Zepfest 2016 at Copt Hall Marshes

Logo for Zepfest 2016 showing searchlights against blue background

100th Anniversary Commemoration of the forced-landing of the Zeppelin airship L33 in Little Wigborough on 24th September 1916 and what followed.

24 September, 2016, from 2pm to 8pm

25 September, 2016, from 10am to 4pm

On National Trust fields at Copt Hall,

Little Wigborough CO5 7RD

See website

100 years ago a quiet village was disturbed in the early hours by very loud noise and an enormous 650ft long zeppelin airship crash-landing only 20 yards from a small cottage.  No one died but the German crew of over 20 got out, set the wreckage on fire and left the scene.  And so the story unfolds, involving the local villagers, police and the army…..

The metal frame of the WW1 zeppelin after it crashed at Copt Hall Marshes in 1916
Photograph of the metal zig-zag frame of the crashed zeppelin at Copt Hall Marshes
The metal frame of the WW1 zeppelin after it crashed at Copt Hall Marshes in 1916

Colchester High Steward Sir Bob Russell said: 

“This was a momentous local event in The Great War. I recall my late father-in-law telling me how, as a teenager, he and friends had cycled from Colchester to see the massive metal skeleton frame of the Zeppelin.

“I congratulate the organisers of this commemorative event for their research and presentation. It reflects our social and war-time history from a century ago, and I am confident it is something which will appeal to people of all ages.”

The Centenary Commemoration Attractions at Zepfest will include:-

  • Displays, memorabilia and talks about that night and the day after

  • WW1 aircraft, vehicles and artefacts

  • Flypast of WW1 planes from Stow Maries aerodrome (weather permitting)

  • Audio tour of crash site with reconstructions

  • Great War Living History group demonstrations (http://www.thegreatwarsociety.com/)

  • Heavy horses and wagon rides (http://www.hawthornheavyhorses.co.uk/)

  • Audio and video clips from interviews over the years about the L33 in Wigborough

  • Live dancers

  • Live music on the Saturday evening

  • Activities for children

  • Hot and cold food, beverages etc.

  • Stalls of many kinds

A Zeppelin flying as it would have been in 1916
A Zeppelin Flying
A Zeppelin flying as it would have been in 1916

Tickets for either day will be available from the National Trust from July, 2016.

This is a one-off event not to be missed!

 We are still looking for pieces of wreckage, and other souvenirs or artefacts to display which were made from pieces of the zeppelin L33.  Do you have any in your family?  If so, please make contact via the website or Tel. 01206 383843.