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Every journey ends with a memory.

Step Back to the 1940s

Journey back in time with music, re-enactors and memorabilia

July 1st & 2nd

Step Back to the 1940s

We turn the clocks back to the 1940s with this light-hearted journey back to wartime Britain.

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With a fantastic selection of daytime attractions up and down the line, get dressed up and join in with the celebrations with costumed re-enactors on our stations and in our trains helping to tell the wartime story! The return of the Battle, Big Band Show and a whole host of other much-loved attractions will keep you entertained.

Attractions include:

  • Winston Churchill & King George VI in attendance
  • Musical entertainment up and down the line
  • Costumed re-enactors
  • Intensive steam train service


  • Visit our Hairdresser to get your 'Victory Rolls' spruced up
  • Free Vintage Bus Rides
  • Exhilarating firefighting reenactment each afternoon and a display of firefighting vehicles, courtesy of NFS & AFS Vehicles Group
  • All-new shop display at Kidderminster- ration books at the ready!
  • Vintage clothing stalls
  • Air Raid Shelter
  • ARP Post
  • Visit the footplate of steam engine No. 5764 (normally stored undercover and out of sight in the Carriage Shed)
  • Vintage vehicles on display
  • Tobacconist
  • Paul Harper performing each afternoon
  • Wave the evacuees off, as they head into the countryside to safety (June 24th, 25th & July 1st only)
  • Closing ceremony each day at 5pm (June 25th & July 2nd only)


  • Mechanical horse and vintage vehicle on display
  • Vintage stall selling clothing and memorabilia
  • Hospital train housing the Royal Army Medical Corps Hospital
  • Vintage caravan and vehicle display
  • Become the ‘guests’ at a wartime wedding on the platform at 2.30pm on all dates. Have you packed your confetti?
  • Our resident singer Kevin Mack, the ‘1940s Crooner’, will be transporting you back to the 1940s with his repertoire of catchy and nostalgic numbers as the trains steam by.

Highley & The Engine House

  • The Battle returns: it's two days after the Normandy Invasion, and a German Troop train is about to be attacked by Allied Paratroopers and members of the French Resistance…rest assured this will be an explosive encounter that you won’t want to miss.
  • Vintage Marketplace in The Engine House with vintage civilian clothing, vintage uniforms, homewares and vintage prints
  • Wartime newsreels
  • Paul Harper entertaining each morning
  • Display of military vehicles adjacent to the signal box and the Allied’s Encampment next to the station.
  • Visit King George VI's Royal Saloon
  • BBQ, Real Ale Bar & Ice Cream Bar

Hampton Loade

  • Take care when alighting at Hampton Loade station; there are rumors of a German presence, and you may find their military civilian police demanding to see your travel documents and identity cards (June 25th & July 2nd only).
  • Paddock Miniature Railway
  • Classic vehicles from the period will be on display, as well as motorcycles.


  • Enterainment provided by the D-Day Darlings each morning and early afternoon.


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Big Band Show - June 24th & July 1st

Our 'Big Band Show' features a fantastic jazz orchestra alongside special guests playing tunes from the 1940s.

A big favourite for many, the evenings are sure to get you singing along and getting those feet tapping during our party on the platform! They'll even be a selection of patriotic flag waving numbers which you know you can't resist...

Real ale will be served in the King & Castle, with hot food available from the Valley Suite.

The night is sure to go out with a air-raid is looming!
The show begins at 7.30pm on both evenings. These shows are ticketed events. You will need to purchase wristbands if you wish to attend (daytime travel tickets not valid).

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Severn Valley Venturer Dining Train

We have some seats available on our 1940s Dining Experience on Saturday 1st July. Complete your 1940s experience and join the Severn Valley Venturer dining train from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster and enjoy a delicious three course meal on your journey in the sumptuous comfort of a classic 1940s First Class dining carriage. On arrival at Kidderminster you have entry to the Big Band Show for an evening of toe-tapping entertainment, before your steam-hauled train brings you back to Bridgnorth.

Your tickets include: Special Event ticket permitting travel for the whole day and entry into all the attractions listed. Travel on the Severn Valley Venturer and three course meal. Tickets for the Big Band Show at Kidderminster.

Prices: Adult £70.90, Senior £69.60 and Child £51.40

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Event Parking:

  • Kidderminster Station DY10 1QR*, Harriers Football Club DY10 1NB & King Charles School DY10 1XA
  • Bridgnorth Station & Overflow WV16 5DT

*Kidderminster Station car park will be closed from 9.30pm - 11pm on each Saturday due to the operation of pyrotechnics.

Revised fares apply
Booking fee
 One-day rover
 Pre-book & save
£23.40 £16.20
£70.60  £1.75 per booking
 Purchased on the day
 Two-day rover

 Pre-book & save
 £1.75 per booking
 Purchased on the day
 Big Band Show only

 Pre-book & save £11.00 £11.00 £11.00 - £1.75 per booking
Evening train on Saturdays
from and to Bridgnorth
 Not available to pre-book
 Other information

Annual Family Pass: NOT VALID, Children: 4 - 15 years, Family: 2 adults + 2, 3 or 4 children, Seniors: 60+.

To qualify for 'pre-book & save' prices these tickets must be purchased at least five working days in advance of your visit.
Tickets may also be purchased at the same price by calling 01562 757900 (option 1).
These tickets include FREE admission to The Engine House, our Visitor Centre at Highley.

The Evening 1940s Big Band Show takes place at Kidderminster on June 24th & July 1st at 7.30pm; a separate charge applies, and tickets (wristbands) for this show MUST be purchased if you wish to attend, whether you have a daytime travel ticket or not.
Admission to Kidderminster Station and the Evening Shows will not be permitted without a wristband after 7.00pm.

A travel-only ticket for the Band Show train from Bridgnorth on the Saturday evenings is available in addition to the Show wristband for anyone who does NOT have a daytime travel ticket, but would like to travel from Bridgnorth for the show. The train departs from Bridgnorth at 6.35pm These tickets are available from Bridgnorth Booking Office on the day (not available in advance). Please note, this train is only available for passengers with a Band Show wristband.

*Through tickets to Bridgnorth from National Rail will need to be upgraded at our Booking Offices on payment of the surcharge.

The following passes are NOT VALID during the event: Heritage railway Passes, BR/LT Passes and Passes from Privatised Railways such as Virgin, London Midland, Chiltern, SVR Free ticket vouchers for Adult, Child or Family tickets or any discount schemes normally in operation.


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