May events: Visit the 1940s in West Yorkshire

Haworth, West Yorkshire

Head to Haworth in West Yorkshire and get a glimpse into life in the 1940s.

Forget Paris in the twenties, San Francisco in the sixties and Ibiza in the nineties; the ultimate party era was 1940s England. Celebrating during wartime may seem odd but there was something about the spirit of the Blitz and the make-do defiance that made for quite a knees-up.

Not even the wail of the air raid siren is enough to dampen the spirit of the British bulldog. Haworth's 1940s Weekend sees the streets of this picturesque village in West Yorkshire’s Bronte country transported back sixty years. The costumes on display are superb from spivs to Bette Davis look-a-likes, all turned out with period details. Churchill makes an appearance to boost morale and you can jive and jitterbug the night away at the dance halls.

Times may have been hard in the forties but when the Union Jack flies high and the bunting flaps in the breeze, it’s impossible not to join in for another rousing Vera Lynn sing-a-long.

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