Zeppelin 1917 – The Raid an animated walk

19 October 2017 | Pamela Linden

Back in September 2017, the First World War Centenary Partnership team welcomed volunteers from the Friends of Burgess Park Zeppelin 1917 project to IWM London to carry out research for their upcoming animated walk.

Zeppelin 1917 research skills workshop at IWM London: University of Leicester intern Vruksheela Chavda assists volunteers with their research.

With help from our Lives of the First World War team, IWM Librarian Sarah Paterson, and Alan Wakefield, Head of First World War and Early 20th Century Conflict, the volunteers handled a range of source material to find out more about the personal stories of the Zeppelin raid. We were also assisted by our University of Leicester intern, Vruksheela Chavda (pictured above) who helped the group examine newspaper reports of the raid.

On Saturday 21 October, Friend of Burgess Park will host Zeppelin 1917 – The Raid an animated walk. Created by actors using research by local volunteers, The Raid tells the story of the history of WW1 and the Zeppelin Raid on Calmington Road through the lives of real historical characters.

The animated walk will start at the old library, Wells Way, which was used as a bomb shelter. The walk will then set off through the park and visit various locations. The walk will finish back at the old library. The walk will take approximately two hours abd will continue if there is slight rain.

FREE but reservation charge.

 Charge and Refunds

The ticket is £5.00 refundable upon attendance or make a donation to FOBP. The Eventbrite booking fee .90p is not refundable.

The Friends of Burgess Park project Zeppelin 1917 uncovers the stories of local heroes and the dramatic raid right over what is now Burgess Park. Talks, walks, drama, family events and an exhibition 7-28 October will explore what WWI meant for local people’s lives and how the Great War shapes our current world.

Venue details

Stepped access – The Old Library has 12 steps to the entrance. The walk starts at the old library and then continues in the park.

Toilets – Are available at Theatre Delicatessen but are located lower ground access via steps.

Full disabled toilets are at Chumleigh Gardens.

Light refreshments will be available at the Old Library and lunch at Park Life cafe at Chumleigh Gardens .


Buses 343 and 136 stop the closest to the Old Library, the bus stop is on Wells Way (coming from the south the bus stop is immediately opposite and coming from the north a short walk). The 42 bus stops close by on Albany Road.

For more information and to book tickets visit the Friends of Burgess Park Eventbrite page.