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1940s Weekend

Dates for this event

  • 26th May 2018,
  • 27th May 2018,
  • 28th May 2018

We’ll meet again…

Dust off your dancing shoes for a weekend of vintage glamour at this award-winning event. We pull out all the stops to bring you live music and entertainment, historical exhibitions and more from Britain’s finest hour!

What’s Included?

Various 1940s themed events and re-enactments will be taking place at stations along the 12 mile line. Highlights include a SPITFIRE FLYPAST, vintage stalls, live music, dance classes, tank displays, classic cars, military weapons displays, re-enactments and more!

  • Listen to ENSA entertainment from Paul Harper, Don Gentile, The Rum & Cola Girls, The Washboard Resonators, The Bluebird Belles, The Vintage Vocalist and Kelly Ann
  • Watch battle re-enactments
  • Enjoy live music and dancing, including the George Formby Appreciation Society, Middleton Band and The Backstep Boogie Club
  • Check out military and classic vehicle displays
  • Say "bonjour" to the characters from 'Allo, 'Allo
  • Peruse fashion and memorabilia stalls
  • Be mesmerized by Jez Mansfield Magician & Spiv Extraordinaire
  • Meet hundreds of dedicated re-enactors
  • See the spectacular Spitfire Flypast
  • Look and listen to historical displays and talks
  • View the Military Parade in Ramsbottom on the Sunday of the event
  • Shake hands with Sir Winston Churchill who will be making appearances throughout the weekend
  • Visit the different themed stations along the line from Camp Roanoke to Rossendorf
  • Admire the aviation achievements of the Spitfire and Messerschmitt Bf 109 with our static displays
  • Take part in vintage craft activities
  • Treat yourself to a traditional cream tea (and glass of fizz) in our opulent Observation Saloon*

*Additional charge applies.

If you would like to be a re-enactor at this event, host a charity or trade stand, stop over on the sidings or bring along a vehicle or static display and receive a re-enactors pass please fill out this form.

Ticket information, prices and getting here

Online Ticket Prices

Beat the queues and save 10% by booking your tickets online. Our exclusive online discounts are displayed in the table below:

  Adult Concession Child Family
One Day   £18.00 £16.00 £11.00  £45.00
Two Day  £32.00 £29.00  £19.00   ---
Three Day  £41.00 £36.00  £24.00   ---


Discounted advanced tickets will be taken off sale 24 hours before the start of an event, the below tickets will be available from manned stations on the day.

On-the-Day Ticket Prices

The below Rover Tickets will replace all standard travel fares across the weekend.

  Adult Concession Child Family
One Day   £20.00 £18.00  £12.00  £50.00
Two Day  £36.00 £32.00  £21.00   ---
Three Day   £45.00 £40.00  £27.00   --- 

We recommend beginning your journey at Bury Bolton Street Station. For information on how to find us and car parking visit our Getting Here page.

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