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Salute to the ’40s

18 Sep 2021 - 19 Sep 2021

It's time to meet again - 18 & 19 September

It's time to meet again

... your must visit 1940s weekend

Get ready for a party to end all parties! By postponing the event in 2020, we have been able to focus all our energy on making sure 2021 will be the best Salute to the ’40s – ever!

Start planning your vintage outfit and perfecting your victory rolls now. The wartime spirit is very much alive and we’ll meet again on 18 & 19 September 2021.

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



... get your tickets for one of Britain's best vintage festivals

Salute to the ’40s 2021 is set to be something special, we missed out in 2020 so we’ve got 2 years worth of vintage festival to cram into one fun-packed weekend.

Adult £22.00
(65+, Ex-Forces, HM Forces with ID and Students)
Child aged 5 – 15 years
(Under 5’s go FREE)
(2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children)
Additional Child £10.50

Book with confidence

In these unprecedented times we appreciate it is difficult to commit to an event in the future. With this is mind, we will make a promise to everyone purchasing a ticket that, should we need to cancel the 2021 event, you will receive an automatic full refund. Should you be unable to attend the event due to self-isolation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will transfer your ticket to next year’s event.

Guidance related to the safety of visitors at this event will be issued closer to the event dates to reflect the current regulations and restrictions in place at the time.

All tickets are date specific and can only be changed in advance of the event itself.  If you need to change or amend your booking, please contact us on or call us on telephone 01634 823844.

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

Live on stage

... confirmed 2021 line up

The D-Day Darlings

The Dolly Girls

Mickie Driver

Pink Champagne

Miss Holiday Swing

Adam Hoffman

Sparky and Sprite (Saturday only)

The Knightingales (Sunday only)

Blitz and Pieces (Sunday only)

1940s fun

... keeping the wartime spirit alive

As well as a jam-packed programme of showstopping performances and dance workshops, the war time spirit will be very much alive around the Dockyard’s entire 80-acre site. Step back in time at the military and Home Front displays and transport processions. Explore a replica 1940s village and take shelter in a bunker as part of a real-life air raid evacuation. Browse the buzzing vintage street market and shop for everything 40s, from genuine collectibles and housewares to reproduction clothing and accessories.

Military Vehicles

Military Zone

Vintage Fashion

Vintage Street Market

Vintage Vehicles


1940s Village

Fairground Rides

Steam Trains

Second World War Destroyer

(Restricted access due to essential maintenance)

Air Raid Experience

Food & Drink

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the programme for Saturday?

What’s the programme for Sunday?


I’ve changed my mind and want to go on a different day – will my ticket still get me in?

Yes – you can use your ticket on either, but not both, Saturday or Sunday.

Can I buy a ticket on the door?

There will be a limited number of tickets available on the door. We recommend you purchase your ticket(s) in advance to avoid disappointment.

Do you need a negative COVID status, or to be vaccinated, to attend?

No – we are following Government guidelines which at present do not require visitors to provide proof of COVID status or vaccination.  We will update this information in-line with any future Government announcements.

What if it rains both days – will I get my money back?

We are not able to provide refunds but there are plenty of places to shelter from extreme weather while still enjoying the event.

Will I get a refund if I have catch COVID or have to shield or isolate and can’t attend?

Yes – if you can provide proof of your COVID status we are happy to issue a refund.

Can I bring a carer for free?

Yes – each disabled guest is welcome to bring a carer at no extra charge.  Please provide proof of ID on the day.

Do I have to wear a 1940s outfit?

No – please wear whatever you feel most comfortable in.  Our entertainers and Dockyard team will be dressed in clothes from the era so please feel free to join them.

Can I join in with the singing and dancing?

Yes – we encourage people to sing and dance along with the acts and there will be dance workshops running throughout the day.

Can I look around the Dockyard on the day?

Yes – all the Dockyard’s visitor attractions, including the three historic warships, galleries and exhibitions are open to visitors.

I have a Dockyard annual pass – can I just turn up?

Salute to the ’40s is a separately ticketed event and tickets need to be purchased online or on the day.

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