Lytham 1940s Wartime Weekend 2020Tim Dixon
Lytham 1940s Wartime Weekend 2020
Saturday 15th August and Sunday 16th August 2020 (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 entertainment 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, 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 and there’s the the Re Invintaged Fashion Show. The confirmed timed schedule will appear here when available which we envisage July 2020. 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
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 and 2019. The Vietnam era Huey and Loach helicopters will also be back…
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.
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)
Would your business or organisation like to attend Lytham 1940s War time weekend? Attracting tens of thousands of people to the town over the weekend it’s a great way to promote your business or community group.
Please complete the form here to register your interest and our team will be in touch with the appropriate application form.
Please note that we may not be able to accept all the applications that apply and this is a themed event therefore we may not accept any applications that are not within the theme – we will let you know if your application has been accepted.
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.
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.
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).