The 2018 War and Peace Revival Festival is nearly upon us.  The festival runs from 24TH TO 28TH July at The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Kent, England and is the greatest celebration of military history and vintage lifestyle in the world. Great news for the school holidays –kids go free- and there are a host of activities to keep even the most reluctant historian entertained!


This year- the one hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War there is a special area dedicated to World War One where you will find the recreation of a ‘Tommies’ trench accompanied by an insightful talk regarding the soldier’s existence whilst there. Continuing the First World War theme there is an opportunity to take part in a CSI type investigation following expert instruction on bones and the evidence they reveal and to drop in on the Great War Flying Corps as they prepare to take to the skies. In addition, as a tribute to veterans, The War and Peace Revival Festival has its own veteran rendezvous point and Veterans parade with Drumhead Memorial service at 11.30 on Saturday 28th July.


The Arena has a packed program of displays from tank battles to re-enactments of guerrilla  warfare to artillery demonstrations. For anyone seeking a more relaxing time there is always the possibility of soaking up the atmosphere in the Festival’s very own village pub-The Bush Inn, found in the ‘pop up’ village of Trentham –where visitors can drift back in time to South West England during World War Two. In the village visitors may come across Morris dancers, gypsies telling a fortune or two or even The Ministry of Food giving advice about how to make the most of powdered egg or The Ministry of Trade teaching how to darn socks-part of the ‘make do and mend ‘ campaign.  The village has a working blacksmith and land girls working in the fields just part of the ‘living history’ which is such a fundamental part of the festival.  This year’s ‘Home Front’ theme for the village is ‘Holiday at Home’ when Brits were encouraged not to travel for their holidays and many local councils arranged entertainments ranging from potato and spoon races to fashion shows.  There might even be an opportunity to squeeze in a dance lesson in preparation for the evening entertainment in the Victory Marquee.


If shopping is more your thing, there are over 800 stalls selling just about everything vintage and military from badges to vehicles.  There is a model village to visit and the Author’s Pavilion which has author talks interviews and book signings every day on a diverse range of subjects from carrying a folding WW1 bicycle to trench archaeology. From the defining moments in the RAF’s first one hundred years to crime at home during World War II. There is also espionage, murder and heroism, peppered with post-traumatic stress, local history and code-breaking. The Festival is particularly proud this year to welcome Jeff Haward MM   who will be chatting about his book ‘Fighting Hitler from Dunkirk to D-Day’ which tells of his personal experiences as a Vickers machine gunner during WW2.  Jeff will be celebrating his 99th birthday whilst at the festival.


A miniature steam engine provides free rides for children and there are scheduled flyovers by Spitfire aeroplanes.

The Radio War and Peace runs all year round and can keep you up to date with events

Tune in on and check out for the full program and prices. 

See you there!

Eilidh McGinness

Author The Cypher Bureau


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  1. Fantastic thriller of a book about the Polish mathematicians who cracked the Enigma code in the second world war by an exciting new author, I could not put this book down.

    The Cypher Bureau by Eilidh Mcginness.

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