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:
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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.
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PLUS FABULOUS VINTAGE PERFORMANCES FROM:
DANCE TROUPES – WORKSHOPS AND PERFORMANCES
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
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.
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!
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!
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
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:
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 email@example.com or on 01634 823826
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