The Year Was 1944...

  • Event  
  • 4 & 5 May 2024
  • 10am - 5pm
  • Free Entry

Leap into the past and join us for a weekend of activity, including live music, dance workshops and children’s vintage themed crafts and games.

Vintage dancing in Heroes' Square

Learn to Dance

Join our talented teachers for a Swing Era dance workshop and performance, where you can show off your newly discovered vintage moves. 


12.15pm & 2pm | Heroes' Square

Pop-Up Performances

Join our troupe of roaming actors as they share what life was like for a range of characters back in 1944. 


10.30am, 11.45am, 1.05pm, 2.50pm & 3.40pm | Heroes' Square

Live Music

Image (c) Miss Beth Belle

Beth Belle

Miss Beth Belle is a vintage performer from the Midlands, and her huge passion for the 1940s shines through in every performance.


Her impressive vocal range allows her to effortlessly transition through the great singers of the era, including Vera Lynn, Gracie Fields, Ella Fitzgerald, The Andrews Sisters, Judy Garland and more.


10am, 12.45pm, 2.30pm & 3.20pm | Heroes' Square

The Heath Belles

The Heath Belles

The Heath Belles features voices from The Heath Chorus, an all female choir, who come together to entertain with their own nostalgic take on the close harmony singing style of decades gone by.


11.20am & 1.30pm | Heroes' Square

For Our Younger Visitors


Our younger visitors will enjoy taking part in free arts and crafts sessions, taking their creativity back to 1944 as they craft their own vintage inspired creations. 

12pm - 3pm


Alternatively, why not challenge the family to one of our vintage lawn games, available in the Ampitheatre throughout the weekend. 

10am - 4pm

Lawn Games at the Arboretum
Image of 1940s clock and historic framed picture of serviceman during World War II

1944 - What's Your Connection

You'll be able to step back in time, and find out what life was like on the home front in this exhibition, which will open on the 4 May, in Gallery Two.