Join us for this hugely popular event this Sunday (23rd June) in Harrogate’s Valley Gardens.

The annual 1940s Day will see the clock being wound back eight decades with a variety of wartime costumes, vintage vehicles and music from the decade that brought us swing and the big-band sounds.

The free community event, which last year attracted more than 40,000 visitors, starts at 10.30am with the entertainment commencing soon afterwards and carrying on right through to 5pm.

In addition to the main bandstand – which will see performances from Major Swing and Kitty, The Seatones, Maria Manchester, and the George Formby Experience, the gardens themselves will give way to a mini fairground, historic vehicle display and a number of stalls, from food and drink to vintage clothing.

And just after 2.30pm (subject to change) a Douglas C-47 Dakota, one of the world’s most famous military transport aircraft, which were used extensively by the Allies during The Second World War will make a low-level flypast. 

Many of the regular attendees dress for the occasion, and as you can well imagine there are wartime costumes in abundance.

“And if khaki, camouflage and nylons don’t transport you back in time, then the music, vehicles and flypast most certainly will. It’s always terrific fun and a great atmosphere.”