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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.

July 2014

5th - 6th July 2014
Isle of Wight Steam Railway - 1940s Experience


This is one of the few Railway Events that I return to every year. It has everything you expect from a railway event. Re-enactors, exhibits, entertainment, music, and of course trains. But the setting is just so good, the people so friendly and I always have a good weekend. Perhaps its because its on an island that it seems so unspoilt.
Visit for more details.
5th - 6th July 2014
The Dig for Victory Show

North Somerset Showground near Bristol

An affordable, family orientated weekend event to explore this turbulent yet thought-provoking period in our recent history. The aim is to bring history alive and the generations together with a sense of nostalgia and pride - to learn, remember and have fun.

The event is in its fourth consecutive year attracting more than 8,000 people in 2013. They are working with local schools and businesses in addition to supporting The Army Benevolent Fund and the Children’s Hospice South West.

Come and celebrate the 'Best of British' and life in the 40s with re-enactors demonstrating what life was like in wartime Britain, an exhibition of over 25 original restored wartime vehicles, veterans sharing their stories, traditional craft demonstrations, locally-grown produce stalls, vintage clothing, farmyard animals, traditional fairground rides, a children's trail and much more!

Weekend or day passes available. Dance on the Saturday night.
Visit for more details.
16th - 20th July 2014
The War & Peace Revival

RAF Westhanger, Folkestone Racecourse
After last years move to this new venue there is even more to see and do at this massive military vehicle event. Check the website for full details.
Visit for more details.
25th July 2014
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks

Ireland During the Second World War

An illustrated lecture by Dr Bryce Evans

There is much rumour and speculation as to the role of Ireland during WW2, most of it unsubstantiated. Dr Bryce is the author of a new book on the subject which at last details the social and economic history of Ireland during the Second World War, He reveals the real story of the Irish emergency. Revealing just how precarious the Irish state's economic position was at the time, he examines the consequences of Winston Churchill's economic war against neutral Ireland and how the Irish government coped with the crisis and how ordinary Irish people reacted to emergency state control of the domestic marketplace.

This will be a fascinating evening covering an area which is seldom considered.

Bryce Evans is Lecturer in Modern History at Liverpool Hope University and his book "Ireland during the Second World War - Farewell to Plato's Cave" (ISBN 978-0-7190-8951-0) is published in January 2014.

8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
25th - 27th July 2014
Festival of the Forties - Peterborough

A big event with lots of vehicles, stalls and re-enactment. Take a look at the website for more information on what looks to be a great show.
26th - 27th July 2014

(as part of the Leyburn 1940's weekend)

A two day fair held in Thornborough Hall, Moor Road Leyburn North Yorkshire DL8 5AB Saturday 26th July and Sunday 27th July, Saturday 10 - 5 Sunday 10 - 4. Free admission Great selection of vintage and retro goodies, authentic period items, fashions, jewellery, home-wares, something for everyone interested in vintage.
Stand bookings and all information from BR Events email or call 07779342782
August 2014

3rd August 2014
Step int the Forties - East Anglian Railway Museum

Chappel and Wakes Colne Station, Colchester, Essex C06 2RD

With a host of activities and entertainment planned, Step into the Forties, is set to be a fun day out for all the family. Entertainment, Dance, Food and of course Steam Trains.

From the moment you walk into the museum, the station will be in full swing. Our period steam locomotive will be offering unlimited rides as well as Chappel Miniature Railway. Children can purchase a ticket for£1.50 offering unlimited rides all day. Driver for a Fiver* (over 18s only) is a brilliant option for anyone wanting to discover what its like driving a real train!

Wonder down our vintage street and mingle with locals and purchase items with old money and ration cards.
Vintage tea and cakes are on the menu as well as the 'best fish and chips in town' all courtesy of Dave Hosts...They will be bringing a touch of their culinary magic and vintage glamour to Platform 2. Visit the nearby flower cart to pick up a beautiful bunch of locally-grown blooms from The Country Garden Flower Company and be sure to stop at the make do and mend area, as well as the children's art and crafts area.

There will be much more to see and do so take a look at the website for more information
16th - 17th August 2014
Combined Ops Show - Headcorn Airfield, Kent

The Invicta Military-Vehicle Preservation Society

Military vehicles, entertainment, re-enactors, aeroplanes and a very friendly atmosphere. I attended last year and had a great weekend. I plan to go again this year.

Take a look at the website for more information
23rd - 25th August 2014
Military Odyssey - Detling

Celebrating its 14th Year

With groups covering a vast period of global history, including Romans, Vikings, Medieval, the English Civil War, Napoleonic, the American Civil War, the Wild West, World Wars I & II, Vietnam right up to the present day.

With over 4,000 re-enactors and living history enthusiasts in attendence as well as over 90 stalls, Military Odyssey is the world''s largest multi-period re-enactment show. Regardless of your historical knowledge, there is bound to be something for you.

The 200 acre site has 3 seperate arenas in addition to the main battlefield, where battlefield re-enactments take place all weekend.
Details at
September 2014

5th - 7th September 2014
The Victory Show - Cosby LE9 1SG

The Victory Show, now in its 9th year.
A formidable tribute to World War 2. This years Show will run for 3 days from Friday 5th– Sunday 7th September 2014.. Held over a 100 acre site, the Show provides Historical Societies and re-enactments through various forces from several era's and theatres during the period of 1939-45. From Airmen to Infantry, the Victory Show opens a window in time to the fabulous 1940's.

Open All Day Friday (Schools Educational Day), Saturday & Sunday, The Victory Show has something for everyone from re-enactment camps, miniature steam train rides, 1940’s vehicles, and model remote controlled aircraft. There will be over 60 stalls in the large trader’s area.Static WWII Aircraft, Tank Rides and 1940’s working and static Farming Machinery. There will be a huge Army Encampment and 50+ Re-enactment Groups, 200+ Vehicles including Heavy Armour, Tanks and many more, Hinckley Model Boat Club and Paul Harper playing throughout the day in the Marquee.The 1940’s themed Dinner Dance for 700 + guests is always popular on the Saturday night plus many more attractions all over the Cosby Victory Show Site including various food & drink outlets

13th September 2014
Spitfire Bounce 7-30 till Midnight

Swing, Jive & Boogie all night to music from the 1940s & early 1950s.
Holy Trinity Hall, Dover Street, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 3EG
Dress to Impress, 40s or 50s Civilian or Allied uniform
Free tea, coffee & doughnuts, Please bring your own drinks
Tickets £7 on the door
Details: 07931 674 158 or www.preservers of
20th - 21st September 2014
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
26th September 2014
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks

Army Bomb Disposal in the Second World War
Susan Hudson

Susan Hudson is an author, lecturer and radio presenter whose book 'UXB Malta' gives an account of the dangerous and unpredictable job of bomb disposal in Malta.

Tonight she will be giving an illustrated talk on the challenging and dangerous job of the British Army bomb disposal teams.

Come along for what will undoubtedly be a fascinating and informative evening.

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

11th October 2014
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.Back by popular demand is Brandyn Shaw and his Rythm Makers who has proved hugely popular with Al Bowly fans.
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
11th October 2014
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
26th October 2014

Scrogg Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE6 2PR
(formerly an Art Deco cine-variety theatre)

9.30 to 3.30 £2.00 adult admission. Vintage, retro, recyclers/up-cyclers, home-wares, jewellery, glass, china, fashions, etc., and gorgeousness. Live entertainment, refreshments, and other "attractions". Free local parking, and only 1 ½ miles from Newcastle city centre (buses numbers 39 and 40) virtually to the door, and metro nearby.

Stand bookings and all information from BR Events email or call 07779342782
November 2014

8th November 2014
Nostalgia and Remembrance at Sawbridgeworth CM21 9AX

Memorial Hall

Military vehicle run from the Hall to Sawbridgeworth Airfield, Shingle Hall at 10.30am followed by a Nostalgia afternoon in the Memorial Hall from 12 noon onwards. Free tea, coffee and doughnuts - bar will be open. There will be entertainment from "Voice In A Million" Fiona Harrison. Any age related vehicles and uniform welcome. Free event but donations to Bomb Disposal Unit would be appreciated. Further details - David Mead 01279 724503 or email

14th - 17th November 2014
Riviera Swing - 30's & 40s Weekender

Victoria Hotel in Torquay

RIVIERA SWING is a unique and small 30's and 40's long-weekender dedicated to providing the very best AUTHENTIC period entertainment, with a British slant. They pride themselves on hosting the UK's greatest swing orchestras and dance bands playing music of those eras, all in the beautiful art-deco Victoria Hotel in stunning Torquay 'The English Riviera'. This Riviera Swing incredibly stars THE NEW SQUADRONAIRES, THE ALEX MENDHAM ORCHESTRA and DUNCAN GALLOWAY'S RHYTHMIC SIX.

Whatever your dance style - whether it's Quickstep, Fox Trot, Waltz, Lindy, or Balboa - top DJs OKAY FOR SOUND, ROB BE-BOP and RICK'S COMMUNITY SWING will cater to all period styles. They may even throw in some period party dances - ever fancied trying your hand at the Palais Glide? The Valeta? How about The Lambeth Walk? Dance teachers MARK & HOC EWING, aided and abetted by Bryan & Lou Webb and Rob Be Bop & Julie, who will be on hand to show you how.

Enjoy authentic and elegant period tea dances every afternoon with top DJ's, or gather round the piano for daily lunchtime sing-a-longs with the wonderful DEREK WEBBER. Also enjoy large-screen showings of expertly-curated classic vintage cinema by Paul Cotgrove of THE WHITE BUS, or browse clothes, shoes, music, accessories and more at the big vintage market all day Saturday (open to the public). And don't forget that the event continues through 'til Monday so the party will still be going strong on Sunday night! And it's all hosted by the legendary VIV THE SPIV!

For booking enquiries go to or call Tony on 07966 390802

28th November 2014
The 1940's Society - Sevenoaks

Doodlebugs - V1s & V2s
Bob Ogley

Bob Ogley is well known in Kent as an author, journalist and historian with a particular interest in Kent. We are delighted that he will be coming to speak to us on the impact of the German V1s & V2s during the Second World War. An evening of anecdotes, facts and first-hand accounts that should not be missed.

8pm at Otford Memorial Hall near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
29th November 2014
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