VE Day

8th May 2020

What Is VE Day?

VE Day stands for victory in Europe, and is the day celebrating the formal acceptance of the German surrender after World War 2. It meant that the hostilities in Europe stopped after 6 years of war. 

On the first VE Day, on the 8th May 1945,  there were huge crowds in London – and all over the UK – celebrating the end of war together. The Royal family and Winston Churchill came onto the royal balcony to wave to the excited crowd, whilst the princesses Margaret and Elizabeth secretly joined the crowds to celebrate. 

Your VE Day TV timetable

Dedicated programmes will be broadcast to help you get involved in the celebrations.

  • 11am | BBC One | The Nation Remembers BBC One will lead a poignant two-minute silence to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
  • 2.45pm | BBC One | The Announcement of Victory Winston Churchill’s historic speech will also be broadcast – providing a fascinating insight into what the public will have heard on that significant day all those years ago.
  • 8pm | BBC One | The People’s Celebration Viewers can also tune in to a special programme on VE Day on BBC One, which will see some of the UK’s biggest stars (Katherine Jenkins, Beverley Knight), sing a rendition of the iconic ‘We’ll Meet Again’, by Vera Lynn. Throughout the show, we will hear from the real stars of the night, the people who still remember that historic evening and can tell us what it was like, first hand.
  • 9pm | BBC One | The Queen’s speech: The Queen herself will be giving a special address to the nation, at 9am on 8th May – which is the exact same time that her father, King George VI, spoke to the UK 75 years ago, on the actual VE Day.

Write a newspaper article from the 8th May 1945. Imagine you were reporting at the time. What would the atmosphere be like – what were the facts?

Make your own spitfire – see pdf Spitfire-Instructions

Morse Code is a way of sending messages without words.  The code has its own alphabet. 


Design a medal for soldiers who served in the Second World War.


You could produce your own victory inspired artwork look at some of the greats such as LS Lowry here

Send in your photos of how you and your family are celebrating VE Day.