Wartime Woodhall Spa Festival Announces Local Allies

One of the region’s largest and most successful summer events is gearing up for its biggest ever event thanks to support from two leading local hotels.

Woodhall Spa 1940s Festival, returning for 2017 on 15th-16th July, is all set to take place for its sixth consecutive year. The free festival, which celebrates and commemorates life on the British WWII Homefront and now regarded as one of the leading 1940s events in the UK, welcomed 40,000 visitors in 2016, with as many expected to descend on the village in July.

As a result of its success, costs associated with infrastructure such as parking, shuttle buses, health & safety and insurances have significantly increased and the organising committee has sought support from local businesses to deliver the event.

Owners of the world famous Petwood Hotel and the perpetually popular The Golf Hotel & Aqua Sante Spa – Woodhall Spa, both based in leafy Woodhall Spa, have once again stepped in to provide much-needed financial sponsorship for the second year running.

Organising committee chairman Andy Hunter expressed his gratitude to the two hotels, which have been named as the festival’s “Allies”: “We are extremely lucky to be able to count on the support of two such well known and generous businesses as The Petwood and The Golf Hotel. The scale of the event means we have had to put in place the appropriate level of infrastructure, and that comes at quite a cost to what is a free to attend and volunteer-run festival. This has been made much easier due to the financial support of local businesses and the generosity of several local land owners, who have made their land available for car parking. Every effort has been made to ensure our visitors enjoy the festival and leave Woodhall Spa with an experience to remember.”

Petwood Hotel Director Emma Brealey said she feels supporting the event is “a great way to put Woodhall Spa on the map”: “There is absolutely no doubt that the 1940s festival has been a real boon for the village. We see our guests returning year after year just for this weekend, lots of them book their room for next year as they check out. It is a huge credit to the volunteer-based committee that the Woodhall Spa 1940s Festival is a key event in Lincolnshire’s tourism calendar as well as the national 1940s scene. We are delighted to offer our support to keep the festival in the calendar”.

Further essential support has come from The INN at Woodhall Spa, and other local establishments are set to become sponsors. Numerous donations from shops, restaurants, bars and businesses based in the village have also offered generous donations and other methods of support.

To find out more about the 2017 festival including What’s On, parking and visitor information, and special event tickets, go to https://woodhall-spa-40s-festival.com/.

Festival Park & Ride + Online Booking System

For 2017 we have made significant improvements to our car parking arrangements to better cope with the expected influx of visitors to the Village over the weekend. This year there are 5 designated Festival car parks.

To ensure that congestion and disruption in the Village is minimised there will be no visitor parking allowed in the centre of the Village and extensive ‘no parking/no waiting’ restrictions will be imposed and monitored by Lincolnshire County Council Traffic Enforcement Officers.

It is therefore essential that all visitors follow the Event signage and use the official car park which is closest to their route into the Village.

With the exception of the Disabled Car Park (which is located very close the centre of the Village) Park and Ride services will operate from each of the car parks. The coaches will commence their service at 9am and run on a continual basis to and from the Village throughout both days of the Festival.

Please note that the last coach returning to all car parks will leave the Village at 5.45pm on both days. All car parks will be closed on both days at 7pm.
All car parks are open between 8am and 7pm on both days of the Festival.

The cost for all our car parks (which includes a park and ride service (Car Parks A-D)) is just £5 per vehicle for the whole day.

For the first time this year we are also introducing for your convenience an on-line car park pre-payment/booking system; using this facility (which can be accessed via the website link below) will guarantee you a car parking space (located close the respective car park entrance) on the Festival day of your choice. Full Post Code and Latitude/Longitude will be shown once you have selected a car park and are also printed on your ticket.

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all and to help secure the continued support of the residents of Woodhall Spa for future Festivals, we are most grateful to our visitors for their cooperation and compliance with this car parking policy.
We hope you all have a fantastic 1940s Festival weekend.

[Disclaimer: The Woodhall Spa 1940s Festival does not accept any responsibility for cars that are parked in any of the designated car parks; all cars are parked at the owner’s risk.]


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There are more BBMF flypast announcements to come and Sunday promises to be ‘special’ so please feel free to speculate!