To mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, Britain's greatest naval victory which took place on 21 October 1805, the Official Nelson Commemorations Committee (ONCC) is overseeing the creation of a programme of events and activities that will take place throughout the summer and autumn of 2005.
The Trafalgar Festival is an exciting programme to mark the bicentenary. It will consist of exhibitions, re-enactments, special publications, regattas, yacht rallies, conferences, symposia and community-based activities around Britain. The climax of the Festival will be the Trafalgar Weekend on 21–23 October 2005 with dinners, parades, fireworks, beacons, church services and bell-ringing across the country.
The Festival will strongly emphasize the involvement of young people, demonstrating to them the continuing importance of the sea to Britain and the richness of our maritime heritage.
The Festival will reach beyond Britain. Events are being organised in Toulon and Cadiz in a celebration of international friendship between former opponents.