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Saltaire 1940’s Weekend

29 - 30 Jun 2024

10:00 - 17:00

Saltaire Village

An exciting NEW 1940's event at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Saltaire, near Bradford, West Yorkshire.

Many activities happening in Roberts Park, a lovely park on the River Aire linked by a footbridge to Saltaire village. There will be a 1940's re-enactment display, a dance marquee with proper parquet dancefloor,, there will be a small military vehicles display and classic cars including a display of locally produced Jowett cars. There will also be a vintage camping display with classic caravans and campers. Look out for the vintage policemen, prams and poodles!

Even the medical cover will be in vintage dress and have a vintage medical tent. Of course, vintage stalls and catering will also be available. Roberts Park starts at 10am and finishes 7pm on Saturday and 5pm on Sunday.

Less than 5 minutes walk way from the park is the beautiful Grade 2 listed Victoria Hall, in the centre of Saltaire village, where there will be live acts and dancing all day Saturday in the gorgeous main hall with sprung dancefloor.

From 10:00am there will be stalls in the front Evans Room which will cost £2 to enter (free for dance ticket holders). Upstairs in two separate rooms there will be taster dance classes – at 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm – anybody can just turn up and pay the teacher £2. The details of the classes will be in the event programme and shown on this event page at a later date. The Andersons will be DJ'ing at the afternoon tea dance from 1pm. There will also be swing singer Henry, the Hummingbirds, a glamorous tribute act of the Andrews sisters, and Stevie Cruz and Elisha, showing us their swing set. This finishes at 6pm, The hall will then be closed for one hour.

Beginning 7pm, Victoria Hall will host a dance with DJ Dapper Dan and the wonderful band Swingamathing.

Tickets for the live acts and dancing in Victoria Hall are sold out, But you could register on the waiting list at

People on the waiting list on the above ticket site will be priority for new tickets for the balcony in the evening. This will enable people to dance, but their seats will be on the balcony. Any tickets left over will be sold on the night.

In the park, there will even be a performance of "The Taming of the Shrew" by Shakespeare in the Park at 2pm and 7pm both days. There will also be a cricket match being played by Saltaire Cricket Club starting around 1pm also on both days. Roberts Park is a big park!

Entry into the park is free. Besides Victoria Hall and Roberts Park there is the very interesting Salts Mill, situated between, with its large antiques centre and art displays to visit. Then there is the fascinating Shipley Glen Tramway next to the park. There is a lot of parking, including a field that will be open specifically for the event, on Higher Coach Road near the entrance to the park (postcode BD17 7LU). This road cannot be accessed through Saltaire village itself and has to be approached from Shipley. Saltaire train station is in the centre of the village between Victoria Hall and Roberts Park and there are many stations on the line (Leeds - Skipton) with lots of free parking.

I have made a post detailing this already and will repeat later. The dance finishes at 10:30pm allowing plenty of time to catch the last trains.

Ticket Information

General Free

Venue Details

Saltaire Village

Shipley, England, BD17 7LU, United Kingdom,

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