A five-day military and vintage festival at The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Kent, will be packed full of education and entertainment bringing the Dunkirk Spirit to this historic corner of Kent.
Visitors to The War and Peace Revival will be able to catch up with friends while watching the incredible action-packed battle re-enactments – not just a group of people running around playing soldiers but a full-scale choreographed battle to give you a taste of the action at the Front! Get right up close to the action, but through a safe and vehicle-free zone. Thousands of military vehicles are expected to gather at the new venue from around the world representing the armies of the 20th century. Look out for tanks, artillery, armoured and amphibious vehicles, cars, Jeeps, bicycles and motorbikes, emergency and commercial vehicles – and lots more. Living History scenes will provide a unique picture of life in conflict with depictions from WW1 to the present – see the British living in trenches, GIs in Vietnam, Russians relaxing with an accordion after a hard day in battle, or Germans plotting their next moves! At all times our re-enactors will adhere to a strict moral code in their displays.
Trade stalls will give collectors and shoppers the opportunity to browse through marquees packed full of treasures including militaria, antiquities, vehicle parts, books, memorabilia, clothing and uniforms and all manner of essential finds for the discerning enthusiast – everything from a shirt button to a tank! For the modellers, an extensive display of some top class models will be on display, bringing enthusiasts from around the world – and the craftsmen are always willing to share their knowledge and experience. For modellers, The War and Peace Revival is a unique opportunity to see the full-sized versions of their models just by walking outside!
For those who want a little more glamour in their lives and perhaps a welcome break from the ‘sea of green’, both people and vehicles, (ladies!), then head for the Vintage Village by the Victory Marquee (previously the V Marquee). Here you’ll find an exciting focus to the ‘Peace’ element of the Show’s title. You can happily leave the boys with their toys, and shop ’till you drop for that complete look in our dedicated vintage market place. Once you have found your perfect outfit for the evening you can also book to have a vintage hairstyle to match from one of the hairdressers in the area so you will look and feel like a million dollars! Not forgetting you chaps, there is also a 1940’s barber here too. The Vintage Village also hosts top-class dealers in vintage home ware and civilian memorabilia from around the world. After all that shopping, head to the Victory Marquee for free day-time vintage-themed entertainment, mainly from the 1940’s and 1950’s, which you can enjoy with a meal or a cream tea. You can even learn how to Jive from the simple lessons offered by professional dancers to get you in the mood for the big night ahead… will it be cocktails in the Gentleman’s Marquee first before returning to the Victory Marquee for a romantic dinner dance to a full Swing Big Band or Rockin’ out at the Spitfire Bar? The choice is yours!
Next on the ‘Peace’ front, is the Home Front Area, situated in the middle of the showground, opposite the main car park. Here you will find a warm welcome from the biggest Home Front display in the country, and its neighbouring RAF display. The Home Front Area is a complete ‘pop up’ village dedicated to portraying British civilian life in World War Two. Here you will go back to 1943 and enter the world of Trentham Village and that of RAF Upper Trentham, part of 11 Fighter Group and see a village at war. Each year, the Home Front has a different wartime theme, reflecting an original Government campaign to encourage the civilian population to ‘do their bit’ to help win the war. There is a lot to see in the Home Front! There are shops, a WVS canteen, a miniature steam railway (free to ride) and even a village Pub for a welcome sit down although there’s no beer – it’s for display only! You can take a welcome break in the Home Front Area. It is very family friendly and the place to keep your little ones busy and entertained with the fun activities we have open to the public. Or you can enjoy a family picnic on the Village Green whilst watching the RAF take on the Village Home Guard in a Tug of War or football match! Don’t forget to visit the NAAFI wagon where you can buy food and drink to enjoy in the Village.
Many people comment on the ‘real’ community feel of the Village and we are proud of this, together with our reputation for high standards, authenticity and entertainment. You can find out more about the Home Front on the ‘What’s On’ menu, where you will find 2019’s theme and time table listings. During the Show, you will find us in your War and Peace Official Souvenir Programme or listen out for special announcements on Radio War & Peace.
Evening entertainment for those staying onsite will include nightly music from across the generations. Access will be only for those wearing wrist-band passes. Tickets will be available to purchase by the public for the Big Band entertainment on the Friday and Saturday evening in our vintage Victory Marquee in a dine and dance spectacular!
Visitors and exhibitors can keep up to date with the latest goings on at Radio War and Peace – the first event radio station to be live 24×7 throughout the year. Listen live either via http://www.radiowarandpeace.org or through the TuneIn app.