Grassington steps back in time for one weekend each September as it recaptures the spirit of the 1940s. The programme always includes so many themed events that it’s impossible to take part in all of them and the highlights always include the chance to see a full size Spitfire up close, a good old bop in the village hall with the sounds of the Royal British Legion Band and friends, a vintage market, live military displays and re-enactments.
Just imagine the noise a Hurricane and a Spitfire would make in a flypast over a sleepy Dales village...there’s usually a flypast throughout the weekend that has the kids gazing up at the skies in awe and the crowds stunned by the spectacle. It’s always a thrilling experience for all ages and the sound’s unforgettable. The event also pays homage to the many get togethers that kept the villagers’ spirits up during the war years, and there’s a tea dance on the Saturday and the Sunday for those who want to show off their footwork to the old classics.
There’s plenty to tempt car enthusiasts throughout the weekend as the village tends to fill with classic and vintage military vehicles, so take time to wander the cobbled streets and enjoy the rare chance to see them up close while you’re there.