A Dorset attraction is turning back the clock once again with a special 1940s Weekend.

Castletown D-Day Centre on Portland is hosting the weekend on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 from 10am to 4pm, with entry to the event included in the centre’s normal admission fee.

The 1940s weekend is one of the most popular events put on by the centre, attracting huge turnouts from history enthusiasts, petrolheads and families looking for a unique all ages event.

Visitors to the 1940s Weekend event can look forward to a packed day of fun things to see and do including live 1940s music, displays of rare wartime vehicles, cream teas served in the period tearoom, and a variety of stalls selling vintage wares.

As an extra incentive to get into the spirit of the event, visitors who dress up in the 1940s theme will be rewarded with half-price entry.

Manager of the Castletown D-Day Centre, Shaun Souster, said: “We always have a great turnout to our 1940s Weekend as it gives visitors the opportunity to really immerse themselves in the D-Day Centre’s unique ‘living history’ experience.

“If you ever have wanted to get up close and personal with rare World War Two artefacts and vehicles this is your perfect chance!”

The Castletown D-Day Centre tells of Portland’s pivotal role in perhaps the most decisive battle in modern history.

The centre has an authentic recreation of a wartime dockyard where visitors have the unique opportunity to get ‘hands-on’ with history.

The themed weekend comes in the run-up to events marking the 80th anniversary year of D-Day.

It will be marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day on June 6 with a special programme of events including a commemorative service at Castletown Beach, talks from expert speakers, military vehicle displays and much more.

There will also be a special D-Day weekend event on Saturday, June  8 and Sunday, June 9.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering to help mark the occasion should email ddaycentre.portland@gmail.com

As a Community Interest Company, the Castletown D-Day Centre relies on support from visitor admissions and is part of Castletown Regeneration Project spearheaded by Agincare Founder and Chairman Derek Luckhurst.

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