Salute to the ’40s

Keep Calm and Party at Salute to the ‘40s – The Historic Dockyard Chatham’s legendary vintage weekend and one of “Britain’s Best Vintage Festivals”

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is proud to bring you the most exciting family friendly vintage festival on the UK circuit. Paying homage to the heyday of the big band and blitz spirit, showcasing the best the era has to offer and considered one of the country’s best!

From numerous areas filled with unique vintage traders and stalls, to nostalgic sing-a-longs and ‘40s entertainment, fashion shows, vintage car parades, Spitfire aircraft displays and much more, The Historic Dockyard Chatham, one of the world’s most famous maritime attractions, will be transformed into a tribute to all things ‘40s.

Motor enthusiasts will be wowed by the daily ‘Coming Home’ parade – an impressive convoy of vintage cars, trucks and jeeps, whilst all eyes will turn to the sky for the nostalgic ‘Spirit of Kent’ spitfire display which takes place each afternoon, bringing the heritage site alive with the sounds and smells of 1940’s Britain.

New for this year, is Wheels and Frills – a street party overlooking the Dockyard’s Historic Warships, packed with food stalls, experiential workshops and themed entertainment for all ages. Learn to swing dance, jive or Lindy Hop and make rope whilst being entertained by the likes of Gypsy John, the Cinque Port Lindy Hoppers and DJ Danger UXB.

Lovers of vintage fashion and ‘40s collectors will delight in the Courtyard Vintage Fair and the 1940s’ Village Fete, which will be filled with throw-back goodies including fashion, accessories, jewellery, uniforms and so much more. At No. 1 Smithery Courtyard, ladies are invited to embrace the utilitarian glamour of the era with a vintage makeover or have their hair styled with Victory Rolls.  Gentlemen are also welcome to visit a traditional barber and have their hair and beards styled ready to parade the streets!

A breath-taking broadside gun firing display will take place at midday and mid-afternoon from the Second World War Destroyer, HMS Cavalier. Alternatively, for those wanting to experience the ultimate blitz spirit, The Historic Dockyard’s ARP Warden is running tours of the underground bomb shelters, whilst the air raid siren echoes across the site.

Revellers can refuel in style thanks to an abundance of food stalls catering for every taste. Tuck into tea and bread pudding, served from a 1940s’ vintage NAAFI truck, enjoy a pint or two from a vintage London Bus, or try a more sophisticated setting at the Commissioner’s House where Vintage Afternoon tea is being served.

Re-live the iconic era brought to life through hundreds of 1940’s military and civilian re-enactors, all of the dockyard locomotives, climb on board the driver’s cab of a Second World War locomotive, military camps, a bombed-out house, shop and 1940’s pub, anti-aircraft gun displays, land army displays and animals, a fire station, vehicle parades, fashion parades and a ‘Royal’ Visit. The ‘Royal Family and their Party’ will tour the grounds greeting crowds, whilst King George VI will deliver a victory speech.

As the sun sets on the Chatham festival, performers, entertainers and re-enactors will join on the Spitfire Stage to perform a ‘Finale Sing Song’, led by The London Swing Orchestra. The final hurrah: crowds will wave flags, dance, sing and rejoice in the presence of the Royal Family amidst the spirited hullaballoo!

Discount and fast track entry tickets available online: TICKETS



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Discount and fast track entry tickets available online: TICKETS