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Event Date and Time
Sun 26 May - Mon 27 May
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tutbury Castle



Operation Tutbury Castle – 1940’s Weekend
Including RAF Flypast with Spitfire (Sunday) and Dakota (Monday)

This Spitfire Mk 2A, now owned by the Battle o...

This Spitfire Mk 2A, now owned by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, was built at Castle Bromwich (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sunday 26th & Monday 27th May
10am – 5pm
(Last admission at 4pm)

Tutbury Castle will once again be staging our annual event ‘Operation Tutbury Castle’ from the nostalgic 1940’s era on Sunday 26th and Monday 27th May. This spectacular weekend is one of our biggest events of the year, with hundreds of enactors dressed in 1940’s uniforms and civilian dress.

British, American, German and Russian soldiers will create displays, show armaments and stage battle re-enactments and skirmishes. Military vehicles will bring the war times to life and fantastic 1940’s music will keep your feet tapping throughout the day and the home fires burning.

Our fantastic living history groups will demonstrate how life was during the war years. Stall holders will be selling civilian and military memorabilia and there will also be a fashion show of clothes of the time as well as and ENSA show for those who can remember them. A fun day out for all the family.

Said Curator, Lesley Smith – “This is the greatest summer event in the Castle’s calendar. Singing, dancing and just amazing presentations from weaponry to ‘Dad’s Army. We are all looking forward to it.”

The flypast by the RAF BBMF and kindly donated by the RAF display team, features Flight Lieutenant Anthony F “Parky” Parkinson MBE RAF. This flypast is scheduled for approximately 1:15pm on Sunday and 1:40pm on Monday. Please note this display is dependent upon the weather conditions. As you can all appreciate with the fragility of the aircraft – every care must be taken by the BBMF to ensure adverse conditions do not affect the aircraft therefore can be cancelled at the very last minute. The success rate is around 75%.

The Great Hall will also be open with history tours as well as our pretty tea room serving a range of hot and cold food – all reasonably priced. Our BBQ and Bar will also be available.

Bank Holiday admission fees apply:

£6.00 adults
£4.00 concessions*
Children Under 5 Free
*(Concessions 5-12 years & OAPs.)
Season tickets are valid for this event

Additional parking available free of charge at Richard Wakefield School
(10 minute walk away – DE13 9NR).

Event Tags: 1940's, Tutbury Castle