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.
War Walks at Greenham Common including the Greenham Cold War Experience
Narrowboat trips on the Kennet & Avon canal featuring GI War Baby talk *booked via the K&A Canal Trust website - details to follow*
Guided Vintage bus tours to Littlecote House, Membury Airfield & Greenham Control Tower in association with Family Tree ** Pre-booking required - tickets available for 8th are for around trip & 9th September outbound & return separately **
Brief Encounter screening at The Corn Exchange **Pre-booking required – tickets available from the Corn Exchange from 1st August** (a further film screening will take place on the Sunday at a difference venue - check back for details)
Ruby's Vintage & Retro fairs (including hair and make-up) Sunday only
Opening parade officiated by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire