You may need your tin hat and gas mask if you visit Crich Tramway Village during its special August 1940s Week from Monday 3rd to Sunday 9th August.
From Monday, the museum will be turning back to a period where Britain was at war. 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. There will also be a Spitfire on display outside the Assembly Rooms.
Policemen and members of the Home Guard will be patrolling the period street and visitors must always be ready to show their identity card or risk being arrested as a spy. Rita’s Tearoom will be serving wartime fayre and the Red Lion public house will be serving drinks while visitors can join in with traditional pub games.
From Monday to Friday, wartime songs will be belted out by Jayne Darling. Over the weekend, entertainment will move to Victoria Park with songs from Kevin Mac, Marina Mae, and Cameron Aitken and music by the Ashby Little Big Band.
Weekend action includes a variety of military displays, vehicle parades, and visits by the King and the Prime Minister. Children will be able to take part in the Crich “Boot Camp” and the evacuee scenarios. And watch out for the antics of off-duty personnel and the spivs!
Also for the weekend only, to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain there will be a RAF fighter command sector control room demonstration in the Learning Centre.
Plus, dress up in 1940s clothes and we offer a reduced admission charge.
A dance will be held on Saturday evening from 7:30pm to 10:30pm with the Ashby Little Big Band providing the music. The evening will kick off with dance lessons to get you “in the mood”. There will be a licensed bar until 11:00pm. Tickets at £5 per person are limited and can be pre-booked by calling us and checking availability.