CANCELLED FOR 2020

Next to Whitby Abbey, Hawsker Lane, Whitby, YO22 4JR

INTRODUCTION TO THE EVENT

Outdoor Shows Ltd is pleased to present its newly acquired 2020 Whitby War Weekend taking place over the August bank holiday.  This three-day, living history festival is held adjacent to the iconic Whitby Abbey only a 15 minute walk from the thriving town centre and the harbour.

Let us take you back through the ages and experience the conflicts and sacrifices of war.  Featuring re-enactments portraying the clashing swords of the Vikings, the musket shots and bugles of the American Civil War, the political issues of the Spanish Civil War, WW2 which was one of the largest and bloodiest battles in human history and finally culminating with the Vietnam War. 

Join our action-packed days incorporating battles in two arenas, living history displays exhibiting both genuine and replica equipment; weapons, military vehicles, uniforms etc.  Visit specialist and general trade stands, see firing displays, sword fighting, axe throwing and experience the thrill of a ride in an armoured tank.  The event will also feature singers showcasing music throughout the ages (they will also be performing in the evenings for those staying onsite), various catering outlets to suit all the family and a licensed bar with stage for live performances.  This truly is a festival of commemoration and an opportunity for the whole family to immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of history.

Camping, caravan and motorhome plots will be available from midday Wednesday 26th August until midday Tuesday 1st September with rates being reduced when multiple nights are booked, see ‘Buy Camping’ section of the website.  Day tickets are available in advance at discounted rates and full price tickets can be purchased on the day.

WHAT’S ON

Battle Re-enactments

Featuring re-enactments portraying the clashing swords of the Vikings, the musket shots and bugles of the American Civil War, the political issues of the Spanish Civil War, WW2 which was one of the largest and bloodiest battles in human history and finally culminating with the Vietnam War. 

Re-enactments will take place in the main arena throughout the day from 10.30am

Living History Displays

Living history displays and encampments exhibiting both genuine and replica equipment, weapons, military vehicles, uniforms etc. 

Over 12 re-enactment groups will be providing displays, portraying different aspects of war through the ages.  These will be authentic, informative and educational to give greater insight into the conflicts of war from the viewpoint of all those involved.

Northern World War 2 Association

 

Established in 2005 the Northern World War 2 Association is an organisation that unites a variety of 1940’s living history and re-enactment groups. Each group portrays a different aspect of the second world war and by linking these individual groups into a single association our aim is to try to give visitors a feel for what it was like to live through one of the largest and bloodiest conflicts in human history. Using authentic living history encampments displaying a mixture genuine and replica equipment, weapons, vehicles, uniforms, and by incorporating firing displays and battle re-enactments we try to inform, educate and help people understand the conflict from the viewpoint of a variety of allied and axis, military and civilian organisations.

Our allied groups include….
The Duke of Wellington’s Regt.

Your first thoughts may be scarlet tunics and squares at Waterloo, but during the second world war ‘The Dukes’ saw action at Dunkirk and took part in the North West Europe, North Africa, Italy and Burma campaigns.

6th Airborne Division

With their iconic wings, “Winged Pegasus” patch and coveted Maroon Beret.

Fox Commando

A Royal Navy Beach Commando HQ which could have been found on any invasion beach from D-day to crossing of the Rhine.

61st Reconnaissance Regiment Living History Group

61st Recce the spearhead of 50th Division portrayed during the period of WW2 from D Day to the Ardennes. The aim is to show what these troops endured to remember their sacrifices and honour their memory.

Y Troop – No. 47 (Royal Marine) Commando

Part of the Royal Marine 4th Special Service Brigade, 47 Royal Marine Commandos LHG cover the period 1943-1945 depicting Marines who took part in the Normandy Landings and the liberation of Europe.

The Soviet 13 Guards Rifle Division

Recreate the men and women of the Red Army who fought what is still referred to as the Great Patriotic War.

The Soviet 699 Field Hospital

Providing an impression of a Soviet field hospital unit from Stalingrad to Berlin. Most field hospitals were tented so they could be moved easily and would be manned by a few trained medical staff and nurses with rudimentary training. Each field hospital would have had a small detachment of armed troops for its defence.

101st Airborne (502nd PIR) & Charlie Company of the 2nd US Rangers

Activated 16 August 1942 during World War II the 101st Airborne Division was renowned for its role in Operation Overlord, Operation Market Garden and its action during the Battle of the Bulge around Bastogne, Belgium. The group also portrays 2nd Ranger battalion and shows the way both units would have functioned during WW2.

101st Airborne (506th PIR)

The ‘Screaming Eagles’ LHG portray a unit acclaimed for its participation in some of the most significant battles of WWII. Pathfinders of 506 PIR led the way for troops with a night drop prior to the D-Day Landings. During Operation Market Garden it was tasked with seizing the Canal Bridges at Zon, then taking Eindhoven, and took part in the tenacious defence of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.

The Resistance and Special Operations

Depict the brave men and women who operated in NAZI occupied Europe. We also have 1940’s Civilians and Home Front Auxiliaries (Joint War Organisation).

Our axis groups portray….
1./ Kompanie Panzer Grenadier Division Großdeutschland

Portrayed as they would have appeared in the late stages of world war two on the Ostfront. To give a fuller and more rounded impression of the Regiment the group includes GD Feldgendarmerie, a GD Kriegsberichter and a Helferin section (Female Auxiliaries) the role would not have made the ladies members of  the Großdeutschland Division but would have seen them working alongside various German units in supporting roles.

4./ Kompanie 1 Battalion Großdeutschland

An elite division within the regular German army, they served almost exclusively on the Russian front, this groups impression is of the front-line combat soldiers of the Eastern front complete with Sd.Kfz. 251 Auf-C half-track. 

352. / Infantry Division 916./ Grenadier Regt. II Battallion 6./ Kompanie 

A unit of the German Heer formed in France November 1943. The division defended Omaha Beach on D-Day and was commanded by Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub holde Generalleutnant Dietrich Kraiss until its destruction in July 1944.

4./ Kompanie of the 1./ battalion, 1. /Fallschirmjäger Division

The first paratroopers to be committed in large-scale airborne operations. They came to be known as the “green devils” by the Allied forces they fought against.

Trupp 200 (mot) Feldgendarmerie

Motorised Field Police unit for the 21st Panzer division whose job included keeping order among the German troops.

21./ Panzer Division

Originally part of Rommels Afrikakorps, this group portrays a later incarnation that was stationed in France. On D-Day they were thrown into action against the allies, the only Panzer unit to do so on the 1st day of the attack, 6th June 1944.

DRK or Deutsche Rote Kreuz

Our German Red Cross group has recently decided to broaden its appeal. It is now the group to take a look at if you are especially interested in re-enacting Axis medical personnel from Nurses to Field Surgeons and Field Medics. As can be seen from the above outline the Northern World War Two Association is a large group made up of like-minded re-enactors. All of whom who have a genuine interest in the history of the second world war however we would like to point out as an association…

  • We are a non-political organisation 
  • We do not advocate, promote or tolerate any extreme political views held by any of the actual units which our organisation portray 
  • We do not accept members who may hold those or similar views
  • We do not portray any SS Gestapo or other extreme Nazi units
The American Civil War Society

The American Civil War (ACW) was the first modern war. It had a profound effect not only on the USA, but also on the course of subsequent European and World History. Vast numbers of Europeans, especially people from Britain were involved. The war had many firsts, including the first practical use of machine guns, repeating rifles, ironclad ships, modern trench systems, torpedoes, telegraphy, balloons, railroads, and photography.

The American Civil War Society offers the opportunity to experience living history in the form of re-enactments of battles, camps and events of the period. 

The American Civil War Society is the largest ACW Society in Britain, with a membership of over eight hundred from all over the country. We recreate and portray the life and battles of this conflict (1861-1865). With as much authenticity as is possible in these modern times, we recreate army camps of the period with living history camp life and drill sessions. Using canvas tents, costumes of the period and open wood cooking fires, the public can get a taste of what life was like for those soldiers and their families in 1860s America. 

Throughout the weekend members of public can walk through the lines of both armies, talk to the soldiers and see how soldiers from the era lived in the times of war. With authentic camps, cooking and drilling throughout the weekend. There will be drilling scenarios for children who will be enlisted. At one point each day there will be a significant engagement between the armies on the main arena battlefield. 

8th Ohio company E dismounted cavalry

Portraying dismounted soldiers from the 8th Ohio Company E throughout the American Civil War conflict. The unit was highly decorated, being their first unit in action at the battle of Gettysburg in 1863, the decisive battle of the war. The unit lives as the soldiers from the period – cooking, eating and living the way they did. Public are free to roam the living history displays, talk to the soldiers and see how the troops lived and worked in the times.

Taking part in the main battle of the day and a smaller skirmish in the afternoon.

24th Virginia company A

We are a U.K. based re-enactment group who portray Company A (Floyd Riflemen) 24th Virginia Infantry. We try, as authentically as we can, to give people a glimpse into life during the American Civil War through living history displays, talks, and battle re-enactments. Public can roam the camp seeing the soldiers living and eating as they would during the conflict.

Taking part in the main battle of the day and a smaller skirmish in the afternoon.

La Columna (Spanish Civil War)

La Columna is a UK based re-enactment group commemorating the international volunteers who went to fight alongside the Spanish people in their defence against Fascism during the Spanish Civil War and the Spanish people who fought against General Franco’s military coup. La Columna covers for the Spanish Republican cause of the late 1930s by portraying typical military and civilian participants in authentic costume and prides itself on public interaction covering both political and military aspects of the conflict.

101st Airborne Division (The Screaming Eagles)

The ‘Screaming Eagles’ LHG portray a unit acclaimed for its participation in some of the most significant battles of WW2. Pathfinders of 506 PIR led the way for troops with a night drop prior to the D-Day Landings. During Operation Market Garden it was tasked with seizing the Canal Bridges at Zon, then taking Eindhoven, and took part in the tenacious defence of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.

82nd Airborne Division plus unit medics

As a group we portray the US 82nd Airborne 504 PIR that were training in England in 1944 prior to D day and Operation market garden. Most of our members live in the Midlands and the original unit was stationed at that time in Leicestershire from March 1944 to Sept 1944. We also portray their time in Europe from 1943 to 1945. The unit is made up of Airborne troops and supported by a medical corp.

WW2 command post

Representing, through living history, the US Army General command post portraying 101st airborne, 82nd airborne and 3rd Armoured generals who all were on the front line with their troops during the WW2 conflict.

Knights of Monymusk

This re-enactment group brings an exciting mix of:

Tents and stalls with demonstrations of medieval crafts and skills, including a ‘crime and punishment’ display and medieval musical instruments.

Medieval armoured combat with a variety of weapons – including one-on-one fights in a tournament structure, team battles and other organised conflicts.

A demonstration of medieval battle-tactics using pikes (this method of combat was particularly influential at historical battles such as Bannockburn).

Also offering ‘Have-a-go’ archery and ‘The Children’s Army’ which is a real crowd-pleaser with children being recruited from the onlookers and provided with foam weapons to defend themselves from the knights in the arena.

Wuffa Viking
The kraken re-enactment

Kracken are a multi period group mainly saxon/viking and medieval, performing a variety of activities from the period ranging from sword fighting and archery to living history and axe throwing.

Tank Rides

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Military Vehicles

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Period/Civilian Vehicles

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Event Timetable

Timetable to be announced soon

Catering and Licensed Bar

The licensed bar is in a marquee adjacent to the large battle re-enactment arena.  There are plenty of tables and chairs, so enjoy your refreshments throughout the weekend while enjoying the action-packed activities.

There will also be a stage with a variety of entertainment taking place throughout the day and, for those staying onsite, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.

There will be a good selection of caterers onsite selling a wide range of food and drink to suit all tastes.

Evening Entertainment for Public Campers and Exhibitors

Acts for Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening to be confirmed soon

Public Camping from Wednesday until Tuesday

Available for Tents, Trailer Tents, Campervans, Caravans and Motorhomes.

Camping must be pre-booked.

Plots will be available from midday Wednesday 26th August until midday Tuesday 1st September with rates being reduced when multiple nights are booked,

Facilities include: Toilets, Elsan Points, Water and, if pre-booked, 10amp electric hook-up.

Other Attractions include Axe Throwing, Archery, Trade Stands, Militaria, Antiques and Collectables

VISITOR INFORMATION

OPENING TIMES

Gates open 10am – 5pm (Saturday)
Gates open 10am – 5pm (Sunday)
Gates open 10am – 5pm (Monday)

FREE CAR PARK

Dogs welcome on a lead

COACH TOUR OPERATORS

Tickets are available to coach tour operators at a 40% DISCOUNTED PRICE on a pre-booked basis. Minimum 16 tickets per booking. Onsite parking is available to coaches that have pre-booked. Up to two drivers per coach will gain free entry to the event.

To book please email: info@outdoorshows.co.uk

MOBILITY SCOOTER HIRE

Mobility Scooters are available to hire on a daily or weekend hire basis.

For reservations please contact Professional Mobility, Freephone: 0800 6335711 or on mobile (especially on show days) 07989 680034.

LOCATION: Next to Whitby Abbey, Hawsker Lane, Whitby, YO22 4JR

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TICKETS

ADMISSION TICKETS ADVANCE

DISCOUNTED TICKETS

Tickets are available to purchase online in advance of the event at discounted rates. These discounted tickets will be available until 21/08/2020.

After this date, tickets will be available to purchase at the event upon your arrival.

Advance:
Adults £6
Over 65s £5
Under 16s £3
Family Ticket (2 Adults + 3 under 16s) £15

ADMISSION PRICES ON THE DAY
(Please note card facilities are not available on the day)
 

Adults £8
Over 65s £7
Under 16s £4
Family Ticket (2 adults + 3 under 16s) £20

Purchase on arrival at the event.

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Whitby WAR WEEKEND
29th, 30th & 31st AUGUST 2020

Next to Whitby Abbey, Hawsker Lane, Whitby, YO22 4JR

CARAVAN & CAMPING

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Available for Tents, Trailer Tents, Campervans, Caravans and Motorhomes.

Camping must be pre-booked.

Plots will be available from midday Wednesday 26th August until midday Tuesday 1st September with rates being reduced when multiple nights are booked,

You can pre-book your site for the weekend and full unlimited access to the event for up to 2 adults and 3 under 16s. You can arrive from Midday on Wednesday 26th August and stay until midday on Tuesday 1st September with rates being reduced when multiple nights are booked,

There is Water, Toilets, Elsan Point and (if booked) electric hook-up on the camping area (electric only available for bookings of 4 or more nights).

Closing Date for Online Applications: 20/08/2020 or until all camping sites are sold.

 

POSTAL APPLICATIONS

Although our online caravan & camping booking system is safe and secure, some people prefer to book by post. If you wish to book via a postal application, please download the form by clicking on the PDF logo below.

Closing Date for Postal Applications: 30/04/2020.

Click the icon to download the Caravan & Camping Postal Application Form.

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Whitby WAR WEEKEND
29th, 30th & 31st AUGUST 2020

Next to Whitby Abbey, Hawsker Lane, Whitby, YO22 4JR

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TRADEICONS

TRADERS

OUTDOOR TRADE SPACE (minimum frontage 4 metres, all stands 12 metres depth)
metres @ £24 per metre frontage:

MILITARIA / ANTIQUES / COLLECTABLES (NO new Goods, plots 8 metres x 12 metres)
plot(s) @ £100 per plot:

POWER (Optional)
Power, provided constantly by the onsite generators, will be available from 1pm the day before the event until 5pm on the last day of the event.
16 amp = £50    |    32 amp = £80   

 

POSTAL APPLICATIONS

Postal Booking Deadline: 07/08/2020.

Although our online trade booking system is safe and secure, some people prefer to book by post. If you wish to book via a postal application, please download the form by clicking on the PDF logo below.

 

Click the icon to download the Trade Postal Application Form.

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Whitby WAR WEEKEND
29th, 30th & 31st AUGUST 2020

Next to Whitby Abbey, Hawsker Lane, Whitby, YO22 4JR

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