You may need your tin hat and gas mask if you visit Crich Tramway Village during its special August 1940s Weekend on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of August.
Step back in time to 1940s Britain with Crich Tramway Village at our Easter and August 1940s Events. Visitors can expect air-raid warnings and the sound of low flying aircraft and you will need your identity card for a real taste of life during the Second World War.
Policemen and members of the Home Guard will be patrolling the period streets and visitors must always be ready to show their identity card or risk being arrested as a spy! Beware the spivs selling black market goods and watch out for unexploded bombs. However the trusty ARP will be on hand to deal with any incidents including the incendiary bombs.
Children will be able to take part in the Crich ‘Boot Camp’ and the evacuee scenarios and also learn how to rag rug in the Learning Centre.
Historic wartime road and military vehicles will be on show and on the move, mingling with a range of vintage trams which visitors will be able to ride on as often as they like.
Some trams will have blackout masks fitted along with anti-blast netting on the windows, blue coloured lamps and white steps. The indicator blinds will be blacked out too so as to confuse any enemy spies.
Wartime songs will be belted out by an authentic concert party throughout the weekend with Marina Mae, Kevin Mac, George Formby and the D-Day Darlings as well as traditional dancing. Plus performances by Masquerade.
The Red Lion public house will be serving drinks and wartime styled meals.
On Saturday evening we have live performances from Ashby Big Band ‘Little Band’ from around 7:30pm in the Marquee.
Saturday 9th August - 10am - 11pm (last admission 6pm)
Sunday 10th August - 10am - 6pm (last admission 4pm)
Adults - £13.00
Seniors – £10.50
Child - £8.00
Family (2A+3C) - £35.00
Plus, dress up in 1940s clothes and we offer a reduced admission charge.
If visiting our event for one day isn’t enough we are offering a 2nd day discounted ticket of £6!*
* second day discount only on production of signed receipt from previous day (Saturday 9th August 2014)
Veterans - Please contact Museum for a booking form.
Re-enactors wishing to bring a static display to this event are invited to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss their requirements. All such displaying groups are eligible for free admission
Please note that Crich is a HOME FRONT event, so desert clothing should not be worn by those re-enactors representing themselves as forces personnel. You will be asked to change into suitable attire. "American" uniforms will be permitted, as the year we are portraying is 1944. Strictly no German, Japanese or Axis Costumes. We appreciate your co-operation in this matter.
There is no available caravan spaces for this event, however there is plenty of space for "plastic" camping.