About the 1940s Weekend - Railway at War
The air raid sirens blare! The droning buzz overhead of enemy bombers flying in for another attack. Stout and courageous Englanders move quickly and calmly to the shelters to protect themselves from the onslaught of the enemy attack. The target this night: The Mid Norfolk Train Station. But the brave men of the RAF scramble to counter the assault.
It’s the 1940’s all again. Ride the train from the Dereham down to Wymondham with stops and exhibits at Yaxham and Hardingham stations along the line. Experience the darkest days of the war and memories of the brightest victory in history. Be prepared for the live-fire battle reenactments at the Dereham station at 11:30 and 3:30.
Be advised, Hardingham is under enemy control! Be prepared to view exhibits related to the evil empire and its weapons of war. Take time to meet the enemy and ask questions of those in period dress. Or, come dressed in your best war-era outfit and feel like you have traveled in time.
Yaxham station is in the control of the British Expeditionary Forces. Here the valiant forces stand against the advancing Nazi troops in a reenactment of the battles at Dunkirk. Check out the displays and the miniature railway used during the war and even go for a ride for £3.
Ladies, sign up for the Women’s Land Army at the Wymondham Abbey. See weapons used during the war in the defense of the home Isle. Encounter life during the war at the 'Family at War' interactive reenactment. And don’t forget the spam sandwich on the train ride between stops.
Mid Norfolk Railway
The 1940’s Weekend is sponsored by the Mid Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust. Memberships and volunteer opportunities are available to all interested.
Entry To The Event
Ride for the day to all of the stops and exhibits. Adult tickets are £17, children (aged 5 to 15) are £9, or buy a family ticket (up to 2 adults and 3 children) for £34. Children under age 5 are free with an adult. Concession tickets are £15. Members of the Mid-Norfolk Railway are £12. Platform tickets that allow viewing of the displays and exhibitions at the platforms, but are not valid for train travel, are £3.
Somewhere to Stay in Norfolk
There are places to stay the night along the line. Nearby in Dereham, the Glendower Guest Apartments are situated in a quaint red-brick guesthouse in the center of town. Each room offers a TV, tea and coffee makers, and free wi-fi. Some rooms offer a kitchenette. For those looking for more rustic and outdoorsy accommodations, try the Yaxham Waters Holiday Park. Feeling a bit of a PM? Stay at Number 10 The Abbey for a prime stay. Number 10 offers a kid-friendly stay with free wi-fi and parking.
Getting To Dereham Station
There are many ways to travel to this amazing historic event. Ride the train on the EMR or Greater Anglia lines to the Wymondham station. Take a taxi or walk the .8 mile to the MNR station at Wymondham Abbey. Driving to the event from Norwich take the A47 to the exit at Yaxham Road (A1075). Follow Yaxham Road to the MNR station in Dereham. From the bus station in Norwich, ride the 8Straight8 bus 'Toftwood' to the stop at Morrisons in Dereham to be dropped at the MNR station.
Other Things To Do Around Dereham
If there isn’t quite enough to fill your day along the railway, be sure to visit the truly magnificent Wymondham Abbey. And while in Wymondham, stop into the cemetery to pay respects to the fallen and visit the Cemetery Chapel. If the kids are getting a little 'I’m getting bored, Mum,' take them to Neatherd Play Park northeast of the MNR Dereham station.
Momentous events like the Second World War only occur once - thankfully. But the history of them and all that was learned can be safely revisited and experienced today. Do not miss the 1940’s Weekend on the Mid Norfolk Railway.
When is the next 1940s Weekend - Railway at War?
The 1940s Weekend - Railway at War is planned to take place at Dereham Station, Station Road, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1DF, Saturday 7th August, 2021. This is a Weekend Railway Event.
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