Forties Family Festival coming to Bletchley Park

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Bletchley Park goes back in time With Its Annual Forties Family Festival this month.

Join in the family fun at Bletchley Park on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27 for its annual ‘Forties Family Festival’. In 2011, the event attracted over 3,500 visitors and over 250 World War Two (WW2) re-enactors who had Bletchley Park teeming with Forties activity.

The two day event will feature a range of wartime displays and re-enactment groups, Forties news reels in our Enigma cinema and entertaining lectures about life at Bletchley Park and elsewhere during the war.

Re-enactment groups will be recreating a host of WW2 displays. Sittingbourne Home Front Living History Group will have a display recreating a wartime rest centre and Military Police mobile checkpoint. There will be a visit from Field Marshal Montgomery and Winston Churchill and the Northern Forties Re-enactment group, with both RAF and Navy displays to name but a few.

People will be transported back in time and surrounded by classic characters such as spivs, 40’s press photographers and land girls, as well as many vehicles from the time both military and civilian. The marquee on the lawn will host the 1940’s disco where lindy hoppers will take to the dance floor as well as the highlight of the event, a ‘40’s fashion show by Allied Assortment, who will be showing off every day and elegant fashion, from swimsuits to wedding dresses, whilst putting on a show that will have your sides splitting with laughter.

Meanwhile, a selection of evocative wartime cinema reels will be showing in Bletchley Park’s wartime Enigma cinema and visitors young and old will enjoy taking part in a craft workshop and having a go at making a wartime toy.

The event will also feature entertaining talks, such as what life was like as a wartime evacuee.

Bletchley Park was home to the codebreakers of World War Two and the birthplace of the modern computer. Today it is a museum and heritage site, with a fascinating range of permanent exhibitions and private collections. Among other things, visitors will see our new Enigma display case housing one of the largest collections of Enigma machines on public display, including the famous Abwehr Enigma Machine, and the newly opened exhibition “The Life and Works of Alan Turing”.

Bletchley Park is set in beautiful parkland with a Victorian Mansion, a lake, wildlife and a children’s play area. The café in Hut 4, former home of the Naval codebreakers, serves a range of meals and refreshments. Bletchley Park is easily accessible by car from the A5 and J13 and J14 of the M1. On-site parking is £3 per car and Bletchley Railway Station, which has direct services to London Euston and Birmingham New Street, is a five minute walk. Normal admission applies for this event.