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Salute to the 40s

16 Sep 2017 - 17 Sep 2017


Buy your tickets for Salute to the ‘40s this weekend to get 20% off - code: DUNKIRK17


16th and 17th September 2017

Become part of our 1940’s Family and be transported back in time for two full days of vintage spirit!  With NEW and EXCITING additions for 2017 this event should NOT be missed.

Living history, big band performances including The Glenn Miller Orchestra and The Hotsie Totsies, live vintage music, Traditional Seaside Fun, Best Dressed Competitions, all of this NEW alongside everything you know and love on site; dancing, re-enactments, wartime displays – Home Front and Military, Air Raid Experiences, climb on board a Second World War Destroyer, Spitfire and Hurricane static aircraft displays, 1940’s Bombed Out Street, ’40s genuine and replica shopping

This year’s 1940’s Evening Dance will be held on the Saturday night at 7pm on the beautiful No. 3 Slip Mezzanine (a scheduled ancient monument!) Scroll the page for all the details!

All this in addition to all of The Historic Dockyard’s galleries and attractions, you will be sure to find out why it is one of Britain’s best!

See a preview on what to expect from looking back at last years event: 


Prices for 2017!


On the day Online/In Advance 12 month ticket holders Two day ticket on Saturday Two day ticket online/in advance Groups
Adult £19.50 £18.00 £12.00 £30.00 £27.50 £15.50
Concession £16.50 £15.00 £11.00 £26.00 £23.50 £14.00
Child £13.50 £12.00 £9.50 £22.00 £20.00 £11.50
Family £54.50 £50.00 £35.50 £82.50 £75.00
Add family child £9.50 £8.50 £8.00 £17.00 £16.50

Please scroll down for more detailed information

Buy your ticket for Salute to the '40s today!


We have a VINTALICIOUS line up for you this year – the weekend will be ram packed full of sing-a-long and dance ‘til you drop entertainment.  Comedy and variety acts and dance workshops and performances to tip top it all off.

NEW FOR 2017:

  • The Glenn Miller Orchestra
  • The Hotsie Totsies


  • Madeline Brown
  • The Polka Dot Dolls
  • The George Formby Experience
  • The Dolly Girls
  • Adam Hoffman
  • Natasha Harper
  • Johnny Victory
  • Mickie Driver
  • Gypsy John and the Cinque Port Lindy Hoppers
  • DJ UXB
  • Puttin’ On The Blitz


  • Cinque Port Lindy Hoppers
  • Medway Lindy Hopper
  • The Lindy Kicks

Wartime Displays

Home Front displays and Military camps will complement the Dockyard site which already holds its own as a 1940’s film set location.  Vintage and military dressed re-enactors will wander or cycle the streets entertaining guests, dancing and on hand to talk everything WW2.  Visit our 1940’s Street, a bombed-out house, anti-aircraft gun display, land army displays, a fire station, a vintage barbers and salon!  Expect a ‘Royal Visit’ during the day and see all our re-enactors walk together in a Vintage Fashion Parade.


Animating the site will be the Dockyard locomotives running up and down the tracks across the site.  Plus hundreds of 1940’s military and civilian vintage cars, buses, trucks and motorcycles.  See the ‘Coming Home’ parade on both days when these vintage machines will travel around the Dockyard

Things to do

Dress Up

Why not wear a vintage outfit and join in with the atmosphere.  Land Army Girls, Military Uniform, House Wife and Washer Women, little Evacuees, vintage Gentleman’s Suit, a glamourous swing dress, set your Victory Curls and wax those ‘tashes.  It is up to you, or if you do not have an outfit buy everything you need for your ‘40s look on site on the day.

Air Raid Experience

Find out what it was like to be in an air raid evacuation, during an attack in WW2.  Our ARP Warden will lead you into our WW2 shelters and give you a history of an air raid.


See and hear the heart stopping guns fired from the Second World War Destroyer!

1940’s Street

Visit our 1940’s street and enjoy a pint from our pub, pick up a gift from our old fashioned store or buy some treats from our vintage sweet shop.  There are photo opportunities galore by our bombed out house and underground station.


Eat in one of our wonderful outlets on site ranging from Creams Teas to Ploughman’s, traditional fish and chips or doorstep sandwiches and Kentish pies.  Visit the mess Deck, Commissioner’s House or the Wagon Stop Canteen.

In addition to this we will have themed caterers, dotted across the site, serving everything from bacon butties and gourmet burgers to teas, cakes and bread pudding.


For 1940’s collectors and fashion enthusiasts you will find an array of authentic and replica traders on site over the weekend.  Fashions, accessories, jewellery, uniform and so much more will be on sale to visitors.  Not only is the Dockyard Vintage Fair filled with vintage goodies, there will also be traders dotted across the site with everything 1940’s you could ever need!

1940's Evening Dance!

Saturday 16th September - 7pm on the beautiful No. 3 Slip Mezzanine

Tickets are now available!

Travel back in time to the 1940’s for an evening dance,get ready to lindy hop, swing and jive! – the night is hosted by 1940’s DJ Gypsy John, with cabaret style seating and a HUGE dancefloor space in the beautiful scheduled ancient monument – No. 3 Slip Mezzanine

The Details…

  • Doors open at 19:00
  • Tickets £15 each
  • 1940’s dress wear is encouraged!
  • Please park your car in the main car park – 5 slip.

*Please note

  • Tickets are sold separately to entry tickets for the event
  • There will be a bar available at an additional cost


Detailed information

Concession = Senior Citizen, Student and HM Forces
Child = 5 – 15 years.  All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Family = 2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children

Salute to the ‘40s is a fund-raising event in aid of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust

Tickets can be purchased in advance in the following ways:

  1. On-line via PayPal secure site.
  2. By telephone on 01634 823826 (please have your debit or credit card ready).
  3. In person at The Historic Dockyard Admissions Desk.
  • £1.50 per transaction will be added for administration for purchases on-line and by telephone (1 & 2 above).
  • Telephone and in-person purchases (2 & 3 above) are only available during normal Historic Dockyard Opening Times
  • Holders of 12 month tickets for The Historic Dockyard are not able to purchase tickets on-line as ID will be requested.  Please purchase in advance by telephone or in-person.  Alternatively purchase on the day of your visit and bring your 12 month ticket or receipt with you.  12 month ticket holders may purchase a two day ticket at 2 x their one day ticket price.
  • Group prices are available for groups of 15 or more.  Contact Group Sales on 01634 823815 or via email at:

Purchasing tickets for disabled visitors

Visitors registered as ’Disabled’ wishing to obtain tickets for themselves and Carers should contact our Front of House Ticket Team at or on 01634 823826

Application Forms

To be part of the event please click on the appropriate forms below.  These forms will need to be returned with your payments and a A5 SAE envelope.  To make a donation to this important fundraiser, please send in the Gift Aid Form with your donation.

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