Wimpole at War

Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire SG8 0BW

On the A603 near the M11, 6 miles North of Royston and 8 miles South West of Cambridge.

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September 2010, 10.30am to 5pm  
Normal admission prices apply, National Trust members free.  




The National Trust's fourth wartime event at Wimpole Hall, and the first organised here by EventPlan, with new performers as well as old favourites. Step back in time to the 1940s!  Enjoy some great music and song, military and civilian living history, firemen (including a chance to have a go at aiming the hose!), cooking demonstrations, a fascinating interactive display about the retreat to Dunkirk and Battle of Britain in this, the 70th anniversary year, entertainments such as the hilarous Mr Punch versus Adolf Hitler, vehicles, cycles and much more!  Saturday evening dance, tickets just £5.


Plus Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane flypast on Saturday!



Participants

4th Infantry Division, 5th Battalion, Coldstream Guards and Royal Norfolk Regiment Living History Group (British army 1944); Alan Kempton (Winston Churchill); Ancient Wisdom (interactive Battle of Britain display and and Mr Punch versus Adolf Hitler); Discover History (Home Guard); Earley Days (children's activities); First Allied Airborne Association (US military); Forties Family (ambulance, civvies); La Columna (Spanish Civil War veterans in 1940); Lost Patrol (US 82nd Airborne); March Veteran and Vintage Cycle Club; Martha's War (cooking with wartime rations); Ministry of Food mobile advice centre; Moonlight Serenaders (singers); NFS Display Team (firemen); John and Claire Priestly (General Montgomery and aide); Ranger Re-enactments (USAAF); Silver Service Ladies (civilians); Barry & Joy Smith (Silver Bird "aeroplane" and dance music); Wimpole Home Guard; Writing 69th (USAAF war correspondent); plus strollers and vehicles, both military and civilian, 1940s traders and other stalls. Saturday evening dance DJ by Empire Radio.

All allied and civilian 1940s re-enactors, dancers, vehicle owners and enthusiasts are warmly invited to participate*. Free admission if pre-registered. Please contact us to register, or for more information.

* So long as you agree to abide by our terms and conditions of participation! Classic and military vehicle owners please click here

Ongoing activities

In addition to living history by most of the above timed groups, also enjoy;

• 1940s music throughout the day in the Great Barn, with the Silver Bird Aeroplane (except during timed performances in the barn)
• British soldiers of the 5th Battalion Coldstream Guards and 4th Infantry Division
• Strolling military and civilians
• Children’s activities in the Servants Hall (inside the hall) with Earley Days (a small charge applies).
• Cooking with wartime recipes by Martha’s War, in the Traders’ area
• Hair styling by the Hair Raid Shelter (a modest charge applies)
• Ministry of Food Mobile Advice Centre
• Humber Ambulance, with the Forties Family
Military and civilian vehicles
• USAAF war correspondent of the Writing 69th
• Personnel of the 8th/ 9th USAAF stationed at the adjacent airbase at Bassingborne, recreated by Ranger Re-enactments
Cyclists from the March Veteran and Vintage Cycle Club
Traders with 1940s clothing, uniforms & equipment, and assorted period items for sale
• Rides in a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire flying simulator (charge applies)

Don't miss our other 1940s events this season:




Victory at Hughenden, Hughenden Manor, Buckinghamshire on 8-9 May.

Wartime Clumber at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire on 5-6 June.

Powys at home and at war, at Powis Castle, Wales, on 12-13 June.

On the Home Front 1930-45 at Rufford Abbey Country Park on 18-19 September.

The '40s are also featured within our time line of displays at our multi-period timeline of displays at Woburn through the ages at Woburn Abbey on 12-13 June, Salute for Heroes at Glemham Hall, Suffolk on 24-25 July, at Blasts from the Past at Broadlands, Romsey, Hamshire on 7 - 8 August, and at the Sheffield Fayre on 29-30 (bank holiday) August.





Trading opportunities

Quality historical traders are invited to take part at this event.  Please click for further details of  trading opportunities at other EventPlan events.

Visiting magnificent Wimpole Hall






Wimpole Hall is a major National Trust property with its superb Georgian house, forming part of the grandest working estate in Cambridgeshire. It includes extremely attractive parkland and a working rare breeds farm. Facilities include a National Trust shop, farm shop, toyshop, second-hand bookshop, licensed Old Rectory restaurant with children's menu, Stable Kitchen in the stable block and baby changing facilities.





How to get there

Wimpole Hall is situated on the A603 near the M11, 6 miles North of Royston and 8 miles South West of Cambridge.

From the South: leave the M1(M) at Baldock and take the A505 NW to Royston (keep on the A505, don't enter the town). Take the A1198 N towards Huntingdon and then the A603 going NE towards Cambridge. Wimpole Hall is on the left a little further on.

From the West: Take the A428 East from the A1 at St. Neots.  At the junction with the A1198 towards Royston. Turn left at the junction with the A603 and B1042 and Wimpole Hall is on the left a little further on.

From the East: from the A14/M11 Junction 14 take the M11 South to Junction 12. Wimpole Hall is on the right just after the village of Orwell.

From the North: From M11 Junction 12 take the A603 SW. Wimpole Hall is on the right just after the village of Orwell. OR From the A14 at Godmanchester, adjacent to Huntingdon, take the A1198 SE towards Royston. Turn left at the junction with the A603 and B1042 and Wimpole Hall is on the left a little further on.

A brief history of re-enactment

Interested in how and why re-enactment has become so popular in recent years? Click on the link to read a history of re-enactment.

Other events 2010

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Updated 31 October 2010