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:
Click to download our event brochure here

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
German 276 Infanterie Division
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 also present two talks in the Congregational Church, Garrs Lane, Grassington

Talk 1 - Operation EPSOM - Saturday 20th September 2.00pm
Before EPSOM in late June 1944 there remained the chance that a German counter-strike might seriously threaten the bridgehead. After EPSOM, the Allies retained the strategic initiative through to the liberation of France and Belgium. This was a battle in which highly trained but largely inexperienced British ‘follow-up’ divisions, confronted some of the best equipped, best led and battlehardened formations of the Third Reich.

Talk 2 - Debut at Caumont - Sunday 21st September 2.00pm
Again, this looks at part of Operation BLUECOAT (30th July - 7th August 1944) - the experience of 3rd Bn Scots Guards during their first operation in Normandy (for many of them their first, and sadly, last, fighting in WWII).

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 with payment of £8 per car


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