18/08/2018 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Lytham Green
Central Beach
Lytham Saint Annes FY8 5LB
Fylde Council

The early years still at war with rations, evacuees, gas mask and the dreaded sound of the siren, make do and mend, grow your own, and songs & music written to lift the mood and give a sense of patriotism. Men in uniform, ladies in their tea dresses, the Yanks over here, the French Resistance…………it’s all here!

Lytham 1940s  Weekend 2017

Thanks Mark Liebenberg for image 

The Lytham 1940’s Wartime Weekend, attracts over 40,000 visitors from all over the country to the area and sees the town get into the wartime spirit.

The main events take place on Lytham Green, but please support the local traders of Lytham there are plenty of places to eat and drink in the town and we encourage visitors to visit these as part of their Lytham experience, many of the businesses take part and dress themselves and their windows accordingly.


As always the main marquee on Lytham Green has two days of free entertainment from 10am to 5pm from Winston Churchill’s  rousing wartime speeches, Colin Bourdiec as George Formby, and lots of other $0’s style entertainment including the fabulous Lilli de Carlo.

There will also be music and dance in Clifton Square in the town centre.

Come and foxtrot, waltz and jive, or just sing along or tap your feet.


Although the day time events are free, there are some fantastic ticketed shows available.

In the Marquee

Friday 17th August – Leafy Blinders with Smooth Chalk & The Silhouettes  details HERE 

Saturday 18th August- Kalamazoo Dance Band bringing the big band sound of the Forties details HERE

Sunday 19th August – Sunday 19th August Heather Marie last performances before she relocates to Australia appearing at –
Special Farewell to Lytham 4.45pm

In Lytham 

Other ticketed shows include We’ll Meet Again  at Lowther Theatre with a matinee & evening performance  on Friday

At Lowther Pavilion – The Original 1940s Dance Terry Reaney and the Bluebird Big Band, including a war time rations pack.


We have a good range of Vintage Traders on the Green, and in the Assembly Rooms opposite (where there is a small charge) so do take time to visit them and buy some clothing or memorabilia.

Battle Re enactment

At 3pm each, there’s the thrilling battle re enactment  by the Northern World War 2 Association which is the highlight for many. There’s commentary talking you through the battle, explosions, weapons firing and so much more and it’s always a popular spectacle, finished off by a minutes silence for the fallen at the end. Be prepared for the loud bangs and flashes if you are with younger visitors and please do ensure any dogs are kept on the lead.

There’s a weapons firing demonstration at 12 noon each day too.

Wartime Reenactment Lytham 2017

Image :-Thanks to Mark McNeill 

Food and drink

There is normally some ‘pop up’ cafes but the bustling town centre with a great many cafes, bars, pubs & restaurant is literally across from the Green and a large number of shops are dressed in the spirit of the era.

Lytham 1940's Weekend 2017

See video from 2017 on Lytham Life & Style’s YouTube Channel HERE