Woodhall Spa 40’s weekend.
WoW…. What can I say!
What an amazing event this is, the whole town turns out to make this a very special 40’s weekend.
From the minute you park your car on the outskirts of town where the local football club give up their playing field for caravan and campervan parking for the weekend, you walk back into the village and the mood, and swing of things changes immediately!
Woodhall Spa has a tradition of hosting this 40’s weekend every year, and it goes back to the village connection and its airfield in WW2 when it was an important bomber command base and the ace fighter pilot and squadron leader Guy Gibson spent much time at the airfield as the permanent information plaques around the streets explain.
Re-enactments, street parties, a cinema in the woods, 40’s style cafe’s and a speak easy open air dance hall. Vera Lynn and Winston Churchill tributes!
The music of the time taking you back and the fighting speech made by the great leader all go towards making it a very special occasion! Fancy dress is worn by 80% of the town folk and visitors making it very authentic, and all this is followed on Sunday afternoon a “fly past” by the “Lancaster bomber” and a “Spitfire” fighter to close the weekend events!!
I lead 7 cars from the “Truck Stop” at Hellaby and we met Burton & Lesley on the caravan site, they were staying in the Campervan for the weekend….. The kettle on constantly!
We had a lovely run, down the A1 to the A17 near Newark and along towards Sleaford turning off to our left just before the town through the Lincolnshire villages and past the RAF College at Cranwell, on back lanes made for the MX5 to Woodhall Spa.
I am sure Burton & Lesley will give us plenty of advance notice, and maybe arrange this event as a club run next year!
And let’s all make it a weekend to remember by getting into the “swing of things” don’t be shy, and wear something 40’s. Peaks & Pennines can “kick the ball” big style for this day!
We’re delighted to confirm that the Woodhall Spa 1940s Festival will return in 2019, and parking has been arranged again at the football ground