Back to the Forties

The 1940s weekend at Cholsey & Wallingford Railway

Experience the 1940s and the Second World War with authentic re-enactors, Home Guard, allied forces, learn all about rationing, Special Operations and Home Front displays along with 1940s singers and vintage vehicles. Can you spot the camouflaged sniper and be sure to keep an eye out for any illicit black-market deals happening at the station.

The 1940s Royal Family, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, Young Princesses Elizabeth (in Girl Guide uniform) and Princess Margaret, will be arriving by train. The Royal party will include Her Majesty's Detective, Lady in Waiting along with the Princesses Governess Crawfie. Winston Churchill and Field Marshal Alan Francis Brooke will be arriving to greet the people of Wallingford, giving some stirring and famous speeches before mixing with the public, Churchill is always interested to hear how your war is going. Interact with over 100 re-enactors throughout the site, they'll be able to tell you their story and have a surprise or two for you.

What's on:

  • A 1940s experience recreating the sights and sounds of Wallingford, and further afield, during World War 2.
  • Vintage vehicles - traction engines, military vehicles, classic cars and motorbikes.
  • Live music - fabulous singers performing the sounds of the 1940s to get your feet moving.
  • Exciting interactive experiences with surprises in store throughout the day.
  • Heritage train rides available on our rural branchline throughout the day.
  • Food and drink.
  • Plus, much, much more!

Please note there will be no parking at Wallingford Station during the 40s weekend. It will also not be possible to join the train at Cholsey Station.

Find out more on the Wallingford Back to the Forties website.

Ticket Prices

Entry ticket only

  • Adults (16+ years): £5
  • Senior/Concession: £3
  • Child (5-15 years): £3
  • 5 and under: FREE (Still requires ticket)

Train Travel & ticket combined

  • Adults (16+ years): £10
  • Senior/Concession: £8
  • Child (5-15 years): £7
  • 5 and under: FREE (Still require ticket)
  • Family ticket: £24 (2 Adults & up to 2 Children)


28 September 2024

29 September 2024

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