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Kirkby Stephen in the 1940s Weekend 2024

After last year's pilot event we are planning a bigger event for this years Kirkby Stephen in the 1940s weekend in conjunction with the Military Vehicle Trust (North West Branch).

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Event Date

13 July 2024

This event occurs daily from
13 Jul 2024 to 14 Jul 2024


We will be running steam train services each day from 10:30am - 4pm (subject to locomotive availability.)

Admission is FREE but charges for train rides (tickets to be purchased from our shop on site no pre-booking required) and donations welcome.

Parking on site is prioritorised for blue badge holders and there is a FREE park and ride scheme from the Kirkby Stephen Auction Mart, CA17 4QL using Cumbria Classic Coaches. The bus timetable will be confirmed nearer to the event.

Well behaved dogs are welcome on short leads and can travel on the buses and train services in 3rd class compartments but please be aware we have stations cats at KSE.  Please see our website for more information for people with additional needs. 

Exhibit and programme:

  • Stainmore Railway Company - rear car park, main platform and adjacent field (field area is unsuitable for wheelchairs)
    • Military vehicles from the 1940s era with demonstrations of military life, first aid and much more
    • Rachel Grace, the Skylark of Vintage live music from the 1940s (Saturday)
    • Harri Dean live music from the 1940s (Sunday)
    • Home Front Life exhibition
    • Photographic exhibition
    • History of 1940s life in Upper Eden Valley
    • Anderson Shelter
    • Kirkby Stephen Cloisters and Market Square
      • Military Vehicle displays - changing throughout the day

  • Saturday and Sunday Military Vehicle Road Run
    • 15:30 start from Stainmore Railway Company to Winton village and back
  • Kirkby Stephen Town Centre businesses will be entering into the 1940s spirit with their own interpretations and demonstrations
  • Train Rides both days from 10:30 am - 4pm at Stainmore Railway Company

Catering is provided in our 1930s Gresley Buffet Car from 10am - 4pm each day. Menu includes hot and cold drinks, bacon rolls (until midday subject to availability), toasties, soup, muffins and scones.
Stainmore Railway Company Shop is well stocked with a wide range of items including jigsaws, military vehicle model kits, books, children's items and Bachman model railway items in addition to local jams and preserves.

Event Venue

Kirkby Stephen East, The East Station, South Road, Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4LA

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