The seventh Woodhall Spa 1940s Festival returns to the Lincolnshire village this weekend with a variety of activities, musical performances and stalls.
A record-breaking 45,000 people attended the 2017 edition of the popular event with over 40,000 people also at the festival in 2016.
Woodhall Spa 1940s Festival and Thorpe Camp 1940s Weekend will for one year only take place on the same weekend – July 7 and 8.
There is parking and free transport between the two locations so visitors will have a chance to attend both events.
There is a full range of events taking place across the festival weekend throughout each day.
Living History in the Park – at Jubilee Park from 9am on both days there will be a wide variety of WW2 Living History Groups covering the Home Front and service overseas.
1940’s Trade Fayre – at Jubilee Park from 9am on both days there will be a selection of 40’s themed stalls selling everything from bowler hats to bicycles.
If you go down to the woods today – at The Pinewoods from 9am on both days there will be a variety of WW2 Living History Groups camped and demonstrating in the woods.
Pre-1950 Vehicle Rally – at The Broadway from 9am on both days there will be several vehicles on display.
Thorpe Camp 1940’s Weekend – at Thorpe Camp Visitors Centre. From 10am on both days the centre will be hosting a range of trade stalls and entertainment. A regular bus service will be operating between the Centre and Woodhall Spa.
Peace Exhibition – From 10am to 4pm on the Saturday (and 12pm-4pm on Sunday) there will be an exhibition of a mixture of paintings from “Painting for Pleasure Group” and flowers decorating the church. Entry is by donation in aid of the church.
Musical entertainment at the Museum – From 11am on both days at Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum there will be musical entertainment, with Heather Marie, Rachel Be a and Winston Churchill on the Saturday. Rachel Bea, Phil Meadows and Winston Churchill will star on Sunday.
Angie entertains from 11am on both days Angie will entertain the grounds of the Conservative Club, with an outside bar and hog roast.
40s Bandstand Concert – From 11am on both days at Jubilee Park there will be hours of free 40’s music entertainment during the daytime from a variety of artists. Jubilee Park’s Dads Army Bar will be open from 10am-10pm.
40s Concert at the Petwood – From 11am on both days at Petwood Hotel there will be a variety of musical entertainment.
40s Concert at the Golf – From 11am on both days at The Golf Hotel & Aqua Sante Spa there will be free non-stop music and dance in the grounds.
40s Concert at the ‘Inn’ – From 11am on both days at The INN there will be a variety of musical performances.
Music at the Tea House – From midday on both days there will be musical entertainment at the Tea House.
Military Re-enactment – From 1pm on both days at Pinewoods the Crossing of the Rhine will be commemorated with a skirmish in the woods. There will be simulated gunfire so it may not be suitable for children and pets.
Tea Dance – At 2pm on both days at Woodhall Spa Coronation Trust there will be afternoon vintage tea, dancing, raffle prizes and entertainment from Major Swing accompanied by Kitty.
Best Dressed Competition Final – At 3.30pm in Royal Square on both days Nikki Barnard (Vintique) is running the 1940’s Best Dressed Competition.
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Flypast – The Flypast will take place at around 4pm on both days.
A list of frequently asked questions about the event can be found here.
Road Closure orders for July 7-8:
- Coronation Road (Stixwould Road to King George Avenue)
- Stanhope Avenue (Broadway to Victoria Avenue)
- Stanhope Avenue (Iddesleigh Road to Tor O Mor Road)
- Station Road (Tattershall Road to Broadway)
- Broadway (Station Road to Iddesleigh Road)
- Arnhem Way (Tattershall Road to Stanhope Avenue)
- Cromwell Avenue (Tattershall Road to Arnhem Way)
- St Leonards Avenue (Tattershall Road to St Peters Drive)
- Albany Road (Tattershall Road to St Peters Drive)
- Sylvan Avenue (Iddesleigh Road to Tor O Mor Road)
- Tarleton Avenue (Horncastle Road to Tor O Mor Road)
- Tor O Mor Road (Kirkby Lane to Stanhope Avenue)
- Turnberry Drive (Witham Road to Muirfield Way)
- Wentworth Way (Witham Road to Turnberry Drive)
- Alexandra Road (Witham Road to end)
- King Edwards Road (Witham Road to King Edward Avenue)
- Mill Lane (Closed Southbound only from Green Lane to Witham Road)
- Green Lane (Closed Southbound only from Stixwould Road to Mill Lane)
- Monument Road (Closed Southbound only from Glen Lodge Road to Stixwould Road)
- Stixwould Road/B1192/B1191 Roundabout (To allow traffic direction by CSAS Marshalls)
- Stixwould Road/Green Lane/Monument Road (To allow traffic direction by CSAS Marshalls)
- No Waiting/No Loading At Any Time Orders in place on:
- Green Lane (Mill Lane to Stixwould Road)
- Stixwould Road (B1191 to Glen Lodge Road)
- B1191 The Broadway/Horncastle Road (Between Iddesleigh Road & Bainland Country Park)
- Stanhope Avenue (Iddesleigh Road to Victoria Avenue)
- Victoria Avenue (Stanhope Avenue to Tattershall Road)
- Iddesleigh Road (Broadway to Stanhope Avenue)
- Tattershall Road (B1191 to Abbey Lane)
- B1191 Witham Road (North side only from Wentworth Way to Tattershall Road)
- B1191 Witham Road (South side only from Tattershall Road to Kirkstead Bridge)
- Spa Road (Station Road to King George Avenue)
- King George Avenue (Spa Road to Coronation Road)
- Monument Road (Stixwould Road to Glen Lodge Road)
Local diversion routes and access arrangements will be signposted
Car parks will open at 8am and close at 7pm on both days of the festival.
A frequent Park and Ride bus service will be operated from each of the car parks.
The buses will commence their service at 9am and run on a continual basis to and from the Village throughout both days of the Festival.
The cost for all the car parks, including a park and ride service, is just £7 per vehicle for the whole day if booking and pre-booking is conducted online.
For full information about parking at the festival click here.