24 & 25 September
The 2016 application form to attend for exhibitors/re-enactors/vehicle owners & groups is now available further down the page.
Join us for a fab weekend of vintage fun as we take a light hearted look at what life was like during WW2. Scroll down the page to see whats on over the weekend and what new attractions have been added for our 2016 event!
We look forward to welcoming back singer Jayne Darling who will provide live music and a touch of 40s glamour to Bitton Station throughout the weekend in The Victory Tent and with Punch & Judy shows there is something for all the family!
Look out for King George VI and Prime Minister Winston Churchill who will arrive and depart the railway each day in a military convoy!
While not compulsory, visitors are encouraged to dress up in period costume or allied military dress and soak up the atmosphere and remember to pick up your National Registration Card!
Click here for photos from our swell 2015 event which celebrated VE Day.
What to see and do
- See W.D shunting engine “Grumpy” used during the Normandy invasion
- Live music – Jayne Darling
- Winston Churchill
- King George VI – New for 2016
- Unexploded bomb
- Displays of military and civilian vehicles
- 1940s Beauty salon
- Steam trains
- Demonstration freight trains
- Fry’s chocolate factory Sentinel on display
- Punch & Judy & Vintage Barrel Organ Shows
- ‘Ammunition’s train fire’ re-enactment – New for 2016
- Listen out for air raids! – New for 2016
- Vintage stalls – New for 2016
- Vintage sweet shop – New for 2016
- Warmley Station & Signal Box & Kingswood Heritage Museum – New for 2016 – Due to track damage by enemy action beyond Oldland Common, travel by vintage bus between these three places during the weekend. The signal box will be open to visitors and discover more about the history of the area at the museum.
The Victory Tent
Our marquee will be transformed into ‘The Victory Tent’ for the weekend with bunting and flags galore. Get your dancing shoes on as the fabulous Miss Jayne Darling will get you ‘in the mood’ with popular songs of era, while for youngsters there will be regular Punch & Judy Shows and a vintage Barrel organ! Lady Shee will be here with her beauty salon giving girls a 40s makeover.
King George VI & Winston Churchill will perform their famous wartime speeches each day.
A special train timetable will be in operation during this weekend, a demonstration freight train. Trains start from 10:00 and finish approximately 17:30, however can’t give to much away or the enemy might fox us!
Saturday evening 1940s Murder Mystery Dining Train – Advanced booking only and themed on ‘Ello Ello’ – see the Murder Mystery page for details by Clicking Here.
Our Fares include unlimited train travel on the day of purchase, access to the exhibits (some additional charges may apply), free parking at Fry’s Chocolate Factory and use of the vintage shuttle bus between Fry’s and Bitton Station.
Complimentary tickets, members tickets and discount vouchers are NOT valid for this special event.
Tickets include an event guide and timetable:
- Adults – £10
- Concession – £9
- Child (5-15 years) – £8
- Family (2 adults + 4 children) – £32
- Under 5 years free
- All – £2 pay on the day (refundable upon purchasing a train ticket)
Why not beat the queues and book online? Event site and train tickets can be purchased here.
Parking & Getting to the event
Please note there is no parking at Bitton Station. All parking will be at Fry’s Chocolate Factory.
Event signage will direct you there. A FREE vintage shuttle bus will operate between Fry’s and Bitton Station throughout the day.
Limited disabled parking is available at Bitton Station. Please contact Bitton Station in advance of the weekend on 0117 932 5538 to reserve your space.
To respect our neighbours please do not park along the A431 Bath Road or the surrounding area.
Re-enactors, exhibitors, history and community groups
If you would like to help support this event by appearing as an exhibitor, re-enactment group or community group please complete the interest form below and return it to Bitton Station.
We love to see photographers enjoying our line and keeping the internet stocked up with excellent snaps of our events. However, please remember that these events are costly to stage and are reliant on support from members and visitors.
Any support you can provide is greatly appreciated – if you can’t travel, perhaps consider buying a platform ticket or a slice of cake and a cuppa