Lytham 1940s Wartime Weekend 2018Tim Dixon
Lytham 1940s Wartime Weekend 2018
August 18th and 19th 10am to 5pm each day. Lytham re lives the wartime era with a weekend of entertainment, battle re enactments, historic vehicles, military charities, vintage traders and so much more.
Lytham Forties by night
By night there’s plenty of entertainment to keep you in the wartime era:
Historic vehicles and aircraft
There’s an impressive display of historic military vehicles, post war vehicles and more, parked up on Lytham Green opposite the Clifton Hotel. Each day there’s a vehicle procession at 1:30pm that passes through the centre of Lytham, led by Winston Churchill and you’ll see jeeps, trucks, bicycles and much more.
There’s also a Messerschmitt ME109 and the Lytham St Annes Spitfire Ground Display Team who are usually to be found at Hangar 42 at the nearby Blackpool Airport.
There is no planned flypast from the BBMF or any other historical aircraft.
The 2017 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 back into the event to part pay towards first aid, security, marquee and much more! The evening events are ticketed and carry a charge. There are toilets by the windmill, Lowther Gardens and there will be extra portable toilets dotted along the Promenade.
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 note that given the nature of the event there may be occasional explosions and loud bangs. There’s plenty of staff and volunteers available if you need assistance. There’s an event programme available for only £1.
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 on the lead.
There’s a weapons firing demonstration at 12 noon each day too.
Facilities at the event
A summary of the 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
- Vintage traders in the Lytham Assembly Rooms (entry charge applies)
- Food and drink – although make sure to visit Lytham town centre too
- Entertainment marquee – 10am to 5pm both days
- Evening entertainment (charge applies)
- Military charities, vehicles and aircraft, military camp area and battle
(Image shown – entertainer Pete Wayre to be found on stage in the main marquee both days).
Are you attending as a vintage trader? Click here for the application form.
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 too. 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 chose 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. This is in a designated area in Lytham (and will NOT be the YMCA Triangle on Fairlawn Road as this is not available at present due to sea defence works). There may be caravan and motorhome availability at either Great Birchwood in Warton (5 minutes away) or Ream Hills (15 minutes away).
Image shown – The Claremont in St Anne’s (5 minutes from the event).