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12th & 13th August 2023. 10am - 5pm

  • Wartime Entertainer Ricky Hunter

  • Military Displays

  • Re-enactors

  • Military and civilian vehicles

  • Bombed out house

  • Weapon firing demonstrations

  • Saturday evening entertainment


We are delighted to announce that following confirmation from the RAF, a Battle of Britain Memorial flypast is scheduled to take place at this years 1940s weekend.

The two day event takes place on the 12th & 13th August and will feature flypasts on both days.

The iconic Supermarine Spitfire was critical in defeating Luftwaffe air attacks during the Battle of Britain in 1940. More Spitfires were built than any other British combat aircraft before or since World War Two - 20,341 in total. Their Merlin V12 engine produced an iconic sound, one we can’t wait to hear over Blaenavon!

The Spitfire flypast not only celebrates the welcome return of our 1940s event following a seven year absence, but also the railways 40th Anniversary.

Timings of the flypast;
Saturday 12th August 12:06
Sunday 13th August 13:06
Please arrive before these times if you want to view the flypast. No refunds will be given should the RAF decide that prevailing conditions are unsuitable for the flypast to take place.

Please note that RAF reserve the right to cancel or reschedule the flypast if they deem necessary, for example due to poor weather conditions.

Photo credit: RAF


 Saturday 12th August.

You will join us at Furnace Sidings where you will be handed your Fish & Chips prior to boarding, you will then be welcomed aboard our original MK1 British Railways coaches. The train will then depart at 17:00 for a trip of the line hauled by one of our Steam Locomotives. The onboard buffet car will also be open on the service serving a range of alcoholic and soft beverages for you to enjoy.

There will be another departure at 18:30 for those wanting to go for another run of the line or fancy another drink. We will have limited seating for Day Rover tickets holders, for those wanting to travel without food.

We will have entertainment at Furnace Sidings with Wartime Entertainer ‘Ricky Hunter’ performing!

Scan this QR code to download the timetable for the 1940s weekend event.
Please note: we reserve the right to alter the timetable should circumstances change.

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