Climb aboard the East Lancashire Railway for a 1940s festival

Rawtenstall, Lancashire

Join the East Lancashire Railway to party like its 1949 in Rawtenstall, Lancashire where the blitz spirit is still going strong.27-29 May 2017.

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The 1940s Weekend is definitely one of the East Lancashire Railway’s most popular events in May, taking thousands of visitors on a nostalgic trip back to a time of ration books, sharp suits and military uniforms.

A natty outfit is almost a prerequisite as you hop aboard one of the railway’s restored steam trains. Enjoy afternoon tea dances set to 40s swing, vintage and retro fairs, ENSA entertainers, period vehicle displays, battle re-enactments, and a military parade.

For the kids there are old fashioned cars to sit behind the wheel of and retro funfair rides to get dizzy on, whilst adults can grab a partner (or a classic cocktail) to the swinging soundtrack of a whole host of live bands.

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