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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.

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
24th May 2015
Jean Bentley Tea Dance

Tea Dance
At the Stag Theatre Plaza Suite, Sevenoaks 2.00pm - 4.30 pm

With dance lessons included and the Jean Bentley Dance Orchestra supplying the music what better way to spend the afternoon.

Tickets £7.50
Order Now from the Box Office on 01732 450175 or online at
6th June 2015
The Spitfire Bounce 3pm to Midnight

Otford Village Memorial Hall, Otford, Kent TN14 5PQ
The best music from the forties and early fifties
Dress to Impress, 1940/1950s civilian or allied uniform
8 DJs - 9 hours, stalls, Music, Dance & Fun

Tickets £10 All Day
Details: 07931 674 158or www.preservers of
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

The Royal Engineers - Bomb Disposal

A display and presentation by Capt. Mike Authers

At the start of WW11, and early into 1940, the job of bomb disposal fell to the ARP & Civil Defence Corps. The Royal Engineer B.D. units were officially formed on the 11th May of that year.

In September 1940, after just two weeks of the Blitz, there were more than 3,700 unexploded bombs waiting to be dealt with in London alone.

The unknown quantity of these UXBs were crippling the nation: People were too frightened to return to their homes & factories central to the war effort, and key roads and railways were closed for fear of the damage that an explosion could cause.

Armed with the most basic equipment & little information, the Newly formed Royal Engineer sections were sent out to extinguish the threats of UXBs. In some cases, these UXBs were to be defused 'regardless of loss of life to bomb disposal personnel.

Capt. Mike Authers will be displaying ordnance and explaining the role of the Royal Engineers and how they dealt with the dangers of defusing UXBs, Butterfly bombs and firebombs.

8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
19th September 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 ‘The New Arcadians’.
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
3rd October 2015
Otford 1940s Swing Dance 7-30 till Midnight.

Otford Village Memorial Hall, Otford, Kent TN14 5PQ
Dress to Impress, 1940/1950s civilian or allied uniform
Free tea, coffee & doughnuts, Please bring your own drinks
Large dance floor and clothing stalls
Tickets £7 on the door
Details: 07931 674 158or www.preservers of
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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