Mary Sewell
16th August 2023

With only one month to go until Salute to the ’40s swings into action at The Historic Dockyard Chatham on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September 2023. It’s time to dust off your spiv coat and party like it’s 1945.

During Salute to the ’40s, The History Dockyard Chatham will come alive with the sights and sounds of life of the 1940’s. It doesn’t matter whether you are 3 years old or 83 years, there will have something to entertain and interest you. You are welcome to come dressed in your 1940’s finery or simply enjoy the Living History atmosphere around you – the choice is yours!

We are delighted to welcome back The Glenn Miller Orchestra (Saturday only) and the D-Day Darlings (Sunday only) for the 2023 event. These popular groups are a known for bringing the music of this iconic era alive with hits such as Chattanooga Choo Choo, Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree, and many more. There will be music throughout the whole day to enjoy.

Learn the difference between the rock-step and the link step as you try your foot at learning the Jive with drop-in lessons during the day; browse through the Vintage Street Market for the latest 1940’s fashion; embrace your inner child as you enjoy a spin on the carousel; share stories and tips with both military and civilian re-enactors that will be roaming the site.

Take your time to engage with the entertainment of the event, as well as all of the regular attractions of The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

Book your tickets online today.

Highlights of the weekend include:

  • The Glenn Miller Band (Saturday only)
  • The D-Day Darlings (Sunday only)
  • Music by Adam Hoffman, Miss Holiday Swing, and The Knightingales
  • Vintage Vehicles on Display
  • Vintage Street Market
  • Living History & Re-enactors
  • Fashion Displays

PLUS: Don’t miss the (Free!) Funfair.

Additional attractions during the weekend (available at an additional charge):

  • Air Raid Experience
  • Call the Midwife Taster Tour (20 minute tour; please note there is no access to the Call the Midwife gallery).

Get your ticket today

Early bird tickets are now available – with prices held at 2022 levels. Tickets cost £25 for an adult and £16 for a child; concession and family tickets also available.