D-Day 75

The 6th June 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings – one of the most remarkable of all Allied wartime operations. Budock Vean Hotel was the Officers' Quarters during the embarcation of troops from nearby Trebah Beach and we are proud to sponsor Trebah Garden with their production of 'Operation Neptune - The American's are Coming' over 5 nights from 11th - 15th June.

Chewing gum, doughnuts, new nylons and thousands of smooth-talking, quick-witted soldiers. Cornwall will never forget the day the Yanks arrived!  From the warm plains of Maryland, USA to the cold coastal villages of Cornwall follow handsome and hopeful US 29th Infantry Division Technical Sgt Joe Miller on his poignant journey to the Nazi-occupied beaches of Normandy, France.

Based on remarkable real wartime experiences as well as stories recalled by the residents of Mawnan Smith, Operation Neptune celebrates the 75th anniversary of DDay with the compelling story of an American GI's experience of Cornwall at war.

This is a promenade performance through the garden, beginning in the Visitor Centre and winding through the garden to the beach at the bottom. You will be watching the show in a number of locations around the site so there is no seating. The show runs for around 1 hour followed by a 20-30 minute walk from the beach back up through the garden to the car park.  

Directed by Guy Watson, Cornish Director and Artistic Director of Cousin Jack's, the company who produce the much loved stage-adaptation of The Mousehole Cat. Written by award-winning script writer Charlotte O'Leary, Operation Neptune will star many familiar local faces: Bec Applebee (Kneehigh, Bec Applebee Productions' Darke Women), Rory Wilton (BBC Poldark, Fisherman's Friends feature film), Will Coleman (Golden Tree Productions' Man Engine), Emily Woodman (O-region's Hireth, Rogue Theatre). Trebah will also be introducing acclaimed actor Oliver Longstaff to the county, playing the part of our handsome American hero. The cast will also feature a local community choir, Mawnan WI, and a supporting cast drawn from Hall for Cornwall Youth Theatre and Youth Dance.

Part of Operation Overlord: A programme of events commemorating the 75th anniversary of Trebah's involvement in DDay


Quote: Operation Neptune when booking.
*15% represents average discount.

T&Cs apply: We will need to check eligibility for this offer so please have ready your MoD 90 service card if you are currently serving, or your old service number and branch of the Armed Forces you served in and regiment/Corps/Ship/bases you served with. A photo in uniform or letter of commendation would also be ok.  Offer valid for 2 people sharing a room, witih a ticket each.  We have 10 places (5 double/twin rooms) on this offer per night over the 5 night run of the play. If you book DBB basis then you will need to be back at the hotel by 8.30pm for last dinner sitting. The play lasts an hour, from 7pm - 8pm. Alternatively, you can order sandwiches or a picnic from the hotel on the morning of the production to take with you (additional cost for this if booking B&B basis).  

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