Saturday 8th September 10.00 - 22.30, Sunday 9th September 10.00 - 16.00 Newbury Town Centre Get ready to Jive like it's 1945! Our 1940s weekend takes place between Saturday 8th - Sunday 9th September starting at 10:00am. In collaboration with Home Front History and friends we're taking Newbury back in time!
September is the month during which the areas wartime history is delivered through a series of fascinating presentations which include a one act play based on the story of the Home Guard and a lunchtime recital based on the famous home front concerts given by British pianist Dame Myra Hess.
However, the link between the town of Newbury and the former historic airfield at Greenham Common is being strengthened when we join with them to celebrate the opening of the control tower to the public. During the event weekend there will also be war walks of the site. Visitors to the town during the event will be able to travel to Greenham on a period bus which will operate a regular service between the Corn Exchange and the control tower car park.
Narrowboat trips on the Kennet & Avon canal featuring GI War Baby talk *booked via the K&A Canal Trust website - jubilee.katrust.org.uk
Apollo Big Band Company B & singers on Saturday Evening
Cooking demonstrations by Christine Wallace of Great British Bake Off fame
Lunchtime piano recitals
Book signings & talks
Dad’s Army plays
1940s food at Newbury’s famous Empire Café
Fordson Period Food Truck
Living history re-enactors
Living history Nursing Display
Winston & Clementine Churchill living history portrayls
And much, much more!
Timings and locations of the above activities will be announced shortly.
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Visit Newbury would like to thank the following people and organisations for assisting with Their Legacy Our History - 1940's Weekend: Living history re-enactors / Winston & Clementine Churchill / The Mayor of Newbury / DL Lieutenant – Mrs Weston Padre - Keri Eynon / Berkshire Army Cadet Force / Royal British Legion Riders Branch Janine Westropp President Newbury Branch Royal British Legion / Woolhampton School children & parents The Pipe Major / Royal Observer Corps Association / RBL Community Fund Raising / New Era Players Company B Dance Troupe / Ages Past - Vintage & Classic Vehicles / Victoria Kennedy / Ruby’s Vintage & Retro Markets Christine Wallace / Home Front History / Newbury Library / West Berkshire Museum / Kennet & Avon Canal Trust The Ugly Duckling Pottery Painting Cafe / The Chequers Hotel / Marston’s Inns / Southern Co-ops Naomi House & Jacksplace / David Clulow / The Empire Café / St. Nicolas Church / Oliver Williams Woolhampton School / Royal British Legion / The Ugly Duckling / Sweet & Nostalgic Beaulieu National Motor Museum / Best of British Magazine / Warner Group / Family Tree Magazine Warners Littlecote House / Roger Day / Walker Logistics Membury / The Corn Exchange The Flying Ducks / Secrets Nail & Beauty / Kennet Radio / Jerry Dix / John Dickson 1940s Society/Sabrestorm / Neil Bright / John Timmins / Joyce Meader Holly Pullen / Amanda Jane Poyner / Apollo Big Band / Greenham Common Control Tower LTD. Lex Marquees / Greenham Trust / Michael Burne / Vehicle Owners / Surrey and Hampshire Borders MVT L Hunt & Sons Ltd
Note: Some of the events across the 1940's weekend are weather permitting.
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