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Crich Tramway Village - Easter Fun
Crich Tramway Village - Easter Fun

You may need your tin hat and gas mask if you visit Crich Tramway Village during its special 1940s Event, to be held on March 31 and April 1.

You can expect air-raid warnings and the sound of low flying aircraft and you will need your identity card for a taste of life during the Second World War. Plus, if you dress up in 1940s clothes, the venue is offering a discounted admission fee.

Policemen and members of the Home Guard will be patrolling the period streets and visitors must always be ready to show their identity card or risk being arrested as a spy! Beware the spivs selling black market goods and watch out for unexploded bombs.

However, the trusty ARP will be on hand to deal with any incidents including the incendiary bombs. The Red Lion public house will be serving drinks and wartime-styled meals.

Historic wartime road vehicles will be on show and on the move, mingling with a range of vintage trams which visitors will be able to ride on as often as they like. Some trams will have blackout masks fitted along with anti-blast netting on the windows, blue coloured lamps and white steps.

The indicator blinds will be blacked out too so as to confuse any enemy spies. Wartime songs will be belted out by an authentic concert party throughout the event.

Margaret Dickenson will be signing copies of her new book Clippie Girls, which tells the story of a WW2 clippie girl in Sheffield.

Tracey Reader, event organiser said: “This Easter weekend promises to be a feast of nostalgia for those who lived through the war and an entertaining and enlightening insight into war-time conditions for those too young to remember.”

Crich Tramway Village is open from 10am both days until 10pm on Sunday and 6pm on Monday. Call the information line 01773 854321 or go to