Lytham 1940s Wartime Weekend 2019Tim Dixon
Lytham 1940s Wartime Weekend 2019
Saturday 17th August and Sunday 18th August 2019 (10am to 5pm each day). Lytham re lives the wartime era with a weekend of forties singing, dancing and big bands, battle re enactments, weapons displays, historic vehicles, military charities, vintage traders and so much more…
Music, dance and speeches
The YourGym marquee situated on Lytham Green has two days of free entertainment from 10am to 5pm. The line up features Winston Churchill’s rousing wartime speeches, Colin Bourdiec as George Formby, Lancashire Belle, The Bluebird Belles (Sunday 18th only), Lilli de Carlo, and Paula Marie (pictured). Back by popular demand, there’s also the chance to learn to dance with Anthony and Steph, so if you’ve got two left feet, do come and have a go. On Saturday 17th there will be the Re Invintaged Fashion Show. The confirmed timed schedule will appear here when available which we envisage July 2019. There will be a themed forties bar in the main marquee, expertly operated again by the fabulous Lytham Fizz.
There will also be military vehicles, music and dance in Clifton Square in the town centre with a resident forties DJ
Lytham Forties by night
New for 2019 is popular DJ Murray Rose from Yorkshire, supported by DJ Bazooka Joe for a fun filled night of forties dance in the YourGym marquee on Lytham Green. There’ll be pub games and a forties quiz with prizes to be won! Taking place on Friday 16th August. Doors 7pm to 11pm. Online tickets here or via 01253 658 443 during office hours
Back by popular demand is the Kalamazoo Dance Band who performed in Lytham in 2018. Taking place in the YourGym marquee on Saturday 17th August, tickets are £15pp and support and additional music will be provided by forties DJ Bazooka Joe. Doors open 7pm. Finish 11pm. Online ticket link here or via 01253 658 443 during office hours
We’ll Meet Again takes place at the nearby Lowther Pavilion on Friday 16th August at 2:00pm and 7:30pm and this Variety Show presents comedy multi-instrumentalist Pete Lindup along with ukulele virtuoso Anthony Mason who brings back memories of George Formby, Noel Coward and more. Tickets available here
Historic vehicles and aircraft
There will be an impressive display of historic military vehicles, post war vehicles and more, parked up on Lytham Green opposite the Clifton Hotel. Each day there will be a vehicle procession at 1:30pm that passes through the centre of Lytham, led by Winston Churchill and you’ll see jeeps, trucks, vintage bicycles and much more…
Historic aircraft and vehicles will be announced here as they are confirmed. We can confirm the inclusion again of the Messerschmitt ME109 which was very well received at the event in 2018, plus the Lytham St Anne’s Spitfire Ground Display Team
The 2018 Lytham 1940s Wartime Weekend: Credit and thanks: Ruben Sano
Visitor information – what you need to know…
This is a free event on Lytham Green (FY8 5LD) and run by the local authority (Fylde Council). The event is free, but parking is only £5 per car per day on Lytham Green – all money from the car park goes straight back into the event to part pay towards first aid, security, marquee and so much more! The evening events are ticketed and do carry a charge. There are existing toilets by the windmill, Lowther Gardens and there will be extra portable toilets (including disabled toilets) dotted around the event.
There will be some food and drink at the event but we do very much encourage you to visit Lytham town centre where many of the eateries and shops get dressed up for the weekend. Please keep dogs on leads, and note that no dogs are allowed in the main marquee as this can get very busy. Please clean up after your dog if required. Given the nature of the event there may be explosions and loud bangs from time to time, so be mindful of the event schedule. There’s plenty of staff and volunteers available if you need assistance. Please do buy an event programme available for only £1 to support the weekend.
We respectfully ask you not to wear anything that might offend others or wear anything associated with the more extreme elements of the Nazi regime.
More information is available on the event Facebook page or call the Tourist Information team on 01253 658 443.
Battle re enactment
On both days at 3pm, there’s the very popular thrilling battle re enactment on Lytham Green undertaken by the NWWW2A which is the highlight for many. There’s commentary talking you through the battle, explosions, weapons firing and so much more and it’s always a popular spectacle, finished off by a minutes silence for the fallen at the end. Be prepared for the loud bangs and flashes if you are with younger visitors and please do ensure any dogs are kept under control and on the lead.
There’s a weapons firing demonstration at 12 noon each day too, plus at 2pm, the firing display of the 25 pounders by the 69th Field Regiment Display Team.
Facilities at the event
- Information point, lost children point, lost property and security desk
- First aid team constantly on patrol
- Toilets (including disabled toilets)
- Adjacent car parking – £5 per car per day (all monies go back into the event)
- Vintage traders – clothing, knick knacks and uniforms
- Food and drink – although make sure to visit Lytham town centre too
- Entertainment marquee – 10am to 5pm both days
- Evening entertainment (charge applies)
Please see links below to registered charity application forms and re enactment / vehicle application forms. Please complete these and return as indicated on the forms and upon receipt and review, your participation in the event will then be confirmed. We get inundated with food and drink traders for this event, and in order to support the nearby businesses in the centre of Lytham, we only accept a few such requests for caterers. If you are a caterer, please email in the first instance here. We welcome military charities given the event is a historically themed event
- Charity Form – download here
- Historic vehicle registration from – download here
Please note – traders who apply for this event should consider that this is a themed 1940s wartime event. Therefore, we may turn away traders who are not within this theme.
Lytham town centre
Away from the main event, do take time to visit the town centre of Lytham which is just 100 yards away. Many businesses make the effort to dress their shop with bunting and sandbags and the staff get dressed up and many businesses also open that would usually be shut on a Sunday. There’s plenty of places to eat and drink in the town centre and there will be dancing in Clifton Square during the weekend, as well as the vehicle parade passing through just after 1:30pm each day.
Sponsors and support
Huge thanks go to the following for their financial support of the event, through sponsorship or advertising. As a free to visit event (except for the evening events), financial support is much appreciated and not taken for granted and makes a big difference! Thanks so far go to – YourGym Lytham, The Villa Wrea Green, Visit Blackpool, The Clifton Arms Hotel, CSP Security, Oh La La Vintage (Haworth), Anthony Padgett Dance, St Annes Beach Huts, the Seacroft St Anne’s, Marvin’s Lytham, Lindum Hotel, Lytham Fizz, Dan Dalton Music and Mayhem, The Claremont, Ribby Hall Village, Blackpool Transport, Farina and Co
Lytham St Annes Spitfire memorial
In 2009 the Lytham St Annes Spitfire Display Team was formed as the fundraising arm of the Fylde Spitfire Memorial Fund. The teams objective was to raise funds through public donations to build a full-size replica of the Mark VB Spitfire W3644 which was purchased by the people of the Borough in 1940. Sadly the aircraft and pilot Sgt Alan Lever-Ridings were shot down by an FW190 whilst returning from escort duty during a bombing mission over Morlaix, France.
The Memorial was officially unveiled on the 19th August 2012 at Fairhaven Lake (FY8 1BD) and do take time to visit if you can during the weekend or at a later date.
The replica Spitfire is currently undergoing servicing and has been taken off site. It is planned to go back to Fairhaven on 16th July 2019
Accommodation for the weekend
There are plenty of good quality, welcoming guest houses, holiday apartments and hotels in the area and use the accommodation section on this website where there’s plenty to choose from. Always book direct for the best rates.
There is very limited overnight camping / motorhome space for registered re enactors involved with the weekend or through the NWWW2A in a designated area in Lytham. For public camping, caravans or motorhomes, please contact Ream Hills or Pipers Height (both approximately 15 minutes away).
Image shown – Glendower Hotel in St Anne’s (10 minutes from the event).