Salute to the ‘40s

Prepare for Salute to the ’40s – an extraordinary vintage festival at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, featuring a weekend packed with nostalgia, laughter, and fun for everyone.

Here’s a preview of what’s in store:

Dazzling Entertainment – Hit the dance floor and sway to the swinging beats of the past, from jitterbug to jive, and let the music transport you to a different era.

Classic Cars and Military Vehicles – Explore a stunning display of vintage military and classic cars at the Admiral’s Offices, delving into the history and craftsmanship of these iconic vehicles.

Time Travelling Performances – Marvel at captivating acrobatics, storytelling, and model railways that bring history to life in mesmerizing ways.

Vintage Market – Discover unique handcrafted and vintage treasures at Tinker’s Alley and the Village Green, offering retro fashion and timeless crafts for enthusiasts.

Family-Friendly Fun – Enjoy dance lessons, old-fashioned games, and delightful performances suitable for all ages, promising a joyous atmosphere for the whole family.

Cream Tea & Air Raid Shelter Experience – Relax with a cream tea in the Commissioner’s House Ballroom, and delve into the wartime ambiance with an immersive tour of an air raid shelter.

Reenactors and Wartime Displays – Witness reenactors portraying characters from the past and gain a firsthand insight into historical events, appreciating the resilience of previous generations.

Food & Drink – Refuel with a variety of delicious fare at The Mess Deck and Wagon Stop restaurants, offering traditional dishes like Pie & Mash and Fish & Chips, as well as snacks, cakes, and ice cream to satisfy every craving.

Immerse yourself in a bygone era at this vintage festival where history, entertainment, and delectable treats await your discovery.

Book your tickets for Salute to the ’40s now and embark on a journey through time, where the past comes alive and memories are made for generations to come.  Get ready for a humdinger of a weekend that you’ll cherish forever!

Early bird tickets are available until 31 March 2024. Book online at

Pricing Information

Tickets are available to purchase on The Historic Dockyard Chatham website.