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Pateley Bridge 1940′s Weekend 2016

The next Pateley Bridge 1940′s Weekend is to be held on Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st July 2016!

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***NEW FOR 2016***

See the full size Spitfire plane on the showground. Visit the American 3rd armored display and American field hospital. Watch the Khaki Bloomers who strip & restore military vehicles. Visit the bomb disposal display on Southlands car park and other military vehicles.  Plus lots more!

***Boogie through the Blitz*** An official dance has been organised on Saturday 30th July at Harefield Hall Hotel, Pateley Bridge, HG3 5QE starting at 7.30pm until late. The dance will have live entertainment and singing by Kitty La Mare who is renowned for her renditions of 1940s songs. Included in the £8 admission price will be Pie & Peas or a vegetarian option! Please contact Harefield Hall Hotel for tickets on 01423 711429

The Last Passage – UK Premiere of this fascinating film on Saturday 30th July!  The Last Passage is a stunning film documentary which tells the moving and dramatic story of the secret World War II network which helped Allied soldiers to escape capture by the Nazis.  Find out more here


Pateley Bridge winds back the clock across the whole area taking you right back to 1940s and war time period.PB WW2 Poster 2016 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 and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  The event is held on Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st July 2016! Lots to see and do with an opportunity to dress up in stylish 1940s clothes and learn about history during the wartime period!

The atmosphere of Wartime Britain is created through people dressed in 1940s clothing, vehicles from the period, living military re-enactors, displays of military vehicles plus an RAF WW2 Plotting War Room and land army girls with agricultural displays. Pateley Bridge and its many shops, cafes & pubs will be evoking the wartime spirit too with doorways sandbagged and windows taped up.

John Adams (48)Go back in time with 1940s songs being sung live by renowned singer Kitty La Mare, the Summerbridge and Dacre Silver Band will also be playing in the town.  Visit either outside stallholders or ones in the Memorial Hall to view collectable and vintage items which are for sale. There is dancing, a fly over by a WW2 spotter plane and the chance to be photographed with a full size Spitfire plane!

Look out for the policeman keeping an eye out for spivs and the local Homeguard who will be patrolling the streets.

There are the Newfoundland Dogs who were used to rescue WW2 sailors from the sea.

Come the evening, if you cannot get a ticket for the dance, the many pubs will evoke memories with music and lots of fun associated with the 1940s.Summerbridge and Dacre Prize Silver Band playing in the main street.

Come Sunday evening if you are still in town and if you can get a ticket (contact Pateley Bridge Pharmacy) there will be a showing of the Dad’s Army film in the Memorial Hall.

An action packed weekend with something for everyone! Check out the listings of events (coming soon!). This is an event you should not miss!!!

Admission to the event is free! Ample all day car parking for the event is available on the Nidderdale showground (all day parking for only £5 per car!)


julian-dyer kitty-lamereHow 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).

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

3 Andy HartThere are many places to eat and drink in Pateley Bridge during the day and evening!

For locally sourced quality food and drink, why not visit our charming cafes and pubs.
Buy high quality pies from one of our award winning High Street butchers – you have a choice of two!  Visit the bakery next to the petrol station where you will get bacon butties, or freshly made sandwiches and bread.

On the evening, don’t forget the dance at Harefield Hall Hotel (Saturday) and there are also many local restaurants and pubs in and around Pateley Bridge to frequent. Please visit Food and Drink for more info.

Mark Elsworth 22Where to stay

Pateley Bridge in Nidderdale has a large and varied selection of types of accommodation including caravan parks with camping, pubs with accommodation, holiday cottages, hotels and B&Bss. There are many beautiful areas to stay in and 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


Contact Us

For more information, please email nidderdale@hotmail.com

Please visit our Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PateleyBridge1940sWeekend/ for regular updatesTim Ledbetter

For all enquiries contacted with the event, contact either 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 run solely by volunteers
At last years event (2015), funding raising for charities resulted in donations being made to the following:

Royal British Legion, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Troop Aid, Manorlands Hospice, Escape Line Memorial Society, Yorkshire Cancer ResearchJohn Keating (14),








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