Home Front

Welcome to the WW2 Home Front Area at the War and Peace Revival Show 2018. Our various Living History Groups and re-enactors come together again to bring you our very own ‘pop up’ village of Trentham, ‘somewhere in the South-East of England’. Our Home Front Area is one of the biggest displays of its kind in the country with a reputation for high standards of authenticity and education in a friendly and fun way. Next to us, you will find our brave boys (and girls!) in blue, stationed at RAF Upper Trentham, part of 11 Group Fighter Command

You will see many exciting WW2 vehicles and displays at the Revival showing life at the front both here and overseas. But WW2 wasn’t just about the front line. Back home, civilians fought their own daily battles against worry, family separation, air-raids, homelessness and shortages of food and fuel. As if this wasn’t enough, on top of their normal day jobs, many people gave their spare time in a huge range of official and voluntary roles in answer to the Government’s call for everyone “to do their bit” to support the Allied War effort and the defence of Britain. Here in the Home Front Area at War and Peace, we will show you part of what has become known as ‘the People’s War’, where you will see the close-knit community life of a village at war.

This year, our theme is ‘Holidays At Home’, reflecting a Government scheme introduced in 1941 by the Ministry of Labour. During the war, going away on holiday was discouraged. Not only was petrol in short supply and rationed, but holiday makers took up valuable space in trains needed to transport servicemen, workers and freight. Also, time off work meant less war products and munitions! However, the Government recognised that people still needed a break from the stresses of wartime life, and so encouraged local councils to set up outdoor leisure facilities for the public to enjoy in their own area, instead of travelling to another.
Activities included sports events, singers, dancing, classical concerts and even ballet in local parks and factories. Exhibitions of all kinds were on show with competitions to enter and many activities were either free of charge or run on a donation basis to charities and good causes. These ‘Holidays At Home’ schemes were well supported and popular, giving civilians cheap and local entertainment on their days off.
In our Home Front Area this year, you will find the villagers of Trentham ‘holidaying at home’, showing a wide variety of activities for you to enjoy. Our diary of events throughout the week has something for everyone to see and visitors to the show are even welcome to join in with certain events! (Please see timetable for details).

Our programme starts at 10.30am with the Morning Parade of the RAF to get you in the mood. Please drop by and say hello to the airmen and airwomen at RAF Upper Trentham, and watch the Parachute Packing Training, P.T. and other activities. Also, don’t miss the RAF taking on our village Home Guard in the Tug of War Competition! Come and see our Dog Show and Bonny Baby Show (exhibitors only) on the Village Green, or join in with our Sack Race or Potato and Spoon Race (sorry, no eggs due to the war!) in our Worker’s Fun Day Sports. Or perhaps, you’d prefer something gentler, so why not learn a simple wartime dance or two at our daily Community Tea Dance? Social dances such as the Lambeth Walk, the Palais Glide and the St. Bernard’s Waltz are easy for all ages to enjoy. During Worker’s Playtime in the Canteen our local girl Holly will be singing for you and you can also see Army Boxing and P.T. Demonstrations on the Village Green.
We are also pleased to have the Harley Morris Men Dancers from Wrotham in Kent with us this year. This group is quite unique as they have been going since 1937.

British wartime vehicles and further displays are centred around our village High Street, where new wartime shops have moved into empty premises, along with the head quarters of the ARP and HG. A Dutch family have set up home along the way and exhibitions of Scouting, the JWO and the National Fire Service are all well worth a visit. Also, don’t forget to visit our village pub, the Bush Inn, very much at the heart of our community. Although open as a display only, (our pub does not sell anything) you can sit and enjoy the atmosphere of a wartime hostelry!

On the Village Green, a visit from a Romany family may hold your future in a cup of tea leaves, and you can see clothes pegs and other items being made in the traditional way. On the outskirts of the village, do visit the Shepherd with his flock and our local working Blacksmith and see the Land Girls hard at work. You may even spot our local poacher!

Our wonderful miniature steam railway will be in service all week (free for children to ride) and children can also enjoy the small traditional fair rides available.

The Village Hall is the place to watch two different Fashion Shows, both telling the story of British clothing during WW2. Pick up essential wartime Hair and Beauty tips from a top London salon and find out more about Make Do and Mend, with a representative from the Board of Trade. You can even learn how to darn your socks!

Our popular Ministry of Food Cookery demonstrations will be held each day in the WVS Canteen, where volunteers will be cooking and serving authentic wartime food for the residents of Trentham, to supplement their weekly ration – just like a Canteen did back in the day.
Restaurants and canteens flourished during the war, helping to keep the nation fed, fit and healthy, especially those important factory workers like our girls from the Biscuit Factory next door.
Ever wondered what rationing was all about? Or how restaurants and canteens managed during the war? Well, this is the place to find out!
Here, a representative from the Ministry of Food School of Canteen Cooking will show how these canteens were run despite food rationing and other restrictions, and will be demonstrating some of the Ministry’s recipes that can be adapted for use in your home today.

The times of all our activities can be found in our Daily Diary of Events. We are looking forward to our fun week ‘holidaying at home’ and hope you are too!
From all of us here at the Home Front and RAF, we look forward to seeing you!

To exhibit a Home Front display you must book in advance by completing an online form. Your entry will then be passed on to our Home Front co-ordinator who will contact you to discuss the nature and size of your display and the appropriate number of passes required. We ask that you keep your support vehicles to a minimum.

Entry to the site will be from Thursday 19th July 2018.

Entry Form
To visit as an exhibitor you will need to complete the Home Front booking form which is HERE

Download a 2019 Home Front Entry form

If you are travelling from abroad, please see our DFDS Seaways page for special discounts.
The tickets will be sent out during June.

Activities marked with * invite public participation in some or all of the activity.

Activities may have to be cancelled due to weather, unforseen circumstances or enemy action.

Event Time Place
Morning Parade 10:30 RAF Upper Trentham
* Walking tour of the Village 11:00 Meet at the Bush Inn
* Home Guard Drill 11:30 Village Green
* Sock Darning Advice 12:00 Village Hall
‘Workers Playtime Concert’ 12-12:30 WVS Canteen
Hair and Beauty Tips 13:00 Village Hall
* Community Tea Dance 14:00 Village Green
M of F Cookery Demonstrations 14:00 WVS Canteen
Tug of War 15:30 Village Green
Hair and Beauty Tips 16:00 Village Hall
M of F Cookery Demonstrations 16:30 WVS Canteen
Event Time Place
Morning Parade 10:30 RAF Upper Trentham
* Walking tour of the Village 11:00 Meet at the Bush Inn
* Home Guard Drill 11:30 Village Green
* Sock Darning Advice 12:00 Village Hall
‘Workers Playtime Concert’ 12-12:30 WVS Canteen
Hair and Beauty Tips 13:00 Village Hall
* Community Tea Dance 14:00 Village Green
M of F Cookery Demonstrations 14:00 WVS Canteen
Hair and Beauty Tips 16:00 Village Hall
Bicycle tour of the Local Area 16:30 Meet at the Bush Inn
M of F Cookery Demonstrations 16:30 WVS Canteen
Event Time Place
Morning Parade 10:30 RAF Upper Trentham
* Walking tour of the Village 11:00 Meet at the Bush Inn
* Fire Service Demonstration 11:30 Village Green
* Sock Darning Advice 12:00 Village Hall
‘Workers Playtime Concert’ 12-12:30 WVS Canteen
Hair and Beauty Tips 13:00 Village Hall
* Physical Training Demonstration 13:30 Village Green
* Community Tea Dance 14:00 Village Green
M of F Cookery Demonstrations 14:00 WVS Canteen
Tug of War 14:30 Village Green
Hair and Beauty Tips 16:00 Village Hall
The Hartley Morris Men Dancing 16:15 Outside of the Bush Inn
M of F Cookery Demonstrations 16:30 WVS Canteen
The Hartley Morris Men Dancing 20:30 Outside of the Bush Inn
Event Time Place
Morning Parade 10:30 RAF Upper Trentham
* Walking tour of the Village 11:00 Meet at the Bush Inn
Trentham Dog Show 11:30 Village Green
* Sock Darning Advice 12:00 Village Hall
‘Workers Playtime Concert’ 12-12:30 WVS Canteen
Hair and Beauty Tips 12:30 Village Hall
Boxing Demonstration 12:45 Village Green
Utility Fashion Show 13:15 Village Hall
* Community Tea Dance 14:00 Village Green
M of F Cookery Demonstrations 14:30 WVS Canteen
* Workers Fun Sports Day 14:30 Village Green
Workers Fun Sports Day 15:00 Village Green
Hair and Beauty Tips 15:00 Village Hall
M of F Cookery Demonstrations 16:30 WVS Canteen
Event Time Place
Morning Parade 10:30 RAF Upper Trentham
* Walking tour of the Village 11:00 Meet at the Bush Inn
Make Do and Mend Fashion Show 11:30 Village Hall
* Sock Darning Advice 12:00 Village Hall
‘Workers Playtime Concert’ 12-12:30 WVS Canteen
Hair and Beauty Tips 13:00 Village Hall
Bonny Baby Show 13:30 Village Green
* Community Tea Dance 14:00 Village Green
M of F Cookery Demonstrations 14:30 WVS Canteen
* Fire Service Demonstration 15:00 Village Green
Hair and Beauty Tips 15:00 Village Hall
M of F Cookery Demonstrations 16:30 WVS Canteen
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