Last weekend, my family and I decided to hop along to the rural village of Holme in Cambridgeshire to experience their Life on the Holme Front 1940’s weekend.
Having never experienced a 1940’s weekend before, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Do I dress up? Not dress up? How many people would be attending? Would it be any good? All these questions were going through my mind and I just didn’t have a clue. Well, oh my goodness, let me tell you, it was absolutely brilliant and it by far exceeded all of my expectations.
We attended the event on the Saturday, which was ideal for us, as we had family staying over. The parking was super easy too. There was a small fee to pay, however there were plenty of officials around, pointing us in the right direction and entering the village event itself was free of charge.
From the minute you entered the village, it was literally like stepping back in time. Vintage cars and military vehicles proudly lined the street, with 40’s memorabilia greeting us at every turn. There were many stalls to also peruse over, selling anything from vintage clothing and poppy candles to war time relics and 1940’s household items. Something for everybody, it would seem.
One of the main things that stood out for me at the event, was the fact that so many people had made a real effort to dress up in 1940’s costumes. Whether it was couples dressing up, families or people on their own, everyone played a part and it really made you feel like you were actually in a 1940’s village. I even felt a bit sorry that I hadn’t dressed up, but I guess there’s always next time.
The 1940’s event always runs on the first weekend in October and Holme village itself has plenty of history with reference to the 1940’s era, including Holmewood Hall, which was used by US agents during World War 11. This was their 10th Anniversary of the event at Holme and it was a great feeling to be amongst it all.
The event was spread out throughout the village over two days and included many attractions such as, GB Home Guard Band, playing sounds of the 40’s. The NAFFI, serving up classic spam fritters. Vintage bus tours, battle re-enactments, tank rides, living history displays and a 40’s farmyard.
My favourite attractions were watching the hair demonstrations from Hairaid Shelter, a 1940’s hair stylist team and also watching the Blitz Dancers shaking their stuff on the dance floor. There was also live entertainment throughout the event, with wartime songs being sung as well as a speech from Winston Churchill and a memorial parade on the Sunday morning.
This was such a fabulous event to be apart of, as there was something for everyone to enjoy. My family absolutely loved it and are looking forward to coming back next year. We’ll meet again Holme village and I can’t wait!
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