333 or www.chilworth-manor.co.uk
Fort Nelson’s First World War – from £45pp at New Place Hotel, Southampton
Fort Nelson in Fareham has a host of events to commemorate the Armistice of the First World War; guests can listen to war hero stories, partake in marching drills, sing-a-long to War-era songs and witness an immersive sound experience on Remembrance Sunday. Just a 13-minute drive from the Fort Nelson museum, New Place Hotel is a tranquil place to unwind and enjoy the Hampshire countryside. One-night stays are from £45pp, based on two sharing and including breakfast. Call New Place Hotel on 01329 833543, www.newplacehotel.com.