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Having a VE-ry good time

Celebrate the 70th anniversary of VE Day at one of these dazzling events, says Anna Price

Written by Anna Price
VE CELEBRATION Expect music, dancing, heritage  ying displays and military/ civilian re-enactors.
Where Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey, Essex: 01992-707370, www.royalgunpowdermills.com  
When 2 to 4 May

GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA Join in this VE Day 70th anniversary celebration with the UK’s most iconic big band and their leader Ray McVay.
Where The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester: 0161-907 9000, www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk
When 3 May

1940s VE DAY DANCE Enjoy music performances by the 16-piece Apollo Big Band and nostalgia duo The Victory Arms.
Where Princes Hall, Aldershot, Hampshire: 01252- 329155, www.rushmoor.gov.uk
When 8 May

VE DAY 70TH ANNIVERSARY A Second World War lunch party with prizes awarded to the bestdressed couple in 1940s attire. Live music from the Three Belles and the Bevin Boys.
Where Chewton Glen Hotel, New Milton, New Forest, Hampshire: 01425-282212, www.chewtonglen.com
When 8 May

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VE DAY 70 CELEBRATION
Sticky Wicket, the UK’s number one swing drummer, and his Hep Cat Band will keep you dancing all night. Prizes for the best dressed.
Where War Memorial Club, Fernhill Heath, Worcester: 01905-748124, www.worcesterswing.co.uk
When 8 May

VE DAY DINNER AND DANCE Featuring swing dance from the Room 21 Big Band, wartime food and costume prizes.
Where The Weston Rooms, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire: www.gainsboroughheritage.com
When 8 May

HAMPSHIRE VE DAY 70 CELEBRATIONS Includes a vintage market, classic cars, live music and a Victory Day parade.
Where Town centre, Aldershot, Hampshire: www.rushmoor.gov.uk
When 9 May 

VE DAY ANNIVERSARY INDOOR STREET PARTY An afternoon tea-style event including wartime food favourites, such as spam and corned beef sandwiches and carrot jam for scones.
Where The Hub, High Street, Cambourne, Cambridgeshire: 01954-714403, www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk
When 9 May

VE-Events-May01-03-EastGrinstead-590VE Day street party, East Grinstead

GALA DINNER & DANCE
Enjoy a three-course meal and entertainment from That Swing Band.
Where Easterbrook Hall, The Crichton, Dumfries: 07860-509898; www.gallowayevents.co.uk
When 9 May

VE DAY CELEBRATION DANCE With dance music by The Blitz Dancers and entertainment by Katie Mustang and Swingtime Steve.
Where Baskervilles Hotel, Baston, Lincolnshire: 01778-561148, www.bastonblitz.org
When 9 May

VE DAY 70: A PARTY TO REMEMBER Performances from Katherine Jenkins, Pixie Lott, Al’e Boe, Alexander Armstrong, Status Quo and more.
Where House Guards Parade, Whitehall, London SW1: www.ticketmaster.co.uk
When 9 May

RINGING OF CHURCH BELLS Churches and cathedrals across the land are invited to ring their bells at approximately 11am to celebrate VE Day.
Where Nationwide
When 9 May

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VE DAY STREET PARTY
The Spinettes, Adam the Magic Music Man and The ConChord Big Band will provide lively entertainment at this victory celebration.
Where High Street, East Grinstead, West Sussex: 01342-335055 or 01342-410121
When 10 May

VE DAY EVENT A day of celebrations including a tribute to forces sweetheart Vera Lynn, a swing band and a crooner. Dress in 1940s style or military uniform.
Where The Ginger Goose, Market Street, Bradford, West Yorkshire: 01274-390584
When 10 May

LONDON PARADE Over 2,000 people representing organisations including the Women’s Land Army, British Red Cross and Bevin Boys will take part in this parade to honour those who served in the Second World War.
Where From Westminster Abbey to Horse Guards Parade, London SW1: www.gov.uk
When 10 May

VINTAGE STREET PARTY There will be a short service, š ag-making, games for children, a vintage market, 1940s-style music and memorial guided walks.
Where The Arboretum Grounds, Alrewas, Sta›ffordshire: 01283-245100, www.thenma.org.uk
When 10 May

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VE DAY ANNIVERSARY AIR SHOW
Music, speeches, veterans’ memories and a š ying display showing how the Second World War was won in the air.
Where Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire: 01223-835000, www.iwm.org.uk
When 23 and 24 May

A 1940s EVENING ON THE HOME FRONT Blists Hill Victorian Town is organising an evening of Second World War music, activities and entertainment, and display of vintage vehicles. You’ll even be able to join the Home Guard for their drill.
Where Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire: 01952-433424, www.ironbridge.org.uk
When 20 June

1940s WARTIME WEEKEND & VINTAGE FAIR Experience life on the home front with classic wartime songs and an afternoon tea dance. Vintage stalls, traditional food and living history displays.
Where Kelham Island Museum, Shežffield, South Yorkshire: 01142-722106, www.simt.co.uk/kelhamisland-museum  When 18 and 19 July

THE WAR AND PEACE REVIVAL A massive military vehicle event, with actionpacked battle re-enactments, stalls and entertainment.
Where RAF Westhanger, Folkestone Racecourse, Kent: 01304-813945, www.thewarandpeacerevival.co.uk
When 22 to 26 July

VE-Events-May01-06-GunpowderMills-590VE CELEBRATION, Royal Gunpowder Mills

LEYBURN HOMEŠFRONT VINTAGE FAIR
Dancing, refreshments and vintage stalls. Part of the Leyburn 1940s Weekend with a wide range of nostalgic activities.
Where Thornborough Hall, Leyburn, North Yorkshire: 07779- 342782, www.brevents.co.uk
When 25 and 26 July


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