The show was born out of a long-standing desire of Chairman John Dale to marry up his love of historic military vehicles, his farm and to generate support for the Military Vehicle Trust and military charities.
With the help of a few dedicated and like-minded individuals, we pooled the very best of ideas from other great military shows and our own experiences to produce the Capel Military Show. Undeterred by the cancellation of the first show in 2012 (as a result of the wettest summer on record!) we refocused and in 2013 brought you a show which surpassed all our expectations and produced outstanding reviews and support.
We continue to grow in size and popularity each year. In recent years we have increased the size of the show with new field areas, more exciting arena displays and even more helicopters.
The show is totally reliant on both the support of exhibitors and the general public. We pride ourselves on giving you a family friendly, exciting show with everything from military motorcycles through to main battle tanks and frontline helicopters, whilst retaining the small intimate feel we are known and celebrated for.
Here are just a few comments from those who have attended...
Great staff, great show, great experience... Believe me when I say that my boy and I have tried it all. This is right up there at the top of the list !!! My ONLY disappointment is the fact I hadn't heard of this show sooner !!! Roll on summer 2023.
It was my first visit this year and it exceeded all my expectations. You have built an excellent team and your vision of the event and how it should be run is reflected in them. I'm already looking forward to next year's event. Well done everyone involved.
Your staff were absolutely amazing and very helpful we had a great weekend. We will definitely be coming again next year.
This was our second year and I didn’t think it could get better than last year but you all nailed it again and more. Your team are always helpful and welcoming. Look forward to the next one.
Thank you to all involved. We had a great time again this year. Really enjoyed the woodland area and my son loved being able to handle and talk about the weapons. Amazing show and we’ll be back next year!
Wow! That's all I can say. I've been coming since 2019 and it has grown year on year. The attendance by military vehicles and groups doubles every year. The hard work by the Capel team is amazing and unbeatable. Thank you and see you all next year!
Absolutely brilliant show. We had a wonderful time and appreciate the incredible amount of hard work that went into putting this amazing show on!! The best as far as I am concerned. Organised to perfection.
Thank you for all the new arrangements which minimised disruption for those of us in Vicarage Lane. A really good plan and aided by so many wonderful volunteers who got the cars parked! Well done on a terrific show!
My 1st time to this show and it was not a disappointment absolutely loved it from the machines to the battle’s something for everyone I will most definitely be back next year.
Saturday was a special day and I am so grateful to you for the invitation and for selecting The Not Forgotten as the charity for the Show. I was very impressed by the size of the Show and by the organisation behind it all and I would be grateful if you could please pass on my thanks to your committee.
I just wanted to email to thank you for the wonderful day our Year 6 pupils had on Friday. The event was so well organised and the day was perfect. The children learnt so much from the different exhibitors, who shared an incredible wealth of historical information with them. There was a brilliant balance between knowledge sharing, history and being able to 'have a go' with clothing and weapons.