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Salute to the ’40s

14 Sep - 15 Sep 2024

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Salute to the 40s

A CrEATIVE VINTAGE FESTIVAL FOR ALL THE FAMILy

Get ready for the most spectacular time-travelling vintage festival of the year at The Historic Dockyard Chatham. A weekend filled with nostalgia, laughter and a whole lot of fun for the entire family.  Here’s a sneak peek into what awaits you.

What to expect

Entertainment for all the family

Musical Extravaganza

Step on to the dance floor as the main stage comes alive with the swinging beats of yesteryear.  From jitterbug to jive, immerse yourself in the tunes that once set the world on fire.  Let the rhythm transport you to a bygone era.

Classic Cars and Military Vehicles

Head towards the Admiral’s Offices to witness a stunning collection of vintage military and classic cars.  Explore the history and craftmanship behind these timeless automobiles that once ruled the roads and the battlefields.

Time Travelling Performances

Marvel at captivating performances ranging from acrobatics to enchanting storytelling.  Witness artists bringing the past to life creating an atmosphere that will leave you spellbound.  Don’t miss the incredible display of model railways and boats that will take you on a journey through time.

Vintage Market in Tinker’s Alley

Take a stroll through Tinker’s Alley and the Village Green where you’ll find the vintage market.  Indulge in a treasure hunt for unique, hand crafted, and vintage design-led pieces.  From retro fashion to timeless crafts, there’s something for every vintage enthusiast.

Salute tothe 40s - Family Photo

Family Friendly Fun & Games

There’s entertainment for all ages.  Join the dance lessons, participate in good old-fashioned games and be delighted by family friendly performances.  The vintage festival promises an atmosphere of joy and laughter for every member of your clan.

Cream Tea & Air Raid Shelter Experience

Treat yourselves to a delightful cream tea as you relax and soak into the vintage ambiance in Commissioner’s House Ballroom.  Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the past as your take a tour through the air raid shelter transporting you back to an era where families sought refuge underground, bringing the war time experience to life.

Salute to the 40s parade

Re-Enactors and Wartime Displays

Prepare to be surrounded by reenactors portraying sweethearts, dreamboats and military personnel.  Learn about history firsthand and gain an appreciation for the resilience of past generations.

Food & Drink

You will have worked up quite an appetite by the time you have experienced all the fun on offer, so take a breather and sample some of the great food on offer.  The Mess Deck and Wagon Stop restaurants on site will recharge you with traditional Pie & Mash or Fish & Chips and savoury snacks, cakes and ice cream.  There are no rations at this event, you will find various food stalls catering for a wide range of tastes and dietary requirements across the Historic Dockyard Chatham site.

Buy online to save

DISCOUNTED TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE

Book your tickets now and embark on a journey through time, where the past comes alive and memories are made for generations to come.  Get ready for a humdinger of a weekend that you’ll cherish forever!

Discounted tickets are available to purchase online.

This is an important fundraising event in aid of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust.

 

 

Salute to the ’40s

Adult DAY TICKET

  • Aged 16+

Online

£29

On The Door

£32

Salute to the ’40s

Child DAY TICKET

  • Aged 4 – 15 years
  • Aged 3 and under go free

Online

£20

On The Door

£23

Salute to the ’40s

Concession DAY TICKET

Concession ticket applies to Senior Citizen (Age 65+), Ex-Forces, HM Forces, Kent Services and Forces with ID & Students (walk up only with ID).

Online

£27

On the Door

£30

Salute to the ’40s

Family DAY TICKET

2 adults and up to 2 children or 1 adult and up to 3 children. 

Online

£78

On the Door

£81

Salute to the ’40s

Adult WEEKEND ticket

  • Aged 16+

Online

£52

On the Door

£57

Salute to the ’40s

Child WEEKEND Ticket

  • Aged 4 – 15 years.
  • Children aged 3 and under are free.

Online

£36

On the Door

£41

Salute to the ’40s

Concession WEEKEND TICKET

  • Concession ticket applies to Senior Citizen (Age 65+), Ex-Forces, HM Forces, Kent Services and Forces with ID & Students (walk up only with ID).

Online

£48

On the Door

£53

Salute to the ’40s

Family WEEKEND Ticket

  • 2 adults and up to 2 children or 1 adult and up to 3 children. 

Online

£146

On the Door

£152

Salute to the 40s

we need you

Join us at the Salute to the ’40s event and become a part of living history. We are looking for dedicated traders, passionate re-enactors, and proud owners of classic and military vehicles to make this event truly unforgettable. Whether you want to showcase your collection, immerse yourself in the era, or simply be a part of something special, this is the perfect opportunity for you. Sign up now and help us transport visitors back in time to this iconic era.

SPONSORSHIP
OPPORTUNITIES

Sponsorship is important to the success of the Historic Dockyard. Our sponsors can enjoy a flexible approach to partnership opportunities and a wide range of bespoke benefits designed to achieve their desired aims.

Salute to the '40s Sponsorship

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