When: 4th – 6th May 2013 (Open 10am – 5pm with the last admission at 3.30pm)
Where: Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1JY
£: Adults 10, concessions 8, children (aged 3 – 16) 7 and children under 3 go free
What is it?
Visitors to the Royal Gunpowder Mills in Waltham Abbey will be transported back to the 1940s to join the VE Day celebrations as part of a spectacular May bank holiday weekend event.
The historic site, which played a key role in the Second World War, will be transformed with a series of both military and civilian experiences including street parties, air-raid shelters, jive dancing, songs of the period and battle demonstrations. Among the highlights of the action-packed event will be the presence of the Mustang and Spitfire which will be carrying out aerobatic displays on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May respectively (flyovers are weather permitting).
Visitors can explore the many living history camps and to talk to the re-enactment soldiers and discover what life was like during wartime as part of this weekend of celebration and remembrance. There will be the opportunity to visit a 1940s general store, toy shop and kitchen, as well as experiencing an air raid warning and taking cover in an air raid shelter. There will also be battle re-enactments between the allies and the axis soldiers on Sunday and Monday afternoon.
More info: www.royalgunpowdermills.com