On the Ration

The end of June 2018 1940s Woodhall Spa Festival Draw took place during our 1940s Woodhall Spa Festival weekend. Kath Fairs of the Book Fayre was asked to participate in the Draw. The winning tickets were numbers 17, 111 and 122.

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

The Book Fayre 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.

Press Release – 9 Jul 18

High Temperatures and High Spirits for Thousands at Massively Successful 1940s Festival

An estimated 40,000 people basked in glorious weather at this weekend’s Woodhall Spa 1940s Festival, and visitors and locals alike have taken to social media to praise the “seamless” organisation, excellent traffic and parking improvements and entertainments delivered despite the heat.

Temperatures soared as high as the four Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypasts, and visitor numbers also rode high. Attendance was on par with 2017’s event, with only the England v Sweden World Cup fixture drawing numbers slightly down on Saturday afternoon.

Feedback given to its volunteer committee and to the festival’s Facebook site overwhelmingly show the event was a massive success. With the huge range of entertainments, dances and parties, re-enactments and living history groups, vintage and military vehicles, competitions, the event has been deemed an “amazing weekend” by visitors to the village. Many have also praised business owners and the Woodhall Spa community for their enthusiasm and welcoming nature.

The additional spend on traffic management kept roads free of queues, and the increased number of shuttle buses ferrying visitors to and from the four car parks paid off, with reduced waiting times at the car parks and shuttle bus pick-up points.

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. We take care of all the organisation but it’s the visitors who make the atmosphere and the residents who welcome so many to our village that keeps bringing people back. The feedback we’ve heard so far seems to suggest this has been the best festival yet, and while there will always be tweaks and improvements to make I’m delighted with how this weekend has gone.”

Councillor and Leader of ELDC Council Craig Leyland echoed Hunter’s comments, as he Tweeted “the organisation and generosity of the volunteers who make it happen…” as the highlight of his weekend.

Highlights included flypasts by the BBMF on both days, crowned by a Sunday afternoon appearance by the Lancaster Bomber “Leader”, based at nearby RAF Coningsby, a skirmish re-enactment in the Pinewoods and regular sightings of a Winston Churchill impersonator who posed for photos with visitors. Operationally, the event ran very smoothly thanks to the year-long planning by the volunteer committee and locally-based support services they put in place;

• Dave Skells Traffic Management from Louth delivered the complex traffic plan
• Coningsby-based SRP Hire Solutions Provided crowd barriers, toilets and porta-cabins for the crew
• East Lindsay District Council issued 42 fixed penalty fines for illegal parking
• Horncastle-based medics LIVES treated 50 people over the weekend (60% of which were for heat-related ailments) – double the number treated in 2017.

Thanks go to the festival’s main sponsors The Petwood Hotel and The The Golf Hotel & Aqua Sante Spa – Woodhall Spa, our supporters Woodhall Country ParkThe INN at Woodhall Spa and Eclipse Photographic, Dave Robson LBIPP EFIAP and SRP Hire Solutions for their logistical support.

The organisers also wish to thanks the many individuals and groups who create the re-enactments, displays and living history features, the performers who entertain the crowds all weekend and the many volunteers who assist in the delivery of the show each year.

So where are you going on Saturday Night?

Is it the:

Kinema in the Woods – Darkest Hour (film)
Abbey Lodge Inn – Swing Dance with Major Swing
Inn at Woodhall Spa – Sarah Jane, Jayne Darling
Petwood Hotel – Cleopatra Ridgeway, Paula Marie
Golf Hotel – Ragtime Rewind Band, DreamBelles, Blitz Dancers, Steve Green
Jubilee Park – The Garnett Sisters, 78DJ
St Hugh’s School – 617Sqn Salute Ball – Brandyn Shaw, Natasha Harper
The Mall – TBD
St Peter’s Church – Banovallum Brass
Zucci’s – One by One Jazz Duo
Home – Where the heart is

Best Dressed Competition

Once again Nikki Barnard (Vintique) is running our 1940’s Best Dressed Competition. Nikki and the judges will be out and about during the day selecting the finalists.

Final judging on Saturday and Sunday will be in Royal Square at 3.30pm. Prizes will be awarded on both days to the best man, woman, boy and girl. Prizes are a bottle of champagne for each adult winner and £10 for the children.

Petwood Concert

A variety of musical entertainment in the beautiful grounds of the Petwood Hotel and it is free! The Petwood is a major venue and major sponsor for the Festival.


Saturday – Jayne Darling, Brandyn Shaw, Cleopatra Ridgeway, Minting Choir and Battlepipes

Sunday – Heather Marie, Steve Green and the DreamBelles

Saturday 11am-4.30pm

Sunday 11am – 4.30pm