Launch of The British Military Tournament 2010

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I was invited to the launch of the much anticipated The British Military Tournament 2010 at London’s Wellington Barracks this morning, and as you would expect it was all performed with military precision!

In a country famed for its pomp and circumstance, it’s surprising there hasn’t been a large-scale military tattoo since the much-loved Royal Tournament was scrapped in 1999.

After being serenaded by the resident military band, I was told this new tournament will bridge that gap.

But it will also go further, taking some of the best acts from the Royal Tournament and incorporating them in an entertaining and insightful story of the British Army’s history. During the two-hour performances at Earls Court, 500 soldiers will perform in the original military uniform of each period including the English Civil War and the Boer War.

There’ll be a live cavalry charge guaranteed to thrill kids and their parents. The show also includes a revival of the most famous act in the Royal Tournament, the field gun run, using exact copies of the original guns.

Celebrities Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry and Dame Judi Dench will also make a contribution to the two performances each day during the weekend of 4 and 5 December 2010.

All funds will go to the ABF Soldier’s Charity (formerly The Army Benevolent Fund).

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, so… Attention… Quick… March…!


  1. Andy Philip says:

    I am very interested in buying tickets for 04 december

  2. I have been waiting since 1999 (last Royal Tournament) for the re-introduction of a tournament at Earls Court.What a pleasure it will be to see our troops back in entertainment mode. Roll on 4/5 December.

  3. David Squibb says:

    Got tickets, very helpful and pleasant staff at Earls Court Box Office, but I needed 2 disability spaces and their carers. I could not book all 4 together as the system would not allow it and had to book them in 2’s. How disappointing as we now have two spaces at the end of one row and two at the other end of the same row. It would have been nice to have been able to all sit together for what promises to be a fantastic show.

  4. Ian Collins says:

    Although the tournament is a welcome return to London, there are also similar events in Birmingham (The Birmingham Tattoo –, which has been an annual event since 1989, and of course Edinburgh that have carried on the tradition of the British military tattoo. Nothing beats seeing the massed bands at these events.

  5. eileen turner says:

    I cannot find the website which is selling the tickets. Please Advise