During this fantastic weekend, this small picturesque market town in the Yorkshire Dales is transformed to recapture the war period with hundreds of visitors dressing in vintage clothing and re-enactors engendering a real wartime spirit.
As you stroll around the town’s cobbled streets, the sights and sounds of the war years are brought to life through re-enactor camps and displays, which include key battles and scenes from a field military hospital featuring the American light infantry, Russian soldiers and a contingent of German troops.
The local homeguard put on an explosive display (quite literally!) as they demonstrate how to detonate unexploded bombs.
There is plenty for military enthusiasts to enjoy, with the main square and car parks packed full with military and civilian vehicles from the era, including authentic tanks and half-track lorries. Star attractions are always the replica aircraft and a Merlin engine used in a Spitfire plane which later went on to power a Challenger tank.
Adding to the period feel there is plenty of traditional entertainment that’s free to enjoy. Put your dancing shoes on and join in with some Lindy Hop dancing to iconic forties tunes provided by local big bands, join in the sing-a-longs, see army battles recreated by war gamers and enjoy a spectacular choreographed display from a trapeze artist.
As always a warm welcome is provided by Prime Minister Winston Churchill who regularly addresses the crowds with his stirring speeches with his trademark dark suit and cigar, of course.
A great themed event for all the family, Grassington 1940s has something for everyone. Book today! Check availability using the Holiday Search above.
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