11 Jul 16

Woodhall Spa 1940s Festival Media Release – Monday 11th July 2016

Village Gears Up for Biggest 1940s Festival Yet

Up to 20,000 expected to flock to Woodhall Spa this weekend
Visitors and residents advised to take note of traffic and parking restrictions

The annual Woodhall Spa 1940s Festival returns this coming weekend, and organisers are expecting to welcome the highest number of visitors yet.

Now in its fifth year, the event which celebrates the best of life on the British homefront has quickly grown in scale and popularity, and up to 20,000 visitors are expected to attend over 16-17 July. As well as a packed timetable of parties, activities, re-enactments and performances, there will also be a new park and ride service and a number of road closures in place to ensure the festival runs as safe and stress-free as possible.

The organising committee has spent the past nine months raising the additional £10,000 required to pay for enhanced traffic management. Sponsorship from main supporters The Petwood Hotel and The Golf Hotel plus additional support from The Inn at Woodhall Spa and Woodhall Spa Country Park has helped bridge the financial gap, and the comprehensive traffic plan is now all set to be implemented.
To minimise impact on the residents of Woodhall Spa, there will be no parking in the village during festival hours (9am-5pm). Visitors to the Festival will be directed to the two main car parks on Green Lane and Horncastle Road. Blue Badge holders can park at St Hugh’s School in the centre of the village or St Andrew’s School near Jubilee Park which is a hub of festival activity. Parking costs £5 per car for hassle-free all-day parking, with a shuttle service from the Green Lane car park and a copy of the Festival newspaper and show guide.
“We are very excited that we are now just days away from welcoming so many visitors to our Festival,” said Chair of the organising committee Andy Hunter. “We’ve worked very hard since last year’s event to put a new delivery plan in place to better manage the influx of traffic and the flow of pedestrians around the village to ensure the weekend is safe, enjoyable, accessible and memorable; I want to thank villagers for their support in making the traffic plan work.”
For this year’s Festival, Station Road and part of the Broadway will be closed to allow visitors to walk on the road without worry. The closure will be from the mini-roundabout to Iddesleigh Road between 9am and 5pm on both festival days. Traffic that would usually travel along Station Road/Broadway will be diverted along Iddesleigh Road, Stanhope Avenue, Victoria Avenue and Tattershall Road. Other temporary restrictions and alternatives include:

No Waiting/No Loading along Tattershall Road between the mini-roundabout up to the Abbey Lodge.

No Waiting/No Loading restrictions along both sides of Witham Road from the mini-roundabout to Alexandra Road, and the south side of Witham Road only from Alexandra Road to Kirkstead Bridge.

No Waiting/No Loading along Stixwould Road between the mini-roundabout up to the Village Limits.

No Waiting/No Loading along all of Green Lane.

No Waiting/No Loading on the Broadway from Iddesleigh Road to just past the Golf Hotel

A one-way system on Green Lane in the direction of Mill Lane to Stixwould Road

The bus stop on Broadway outside The Inn will move to Tattershall Road.

Residents have been informed of the restrictions and offered alternative parking arrangements, where possible.
Once visitors arrive in Woodhall Spa they can expect to find a full range of fun and interesting things to do. Event highlights from the “What’s On” guide include:

An opening Remembrance service – St Andrew’s Church Yard, 10am, Saturday

Free Children’s party – The Golf Hotel, 11am, Saturday (dressing up encouraged and donations welcome)

Airborne Assault Battle Re-enactment – The Petwood, 1pm, both days

The Eagle Has Landed re-enactment – The Golf Hotel, 3pm, both days

40s Dance Class with the Blitz Dancers – The Golf Hotel, 8pm, Saturday

Major Swing drop-in dance class – 11am, Coronation Hall, Sunday

Woodhall’s Fallen Exhibition – St Peter’s Hall, 10am-5pm, both days

Soldier’s Wooded Encampment – The woods along Coronation Road, all day, both days

Fly over by the BBMF during the afternoon of both days (subject to weather and aircraft availability)

The weekend will also feature an extensive list of high profile and local 1940s performers at venues throughout the village, including: Lola Lamour, Heather-Marie, Sarah-Jane, Major Swing, the Blitz dancers, Brandyn Shaw, Paula Marie, The 40’s Home Front, Steve Green, Damaris Jean, Jayne Darling, George Formby, Ian “Rosie” Rose, Rebecca Dixon, Cleopatra Ridgeway, the Angels Dance Squad, Coningsby Military Wives Choir, Battlepipes, Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force, the DreamBelles, Rachel Bea, Kelly Ann, Phil Meadows, the Garnett Sisters (fresh from their appearance on Britain’s Got Talent) and speeches from a Winston Churchill impersonator.

Visit www.woodhall-spa-40s-festival.com for full details and to plan your visit, or pick up a copy of the Festival newspaper from Martin’s, McColl’s Vintique, The Book Fayre or The Cottage Museum for just £1.