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Events Diary

A listing of future events and dances which are of interest to 1940's enthusiasts.
Please confirm details with event organisers before attending.

14th March 2014

The Grand Hotel St Nicholas Cliff Scarborough YO11 2ET
Join us once again for our 4th year in this lovely period ballroom with fabulous sprung wooden dance floor on our journey back to the 1940s.
Popular 1940s entertainers Paul and Natasha Harper.
Tickets £11 to include supper. All profits to The Royal British Legion.1940s dress appreciated but not essential Please no German or Axis uniforms.
(Accommodation available at the hotel at reduced rate of £30 per person bed & breakfast but must be booked with Tracey at the hotel quoting this dance) For further details contact Linda on 01723 366123 or 07739 231053.

14th March 2014
Monicas Vintage Fair

Mayfield Grammar School, Pelham Road, Gravesend, Kent DA11 0JE
11am - 3.30pm Admission £2.50 (NEW VENUE)
vintage & retro clothing, accessories & homeware, pop-up tearoom, beauty parlour, live music with the Swingtime Sweethearts, Dancing with the Medway Lindy Hoppers. Further details at

27th March 2015
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks

WW2 campaign medals and the men behind them
Presentation by David Cotterill

The presentation will describe the campaign medals issued during WW2 and how to research the servicemen to whom they were awarded. The talk will be illustrated by a number of examples from the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. If you have any family medals from any period and would like an expert opinion on them then please bring them along.

8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
28th March 2015
The Coco Club

Enjoy the style and glamour of the 1930s
At the Stag Theatre Plaza Suite, Sevenoaks - 7.30 pm

This vintage nightclub features period music from Empire Radio and live performances by renowned musicians.This evening we are proud to present the much acclaimed Benoit Viellefon Hot Club who will be playing the best music from the 1930s.
This is an opportunity to wear your best classic clothing and enjoy an evening of fabulous music, social dancing and a unique atmosphere.

Tickets £15.00
Order Now from the Box Office on 01732 450175 or online at
18 - 19 April 2015
Colwyn Forties Festival of Food and Fun

We'll see firm favourites return for the weekend celebration - joined by some new faces! As always, the festival will include live 40's style music, displays and entertainment. Guests include singers 'George Formby' and Lilli De Carlo, Llandudno Swing Band, 'Winston Churchill' and 'General Montgomery'. We'll also have a replica military plane, vehicles, weapons display, demonstrations, local food producers and more!

Back by popular demand, Sunday will see the return of the Battle on Colwyn Bay beach. This energetic display is a must see and will be held on the new beach area between the pier and Porth Eirias.

Again, the highlight of the weekend is the Ballroom Blitz Dance, a 1940's style dance held on Saturday evening at Parc Eirias, with live music of the era. Come and join us - dress up 40's style and enjoy the fun!

Dance ticket prices, camping details and full weekend itinerary will be confirmed soon, but you can register your interest now by email.

Details from:
25 - 26 April 2015
Operation Bunker

Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker (just off A128 - CM15 0LA)

Vintage and militaria, re-enactment groups & Displays, Military vehicles, Air Raid Jive. Live entertainment from Luna Nightingale, Adam Hoffman, The Blue Note Outfit and Viv the Spiv. Adults £8, Children £4, Family ticket £20. Details from Samantha on 0780 1551788

8 May 2015
70th Anniversary Big Band Event

The Clefhangers Big Band at The River Centre, Medway Wharf Road, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1RE
The Clefhangers Big Band & Singers present an evening of music and dancing to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of VE Day. Enjoy the sounds of the era including Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald performed live. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets £20 (£18 before 8/3/15) under 14s £13. Tables of 8 available. 1940s dress preferred. Bring your own nibbles but there is a licensed bar. For further information call 01580 893313 or email
8 May 2015
1940s VE DAY Dance

Princes Hall, Princes Way, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 1NX
As part of the VE Day celebration weekend (see 9th May in listing) there is a special 1940s' dance at the fantastic Princes Hall.

With music from the 16-piece Apollo Big Band, and nostalgia duo 'The Victory Arms, the event is compèred by Ian Bayley of the 1940s' Society (yes, thats me and I'll be playing some great tunes to dance to while the musicians are having a break).

The dance starts at 7.30pm, and tickets priced £15 are available from the Princes Hall box office on 01252 329155. When booking, why not add 'soup and sandwich' for an extra £4 (advance orders only).

Should be a good event and I'll be making a weekend of it.
For further details visit
9 May 2015
Hampshire VE Day 70 - weekend 10am - 5pm

Aldershot town centre, Hampshire, GU11 1NX
To commemorate that special day 70 years ago - the day when war in Europe was over, Aldershot, as the home of the British Army, will be hosting some events to celebrate that momentous occasion.

Organised by Rushmoor Borough Council, Aldershot Garrison, Home Front History and the Hampshire Cultural Trust, VE Day 70 will provide a special day of family fun in Aldershot town centre.

A large vintage fair selling antiques and memorabilia, will trade along Union and Wellington Streets, with a classic car show in the Princes Gardens car park, live music and 1940s' entertainment all day in the Princes Gardens bandstand, and a wartime exhibition at the Princes Hall. Many other events are also taking place so check the website for updates.

Re-enactors, schools, community groups: please visit the website to find out how you could be involved.

For further details visit
9 May 2015
Celebration of VE Day

Tonbridge Parish Church NEED RE-ENACTORS
Tonbridge Parish Church are hoping that some re-enactors may be able to attend an event and display which will be celebrating VE Day. The event is from 6pm to 9pm and if you think you may be able to help please call David Angel on 01732 353197

16 May 2015
The 1940s Relived

Brooklands Museum Trust Limited, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0QN
All the usual museum exhibits plus vintage stalls, music, dancing, re-enactment, vehicles and much more. For further details visit the website at
16 May 2015
Swing Back In Time- Museums at Night festival

Royal Engineers Museum, Prince Arthur Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME4 4UG

Dust off those dancing shoes and jvisit the Royal Engineers Museum for an evening full of energetic swing dancing in celebration of the Word Lindy Hop Day and as part of the annual Museums at Night festival. This evening looks to be an entertaining and fun night appealing to dancers and non-dancers alike.

Tickets are £10 entry or £15 with a lesson.

Please call 01634 822312 to book your place today.
For further details visit the website at
20 - 25 May 2015
Operation Dynamo 75th Anniversary

Taking place around Margate and Ramsgate Harbour
This 75th anniversay event will include services, music, cars, re-enactors and much more. For further details or to become involved please take a look at the website at
22nd May 2015
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks

A Schoolboy in London - 1940 to 1945
Ray Broomfield will giving a presentation about his life in London during the war. This illustrated talk will include details of his school days and coping with life between 1940 and 1945. Ray will allso be bringing along original wartime items from his collection.

Come along and find out what life was like for the children of the Blitz.

8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
30 May 2015
Batley Vintage Day 2015

Bateley is off the M1 exit at junction 40
From 10:00 to 17:00 in the town centre this FREE event looks like it will be a great day out.

There is a lot going on through the day with entertainment, vehicles, vintage stalls, and loads more. There is also a dance being held the night before which might be of interest if you are planning of making a weekend of it. There are far more details on the website at: so do take a look.
14 June 2015
Festival of Flight

Biggin HIll Airport - Postcode: TN16 3BH (Greater London)
This is the 2nd in the series of air shows at Biggin Hill after they ceased in 2010. This years show will have an attendance of 18,000 which is capped following a sell out in 2014.

The focus of the event is the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain at the most famous of all Battle of Britain RAF airfields. We intend to create a 1940's village within the showground and are looking for individuals/groups of reenactors to join us.

If you are interested please email for full details.
This show will feature a unique Red Arrows, BBMF, Typhoon Display as well as a simulted bombing of the airfield and fighter scramble.
14 June 2015

RAF Cosford - Postcode: WV7 3EX (West Midlands)

WWII Re-enactors & Vehicles required for a WWII Living History Area at the RAF Cosford Air Show 2015. Large area with multiple exhibits planned. Contact via email for interested parties please. Camping on Saturday night available.


20 June 2015

Mid Hants Railway, Alresford, Hants - Postcode: SO24 9JG (South East England)

World War II is well underway and all along the railway there is hectic activity! Service men and women are dashing about, loved ones are saying goodbye to each other and evacuees are boarding trains. 'Spivs' are seen peddling their black market wares whilst trying to avoid the police. The Bomb Disposal Unit is kept very busy as planes fly overhead*, and there are even rumours of an inspection by Churchill himself!

Find out about life on the Home Front, join in a '40's Jive and get a taste of railway life during the war.

*details nearer the event.

Re-enactors can apply for complimentary travel tickets by completing the application form. We also invite groups or individuals who will add to the event by means of a display or period vehicle to complete the application form. Please be aware that evidence of a PLI may be requested by the event organiser.

Keep up-to-date with the latest War on the Line news by "liking" us on Facebook.
We actively encourage stalls at the event, any traders wishing to join us in June please contact the event organiser.
For further information: contact 01962733810. Visit:
July 2013

4th - 5th July 2015
Isle of Wight Railway 1940s Weekend

The Railway Station Station Rd, Havenstreet PO33 4DS
01983 882204

A favourite 1940s events set in a wonderful location. Music, entertainment, dancing, re-enactment, vehicles and of course some lovingly restored Steam Trains. A wonderful setting for a 1940s weekend. Visit for further details

22nd - 26th July 2015
The War & Peace Revival

RAF Westhanger, Folkestone Racecourse
A huge military vehicle event with masses of stalls, vehicles and entertainment. A real experience if you've never been. Check the website for full details.
Visit for more details.
25 & 26 July 2015
Leyburn Home-Front Vintage Fair as part of the town wide Leyburn 1940s Weekend

Indoor and outdoor stands at Thornborough Hall, Moor Road Leyburn. DL8 5AB
Music dancing and refreshments spiffing atmosphere. True vintage fashions, jewellery, home-wares, menswear, militaria, vintage toys and games, hats and accessories and more. Admission is FREE
For stand bookings and all information BR Events email or call 07779342782
10.00-4.30 Saturday and 10.00-4.00 on Sunday
31st July 2015
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks

Speaker to be confirmed

8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
25th September 2015
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks

Speaker to be confirmed

8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
27th November 2015
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks

Speaker to be confirmed

8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3

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