On the Ration Lottery – November Draw

The November 2017 1940s Woodhall Spa Festival Draw took place last week.  Glen James Wigs, Hairpieces and Ladies Underwear Specialists on Tattershall Road were honoured to be asked to participate in the Draw, especially having had, for the first time, a customer spend 1940s Woodhall Spa Festival ‘On the Ration’ Lottery vouchers that they had won in their shop. The winning tickets were numbers 35, 100 and 210.


Vouchers to the value of £75 have been sent to each of the lucky ticket holders.

Congratulations to all winners.
Glen James is one of many local businesses accepting 1940s Woodhall Spa Festival Lottery Winner Vouchers.
To be in with a chance of winning, please sign up to pay by Standing Order – quarterly £13, that is only a £1 a week!  You can renew or sign up via the 1940s website.  

October 2017 Woodhall Spa 1940s Festival Lottery Draw Winners were as follows:

65 (Jones)
165 (Holmes)
164 (Williams)



Vouchers to the value of £75 have been sent to each of these lucky ticket holders.

Congratulations to all winners.
To be in with a chance of winning, please sign up to pay by Standing Order – quarterly £13, that is only a £1 a week!  You can renew or sign up via the 1940s website.

‘On the Ration’ Lottery

Hope everyone has had a good Summer.

July and August 2017 Woodhall Spa 1940s Festival Lottery Draw Winners were as follows:
– V. Evans (152),
– S. Elmer (42),
– M. Mills (171)

and August:
– N. Storey (45)
– S .Parry (38)
– L. Walter (172)
Vouchers to the value of £75 are being sent to each of these lucky ticket holders

Congratulations to all winners.
To be in with a chance of winning, please sign up to pay by Standing Order – quarterly £13, that is only a £1 a week! You can renew or sign up via the 1940s website.

Woodhall Spa 1940’s Festival 2018

Would you like a little bit of news?
At long last, we’re very happy to let you know that our Festival will return in 2018, on the weekend of 7th-8th July. We can’t wait to see you then!
You may notice that the 2018 date is a week earlier than our traditional weekend. This is because we have to work around several other large events taking place in the village in July, all of which would impact on the scale of our event or affect the kind of features and entertainment you should expect from us if we stuck to the middle weekend of July. This hasn’t been a fast or easy decision to reach – one full of complexities – hence the time delay in announcing the date, but this weekend is the best possible option for 2018. We’re looking forward to cracking on with the plans for next year.
If you need to book accommodation, act fast while this news is fresh!
While we’re letting you know the date for next year, we hope it’s helpful to confirm the dates for the following three years to help you secure holiday and accommodation as far in advance as possible:
2019 – 13th-14th July
2020 – 18th-19th July
2021 – 17th-18th July
These dates are subject to annual confirmation that the festival will take place.
We hope this is welcome news! Please do share this post to let all your friends and family know when we’ll be back next year!

Just some of your 2017 Feedback


Debbie Laver Best event in the county. More camping pitches on jubilee park required though. Only negative comment is that we couldn’t enjoy the entertainment in the VIP area outside the pub. The wire fences looked scruffy and spoilt it.

Dave Corby Alison Grant I managed to visit the festival both days for our very 1st time and overall found it to everything that friends had said it would be ! Brilliant, fantastic, excellent and loads more !!!! Only couple of gripes would be a later bus to the carparks stagger the bus drivers start times maybe and get the farmer to cut this grass please !
We will be back next year should it be on !!!

Mark Lofthouse First ever visit this year and left it to late to book in with my jeep and tent so Day tripped it on Saturday . Excellent event and the park and ride for a fiver for two of us was excellent, paid more for two ice creams! Only complaint is there’s too much to see in one day !! Keep up the good work and see you next year for two days .

Bev Louise Excellent weekend. Stayed at woodhall country park. Visited the village/festival Friday Saturday Sunday. Just couldn’t get enough. Need the dates for next year so we can book it. Still so much to see and do. Very emotional and enjoyable too. We did over 25,000 steps and was still wanting more. Thank you so so much, it’s the high light of our year. We also met a beautiful lady who was a land girl in the war. That was a special moment. Hats off to all the committee you deserve the rest. Looking forward to next year. Thank you.

Mike Jackson Fabulous event as always we arrived Friday afternoon and went home Sunday about 5. So much to see and do. The lady on the gate at the Petwood was extremely helpful and smiley all weekend and all your volunteers were friendly and very helpful. Keep up the good work.

Denise Barritt As a stall holders point of view…setting up was on the Friday, but visitors were buying from us whilst climbing over our boxes. Great for business thank you but should it be a 3 day event as we weren’t ready. Luckily we turned up on Thursday and got all tables out, ready to put stock out Friday.
We had a fantastic show as always. Wonderful customers and happy traders.
Thank you Woodhall x

Julia Elizabeth Upsall Came Sunday park and ride well organised loved seeing everyone dressed to the nine’s look forward to next year. Thank you for a lovely day out.

Donna Jones We had the most amazing day, this was the second year we have visited and we already looking forward to next year. A massive well done to everyone one involved.

Sarah Buston we had a brilliant day thank you. hoping to come next year 😁 tho hopefully without tantruming twins 🙈 … event is made so much better by the 90% of people dressed up. thank you. its like really walking back in time. … until someone walks past in crocs and a stripey top 😂😂

Robert MacKinnon Cracking event, wonderful atmosphere.. A great way for all generations to learn, laugh and bask in the history of the brave souls who made a real difference during that time of adversity.

Trish Carroll Absolutely fab weekend, our 1st but it will not be our last. Really enjoyed dressing up for the occasion. A huge well done to everyone involved in the organisation. We were shocked that there was not one piece of litter around during and after the event. Can’t wait for next year.

Debbie Forrest Brilliant event. Enjoyed both days for the first time. Park and ride was brilliant and stress free. Loved seeing all the events put on as well as all the people and children dressed up. Well done to everyone involved. Looking forward to next year 🙂

Tracy Derek Drinkeld Travelled from Newcastle upon Tyne with my Jeep for the second time in succession and it seems to get better and better. WELL DONE.

Simon Russell Our 3rd year on the bounce and we loved it.Parking was vastly improved on last year. £5 for parking was well spent. Looking forward to next year. 😁

Jay King Thank you to all the people who organize this, it’s wonderful and so much to see. Could you also Thank the Petwood, I loved walking around the ground’s

Jade Manchett We’ve been the last 5 years in a row, my children (aged 1, 3, 5 and 6) absolutely love attending and it’s such an amazing tradition for them to grow up with! They enjoy dressing up and learning about how life was in the war and my eldest was in awe when she got to meet a real life soldier who fought in WW2 – she said she will treasure the post card he gave her forever! There is no better way to teach them!! Please never stop

Rob Bell Great event in a lovely village. Well done organising Committee

Carol Wheeler Had a fabulous time great atmosphere all weekend well done to the organisers

Mark Anthony Sweeney All the years we have come to this event, this one was the best. Thank you.

Steven Marsh Great weekend stayed a star n garter metheringham and did a dinner dance at abbey lodge
Great weekend

Clive Shears We enjoy this event have been to all from the start just like to thank all who have worked so hard to make this years event even better just keep up the good work.

Karen Church Brilliant event. Had a fantastic time.

Pete Hibbard Great to see the Organisers have listened to constructive comments regarding the park and ride.. thoroughly impressed with the service from car park D, would like to see the facility open a little longer in the evening so that more of the entertainment could be seen.. as always a great support from re enactors and the Lives responders did an excellent job..

Debbie Monksfield It was a fabulous weekend what’s the dates for next year …. need to book campsite and the time off work ….

Damaris Jean Vocalist Absolutely amazing weekend again! Enjoyed every moment! Thanks again for making this event so fabulous! Great photos too! Thank you! xxx

Michael Czajkowski Fantastic weekend again. Well organised. The committee did a lot of hard work and should be warmly congratulated.

Paul Sacks A cracking day on Sunday. Spoke to a number of event staff and asked questions which were answered and all of them really helpful, special mention to the guys manning car park C and our coach driver. Well organised and very enjoyable, many thanks to all involved in a great event.

Travelling Duck Plucker Brilliant. Was worth putting up all that bunting and posters in both St Peters Church Hall & Coronation Hall – and taking it all down again!!! Amazing to see so many people enjoying themselves whether dressing 40s style and/or swinging/jiving/strolling/waltzing, admiring the vintage vehicles, watching the reenactments, listening to a whole host of various different vocalists or Churchill & his speeches. Never realised either how large the event was with such a variety of different events going on all over the village at a number of venues 👍😊

Lisa Hughes This is the fourth year we’ve travelled from Liverpool for this event.. it’s amazing and the organisers deserve a massive pat in the back. X

Kim Taylor Absolute corker of an event this year, it just gets better and better. Well done the organisation team you did Woodhall Spa proud!

Simon Russell Another fabulous day was had Sunday. The parking was a lot better than last year too. Hats off to all involved on an excellent event.

Bev Louise Fabulous weekend. High light of my year. Can’t wait to hear the dates for next year. Looking forward to it already. Hats off to you all, excellent job done ✅

Carol Johnson Absolutely fabulous weekend!!! Well done to all involved. Can’t wait till next year xx 😃❤️

Ian Ranyard Absolutely brilliant😁😁😁

45,000 Flock to Woodhall Spa for Village’s 1940s Festival

An estimated 45,000 visitors flocked to Woodhall Spa this weekend for its 2017 1940s festival, making this the biggest and best event in its six year history.

Despite a rainy start to Saturday, the total visitor numbers surpassed 2016’s record of 40,000, with Sunday proving to be the most popular day due to finer weather. Feedback given to its volunteer committee and to the festival’s Facebook site show the event was a massive success due to the range of entertainment, re-enactments, vehicles, competitions and the “electric atmosphere”.

Chair of the organising Committee Andy Hunter said today: “I’d like to thank everyone who came to Woodhall Spa for our Festival this weekend. This has been the biggest event yet, and it’s a genuine delight to see so many people getting into the swing of things and creating such a wonderful atmosphere across the village. It takes 12 months of work to put this show on, and it really pays off to see just how many enjoy coming along.”

Leader of ELDC Councillor Craig Leyland, Woodhall Spa and Kirkby on Bainechoed Hunter’s comments, saying this morning: “I think the organisers have done a wonderful job in delivering a successful, safe and enjoyable festival on such a huge scale. The level of infrastructure that an event like this now requires is significant, and the fact it is entirely organised by just a few Woodhall residents – all volunteers – says an awful lot about the strength of the community and just what a destination Woodhall Spa has now become”.

Highlights included flypasts by the BBMF on both days, crowned by a Sunday afternoon appearance by the Lancaster Bomber “Thumper”, based at nearby RAF Coningsby, a skirmish re-enactment in the grounds of the Petwood Hotel and regular sightings of a Winston Churchill impersonator who posed for photos with visitors.

Two film crews attended the festival – one filming for Britain’s Best Village for Channel 4 and the other for World War II Treasure Hunters for the History Channel, presented by Madness singer Suggs who happily met visitors on The Broadway on Saturday.

Given the number of visitors, the committee enhanced health, safety and medical cover for the weekend. LIVES responders successfully treated 24 people, mostly for minor injuries and illnesses. LIVES medics, Doctors from East Midlands Ambulance Service and an off-duty paramedic successfully resuscitated a man who collapsed on Witham Road on Saturday following a cardiac arrest. He was transferred to Lincoln County Hospital and is reported to be recovering well.

The upscaled park and ride system, which cost the committee £25,000, coped with the influx of visitors however some traffic challenges remain. Despite many residential roads being marked as No Parking, many flouted the temporary traffic restrictions and Lincolnshire Country Council Highways department issued 52 fixed parking penalties over the weekend.

Chair Andy Hunter said the committee is busy gathering feedback, and will then take a short rest before making a decision on a 2018 event: “An event of this size always requires review so we’re all assessing what went well and what can be further improved, from locals and visitors alike. We take all of what we’ve learned into account before committing to any future date, but we’ll make an announcement shortly”.

Thanks also go to sponsors Petwood Hotel and The Golf Hotel & Aqua Sante Spa – Woodhall Spa, supporters The INN at Woodhall Spa andWoodhall Country Park and to SRP Hire Solutions Lincoln and Nottingham.