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Salute to the ’40s

9 Sep 2023 - 10 Sep 2023

It's time to meet again

... your must visit 1940s weekend

Claimed as ‘one of the Britain’s best vintage festivals’, get ready to reminisce and feel nostalgic to the glamorous days of the 1940s.

We’ll see you again on
9 & 10 September 2023

Early bird tickets are now available – with prices held at 2022 levels.

2022 Programme

We’re currently working hard behind the scenes to confirm the programme for 2023.

In the meantime here is a taster of what the event has to offer (based on the 2022 programme) …

Tickets

A date for your diary… we’ll see you again on
9 & 10 September 2023.

Early bird tickets are now available with prices held at 2022 rates for a limited period. 

Live Music

Across the weekend there will be an array of music. Come together on Museum Square as we sing along to wartime classics.

We’re currently working hard behind the scenes to confirm the programme for 2023.

In the meantime here is a taster of what the event has to offer (based on the 2022 programme) …

The Glenn Miller Orchestra

Through an arrangement with Glenn Miller Productions in New York, veteran band-leader Ray McVay has put together an orchestra we feel the maestro would be proud of were he here to see it. The exact stage line-up devised by Glenn had been maintained, consisting of the leader, five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones and three rhythm plus a male and female vocalist. The singers perform both individually and as part of The Moonlight Serenaders vocal group. The Uptown Hall Gang – an outstanding Dixieland group drawn from members of the orchestra is also featured.

D-Day Darlings

Following their success on 2018’s Britain’s Got Talent, The D-Day Darlings were signed to Sony Music UK and their hugely successful debut Album “I’ll Remember You”.  The D-Day Darlings are The Best Selling Female group to come from Britain’s Got Talent, also receiving a BRIT CERTIFIED BREAKTHROUGH AWARD.

Adam Hoffman

Adam Hoffman has a great love of vintage nostalgia and has been performing on the vintage scene for over 22 years. Adam is an all rounder, Hosting, Singing, Magic, Comedy, Musical Instruments and general tomfoolery are just a few of the strings to his bow. He absolutely loves entertaining an audience and is super excited to be back hosting and performing at Salute to the ’40s.

Miss Holiday Swing

Miss Holiday Swing – the Vintage Jazz Vocalist of Today – returns to Salute to the ’40s once more. Holly will take you through the nostalgic wartime years with songs such as You’ll Never Know & A Nightingale Sang in Berkely Square, but being a keen Lindy Hopper herself she will get your toes tapping to the sounds of In The Mood & Choo Choo Ch’Boogie! So take a seat and enjoy the show.

The Knightingales

The Knightingales combine effortlessly precise harmonies with polished choreography to create a show unlike any other. The Knightingales radiate glamour and sophistication and will have you tapping your toes and singing your heart out with their infectious energy and sensational vocals. The Knightingales began their journey as professional musicians eight years ago, performing the work of 1940s artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Vera Lynn and The Andrews Sisters. They are now known for performing music from the 1920s to modern day with a focus on Swing, Jazz, Rock and Roll, Soul and Motown.

The Three Theatre Company

Three Towns Theatre Company has been entertaining audiences in Medway for over 90 years. They perform predominantly musicals although they do occasionally perform plays and take part in local events such as Salute to the ’40s and various Dickens events. They perform locally, mainly at The Brook Theatre in Chatham and have been joining in with Salute to the ’40s since 2007. They have on occasions even been accompanied by groups of evacuees.

Flanagan and Allen

Let’s take you back in time with these two loveable rogues, Bud Flanagan and Chesney Allen – two notorious members of the Palladium Crazy Gang. They bring to you a flavour of the life and times of these two comedy greats. With songs and sketches you will know and love and with plenty of sing along moments throughout the show, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Sparky and Sprite

Sparky and Sprite are an experienced duo who sing songs from the 1940’s, 50’s & 60’s and can adapt to most styles of popular music from Easy Listening/Swing to Rock & Roll to West End.

VINTAGE VEHICLES

Motor enthusiasts will be wowed by the daily ‘Coming Home’ parade – an impressive convoy of vintage cars, trucks and jeeps.

Lookout for…

Classic vehicles – MG J2 Midget, the Austin 10 and the Morris Cowley Bullnose 4ST Tourer.

Vintage motorcycles – Royal Enfield RE125, the Norman Autocycle and the Scott Flying Squirrel.

Military Vehicles – Willy’s Jeep, the GMC CCKW and the Ford 21C Pickup.

LIVING HISTORY & REENACTORS

Re-live the iconic era brought to life through 1940’s military and civilian re-enactors, military camps, a bombed-out house, shop and 1940’s pub, and land army displays.  For those that really want the 1940s experience you can also get your hair styled in the salon or barbers. Fashion & vehicle parades will tour the grounds greeting crowds as crowds gather for the final hurrah.

Food & Drink

Dig for Victory! When you find the time to take a breather from the dancing, shopping and entertainment, don’t miss out on the array of food and drink available across the site.

From our own food outlets: The Mess Deck – for your Pie & Mash and Fish & Chips or the Wagon Stop for savoury snacks: sausage rolls (vegan available) pasties and pies.

There are no rations at this event, with a variety of food stalls by HMS CAVALIER and on the green by the vintage market. Food stalls include: Yankee Doodle donuts, Shakys Burger Van, Amerios bar and the Bean Bike.

Fashion Parades

Dress to impress! Whether you’re dressed for the Homefront, family life or high end ’40s, we encourage you to dress up for the day participate in our fashion parade. Starting from the ropery, walk through the buzz of the site to Museum Square as the crowds gather for the finale.

Vintage Street Market

If you’re looking to add to your 1940s wardrobe, then look no further. Visit the Vintage Street Market and the Village Green Market stalls to add to your collection. From shoes, dresses, hats and more! Get your fashion fix with: Ruby Jo Retro, Buy Design, Lainey’s Millinary and Chaps of Distinction to name a few. Don’t forget that you can get your hair styled at Belle’s Parlour to complete your vintage look.

Air Raid Experience

This experience will run throughout the weekend. Take a seat inside one of the dockyard’s air raid shelters. Listen to stories and sound effects and discover what it was like inside an air raid shelter in the 1940s.

Small additional fee applies.

Garden Games

New! Commissioner’s House & Gardens is open for all to enjoy.

Enjoy exploring our secret garden filled with family fun garden games. From Punch and Judy show, to Hobby Horses, Traditional Quoits, Tin Can Alley, all free of charge. If you’re feeling peckish, collect a take-away cream tea from the bar area and enjoy in the garden.

Don’t forget to browse the ballroom for living history stalls and the marquee for jive lessons.

Dance Lessons

Join us outside

Have you always wanted to learn how to jive? Well now is your chance!

Join us this year in Commissioner’s House Marquee where you’ll be taught all the moves to the musical beats of the 1940s.

After all that dancing you’ll be wanting to re-fuel to explore the rest of the site. Order a take-away cream tea and drinks from Commissioner’s House, and enjoy whilst watching live music and entertainment across the site.

Dance Lessons

Dance timetable and descriptions

No booking required and at no extra cost. This is all included in your event ticket 

We’re currently working hard behind the scenes to confirm the programme for 2023.

Gallopers

A family favourite! This iconic and classic fairground ride is back ready to enjoy for FREE.

Explore our site beyond the ships, as this year the gallopers are located near the Wagon Stop Café.

The Gallopers is a gentle ride and is suitable for all ages (small children should be accompanied by an adult).

Performance programme

Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 September

To help you plan your weekend, please see the performance programme below.

We’re currently working hard behind the scenes to confirm the programme for 2023.

FAQS

What food is available?

We have a wide variety of catering on offer, including a Pizzas, Burgers, Chinese, Vegan food outlets and not forgetting The Mess Deck Restaurant & The Wagon Stop. Unfortunately, we can not allow alcohol to be brought in to, or out of the site (a range of premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be on sale from our bars)

What time does the event start/finish?

The gates open at 10.00am. Please have your ticket information at hand ready to be processed and to receive your wristband

This event finishes at 6pm.

Please Note: THE RUNNING ORDER WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE DAY AND NOT IN ADVANCE.

How can I purchase tickets?

Tickets for our events can be booked securely through this website, links posted by us and links on our social media pages

I am having a problem printing my e-ticket/haven’t received my ticket

Please check your junk inbox in case the email has been sent there. For all other ticket enquiries, please contact info@chdt.org.uk and our team will do our best to help and send your reference number to you.

How do I apply for a carer/personal assistant ticket?

In our efforts to make Salute to the ’40s accessible to everyone, we offer disabled ticket holders, a free ticket for a personal assistant.

This offer is open to those who hold a current higher rate of DLA or other UK government approved supporting evidence of their requirement for a personal assistant.

Carer tickets can only be issued against general entry tickets.

IMPORTANT: This offer is only available to those people that would be unable to attend the event without a full time assistant.

To apply for a carer/ personal assistant ticket, please follow the procedure below:
– Buy a standard general admission ticket for the person you are caring for as they require ticket for entry.
– On the day of event please bring a copy of your letter of award for DLA (or equivalent) and our team will process your ticket for you.  You cannot buy your carer/personal assistant ticket in advance

Can I bring my dog?

We welcome dogs to this event (some even dress up!) But please note that we do not allow entry for dogs inside our galleries and restaurants (with the exception of guide dogs) please also be aware that this is a busy and loud event so some dogs may find this unfamiliar.

Is the site accessible for wheelchair users? 

Yes, we have made the site wheelchair friendly but please lookout for the railway tracks to ensure wheels do not get stuck. There may be areas that get busy from time to time, but our staff are on hand to help with any issues. If you need a wheelchair please contact us on – 01634 823800 – and we can book one for your visit. Please also see our Accessibility page for our Accessibility guide.

Salute to the '40s 2021

... in pictures

With thanks to our event photographers Ray Fothergill, Rhiannon Ideson, Patrick Boniface and Chick Pea Photography.

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