When: 26th & 27th November 2016, 10am – 4pm
Where: Kent Life Heritage Farm Park, Lock Lane, Sandling, near Maidstone
£: Tickets cost £6.95 for adults, £5.95 for concessions, £5.50 for children aged three to 15, and £19.95 for a family (two adults and two children). Under-threes and members go free.
What is it?
Ever wondered what it was like celebrating the festive season during wartime? Then step back into the 1940s at Kent Life Heritage Farm Park on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November, to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of Christmas on the Home Front.
Find out how to ‘make do and mend’, and learn how civilians coped with rationing by preserving and re-styling clothes from the era. Discover how to rustle up some genuine 1940s recipes issued by the Ministry of Food – including a sponge cake made with liquid paraffin instead of fat – at a wartime cookery demonstration.
Other activities will include drill displays by the Home Guard, a 1940s school lesson, shops from the era, and a rehabilitation centre for injured RAF pilots. You might even spot a German POW or two being put to work mending bicycles.
Take a peek inside the Lenham Cottages, one of which has been converted to recreate life in World War II. The cottage features sticky tape on the windows to reduce bomb blast damage, a bathtub with a water ration line, and a mangle to do the washing. You can even check out an Anderson Shelter in the garden, to see how families protected themselves during bombing raids.
More info: www.kentlife.org.uk