Spitfire in Grassington Square

Our weekend gets off to a sensational start with music on Friday evening from
The Swing City Big Band followed by a Lindy Hop with Shack Shakin' Jack.

On Saturday and Sunday ride in on a vintage bus and take a stroll up the street to the Devonshire Institute where you can enjoy war games, model making and refreshments. From 2-4pm come and take part in the Tea Dance led by Maggie & Geoff Forrest, with music from Mickey Ramsbottom and the Alka Seltzer Sisters.

Whilst walking around the famous cobbled square and streets you will hear the sounds of Paul Harper and Jane Francis and can participate in dance with Murray & Jill.

The Main Square will be the location for an 18 ton WWII American Tank and a Half Track, kindly sponsored by Cottages4you Yorkshire.

There will also be military displays with re-enactors and skirmishes in the YDNP car park, classic cars and on Sunday a Farmers Market.

Back by popular demand the Echo 42 Big Band will provide the Saturday Night Entertainment, supper included!
(Tickets are required for all dance events, book early to avoid disappointment on 01756 753537)

This year's 1940's weekend is to include:

A full size 18 ton tank in Grassington Square
West Yorkshire Austin / Classic Car Club parked around the village

Re-enactor camps and displays in YDNP Car Park to include:
A large selection of Vintage Military Vehicles
Fox Commando Royal Navy and Combined Operations Unit
American encampment
German 21st Panzer Div LHG
German 1st Kompanie GD
German Heer Signals Unit
Russian 13th Guards ‘Poltavaskaya’ Rifle Division
West Riding 28th Battalion Home Guard - 'C' Company
Some displays will include pyrotechnics.


Vintage Market Stalls
Paintball and Rifle Ranges

War gaming activities in  Grassington Town Hall 10.00am to 4.00pm
Colin Foster and his team of war gamers from the Mailed Fist association in  South Manchester www.mailedfist.co.uk will present a number of games of army battles in Normandy, Naval and RAF activities associated to D Day 1944. War gaming is an exciting historical re-enactment using models, depicting battles from yesteryear, this year model making will also be featured.
 It is a fast growing leisure activity enjoyed by young and old alike.
Colin Foster will present a fascinating talk “The Men in the Shed”  www.menintheshed.com on both Saturday and Sunday. Colin has researched an enormous volume of detail of over 18 Allied prisoners of war who were captured by the Germans in Normandy after D Day and held captive in a large garden shed. They all managed to sign their names on the shed wall. This was found after the war by an Englishman who bought the house and found the names inside the shed – they are of British Army servicemen, RAF pilots  and American airmen , all captured in June and July 1944. They were all sent to POW camps. Colin traces each one in a meticulous research of how they were captured and what happened to them afterwards. A number of these servicemen came from Yorkshire Regiments.

What's the cost to to you for all this entertainment (excluding the dances)?
Only £8 per car and occupants for the park & ride in a 1940's Vintage Bus from Threshfield Quarry - BD23 5PA
Parking in the Hebden Road YDNP car park is for disabled only


Contact us for more information at info@grassington1940sweekend.co.uk