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1940s Weekend

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    Caption: STEAM BACK IN TIME TO THE FABULOUS FORTIES
    HUNDREDS OF COSTUMED RE-ENACTORS
    Caption: HUNDREDS OF COSTUMED RE-ENACTORS
    LOTS OF THEMED ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS
    Caption: LOTS OF THEMED ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS
    FROM THRILLING BATTLE RE-ENACTMENTS ...
    Caption: FROM THRILLING BATTLE RE-ENACTMENTS ...
    ... TO THE ATMOSPHERIC FRENCH CAFÉ
    Caption: ... TO THE ATMOSPHERIC FRENCH CAFÉ

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    We’ll meet again!

    Take a steam train trip back in time to Britain’s finest hour at this all-singing, all-dancing vintage event.

    Be sure to pack your dancing shoes and dust off your best polka dot dress, this award winning spectacular features live entertainment, music and dancing, vehicle exhibitions and historical displays, vintage stalls, battle re-enactments and much more.

    What’s Included?

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

    • Listen to ENSA entertainment from Paul Harper, Don Gentile, The Rum & Cola Girls, The Washboard Resonators, The Bluebird Belles, Rachel Mercer and Kelly Ann Waldie
    • Watch battle re-enactments
    • Enjoy live music and dancing, including the George Formby Appreciation Society 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
    • Sit in the cockpit and experience the sight, sound and power of a working Spitfire*
    • Soak up the patriotic atmosphere of our VE Day Concert (Monday only)
    • Meet hundreds of dedicated re-enactors
    • Look at historical displays including a replica Field Kitchen and an American Camp
    • 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
    • Treat yourself to a traditional cream tea (and glass of fizz) in our opulent Observation Saloon**

    Working Spitfire Experience

    This is your chance to experience the sight, sound and power of the stalwart Spitfire. Your experience will include sitting in the cockpit to have your photos/videos taken using your own camera. You will be given a briefing on the aircraft and its controls by one of the experienced team and you will even get to start up the 27 Litre V 12 Rolls Royce engine. The engine run lasts for 1 minute in which time it will burn between 1-2 gallons of fuel.

    The Working Spitfire Experience will be based in our Bury Transport Museum yard. The experience will last approximately 20 minutes and costs £40.00, plus a £10.00 deposit to secure your booking. To book your Working Spitfire Experience please click here and scroll down the list to our event to select a date and time. Availability can be found below:

    Saturday 25 MaySunday 26 MayMonday 27 May
    Time Availability Time Availability Time Availability
    10:00 - 10:20  Available 10:00 - 10:20  Available 10:00 - 10:20  Available
    11:00 - 11:20  Available 11:00 - 11:20  Sold Out 11:00 - 11:20  Available
    12:00 - 12:20  Available 12:00 - 12:20  Available 12:00 - 12:20  Sold Out
    13:00 - 13:20  Available 13:00 - 13:20  Sold Out 13:00 - 13:20  Available
    14:00 - 14:20  Sold Out 14:00 - 14:20  Sold Out 14:00 - 14:20  Available
    15:00 - 15:20  Sold Out 15:00 - 15:20  Available 15:00 - 15:20  Available
    16:00 - 16:20  Available 16:00 - 16:20  Available 16:00 - 16:20  Available


    Please Note: The engine can only run once every hour so spaces are strictly limited. Working Spitfire Experience bookings do not include entry to the event.

    Observation Saloon Cream Tea Experience

    Sit back, relax and indulge in a traditional cream team on-board our luxurious Observation Saloon as it journeys up the line. Enjoy a scone with butter, jam, clotted cream and tea or coffee, as well as a glass of fizz for part of your journey for just £10 (upgrade on 1940s Weekend ticket). Just turn up for the service and if there's availability we'll book you on.

    Saturday 25 May 2019
     What's on Where  Type of attraction  Start Time  Finish Time 
    'Allo, 'Allo! Characters On Board Train Entertainment & Activitites  10:00  16:00 
    Vintage Cream Teas in the Observation Saloon* On Board Train (Bury Departure)  Food & Drink  10:00, 13:00, 16:00  
    Rachel Mercer  Bury Station  Music & Dancing  10:00  16:00 
    Jez Mansfield - Spiv Extraordinaire  Bury Station  Entertainment & Activities  10:00  16:00 
    Vintage & Military Stalls Bury Station  Displays & Exhibitions  10:00  16:00 
    Winston Churchill's Welcome Speech Bury Station  Battles & Re-Enactments  10:00  10:05 
    George Formby Appreciation Society Bury Transport Museum  Music & Dancing  10:00  16:00 
    The Backstep Boogie Club Dance Sessions Bury Transport Museum  Music & Dancing  11:00 16:00 
    Field Kitchen Bury Transport Museum  Food & Drink  10:00  16:00 
    Working Spitfire* Bury Transport Museum  Displays & Exhibitions  10:00  16:00 
    Vintage & Military Stalls Bury Transport Museum  Displays & Exhibitions  10:00  16:00 
    Vintage Vehicle Display Ramsbottom Station  Displays & Exhibitions 10:00  16:00 
    Mr Don Gentile Ramsbottom Station   Music & Dancing  10:00  16:00 
    Rum & Cola Girls  Ramsbottom Station  Music & Dancing  10:00  16:00 
    Winston Churchill's Speech  Ramsbottom Station  Battles & Re-Enactments  14:40  14:45 
    Battle Re-Enactment Ramsbottom Station  Battles & Re-Enactments  14:45  15:10 
    WW2 Command Centre Ramsbottom Station  Displays & Exhibitions  10:00  16:00 
    French Café Display Ramsbottom Station  Displays & Exhibitions  10:00  16:00 
    Camp Roanoke Irwell Vale  Displays & Exhibitions  10:00  16:00 
    The Bluebird Belles Rawtenstall Station  Music & Dancing  10:00  16:00 
    German Camp Rawtenstall Station  Displays & Exhibitions  10:00  16:00 

     

    Sunday 26 May 2019
    What's On  Where  Type of attraction  Start Time  Finish Time 
    'Allo, 'Allo! Characters  On Board Train  Entertainment & Activities  10:00  16:00 
    Vintage Cream Teas in the Observation Saloon* On Board Train (Bury Departure)  Food & Drink  10:00, 13:00, 16:00  
    The Bluebird Belles  Bury Station  Music & Dancing  10:00  16:00 
    Jez Mansfield - Spiv Extraordinaire Bury Station  Entertainment & Activities  10:00  16:00 
    Vintage & Military Stalls  Bury Station  Displays & Exhibitions  10:00  16:00 
    Winston Churchill's Welcome Speech Bury Station  Battles & Re-Enactments  10:00  10:05 
    George Formby Appreciation Society Bury Transport Museum  Music & Dancing  10:00  16:00 
    The Backstep Boogie Dance Club Bury Transport Museum  Music & Dancing  11:00  16:00 
    Field Kitchen Bury Transport Museum  Food & Drink  10:00  16:00 
    Working Spitfire* Bury Transport Museum  Displays & Exhibitions  10:00  16:00 
    Vintage & Military Stalls Bury Transport Museum  Displays & Exhibitions   10:00  16:00 
    Vintage Vehicle Display Ramsbottom Station  Displays & Exhibitions  10:00  16:00 
    The Washboard Resonators Ramsbottom Station  Music & Dancing  10:00  16:00 
    WW2 Command Centre  Ramsbottom Station  Displays & Exhibitions  10:00  16:00 
    French Café Display Ramsbottom Station  Displays & Exhibitions  10:00  16:00 
    Camp Roanoke Irwell Vale  Displays & Exhibitions  10:00  16:00 
    Paul Harper & Mr Don Gentile Rawtenstall Music & Dancing  10:00  16:00 
    Rum & Cola Girls Rawtenstall Music & Dancing  10:00  16:00 
    German Camp Rawtenstall  Displays & Exhibitions  10:00  16:00 
    Winston Churchill's Speech Rawtenstall   Battles & Re-enactments  15:05  15:10 
    Battle Re-Enactment Rawtenstall  Battles & Re-Enactments  15:10   15:35

     

    Monday 27 May 2019     
    What's On Where  Type of Attraction  Start Time  Finish time 
    'Allo, 'Allo! Characters  On Board Train  Entertainment & Activities  10:00  16:00 
    Vintage Cream Teas in the Observation Saloon* On Board Train (Bury Departure)  Food & Drink  10:00, 13:00, 16:00  
    Paul Harper & Mr Don Gentile  Bury Station  Music & Dancing  10:00  16:00 
    Rum & Cola Girls  Bury Station  Music & Dancing  14:30  16:00 
    Jez Mansfield - Spiv Extraordinaire  Bury Station  Entertainment & Activities  10:00  16:00 
    Vintage Stalls Bury Station  Displays & Exhibitions  10:00  16:00 
    Winston Churchill's Welcome Speech Bury Station  Battles & Re-Enactments  10:00  10:05 
    Kelly Ann Waldie  Bury Transport Museum   Music & Dancing  10:00  14:00 
    Rum & Cola Girls Bury Transport Museum  Music & Dancing  10:00  14:00 
    Tea Dance Bury Transport Museum  Music & Dancing  13:00  14:00 
    Field Kitchen Bury Transport Museum  Food & Drink  10:00  16:00 
    Working Spitfire* Bury Transport Museum  Displays & Exhibitions  10:00  16:00 
    Winston Churchill's Speech Bury Transport Museum  Battles & Re-Enactments  14:40  14:45 
    VE Day Concert Bury Transport Museum  Music & Dancing  14:45  16:15 
    Vintage & Military Stalls Bury Transport Museum  Displays & Exhibitions  10:00  16:00 
    Vintage Vehicle Display Ramsbottom Station  Displays & Exhibitions  10:00  16:00 
    The Bluebird Belles  Ramsbottom Station  Music & Dancing  10:00  16:00 
    WW2 Command Centre Ramsbottom Station  Displays & Exhibitions 10:00  16:00 
    French Café Display Ramsbottom Station  Displays & Exhibitions  10:00  16:00 
    Camp Roanoke Irwell Vale  Displays & Exhibitions  10:00  16:00 
    The Washboard Resonators Rawtenstall Station  Music & Dancing  10:00  16:00 
    German Camp Rawtenstall Station  Displays & Exhibitions  10:00  16:00 
    Battle Re-Enactment Rawtenstall Station  Battles & Re-Enactments  11:10  11:35 

    Ticket Information & Prices

    Online Ticket Prices

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

      1 Day Rover2 Day Rover3 Day Rover 
    Adult £18.90 £34.20  £42.30 
    Concession £17.10 £30.60 £37.80
    Child £12.60 £22.50  £27.90
    Family (2 Adults + Up to 3 Children) £53.10  N/A  N/A 

    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.

      1 Day Rover2 Day Rover3 Day Rover 
    Adult £21.00 £38.00 £47.00 
    Concession £19.00 £34.00 £42.00
    Child £14.00 £25.00 £31.00
    Family (2 Adults + Up to 3 Children) £59.00 N/A  N/A 

    Timetable

    Please click here to download our 1940s Weekend Train Timetable.

    Important Information and Getting Here

    Entertainment begins at 10am and runs until 4pm**, however train services will start earlier and run later, please see timetable for details.

    The following facilities will be open across the 1940s Weekend**:

    VenueType of VenueLocation of VenueOpening Times  
       SaturdaySundayMonday
    Gift Shop Shopping Bury Station 10:00 - 16:00 10:00 - 16:00 10:00 - 16:00
    The Buffet Food & Drink Bury Station 10:00 - 16:00 10:00 - 16:00 10:00 - 16:00
    The Pie 'n' Pea Shack Food & Drink Bury Station 10:00 - 16:00 10:00 - 16:00 10:00 - 16:00
    The Trackside Food & Drink Bury Station 09:30 - 00:00 09:30 - 23:00 12:00 - 23:00
    Castlecroft Café Food & Drink Bury Transport Museum 10:00 - 16:00 10:00 - 16:00 10:00 - 16:00
    Ramsbottom Hut Food & Drink Ramsbottom Station 10:00 - 16:00 10:00 - 16:00 10:00 - 16:00
    Rawtenstall Café Food & Drink Rawtenstall Station 10:00 - 16:00 10:00 - 16:00 10:00 - 16:00
    Buffer Stops Bar Food & Drink Rawtenstall Station 11:00 - 00:00 11:00 - 22:00 12:00 - 23:00

    ** Times are approximate and may be subject to change.

    We recommend beginning your journey at Bury Bolton Street Station. For information on how to get there, as well as a helpful guide to local transportation links and parking spaces, please visit our Getting Here page.

    Our visitors say…

    • We picked up the steam train which stopped at various stations where there was lots going on relating to the 1940s. Lots of people were dressed in forties costume. ‘Allo’ Allo characters on the train made journey even better! We will be back again next year! Well done to all those who made it possible.

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