Step back in time to experience Britain in the 1940’s. In the Yorkshire village of Haworth we will be on the Home Front where air-raid sirens herald the throb of hostile enemy aircraft and the rationing of food, clothing and provisions is an accepted part of everyday living. This was a time when military vehicles outnumbered civilian ones and the streets rang out with the footsteps of young troops marching off to war to then be replaced by patrolling members of the Home Guard. Wartime memories don’t always centre on hardship and personal loss and as; the British spirit was renowned for its strength in the face of adversity, don’t be surprised to witness scenes of laughter, singing and dancing to those old wartime favourite tunes.
Day 1: York
Your holiday begins when you board our private coach in the early morning and travel to York, where there are a whole host of attractions. If shopping is on your agenda then you will be spoilt for choice as there are over 2000 shops, many of which are independent and unique to York. The world famous ‘Shambles’, Petergate and Stonegate are among the most popular shopping areas. Architectural wonders include York Minster, which towers over the city, Cliffords Tower and Fairfax House to name but a few. For panoramic views you can climb the city walls. There are also numerous museums to satisfy your curiosity and a variety of self-guided tours. When you’re in need of a break, you will find plenty of places to stop for a bite to eat and drink. After our visit we continue to our hotel for your included evening meal.
Day 2: Haworth
Following your included breakfast we travel to Haworth. For more than ten years, locals and visitors have dressed up in 1940’s clothing to enjoy a wide range of nostalgic events in this Yorkshire village, sited on the edge of the Pennine moors. You could well be forgiven for believing you’ve stepped onto the set of “Dad’s Army”. Military and civilian vehicles will be driving around, sandbags will be scattered about and the streets will be thronged with forces personnel, tradesmen, civilians and members of the Home Guard. Don’t be surprised if the drone of an engine belonging to a Spitfire or Lancaster draws your attention to the skies; the RAF have previously carried out a flypast at this annual event. You should also encounter the music of the era resounding from the buildings as local people take to the streets for an impromptu spot of jive dancing. After a fascinating day we commence the return journey, arriving back in your local area by the mid evening.
Please note: at the time of print the exact details of the Haworth 1940’s weekend are subject to final confirmation. We reserve the right to amend the order of the itinerary for operational reasons. Should this be the case we will notify you on your joining instructions. The village of Haworth is built on a hill, the coach park is at the top of the village with a path leading directly to the village approximately 10 minutes walk.