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  • Located on the iconic Horse Guards Parade with St James’s Park offering a beautiful backdrop
  • A unique opportunity to enjoy the Military Beating Retreat concert tradition dating back to 1690’s
  • Enjoy wonderful entertainment from the Massed Bands of the Foot Guards supported by The Pipes and Drums of Scots Guards and many more
  • Witness the long-standing traditions of Military precision drill with horses and cannons
  • Enjoy a spectacular end to the night with a dazzling fireworks display
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The Household Division’s Beating Retreat offers a sensational evening of tradition, music and military precision drill with horses and cannons. Located at the iconic Horse Guards Parade in London with the beautiful St James’s Park in the background, you’ll get to take in wonderful views and be entertained the whole night long. The theme this year is ‘Summon the Heroes’ which celebrates the British Army endeavour, found in individual courage in the face of adversity, exploration and discovery, and in sporting excellence.

The History of the Beating Retreat
Dating back to the 1690’s, the Military Beating Retreat concerts have been a long tradition. The signal of the drum beating was once used to order troops to stop fighting and go to the safety of camp at nightfall. Later on, the beating of the drum told the troops that the camp gates were closing and to make their way back. In modern day, the Beating Retreat is an evening military concert that celebrates this long tradition with a marching display.

Horse Guards Parade
The Horse Guards Parade is the perfect location for the Beating Retreat concert with its rich history and iconic place in British culture. Just off of Whitehall, the Horse Guards Parade is the chosen place for many annual events including ‘Trooping of the Colour’ which celebrates the Queen’s official birthday date and official parades. It was once the Headquarters of the British Army and has an array of monuments dedicated to the military outside of the parade ground.

Evening Entertainment
The spectacular evening concert will be a patriotic celebration with music from the Massed Bands of The Foot Guards supported by The Pipes and Drums of Scots Guards, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, The Royal Canadian Artillery Band and many more. As well as music, you will be treated to military precision drill with horses and cannons and a sensational fireworks display to end the evening.

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Additional information
  • Entrance to the Beating Retreat concert
  • Food and drink
Please note
  • You will need to collect your tickets from: Golden Tours Visitor Centre Leicester Square, 11a Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0EP before the event. You cannot collect the tickets at the venue on the day.