1940s Weekend at Holt and Sheringham details

3:08 p.m. September 1, 2022

The North Norfolk Railway 1940s weekend is about to return with the full force of a steam locomotive.

This year, called Steam Back to The Forties, the nostalgic event will take place at Sheringham, Weybourne and Holt railway stations on 17 and 18 September.

Graham Hukins, Commercial Director of NNR, said: “We look forward to transporting visitors back eight decades and recreating the distinctive sights and sounds of the 1940s.

A scene from a previous 1940s weekend on the North Norfolk Railway.
– Credit: Archant

“Many of our exhibitors and re-enactors are in period costume and many visitors join in dressing in the style of the period, so it really is a great show.”

Here are nine key questions we answered ahead of the festival.

1. What can I see?
The main exhibition site will be adjacent to Holt Station where there will be over 85 military vehicles, a full-size replica Spitfire and a range of vintage cars.

Visitors will be able to get a feel for the decade through historical exhibits, including military camps, vintage firefighters, and scout demonstrations.

A costumed family in front of a replica Spitfire, which will be displayed at the

A family in costume in front of a replica Spitfire, which will be displayed at the North Norfolk Railway’s Steam Back to The Forties event.
– Credit: Leigh Caudwell

2. What am I going to listen to?
Distinctive music from the era will also feature The Knightingales, the Skyliner Big Band and Sarah Mai among the lineup on the main stage, which sees performances from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

3. What can I buy there?
The showground will also house a wide range of trade stalls selling vintage clothing, homewares, accessories, jewelery and ephemera as well as a selection of food and drink stalls.

4. How can I get around?
A half-hourly train service will operate between Sheringham and Holt with ‘rover’ tickets allowing passengers to hop on and off throughout the day to travel behind the four steam locomotives expected to be in action.

Visiting Great Western Railway Locomotive No 4270 makes for a great sight at the head of a North Norfolk Railway train.

Visiting Great Western Railway Locomotive No 4270 makes for a great sight at the head of a North Norfolk Railway train.
– Credit: Steve Allen

5. Which locomotives will be there?
Visiting Great Western Railway Locomotive No. 4270 is among those scheduled to operate at the weekend.

The engine was built in 1919 to run heavy freight trains and currently sports the characteristic green livery worn by many GWR locomotives in the 1940s.

The 1943 War Office ‘Austerity’ locomotive, one of a type designed to be cheaply built in wartime, is also likely to work.

The engine was originally shipped to Egypt and then worked in Greece before being repatriated and into the 1980s and restored.

Vintage buses will also run between Sheringham and Holt to supplement the rail service.

6. What’s new at Weybourne?
There will be more historical exhibits, including military camps representing the Royal Armored Corps, Long Range Desert Group, Special Air Service and airborne activities.

There will also be exhibits detailing the roles of Allied women throughout World War II.

There will be live music from The Swingtones and Three Bits of Rhythm and a variety of food and drink.

7. What about Sheringham?
Visitors will also be able to view exhibits on the US Air Force, many of which were stationed in East Anglia.

Musical entertainment will include Mailman, Ashlea Lauren and Miss Nina Taylor.

Many Sheringham shops and other businesses will join in the spirit of the event with 1940s window displays and other activities including music in select pubs.

The parades organized by the Carnival Committee will take place every day in the late afternoon/early evening.

8. How much will it cost?
All-inclusive tickets, valid for unlimited train travel, entry to all three stations and Holt’s main showground, cost £25 for adults in advance, or £30 on the day.

Family, child and both-day tickets are also available, see www.nnrailway.co.uk/steam-back-to-the-forties.

Tickets for Holt’s Showground only will be available on the day for £10 or £5 for children aged 3-15. These tickets are not valid for train travel and do not include access to any of the stations.

9. Where can I park?
Parking for the event will be available near Holt Station at Gresham School in exchange for a donation to the Holt Youth Project.

Motorists can also park at Cookies’ Field near Sheringham from where a park and ride service organized by the Sheringham Carnival Committee will take visitors into town. Parking here will cost £5 per car plus bus fare.

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