Friends of The Canal Museum

Tickets £7.50 Adults, Children under 16 Free

(includes parking)


Stoke Bruerne's Vintage 40s event, 9th-10th September

"A brilliant great value day out for all the family."



"This is a brilliant day out for all the family. If you love canal boats and World War 2 - vintage costumes and history this is for you. A step back in time. See the land army girls, French Resistance, Spivs and Home Guard, jeeps & motorcycles."

Alison Bennett


"There's so much to see at this fantastic event. Do come along and join in the fun."

Lucy Ward

Rosemary Churchett

"We had an amazing day today at the festival. We went to watch Lola Lamour's first set at 1pm and just missed the rain. She was amazing, as usual. We stayed on to watch the Ukulele band and the skies opened with heavy rain, hailstones, thunder and lightning. The band asked the audience down by the Alhambra stage to come under the bridge. We all did behind the stage, the band turned around to face us and we had an amazing sing song of 1940's songs. The atmosphere reminded me of the camaraderie seen in the air raid shelters. Wonderful. We got soaked but it didn't matter. Wonderful event, so well organised and so much to see, listen to and do. We will certainly come next year. Thank you."



Darren Skidmore

"Once again a great weekend at Village at War. The downpours didn't seem to dampen peoples enthusiasm. Well done to everyone involved."



Linda Brown

"Had a brilliant day out today despite the weather! Really enjoyed it."



Sian Francis

"We had a lovely day ~ thanks to all involved."



Karen Treadwell

"Fabulous time, love all the effort that people put in & may return tomorrow & defo next year! Z"




Barbara Tite

"Fabulous day"



Christina Shotton

"Great day & great fun for the kids!"



Julian Antony

"Great day despite the monsoon. KBO!!"



Theresa Quinlan-Britton "6th year for us and we love it! Wonderful atmosphere with friendly people."



Lesley Littlejohn

"Had a fabulous time!

A well organised happy event!"



Sue Smith

"Really enjoyed the event today and a massive thank you to all the organisers, entertainers and traders."



David Hilliard

"First time for me and found it so friendly and such history. I totally loved it especially George Formby he was brilliant."


Lola Lamour and Friends close the event on Saturday with We'll Meet Again.

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See image galleries and video's on our Facebook page and Facebook Event page

A big thank you to our volunteers, traders, entertainers, re-enactors, museum staff, The Canal & River Trust, local businesses, landowners and everyone who worked so hard to make the 10th Village at War another one to remember.


Please send us your photos and videos and watch out for more information on this page soon.

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More videos and photo galleries...

What we raised...

Friends of the Canal Museum (organisers)

£6,500 approx


Other not-for-profit groups and charities raised:


Airforce Association

Not known


Chesterfield Scouts



Hartwell Scouts



Royal British Legion

Not known


Stoke Bruerne Church

(St. Mary-the-Virgin)



Stoke Bruerne Cricket Club



Stoke Bruerne Primary School



Stoke Bruerne Village Hall



Walking for the Somme

Not known

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photo: Kathryn Doddington