Schools’ Day is on Tuesday 19th July 2016
Application for Schools Day’s is available at the bottom of this page.
Schools Day is open to all schools nationwide.
The War and Peace Revival Schools’ Day is now an important element of the five-day event. Designed to educate schools from across Kent in an important period of British history, the 2016 programme will cover all eras from WW1 to the current conflict in Afghanistan and include the Living History field with its vast range of displays from 1914-present.
Legasee, the Veterans’ Video Archive provide students and teachers with unique access to interviews with military personnel who have served their country at some point between 1939 and the present day. The video content is designed for use by students aged 5+ to complement learning in social and political history, citizenship and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Click here to take you to the education section of their website.
Inside the Home Front Marquee, there re demonstrations on cooking with wartime rations as her colleagues from the wartime W.I. preserve a glut of fruit by jam making and canning. There was displays of wartime shops and wartime house interiors with a Dig for Victory and Anderson shelter display – and visitors learnt how to wash and mend their clothes to make them last longer!
The Wartime Post Office was represented in the marquee and visitors had a go at making rope, an industry so important to our wartime Navy.
The difficulties of shopping and shortages were illustrated by shop displays and the wartime pub, while a bombed out family were on hand to talk about what they did when their home was damaged and the support they received from the ARP, ambulance and Fire Service.
At War and Peace covers the decades 1930 – 1960 and included civilian life and music relevant to our two 2013 anniversaries: 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War and the 50th anniversary of National Service. On the Saturday we will have a Veterans’ Parade and Service of Commemoration. Also in the Home Front we had classic cars from the same period of all different marques.
Our Living History area was larger than we had at Paddock Wood – and yes we still had digging-in areas – they just weren’t on the racecourse! Once again we had realistic re-enactments in our Arena depicting units from a wide variety of nationalities. We had a Guinness Book of Records attempt at the largest number of Jeeps on the Saturday.
In the Victory Marquee (previously V Marquee) you can drop in and meet veterans, watch the vintage entertainment, chat to authors and even sit in on the fashion show.
Folkestone Racecourse has some superb permanent facilities – In the Main Grandstand is The Battle of Britain Carvery – a 250-seater restaurant and bar and again spectacular views to the front with the vehicle displays, Living History and Arena, while upstairs are several Hospitality Boxes.
We still had hundreds of trade stands and for the first time introduced a Vintage Market Place dedicated to traders with vintage and retro clothes, homewares and memorabilia which gave a more convenient destination for those interested in the civilian side of our show.