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Pateley Bridge 1940s Weekend

Pateley Bridge winds back the clock across the whole area taking you right back to World War Two!!!WW2 Posters 1 1000px

This fun 1940s themed weekend has lots going on for young and old alike in Pateley Bridge, this being the capital of Nidderdale set in the Yorkshire Dales.  On Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th August 2015!  Lots to see and do with an opportunity to dress up in stylish 1940s clothes!

The atmosphere of Wartime Britain is created through living military re-enactors, displays of military vehicles plus an RAF WW2 Plotting War Room and agricultural display.  Pateley Bridge and its many shops, cafes & pubs will be evoking the wartime spirit too with doorways sandbagged and windows taped up.

Lots of wartime entertainment in the town with 1940s singers, brass bands playing, period stalls, dancing plus model aircraft displays, a fly over by a WW2 plane!

Andre's Lens 1Watch out for the local Homeguard who will man the newly built pillbox protecting our iconic bridge. See the Newfoundland Dogs which were used to rescue WW2 sailors from waters

Come the evening, the pubs will evoke memories with singing, dancing and lots of fun.

An action packed weekend with something for everyone! Check out the listings of events.  This is an event you cannot miss!!!

Admission to the event is free!  All day car parking for the event is available on the Nidderdale showground for just £2

Please click here for a Map and itinerary of the event (high quality version handed out on the day)

Things to See & Do in the Day

The weekend starts off on the Saturday morning with the Flag Raising Ceremony at the Pateley Bridge Was Memorial.Adam and Chew Lewin (18)

Dance away on the High Street with 1940s Sweetheart ‘Kitty LaMare‘ who is singing on Pateley Bridge’s High Street again this year

Enter the Old Bank and watch a live RAF Plotting Room demonstration in action

Find Vintage traders selling their ware in Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall plus live 1940s music and refreshments.  The Observer Corps Display is located just outside.

Look to the skies at 1.30pm on Saturday when a WW2 Spotter Plane will be flying over (weather dependant)

See the Army Bren gun post near bridge, real life Wartime Agricultural displays and land girls on the ‘Wartime Display field’ with more vintage stalls.

A must for the children is to watch the Dales Model Flying Club exhibit on the Nidderdale Showground including a Spitfire, Hurricane and a ‘Toffee Bomber’ (free sweets from the sky!)

Also popular with the children will be the Asolja Newfoundlands (Sgt Gander) dogs who will be on the showground.

Located on the High Street and Band Stand on the Saturday, the Dacre & Summerbridge Brass band will be playing

Many re-enactors including the Pontefract Home Guard, the Haworth Home Guard on the street plus police re-enactors will be on patrol.

Why not visit the Nidderdale Museum where you can see local history displays.

Roger Stanton jazzed up poster 2mbIn the Evening Saturday 15th August 2015

5.00pm – 8.30pm Harefield Hall Hotel.  A 1940s dinner menu. To book a table please call 01423 711429

7.00pm – 10.00pm Harefield Hall Hotel. Dance and music by Major Swing & Kitty at Harefield Hall Hotel.  Tickets cost £6.  To book please call 01423 711429.

7pm Pateley Bridge Playhouse (starts 7.30pm). A fascinating talk at the by the renowned writer and expert on WW2 escape lines Roger Stanton (£5 per ticket). Limited Tickets.  Please email nidderdale@hotmail.com for tickets or call in at Tim at Sypeland Outdoors or Keith at the Oldest Sweet Shop both located on the High Street, Pateley Bridge.  See poster for more info.

Night: The Crown Inn.  1940s singer Marie Manchester entertains til late!

In the Evening Sunday 16th August 2015

Evening – Live music in The Crown Inn, High Street, Pateley

19:30hrs – Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall. Cinema in the dale presents ‘Suite Francaise’ During the early ears of German occupation of France in World War II, romance blooms between a French villager and a German soldier.  Tickets £5 available from Pateley Bridge Pharmacy. Tel 01423 712157

Kirsty Shepherd (8)How to find us
Pateley Bridge is the capital of Nidderdale – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty!

Located near Harrogate in North Yorkshire, just type postcode HG3 5AW into your sat nav where you will be taken to the centre of the town.  Event parking is located at the Nidderdale Showground (near the bridge) for just £2 for the whole day.

There are regular buses to the Pateley Bridge from Harrogate on Saturday and Sunday.  Please check the timetable here before making the journey

Where to eat and drink

There are many places to eat and drink in Pateley Bridge during the day!

Soak in the wartime atmosphere whilst eating Fish and Chips from High Street Fisheries on the High Street.  Visit our charming cafes and pubs for locally sourced food.

Buy a high quality homemade pies from one of our two award winning High Street butchers.  Visit our bakeries for freshly made bread sandwiches and pasties & cakes.

On the evening, there are many local restaurants and pubs in Pateley and the surrounding area to choose from.  Please visit Food and Drink for more info.

Where to stayJohn Adams (15)

Pateley Bridge and Nidderdale has a vast selection of accommodation from pubs, holiday cottages, hotels to B&Bs & caravan parks.  There are many beautiful areas to stay
around Nidderdale including Gouthwaite, Ramsgill Lofthouse, Darley and Fellbeck.  Please see Accommodation for more details.

Other places of interest Why not make the most of your visit and see the many amazing places of interest in the area such as Brimham Rocks, Fountains Abbey, How Stean Gorge, Studfold, and The Coldstone Cut.  Please see Attractions for more details

Mark Elsworth 8Contact Us Please call more information, please email nidderdale@hotmail.com

Please visit our https://www.facebook.com/PateleyBridge1940sWeekend for regular updates

Re-enactors, entertainers, trade and military vehicles enquiries, please contact Tim at Sypeland Outdoors on 01423 712922 or Keith at the Oldest Sweet Shop on 07552769000.

Organised by the Nidderdale Chamber of Trade Limited, A Not for Profit Organisation.



To view the pictures from August 2014 1940s weekend event, please click here https://www.nidderdale.co.uk/1940s-weekend-2014

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