As the old saying goes, ‘great oaks from little acorns grow’
Ironbridge WWII Weekend has its roots in very humble beginnings. Starting as a local pub event with the aim of raising some money for a veterans’ charity, it has rapidly grown into one of the country’s most popular 1940s events, now attracting around 15,000 visitors each year.
The event was voted the best in the country for 2019 by members of a leading 1940s association.
Set in the stunning backdrop of the Ironbridge Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the event recreates the experience of life during WWII on both the home and fighting fronts. Local shops and business in the town also take part, making this event a wonderful experience for the whole family.
Ironbridge WWII Weekend is an event in which all profits made raise funds for veterans’ charities and has so far raised over £30,000 for these causes.
Whether you are a seasoned reenactor, have an interest in WWII or are just looking for a fun family day out, there is something for everyone at this event. The large Dale End Park, on the banks of the River Severn, is packed with military and civilian living history displays, period stalls selling all things vintage, there is evena 1940s pub.
During the days, firepower displays, battles, BBMF fly pasts and Remembrance parades are the order of the day for military enthusiasts. For those more interested in the Homefront there is much to see including living history displays about everyday life in wartime Britain, ration diet cooking demonstrations, dancing, live music, a vintage pageant and even a children’s sports day.
On Saturday night, a formal dance allows you to don your evening attire or dress unforms and dance the night away to a live big band. For those reenactors with period vehicles there is the opportunity to visit a local WWII airfield and control tower.
Throughout the year ‘seed’ events for the weekend take place. In the past, these have included vintage fayres and evening dances.
Camping pitches on the adjoining field to Dale End Park are available for those staying for the whole weekend. Within Ironbridge there are several B&Bs and small hotels, though early booking is recommended. In the surrounding area, there is a number of small villages with B&Bs available.
The large town of Telford is only a ten-minute drive away and has large hotels and many restaurants.
For those of you who do choose to stay within Ironbridge there is a number of eating establishments, ranging from fish & chips to fine dining.
Parking within the town is at a premium. It is strongly recommended that if you do not have a designated parking space that you use the Ironbridge Park and Ride facilities or park out of the town and use public transport.
For further information, evening dance tickets, Living History and camping registrations please visit our website www.ironbridgeww2weekend.co.uk.
You can also follow the event on:-
Facebook (The Ironbridge Gorge Weekend)