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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.



Sunday 22nd July 2018 - 10am to 5pm
Wings & Wheels Family Festival


Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Aveley Road, Upminster RM14 2TN

Classic cars, military vehicles, re-enactors, plus lots of other activities.
Entry £7 under 14's free (Large free car park) and there is an evening concert on 21st.
Fulll details at www.wingsandwheelsfestival.co.uk
24 - 28 July 2017
The War & Peace Revival


Tthe Hop Farm - Beltring, Kent
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 detailsas there just isn't enough room to list everything here. Be aware that this years event runs from Tuesday to Saturday (NO SUNDAY)
Visit www.thewarandpeacerevival.co.uk for more details.
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks, 27 July 2018

'If War Should Come' by Alan Williams.

Alan will explore examples of British film production and show a selection of British documentary and feature-film extracts from British cinema between 1936 and the early 1940s. From the mid 1930s British commercial film producers, the documentary film movement and the government sought to predict and explain to the British cinema-going public what impact war would make to life in Britain. Films and film extracts to be shown this evening include, amongst others, 'Things to Come' (1936), 'If War Should Come' (1939), 'The Front Line' (1940) and 'Miss Grant Goes to the Door' (1940).

Meetings are held in Otford Village Memorial Hall, High Street, Otford, TN14 5PQ. Parking in the adjacent car park is free from 18:00. Meetings start at 20:00. Refreshments are available. Admission £3. All are welcome to our informative, entertaining and often thought-provoking evenings
11 / 12 August 2018
CRICH TRAMWAY VILLAGE 1940s weekend


Crich Tramway Village, Crich, Derbyshire
A real taste of life during the Second World War in this unique setting.
Step back in time to Britain on the Home Front at this World War II / 1940's Event. Historic wartime road and military vehicles will be on display and mingling with vintage trams from the 1940's period. You will be entertained with war-time songs from a variety of entertainers throughout the day. Visit www.tramway.co.uk for further details.

Please note that if you are intending to visit as a re-enactor or vehicle owner you will need ro pre-book.

11 - 12 August 2018
Lincoln 1940s weekend


Celebrate the spirit of 1940s Britain in Lincoln's Cathedral Quarter with two days of period and vintage activities and displays, including this year's key focus on the 100th anniversary of the RAF.

There will be lots of events and lots to do throughout Lincoln over the entire weekend. It looks as if it will be an excellent event. Take a look at the website to get a feel for whats going on and if you're thinking of staying for the weekend you'd better get your accomodation sorted quickly. www.visitlincoln.com
18 - 19 August

Combined Ops Show - Headcorn in Kent

COMBINED OPS' MILITARY AND AIR SHOW, HEADCORN AERODROME, KENT

This unique event held at Headcorn Aerodrome has a variety of vintage and modern aircraft displays, on the ground and in the air. A family event which includes static military vehicles, living history re-enactment groups, arena events, military stalls, children's entertainment and food stalls to make this a perfect day out. Visit www.headcornspecialevents.co.uk for more information or to book tickets.
8 - 9 September 2018
Newbury 1940s Weekend


An historical event taking place in Newbury with many activities throughout the weekend including:

• War walks
• photo exhibitions,
• 1940's radio throughout the weekend,
• 1940s fashion show
• Wartime films
• Ruby's Vintage & Retro fairs (including hair and make-up) Sunday only,
• Community & Military parades
• Children's street party
• Vehicle Displays
• Arts & Crafts
• Apollo Big Band & other artists on Saturday Evening.

10:30am - 18:30pm www.visitnewburyevents.org.uk
8th September - 7pm - 11pm
Jump for Joy - Live music & DJ


Stone Memorial Hall, Stone in Oxney , Tenterden , Kent TN30 7JN

Live music from the Swervy World Ragtime Pioneers with recorded sounds from Gypsy John
Wooden dance floor , BYO drinks & nibbles
Tickets ; £10 per person ( non refundable)
Contact; 07999806635 ; e-mail ; gypsyjohnnewson@yahoo.co.uk , fb gypsyjohn
15 - 16 September 2018
Salute to the 40s - Chatham Dockyard


An annual event which goes down in the diary of many every year. Set in the Historic Chatham Dockyard this event includes re-enactors, vintage vehicles, traders and much more including the normal attractions at the dockyard..
Further details at www.thedockyard.co.uk
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks, 28 September 2018

'It ain't half dusty and don't tread on that'. A talk presented by members of the 'Desert Rats' Living History Group.

It ain't half dusty is an insight into the living conditions, hardships and challenges overcome by the British and Commonwealth troops and supporting services in the Western Desert War 1940 to 1943. Don't tread on that! is an introduction to one of the new battlefield weapons of the second world war, the mass-produced land mine. Shedding light on what it was, how it was used and the methods used to disarm it.

Meetings are held in Otford Village Memorial Hall, High Street, Otford, TN14 5PQ. Parking in the adjacent car park is free from 18:00. Meetings start at 20:00. Refreshments are available. Admission £3. All are welcome to our informative, entertaining and often thought-provoking evenings.
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks, 30 November 2018

Christmas on the Home Front. by Mike Brown.

In this seasonal talk well-known historian Mike Brown will explore how Christmas was celebrated in Britain during the war years.

Meetings are held in Otford Village Memorial Hall, High Street, Otford, TN14 5PQ. Parking in the adjacent car park is free from 18:00. Meetings start at 20:00. Refreshments are available. Admission £3. All are welcome to our informative, entertaining and often thought-provoking evenings.
8th - 9th December 2015
Wartime Christmas Weekend - ME4 4UG


Royal Engineers Museum, Prince Arthur Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME4 4UG
Join us this Christmas at the Royal Engineers Museum to find out how Christmas time was celebrated during the Second World War.*

A very nice museum to visit anytime but why not come along for all the extra activities this weekend.

The full line-up hasn't been finalised but there willl be the usual vintage stall, talks, demos and of course a fabulous museum to enjoy Keep an eye on the museum website for updates.
*Normal admission prices apply.

More details at www.re-museum.co.uk or on 01634 822839
15th December 2018
The Coco Club


The doors of the 1930s Coco Club re-open on Saturday 15th December for a grand Christmas Ball. - 7.30 pm


Experience the golden age of British Dance Band music in the perfect setting of the art deco style Stag Plaza.
Dance to the fabulous music of such legends as Carroll Gibbons, Jack Hylton, Roy Fox, Ambrose and Lew Stone, plus a wealth of singers from Josephine Baker to Al Bowlly.

The highlight of the Ball sees the return by popular demand, of the sensational Brandyn Shaw and his Rhythm Makers.
With glamour and elegance being bywords for the night, black/white-tie, evening or cocktail dress are recommended, and this, the décor, music and dancing, combine to provide a wonderfully unique atmosphere.

This very friendly evening successfully integrates people of all age groups, and the level of dancing is varied, so anyone can move around the floor just as it suits them. There are also several very eventful novelty dances that have become firm favourites !



Tickets £18.00
Available from the Box Office on 01732 450175 or online at www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk

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