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.
We look forward to welcoming back singer Miss 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 Prime Minister Sir 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 – ‘Look Smart, Look Sharp and Look the Part’. Remember to bring your National Registration Card and ration book. Travel and food may be refused with out it!
Click here for photos from our swell 2015 event which celebrated VE Day.
Things to see and do
- Steam trains
- War Department shunting engine “Grumpy” used during the Normandy invasion
- Demonstration freight trains
- Vintage bus rides
- Live music – Singer Miss Jayne Darling
- Meet Winston Churchill and listen to speeches
- Unexploded bomb
- Display of military and civilian vehicles
- 1940s Beauty salon
- Fry’s chocolate factory Sentinel on display
- Punch & Judy Shows
- Help For Heroes
NEW FOR 2016!
Warmley Station & Signal Box – more information coming soon!
The Victory Tent
Our marquee will be transformed into ‘The Victory Tent’ for the weekend with bunting and flags galore for a good old fashion British knees-up! Get your dancing shoes on as the fabulous Miss Jayne Darling will get you in the street party mood with classic 40s sing-alongs and more while for youngsters there will be regular Punch & Judy Shows! Lady Shee will be here with her beauty salon.
Winston Churchill will perform his famous wartime speeches at intervals through the 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!
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 – To be confirmed
- Concession – To be confirmed
- Child – To be confirmed(5-15 years)
- Family (2 adults + 4 children) – To be confirmed
- 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