From the Woodhall Spa notice boards, July 2019

Understandably, most new notices this month have something to do with next weekend’s famous 1940s festival. If you are planning to take part, you can find out more about this major event here

Here are some alternative attractions that caught my eye:


July 10

Sing for Britain

A concert by the Spa Singers, at St. Peter’s Hall, 7.30pm, admission £5 (£3 under 18s). Call 01526 860373 | Email

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Countdown to Woodhall Spa forties weekend 2019

40s_police_box_150Once again Woodhall Spa braces itself for the annual journey back in time that is Forties Weekend. This year the festival is scheduled for this weekend (July 13 / 14.) Mostly the fun is free; there is a charge of £7.50 for Park and Ride and some concerts and dances 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 2017:

Petwood events
Mad about the forties
Last year

The Petwood Hotel is proud to be a Leading Ally again this year.

From the Woodhall Spa noticeboards June / July 2018

Less than a month to go for the Forties Festival, (July 7/8) but in the meantime, there’s plenty going on the village. Here’s our latest What’s On guide, culled from the famous white fence:




June 10

Go crazy at the Cottage Museum’s Mad Hatter’s Tea party. The fun starts at and there may well be zany games and an unusual version of croquet on the lawn. Web Page             Continue reading

Gearing up for the 1940s festival

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.

Meantime, if you want to keep abreast of the plans, your best bet is to follow the festival on Facebook and do keep an eye on the official website too. Continue reading

Woodhall Spa 40s Festival 2015

40s_police_box_150Yes, it’s here again! This year’s time travel weekend is almost upon us once more. You know, it’s when everyone dresses up in forties costume, listens to forties music, eats forties cuisine and imagines (or for some of us, remembers,) a bygone age. Last year’s events in Woodhall Spa were acclaimed as a success, and this year’s are shaping up to be likewise.

The Petwood Hotel begins the weekend in style as Al Bowlly soundalike Brandyn Shaw kicks off the Petwood’s events with an informal live performance on the terrace on Friday 17th July at 6 pm.

Brandyn will be back with his Rhythm Makers on the 18th for the Big Band Dance, in a marquee in the Petwood’s glorious grounds. It’s sure to be the stand-out event of the weekend. Entertainment only tickets are £15 (under 12s free) and food is available separately.  Call our reservation team on 01526 352411 and select option 1 for more information or to make a booking. Continue reading

Mad about the forties

1-40s_vintageCarI 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.

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