30 July – Market Square

Members of the public that wish to attend the Market Square event on 30th July will need to make their own way to Ieper during the afternoon of 30 July. From Ieper Station, the Market Square is a short walk, and there will also be parking facilities available.

If you are interested in attending this event you can register for updates here (although you will not need to do so if you have already indicated your intention to attend the Market Square when entering the ballot for 31 July).

31 July – Tyne Cot

For the Tyne Cot event on 31 July, the grounds of the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 in Zonnebeke will act as the ‘transport hub’ for the day. Ticket holders will receive their event accreditation here, and will also be able to visit the extensive Passchendaele Centenary Exhibition which is being arranged to mark this significant date.

Guests who are intending to drive will be able to park within the grounds, and a shuttle service will be in operation to transfer guests to and from Tyne Cot. Full details of how to arrive at the park, and any road closures will be shared with ticket holders following the ballot draw.

For those guests preferring to travel by public transport, or staying in Ieper, a shuttle service will operate between Ieper Station and the Memorial Museum, where guests can receive their accreditation and then travel to Tyne Cot. It will also operate after the service to return guests for connecting services from the station. Due to the event timings we would advise any guests travelling by train to arrive in Ieper no later than 10:20.

Further details of suggested train timings, and possible connections, will be shared with ticket holders after the results of the ballot are announced. Details of train times can also be found on the NMBS/SNCB website.

Accommodation

Guests travelling from the UK may find the Visit Flanders website useful for advice on planning a trip to the region. The booking tool on the website allows visitors to search for accommodation across the region, and can also advise of transport connections to and from Ieper. Guests may also want to consider accommodation further afield, and the following sites may be helpful:

Kortrijk Tourism website
Bruges Tourism website
Visit Ghent website
Visit Brussels website
Lille Tourism website

In addition to the advice above, you can also read travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for Belgium.