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Life on the Holme Front - 1940s weekend

The 1940s weekend 'Life on the Holme Front' has been running since 2007 and the event gets better every year. This is a fantastic weekend for the whole family, learn what village life was like during the second world war. The whole village gets involved and we at Holmewood Hall open our doors for the weekend providing space for displays and a wartime tea room. Holmewood Hall was used by the United States Office of Strategic Services (OSS) for packing airborne containers to be parachuted into occupied Europe.

As a preliminary event to our 1940’s Weekend, we are holding a 1940’s Dance here at Holme Village Hall on Saturday 22nd February 2014 at 7:30pm until late. The dance will feature swing sounds from the era with Leenie Jayne and D J Woody. Dance tickets are available now and include a Sausage and Mash Supper (vegetarian option also available) - please contact Chris Cardell on 07887 817031 for more information.

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October 2014                          Follow us on Twitter      @Holmefront1940s

Open 10am to 4pm both days

Visitor Information

There is a whole host of attractions at the 1940s weekend including:

  • Vintage Bus Rides (457th Memorial site, Airfield)
  • Wide range of displays/stalls
  • Spitfire Simulator
  • 1940s style ploughing
  • Vintage military vehicles
  • Battle of Britain Memorial Fly Past (TBC)
  • 1940s dance - booking essential, limited tickets available - £10 each (Saturday)
  • Re-enactors
  • Bar and hot food
  • Church open
  • Holmewood Hall open with displays and refreshments
  • Hair raid shelter (1940s hairdressers - booking advisable)
  • Tea dance (Sunday)
  • Memorial march and wreath laying ceremony (Sunday)

All are subject to availibility

Do you want to get involved?

This event couldn't happen without all the input from all the exhibitors, re-enactors and the people of Holme village.

For more information about the event and how to book download our Booking Instructions which contains all relevant booking forms along with our terms and conditions.


Our Booking Instructions include all the relevant booking forms for exhibitors. However, before completing any of our booking forms please ensure that you have read and are in agreement with our terms and conditions. Please note, terms and conditions are on the last page of our Booking Instructions.

Charity / Trade Stalls

If you would like to have a trade stall at the event please download our Booking Instructions and complete the Charity / Trade Stall Form.

Static Display Stall

If you would like to have a Static Display Stall please download
our Booking Instructions and complete the Static Display Stall Form.


Re-enactors play a vital role in the whole 1940s weekend adding a great atmosphere and authenticity to the event. We welcome individuals or groups. Please download
our Booking Instructions and complete the Re-enacting Group Booking Form.

Walking re-enactors do not need to book, just turn up and enjoy your day

Vintage Vehicles or Stationary Engines

Vintage vehicles always generate interest at the 1940s weekend. If you would like to bring a long a vehicle please download
our Booking Instructions and complete the Vintage Vehicle / Stationary Engine Booking Form.

Working / Static Tractor

As with the vintage vehicles, tractors and ploughs from the era are always great to see. If you have a vintage tractor that you would like to bring along please download
our Booking Instructions and complete the Tractor Booking Form.

Risk Assessment

All stall holders are required to complete a risk assessment form, which again is in
our Booking Instructions and click here to download.

Camping at the 1940s Weekend

If you wish to camp at the 1940s weekend please complete the Camping Booking Form in our Booking Instructions.

Contact Details and further information

Holme village is just south of Peterborough in Cambridgeshire close to the A1(M). Post code for sat navs is PE7 3PA.


Paul Archer (general enquiries including press enquiries)
Tel: 07860 342163
Email: paularchnewark@yahoo.co.uk

Chris Cardell (general enquiries and dance tickets)
Tel: 07887 817031
Email: chriscardell@googlemail.com

Re-enactors and Groups

Tom Cardell
Tel: 01487 830760 (after 6pm)
Email: cardell.thomas4@googlemail.com

Press Enquiries

Karen Wagg (Holmewood Hall)
Tel: 01487 831166
Email: karen.wagg@britishsugar.com

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