Burtonwood RAF festival launched

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Visitors are being welcomed to Burtonwood’s RAF Heritage Centre on the weekend of September 9 and 10 for its annual nostalgia festival.

The fascinating weekend at Gulliver’s World will commemorate the personnel who were stationed at Burtonwood from 1940 - 1993.

This special event is a great way to learn about life on the base and enjoy a fantastic range of attractions.

Established on part of the former airfield, the RAF Burtonwood Heritage Centre is a registered charity which records and commemorates those years and the massive impact the air base had on Warrington and the surrounding area.

The museum attracts around 25,000 visitors a year, many of them also visiting the adjoining Gulliver’s World family theme park which occupies a large part of the former Burtonwood Airbase.

The Stars and Stripes nostalgia weekend is a key event in Burtonwood’s diary, recreating the sights and sounds of the WWII American air base and featuring static displays, music and dancing, living history groups, memorabilia and vintage stalls.

In addition, there will be military vehicles on display, emergency service vehicles, volunteer rescue services, vintage emergency services and is a fantastic opportunity to meet the 999 staff who work in the local area.

It takes place from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and 10, and admission is just £3 per person or £10 for a family of four.

For visitors to Gulliver’s World Theme Park, standard entry fees apply and include free entry to the Stars and Stripes event area.

The event is a firm favourite with American veterans who were stationed at the base during the war and after - and many of them make the transatlantic trip to Warrington every year to mark the occasion and get involved in celebrations.

John Cotterill, from RAF Burtonwood Heritage Centre, said: “We can’t wait to welcome our local families over the weekend, it’s the ideal way to pay tribute to those who served here.

“RAF Burtonwood is such a huge part of Warrington’s history - thousands of American servicemen married local girls so it’s a fantastic get-together for so many people. It’s also a great way for children and adults alike to get a real glimpse into wartime Warrington.”

As part of the event, Saturday night sees the Rock ‘n’ Jive Dance Night, starting from 7.30pm until midnight and featuring live music from the North West’s multi-talented band, The Retrobeats, and resident retro DJ GI.

Jive will be spinning favourite tunes from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. This lively and upbeat night is a sell-out each year with free parking and a licensed bar, make sure you dress to impress.

Tickets are priced at £11 per person or £14 per person which includes food.

For those wanting to stay over and enjoy the full weekend there are special rates available at the Gulliver’s Hotel, quote BW001 when booking.

There is camping and caravanning also available, contact Bob on 07779 638456 for further details.