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What to expect from the Woodhall Spa 1940s Festival

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Fans of the British home front are set for a special treat later this month with the return of the always popular Woodhall Spa 1940s Festival.

The sixth instalment of the event takes place on July 15 and 16 in the Lincolnshire village, with a variety of activities, musical performances and stalls on show across the weekend.

The festival is ran entirely by volunteers who do not receive any form of payment for their work.

Over 40,000 people attended the festival in 2016.


There are a full range of events that will take place across the weekend from early in the morning to late at night.

Photo: Woodhall Spa 1940’s Weekend Facebook page

Festival highlights:

  • Pre 1950s vehicle rally (Saturday and Sunday 9am – 5pm The Broadway)
  • Ladies 1940s hair styling (Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm Petwood Hotel)
  • Vintage bus trips to Thorpe Camp (Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm Vintage Bus Stop)
  • 1940s children’s party (Saturday 11am – 12.30pm Coronation Hall)
  • Concert at the Cottage Museum (11am – 4pm Cottage Museum)
  • Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast (Saturday and Sunday 12pm and Saturday 1pm The Broadway)
  • Best Dressed competition (Saturday and Sunday 4pm Royal Square)
  • Outdoor evening concert (6pm – 10pm Petwood Hotel and The Inn)
  • 1940s Dinner Dance (7.30pm – 11.30pm Petwood Hotel)

Traffic and road closures

Motorists should expect a lot of traffic throughout the weekend, as tens of thousands of visitors are predicted to attend the festival.

Coronation Road, Stanhope Avenue and Station Road will be closed throughout the weekend.

Photo: Woodhall Spa 1940s Festival


There will be five designated car parks and it will cost £5 a vehicle to park in these areas.

A park and ride system will run from 9am and all car parks will be open until 7pm,

Cars will not be able to park on Stixwould Road, Victoria Avenue, B1191, Green Lane and Monument Road apart for resident access, however parking will be back to normal in the village for the evening events.

Drivers can pre-purchase their car parking tickets and find out where the car parks are located here. 

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