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Salute to the 40s-One of Britain’s Best Vintage Festivals

19 Sep 2020 - 20 Sep 2020

Salute to the '40s

Whilst the world adjusts to living and working within the latest Covid-19 safety restrictions, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust has needed to carefully review its operations, including future programming and events.

Salute to the 40’s is always a busy, vibrant event that brings people together from all over the country. At this time we feel that, within the current government guidelines, we would not be able to operate the event safely for our visitors, performers, traders and staff.

We have therefore taken the difficult decision to postpone this year’s Salute to the 40’s.

We'll meet again

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

Keeping the home fires burning

Salute to the 40’s is a major fundraising event for Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and the proceeds from the event go directly towards the preservation of the 80-acre Historic Dockyard site for the benefit of our visitors now and in the future.

We are in the process of contacting 2020 ticket holders directly with information about their ticket.

Ticket holders have the choice of donating the cost of their 2020 ticket, rolling their ticket(s) into 2021 or requesting a refund.

If you are a ticket holder and have not received this information, please contact


Next year’s event will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE Day and we’re going all out! To do so,the 2020 prices will be going up… but it’ll be worth it!   To all our friends that we see every year – we’re holding the 2019 prices for a short time  – buy your tickets now at an early bird discounted rate!

Tickets Online ticket price Ticket price – On the day
Adult £19.50 £22.00
Concession Senior Citizen, Ex-Forces, HM Forces with ID and Students £17.50 £19.50
Child Aged 5 – 15 years(Under 5’s go FREE!) £12.75 £14.50
Family £52.75 £59.50
Additional Child £8.00 £10.50

What's On


The Historic Dockyard Chatham is now open to visitors.

For your safety, and in line with the latest government guidelines, things will be different from your last visit and there will be a few changes to how you’ll explore our 80-acre site. Please take a moment to read our ‘KNOW BEFORE YOU GO‘ information.

If you have any queries that are not answered on this page, please contact us via 

If you are trying to contact us via telephone, we are experiencing a high volume of calls and we ask for your patience during this time.