SOAK up the atmosphere at the Nothe Fort's 1940s Home Front Family Weekend.

Enjoy live entertainment, interactive activities, re-enactment displays, role play, exhibitions and plenty of fun at the Weymouth fort this weekend from 10.30am to 5.30pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26.

Both days start at 10.30 am with a 1940s themed entertainment programme throughout the day and displays of life during the Home Front years. This is an opportunity to learn about life in our country during the war years from 1939 to 1945.

Experience living history with home front Dad’s Army re-enactors, The Home Front Museum, (which will include a 1940s wedding display) Churchill’s Secret Army, displays of 1940s fashion, Pathe Newsreels from the war years and an exhibition of photographs from Weymouth in the 1940s.

Over the weekend entertainment will be provided by Weymouth Concert Brass, Bovington Military wives choir, May Blossom & Sophie Green songs 1940’s style, Evolution Dance and Dave Beeston Jive Dancers.

Take part in the Evacuee Experience with Nothe Fort guides, visiting areas of the fort not normally open to the public. The school room, kitchen and washroom, 40s shop and the Anderson Shelter will all be open. The Weymouth at War exhibition and D-day displays will provide an insight into life in Dorset during the days of the Blitz and the D-day landings. There will be displays of military and civilian vehicles and 1940's memorabilia.

Take a break in The Fort View Café, with Land Army girls serving hot and cold snacks drinks and meals, and enjoy 1940s style live entertainment.

Meet Warren and Winnie the Nothe Fort mascots, who will welcome you to the Fort and present many photo opportunities.

The Matchstick Fleet will also be in residence. In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the D-day landings, this will be a great opportunity to see the work of Phil Warren. who has spent over 60 years creating over 450 scale models of the ships in the British Naval Fleet.

Take part in traditional games including the coconut shy: hoopla: Splat the Rat roll a penny. There will be an extra charge to participate in some of the games.

Visitors are encouraged to dress in 1940s style to get into the swing of things.

The event will end at around 4:00 pm on Sunday 26th May, with an Act of Remembrance, to recognise the many service personnel who took part in the D-Day landings, on the beaches of Normandy on 6th June 1944. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

At the end of the short service, the Fort beacon will be lit to pay tribute to those who fought, and the many who gave their lives for our freedom.

Leading the Act of Remembrance will be a military padre and there will also be Weymouth Sea and Air Cadets, representatives from the British Legion, and reenactors and visitors attending the Nothe Fort ‘Home Front’ weekend. Annual passes will be accepted for this event

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