Bletchley Park is an amazing place of national importance and a place that I have visited many times over the years and I always find more reasons to return. It was home to the code breakers during World War II and played a vital part in shortening the war. The Forties Family Festival at the site held on May 26th & 27th this year was a fantastic step back in time bringing the park back to life through reenactment. To find out more about the incredible site and its history read all about it here.
I was thrilled to get a spot at the event with the Sarah’s Doo-Wop Dos vintage hair parlour and as well as styling up the wonderful reenactors and the lovely visitors to the site, I was also on hand to chat about 1940s hair and beauty with a display showing some of the tricks of the time such as vinegar hair rinses, rollers made from rags and beauty tips that use dried beetroot!
The weather was glorious and there seemed to be lots of picnics in the sunshine. Visitors could also look around the brilliant museum exhibitions detailing the sites history, watch and chat with the various reenactors who’d set up camp in front of the mansion house (including the Homeguard), and visit Field Marshal Montgomery (who was my stall neighbour and a very nice chap.) They could also have pictures taken with Winston Chruchill, browse the various vintage stalls or pop into the performance tent and catch one of the singers. There was even a swing & lindy display and plenty of music to dance along too.
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The Forties event is annual but the site itself is open regularly and well worth a visit anytime. For visitor info, just read here .