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War in the Valley 2017 - Churnet Valley Railway Events Calendar

We are no longer taking online bookings for this event, but please turn up at the railway & purchase a ticket at our booking office
War in the Valley 2017

Our annual wartime weekend, as the Churnet Valley is transported back to the 1940s and World War II.




  • Steam hauled Passenger Service
  • 1940s Military Goods Demonstration starring a M8 Greyhound
  • Meet & Greet Winston Churchill
  • Laurel & Hardy (Saturday Only)
  • Saturday Evening Steam-hauled Service (Evening Tickets available)
  • Saturday Evening "Live" Radio Show ft Lorrie Bown (Details below)




  • Distinctive Sounds 40s Show (Sunday Only)
  • 30s/40s Singer Brandyn Shaw
  • Morning Aerobics with Victory Girls
  • Northern Forties Saturday Sing-Along
  • Notts & Derby 'Women's Land Army' Display
  • "Life on the Home Front"
  • Black-out Display and Evacuee Puzzles (Courtesy of CVR Education Team)
  • RAF Assosciation Stand
  • Vintage Cars & Bikes
  • Manchester Morris Minors Owners Club (Saturday Only)
  • Air Raid Siren Re-enactment
  • Ruby Slippers Vintage Traders


  • Military Breakfast at Froghall from 9am
  • Signal Tearooms at Froghall serving Wartime Menu, with Saturday Evening Menu
  • Moorlander serving light refreshments at Cheddleton from 10am


  • 1700 - 1800 Meet & Greet Winston Churchill & Vera Lynn
  • 1800 - 1830 Vera Lynn Early hits
  • 1830 - 1900 Laurel & Hardy
  • 1900 - 1930 Vera Lynn Wartime Favourites
  • 1930 - 2000 Groovy Gazza 40s Interlude
  • 2000 - 2230 Paul Harper ENSA Radio Show, ft Stephen Howell, Brandyn Shaw & Victory Girls
  • Froghall Tearoom open late, with extended evening menu


  • Adult: £20.00
  • Senior (60+): £18.00
  • Child (4-14): £14.00
  • Under 4's: FREE
  • Family (2A+2C): £54.00
  • Froghall Platform Only: £5.00 (No concessions, No advance booking)
  • Saturday Evening Only: £5.00 (No concessions, No advance booking)

If you wish to bring an Exhibit or Trade Stand to this event, then please download the form >here< and return complete via e-mail or post to the address in the footer.

Re-enactors welcome, with 50% discount offered to those suitably attired for On-The-Day tickets only (excludes Family & Evening tickets).

** It is recommended that for this event you park at Froghall, where there will be an additional free car park opposite the former Thomas Bolton Copperworks. 


A Polite Request

With the event being aimed as a Family Fun event, we do ask that visitors wishing to join in with the weekend's activities pay respect towards the history of this time period. For this reason, we ask that no-one is to wear the uniform of the "Nazi Party" including the Swastika, the uniform of the Gestapo or the uniform of the black “Allgemeine SS”. Anyone found to be in contravention of this request will be removed from the event without the right of a refund. This extends to anyone who attempts to dress as personnel directly associated with said organisations.

Whilst we appreciate there was two sides to the war we want to ensure that some of the horrors that did occur during this time are not glorified, and that consideration is shown towards what was one of the biggest tragedies the world has ever seen.



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