1940s Weekend

1940s Weekend - Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd September

Step back to the 1940s and experience Home Front life in wartime Britain during the Second World War. Step aboard our Victorian carriages and take a trip along the world's oldest railway hauled by one of our vintage steam locomotives.

Stations will feature period posters, music and men, women and children in 1940s uniforms and clothing. At Andrews House station visit the Railway Transport Officer, enjoy a pint in the Station Master's bar and enjoy 40s tunes courtesy of the Seatones.

At Marley Hill, take a look at a selection of vehicles and see what the Field Kitchen are cooking up for the soldiers. The Home Guard will be on hand for when you arrive - make sure to collect your ID card from them! Sample some vinegar cake and find out how we cooked and managed with shortages during the war years. There'll also be tap-footing tunes by City Swing and a selection of traders and exhibitors.

At East Tanfield station, find out more about collieries during the WWII and be entertained by George Formby!

Confirmed displays and performances are:

  • The 29th Field Kitchen will be serving the troops at Marley Hill, using original Soyer Cookers and authentic wartime recipes and equipment.
  • The Seatones will be performing live music in Andrews House station garden at 11.30am - 12pm, 1pm - 1.30pm, 2.30pm - 3pm and 3.45pm - 4.15pm.
  • Colin Bourdiec will be performing George Formby live music at East Tanfield station at 11am, 12.15pm, 1.45pm and 3pm.
  • City Swing, a 21 piece Big Band, will be performing in Marley Hill carriage shed at 12pm - 1pm and 2pm - 3pm.
  • Visit the Victory in Europe Re-enactment Association in period uniforms with a display of WWII artefacts and memorabilia at Marley Hill. Also, have a go at their troop training camp.
  • How did we manage in the war? At 11am and 3pm enjoy a demonstration and presentation of 'Make-Do and Mend' techniques and Ration Book cookery. A Knowles and Kenny "History in Context" presentation.
  • Get your hair done 1940s-style! £10 per person.
  • Visit the Railway Transport Officer's desk area, complete with typewriter, field telephone, books and paperwork, message board and blackboard in Andrews House station waiting room - make sure to get your ID card stamped here!
  • Take a look at a British civilian promenade display in Marley Hill carriage shed.
  • Fancy a tipple? The Station Master's bar will be open throughout the weekend at Andrews House station.
  • Vehicle display on Marley Hill display field.
  • Browse around a selection of trade stands in Marley Hill carriage shed including AVA vintage personal styling stall and Cliff's Military.

Why not join us from 7pm on Saturday 21st September for our 1940s Dance? Tickets cost £10 per person. Click here for more information.

Enjoy a selection of tours around Marley Hill as part of Our Heritage - Heritage Open Days. Please see signage on the day for times and meeting locations.


Standard fares apply. Tanfield Unlimited Tickets valid.

Would you like to join us in period clothing, or with a display or vehicle? We'd love to hear from you! Please fill out the application form below and we'll be back in touch.

Visitors who join us in costume receive complimentary train travel. Please note though, only home front and allied force costumes will be allowed on site during the event.