The greatest celebration of military history and vintage lifestyle in the world will transform the fields of the Hop farm back in time to the last Century. The show includes masses of military and vintage vehicles, living history displays, a ‘home front’ village, explosive arena battles.
Military vehicles will be out in force representing the armies of the 20th Century from around the world including tanks, armoured and amphibious vehicles, cars, jeeps, artillery, motorbikes, emergency vehicles, Land Rovers and heavy commercial vehicles. All vehicles are lovingly restored to their former glory by dedicated enthusiasts who are always willing to share the fascinating stories behind their vehicles.
Living History Groups provide a unique picture of life in conflict with depictions from WW1 to the present. Using original and accurate reproduction equipment the living history scenes groups include British troops living in trenches, GIs in Vietnam, The D-Day support convoy ‘Red Ball Express’, US Army Rangers and Delta’s in the battle of Mogadishu and WW2 German units in the field. The attention to detail is stunning and the level of historical knowledge each member possesses about the unit represented adds a valued educational aspect to the displays.
The arena is a focal point of the show with a constant programme that features battle re-enactments, vehicle competitions and demonstrations. Heavy armour, artillery and troops will move in to position as the arena turns into an explosive battle ground with re-enactments of battles from WW1 to more recent conflicts.
The Home Front is where visitors will find the WW2 village of Trentham, a fictitious village located ‘’somewhere in England’’. Back home, people fought their own daily battles against worry, family separation, air-raids, homelessness and shortages of food and fuel whilst also supporting the War effort. Discover displays and vehicles centered around a village high street and visit the various shops showing the products that were available at the time. Drop into the Home Front Marquee and watch demonstrations such as wartime cookery and making the most out of rations, hair and beauty tips from a top wartime London salon and have a go at the weekly wash with a wartime family. There will also be a ‘Make Do and Mend’ Fashion show, giving creative ideas including how to turn those curtains into something to wear!
Hundreds of trade stalls will give collectors and shoppers the opportunity to browse through trade stands 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!
An extensive display of highly detailed and realistic scale models will be on display, bringing enthusiasts from around the world. The attention to detail on these models is remarkable and the model makers are always willing to share their knowledge and experience with other keen hobbyists. The War and Peace Revival is a unique opportunity to see the full-sized versions of some of their models in action just by walking outside. For the 2017 show visitors will be able to ride on the model steam railway and see the show in style.
Discover the ‘Britain at War Victory Marquee’ with all its elegance bringing the 1940s to life with the best family entertainment from the mid-20th Century. With a super daily line-up of singers, dancers and comedians it’s the place to go for a proper old fashioned ‘knees-up’’. By night the Victory Marquee is the venue for the War and Peace Revival Variety Show with music, dancing and a star studded cast of some of the best acts around. The Spitfire Bar offers a lively alternative venue with bands and a resident DJ each night during the show. For a quieter drink in surroundings with a classy ‘retro’ feel the ‘Gentleman’s Lounge’ is the place to relax and unwind.
The War and Peace Revival is an incredible event offering excitement and fun for all ages. For visitors arriving by train there will be a regular shuttle bus service running from Paddock Wood Train Station to the Hop Farm. We look forward to welcoming you to this year’s show (accompanied visitors under 16 years of age go free!).
Visit the War and Peace website for tickets and further information www.warandpeacerevival.com