40s Festival is all set to be the biggest and best

Woodhall Spa 40s Festival ENGEMN00120130718103142
Woodhall Spa 40s Festival ENGEMN00120130718103142

More than 10,000 visitors are expected to descend on Woodhall Spa this weekend for the annual 1940s Festival.

The event – one of the most successful of its kind in the country – is now in its fourth year and will provide a massive boost to the local economy.

The festival features a wide range of attractions, from outdoor concerts and evening dances to an antiques market and displays of military and classic vehicles.

Residents of Woodhall and surrounding villages have been advised to be aware of various road closures and parking restrictions.

Festival organisers stress keeping Woodhall’s roads clear of traffic – and pathways safe for pedestrians – is of ‘utmost importance.’

Simon Elmer, chairman of the festival committee, said: “This year’s festival is set to be the biggest yet and because we are so keen to welcome thousands of visitors to see just what an amazing community Woodhall Spa is home to, we have to be mindful of the volume of traffic.

“We’ve gone to great effort to accommodate our visitors and make parking as easy as possible.

“I can’t wait to see everyone – villagers and visitors – getting into the swing of things.”

For the first time, the organising committee has employed a professional traffic management firm.

The firm will supply signs to direct visitors.

There will be three main car parks which are free of charge and manned by volunteers. Donations will be welcome.

The main car park will be in Green Lane. Visitors will be able to walk from the car park to the main festival areas through Jubilee Park.

A one-way system will operate on Green Lane and ‘no parking’ and ‘no waiting’ restrictions will be in place.

There is provision for disabled parking at the village football club and a dedicated mini-bus, fitted with a tail lift, will operate a free park-and-ride service to the village centre.

There will also be overflow car parking in Stixwould Road, about a mile to the north of Woodhall Spa.

Again, a free park-and-ride will be in operation from the Stixwould Road site.

‘No waiting’ and ‘no parking’ restrictions will be in place in Spa Road and Stixwould Road.

Traffic wardens will be on duty to ensure regulations are adhered to.

As for the entertainment, both days are packed with attractions for all the family.

The event starts at 10am on Saturday when trade stands will open. Various displays and live entertainment will take place throughout the day, including a special showing of Casablanca at the Kinema in the Woods.

Sunday features a skirmish re-enactment in the gardens of the Petwood Hotel.

Full details are available at www.woodhall-spa-40s-festi val.com.