South Devon 1940s Festival
Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd July

The South Devon Railway is hosting the South Devon 1940s Festival this Saturday and Sunday (1st and 2nd July) when visitors will be able to step back in time with a fantastic array of entertainment for all the family.

Organised in conjunction with the Devon Branch of the Military Vehicle Trust, the 1940s Festival will feature historic military vehicles, such as Land Rovers, Jeeps, trucks, cars and motorbikes. Period vehicles will be parked around the site and many staff will be wearing second world war uniforms and clothing. 

As well as the vehicles and steam trains running all day, the 1940s era atmosphere will be complemented by fantastic live music from the sensational Candy Girls and the Magic Buzzard Band, who will be playing swinging music from the big band era and classics from the 1940.

The children will be able to enjoy all the fun of the fair with a traditional fairground, plus there are vintage bus trips and real ale bars too.

Men, women and children turning up in 1940’s period clothing will be made especially welcome.

Plain clothes police will be looking to detect ‘spivs’ illegally offering restricted, stolen or rationed wartime goods such as watches, nylons and items of women’s lingerie and the Military Police may well be on the lookout for a German spy who is known to be in the area. At Staverton, meanwhile, the US military is moving in to set up a training camp.

With the risk of Hitler’s bombers still an ever present danger, stations will be decked out with blast tape on the windows for protection, and there could be an unexploded bomb nearby to add to the wartime atmosphere and hopefully a bomb disposal team at work!

The SDR’s steam trains are running all weekend with the first departure at 10.00 a.m. from Buckfastleigh, where there is ample free car parking, and from Totnes (Riverside) at 10.45 a.m.


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