When: 18th & 19th August 2018, 10am – 5pm
Where: Lytham Green, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire
£: Free (£5 to park on the green)
What is it?
The ninth annual Lytham 1940s Wartime Weekend will be taking place this weekend (Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August) in the Lancashire seaside town.
This year’s entertainment will include re-enactments, a historic vehicle parade around Lytham, 1940s singers and acts performing plenty of George Formby, Vera Lynn and Winston Churchill.
On the green there will be a BAE Systems marquee, Home Front recreations and a static Spitfire from the Lytham St Annes Spitfire Ground Display Team and a static Messerschmitt ME109. New attractions to the weekend will include military charities and more historic vehicles and static displays from the Military Vehicles Trust and MWWW2A.
The Willow Garden Project will be bringing their beautiful memorial display to Lytham. Based in Fleetwood, they offer healthy outdoor activities in gardening and horticulture, primarily for people with disabilities or mental health needs. Their display, which has been opposite the North Euston Hotel, has proved very popular and the weekend will give even more people the opportunity to see their fantastic work and find out more about them.
As night falls, the 2018 event will continue with plenty of entertainment around the town. Lowther Pavilion will host the popular show We’ll Meet Again, as well as a 1940s dance on the Saturday night.
The Leafy Blinders night will kick off the weekend on the Friday in the main entertainments marquee, featuring the Silhouettes and Smooth Chalk. This will be followed by the Kalamazoo Dance Band on the Saturday night, recreating the big band sound of the war era.
Over the weekend, Lytham Fizz will be operating the main bar in the entertainments marquee.
If weather permits, a World War Two film will also be projected onto Lytham Windmill on the Saturday night; whilst on the Sunday night, the Farewell to Lytham evening at the Lindum Hotel in St Annes, will bring the weekend to a close.
Fashion will be a huge part of the weekend and it’s not just the people who get dressed up! Local shops and cafes all get into the 1940s swing with bunting, sandbags and much more, ready for the best dressed competition. The competition will take place on the Saturday, with Winston Churchill and the Mayor of Fylde as the judges.
This popular event has gone from strength to strength and now attracts an estimated 40,000 people from all over the country.