The War & Peace Revival is the greatest celebration of military history and vintage lifestyle in the world.
We had a great day at the Revival in 2016 and were amazed by the scale of his annual event. In 2019 it will be held at The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Kent and here’s what to expect……
Military Vehicles - Thousands of military vehicles and classic cars will gather from around the world. Tanks, armoured and amphibious vehicles, emergency and commercial vehicles, cars, jeeps, bicycles and motorbikes and steam & vintage machines.
Living History Displays - Many dedicated enthusiasts recreate classic scenes from the last 100 years of worldwide warfare and provide a unique picture of life in conflict, with depictions from WW1 to the present. All around you will see the British living in trenches, GIs in Vietnam, Russians relaxing with an accordion after a hard day in battle, or Germans plotting their next moves! Living history groups, dioramas and individual displays depicting civilian life from 1930 to 1960 will be given a dedicated area to show what life was like away from the barracks and the battlefield. Home Front re-enactors and demonstrators will show the hardships endured by both men and women left behind. In the arena every day there is a spectacular full-scale choreographed battle re-enactment to give you a taste of the action at the Front!
For the aviation enthusiast, there will be a Spitfire & Hurricane at the show to support the attendance of The Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar. Here is the description of the aircraft by Robin Brooks of The Heritage Hangar
One of only seven Hurricanes flying in the UK, the heritage hangar Mk 1 P2921 was built in Canada in the spring of 1941 classified as a Sea Hurricane. After brief service with Nos.750 and 760 Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm at RNAS Yeovilton (HMS Heron) it was involved in a mid-air collision and crashed in 1942. The remains were recovered during the 1960s and restored to the aircraft you see flying once again today.
Spitfire Mk 9 TA805 known as ‘The Kent Spitfire’ and in a tribute to the county is named ‘Spirit of Kent’. Currently in No. 234 Squadron colours, this aircraft was rolled out of Castle Bromwich in April 1944 and served with the fore-mentioned squadron at Bentwaters and also with No. 183 Squadron based at Chilbolton. Sold to the South African Air Force, it served for many years before being made redundant and placed for scrap value. The remains were bought back to the UK and restored to the splendid Spitfire you see today.
Trade Stalls – Marquees with over 800 trade stalls packed full of treasures including militaria, antiquities, vehicle parts, books, memorabilia, clothing and uniforms and all manner of essential finds for the discerning enthusiast – everything from a shirt button to a tank! Unfortunately, not many of us would be able to bring back a tank although a few would be tempted I'm sure! For the modellers, an extensive display of some top-class models will be on display, bringing enthusiasts from around the world. In some cases The War and Peace Revival is a unique opportunity to see the full-sized versions of their models just by walking outside!
Vintage Village - For those who want a little more glamour in their lives, there will be plenty of style in the Vintage Village – a dedicated area for all things vintage and an exciting focus to the Peace element of the Show’s title. Or explore the Market Place with its host of world class dealers in fashion, homeware and civilian memorabilia from that period.
Entertainment - Discover the Victory Marquee with all its elegance bringing the 1940s to life with the best in entertainment from the mid-20th Century. Acts such as The Devils Cut Combo, currently filling vintage dance floors across Europe and turning heads across the globe. They stand out not only due to their effortless style and authenticity, which drive an infectious beat of hot early 50’s R’nB, Rockin’ Blues and Boogie Woogie, but also by the delivery of their exceptional original material.
Also entertaining are The Swingtime Sweethearts, all round entertainer and funny man Adam Hoffman, Tom Carradine’s Cockney Singalong, Scott Elvis tribute to “The King”, Cinque Port Lindy Hoppers dance classes with daily demonstrations featuring popular dance styles from the 1930s to the 1950s – The Charleston, Balboa, Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag, tap, jazz and rock n’ roll jive, and the Swinging sound of two vintage voices harmonising together - The Duettes! You may also be surprised by The Suffolk Pop Up Dancers who will entertain you with the popular dance routines of the 1940s. See them perform around the show daily with their Willy’s jeep along with our entertainers. Viv The Spiv will keep you entertained, tell you who’s who and what’s what between the talented acts every day.
War & Peace Revival is not to be missed – 23rd to 27th July 2019
Contains extracts from the War & Peace Revival website www.warandpeacerevival.com