Twenty thousand visitors are set to see history come to life when the annual Wicksteed At War free family event returns to Wicksteed Park from June 9 – 11.
The Military Vehicle Trust has joined organisers to put on a spectacular programme of events and attractions, including fly-bys and battle reenactments.
A full arena of entertainment and stalls will also help provide a wonderful day out for all the family.
Highlights of the 2017 show will include more than 120 military vehicles including modern main battle tanks and tracked fighting vehicles and more than 30 re-enactment groups, including World War Two and the Vietnam War.
There will also be a dedicated Tank Park and Fighting Vehicle History Walk Through.
The main arena timetable will include two major period battles on each day, educational vehicle parades, a light tank stunt team and fun themed actives with fighting vehicles.
The show’s successful education day, designed for children from 7-14, will also be held again on Friday June 9, with 300 spaces available for local schools.
Wicksteed Park marketing co-ordinator Marie Phillips said: “Wicksteed At War is a fantastic event for all the family and a great opportunity for children and adults alike to learn more about what actually happened and how the war affected families just like theirs.”
There will also be a series of fly pasts by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, including:
Saturday June 10:
• Spitfire (British WW2 Fighter Plane)
• Hurricane (British WW2 Fighter Plane)
• Lancaster (British WW2 Bomber)
Sunday June 11:
• Dakota (Military Transport Aircraft)
Visitors can visit the Wicksteed Mess between 11am and 4pm and enjoy tea, sandwiches and cake in the 1940s style cafeteria, themed on the Wicksteed Park set menus of the era, in the beautiful Edwardian Pavilion, with displays and drop-in workshops including war time rations, Make Do And Mend and the chance to have a go at a 1940s dance routine. Visitors can purchase ration books on arrival.
The Pavilion will also be the venue for a Victory Party on June 10, an explosive 1940s party with live music, singing and dancing until the early hours featuring the Bombshell Belles, the Kalamazoo Dance Band and 1940s DJ Major Swing & Kitty.
Tickets are £12.50 each and food is available to purchase on the evening.
Although the main event is free, charges apply for car parking the education day, the Mess and Victory Party.
For further information go to www.wicksteedatwar.co.uk and www.wicksteedpark.org/events