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War And Peace Revival 2018 – We’ll See You There!

Photo: Sherman tanks rumble into the arena. (All images courtesy of War And Peace Revival)

 

Britain at War Magazine and Key Publishing Ltd are once again delighted to be supporting the War and Peace Revival show at The Hop Farm Family Park, Paddock Wood, Kent, being held this year between 24th and 28th of July.

Packed full of educational value, the event is widely regarded as the greatest celebration of military history in the world as well as being a five day vintage lifestyle spectacular with Living History scenes providing a unique picture of life in times of conflict. Depictions of military history from the First World War through to the present will be aplenty, British soldiers can be seen living in trenches alongside American GIs in Vietnam and Russians relaxing with an accordion after a hard day in battle are some of the shows many features.

But at the War and Peace Revival, it is not all about the front line. Visitors can get a feel for what life was like for the families at home in the Trentham Village Home Front tableau. This is a dedicated area for all things vintage, and includes vintage fashion, a wartime farm, 1940s village life, vintage tractors and an RAF encampment.

A Jeep gets some attention in the vehicle area.

Thousands of military vehicles gather from around the world to represent the armies of the 20th century, and include tanks, artillery, armoured and amphibious vehicles, cars, Jeeps, bicycles and motorbikes along with emergency and commercial vehicles in what is one of the world’s largest gathering of such vehicles. A display arena will be a second home for exhibiting vehicles, as displays are presented throughout the day, and each day at 15:00 the arena turns into a ‘battlefield’ for the famous War and Peace re-enactments showcasing vehicles, re-enactors and equipment, accompanied by dramatic pyrotechnics.

New for 2018, the organisers have set up The War and Peace Revival Tactical Training Area as an adrenaline filled experience taking visitors into the world of Special Forces in what is billed as ‘Thrilling close-quarters room clearance exercises with tactical instruction from ex-SAS soldier Phil Campion.’

Meanwhile, The Model Marquee at The War and Peace Revival remains a popular venue, displaying a huge range of stunning wartime models from individuals, groups and societies showing off their latest and greatest detailed builds. Additionally, visitors will find model kits, tools and accessories available for purchase.

With marquees located throughout the show, there’s something for all tastes. The Britain At War Magazine Victory Marquee is the main hub of day and night time entertainment, and includes a restaurant and bar with ticketed Friday and Saturday night special events, while The Spitfire Marquee hosts live music played all day and into the night and with a bar, food court and seating.

American GIs in a living history display.

However, if visitors prefer a more laid back and relaxed atmosphere then The Gentleman’s Marquee offers a fine art gallery, the Authors’ Pavilion, and drinks bar in a vintage style decorated lounge complete with leather chesterfield sofas where weary show-goers can take a moment out to relax.

The shows hundreds of trade stands and stalls selling everything from restored military vehicles, books, badges and vintage clothing is one of its largest draws, providing visitors with ample browsing and buying. When walking around the trade stall area be sure to find us at the Key Publishing stand and pick up the latest issue of Britain at War Magazine, our sister magazine Classic Military Vehicles or any of our other Key Publishing titles.

Also, the Key Publishing stand will this year play host to a photo booth where vehicles, re-enactors and living history groups can be photographed as a memento of their attendance at the show.

With editorial staff from both Britain at War and Classic Military Vehicle attending the War and Peace Revival all week, we hope to see you there!

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