Only weeks away now for that weekend when Woodhall Spa once again rolls out the time machine and sets the dial to the1940s. This year the festival is scheduled for the third weekend in July – 15 / 16th, so if you enjoy flypasts, parades, period costumes, big band music and the like, all to be found in one of the most attractive villages in Lincolnshire, then you know where to be that weekend.
Spring is well and truly sprung so here’s another selection of things to do in and around Woodhall Spa. Plenty to choose from this month – two organists, a 40’s tribute singer, a school fair and even a circus!
May Fair at St Hugh’s School, 11.00 am to 1.30 pm. Please check details: firstname.lastname@example.org | 01526 352169
Once again Woodhall Spa braces itself for the annual journey back in time that is Forties Weekend. This year the festival is scheduled for the weekend of July 16th. Mostly the fun is free; there is a charge of £5 for Park, Ride & Read and one or two concerts are ticket only. For all the latest news, visit the forties weekend home page. If you haven’t been before, here’s a taste from 2013:
Even though it’s the low season just now and we all need a good reason for venturing out, my more-or-less monthly notice board trawl has yielded some interesting results:
Organist Paul Carman is the featured entertainer at Music For Woodhall on January 19th at 7.30 pm, in St Peter’s Church Hall. Tickets are available from Philip Groves, 01526 353225, and they are priced at £5 for members, £7 for non-members. More information from the Horncastle News. Here’s an example of Paul’s laid-back jazz style:
The Woodhall, Coningsby, Tattershall and District History Society are keen to attract new members and the best way to try it out is to turn up at their next meeting on January 13th, at 7.30 pm. Continue reading
I mean the 1940’s of course, not the roaring latitude or the age group. In a few days’ time WoodHall Spa will once again be transformed by its annual 40’s Festival. The retro hi jinks begin next Saturday (July 19) and run right through to Sunday night, so expect a weekend billed as “fun for all the family….free entry”.
You can find out all the latest details on the Festival website, including their Facebook feed. There are also some special events organised by supporting venues, including the Petwood Hotel where you can enjoy the music of Brandyn Shaw and his Rhythm Makers on Friday evening, July 18 and on the terrace on Sunday.
I missed last year’s festival, but I did later find myself surrounded by sandbags and taped-up windows while on a weekend break on the Norfolk coast. It seems that the forties really are all the rage and there are dozens of such weekends around the UK.
Older Woodhall residents will have their own memories of the forties of course, Continue reading