The 1940s Experience

The 1940s Experience

The 1940s Experience 2000 1333 Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Book Tickets 2 July 2022 3 July 2022

1940s Experience

Immerse yourself in Britain's heyday for a memorable and nostalgic day out for all the family. An extraordinary time with even more extraordinary people. Be inspired by the music, dress and food of the era that changed the world.

Music & Entertainment

Look out for talented duo Old Time Rags. One-man-band Laurence Marshall and award winning step dancer Phoebe Douthwaite join forces with their take on the traditions of Vaudeville, music hall and classic street entertainment.

We also welcome the dancers from Now That's Jive who'll get everyone 'In the Mood' with their music and dance. Singers Steve Howell and Amanda Jane will also entertain us with songs from the era.

E.N.S.A Stage & Station Yard programme

  • 10:20 Steve Howell opens the show
  • 10:30 Amanda Jane, our song bird
  • 11:00 Dancing with Now That's Jive
  • 12:00 Amanda Jane on the events stage, and Old Time Rags in the station yard
  • 12:30 Sgt Marmite puts the youngsters through their drill instruction
  • 13:00 Steve Howell returns to the microphone
  • 13:30 Now That's Jive on the events stage, and Old Time Rags in the station yard
  • 14:30 Amanda Jane; catch our songbird before she flies off!
  • 15:00 The Old Time Rags scamper back
  • 15:30 Steve Howell's last performance of the day
  • 16:00 Dancing with Now That's Jive to close the show

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

We're excited to welcome the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight for two flypasts. On the Saturday we'll see the iconic Supermarine Spitfire which played a crucial role in the Battle of Britain. More Spitfires have been built than any other British combat aircraft before or since World War II - 20,341 in total. On the Sunday we expect a visit from a Hurricane - one of only 12 airworthy Hurricane's in existence.

The flypasts take place at 3.20pm on Saturday, and 1.40pm on Sunday.

Historic vehicles and displays

Spend your day wandering 1940s street scenes, sing along and dance to the music of the era. Dressing up in clothes of the time is positively encouraged (don’t worry if you don’t want to, all are welcome) but if you arrive and fancy popping on something vintage, there are plenty of pop-up shops selling 1940s clothes. You can even get your hair done in pin-curls at the onsite hairdresser.

Fill up on tasty food and refreshments available around the site before admiring the array of military vehicles including an authentic Spitfire. If you’re lucky enough you may even see one fly past during your visit.

Watch out for Sargeant Marmite (you either love him or you hate him!) putting new recruits through their paces.


Don't miss your ride behind our magnificent steam locomotives. Settle back in our Edwardian and Victorian carriages for an hour's ride through the Isle of Wight countryside. We operate an extensive service throughout the day. Your ticket includes unlimited journeys - please note that all seating is unreserved throughout this weekend.


Havenstreet depart 10:10 10:50 11:25 12:00 12:35 13:10 14:05 14:40 15:15 15:50 16:25
Smallbrook Junction arrive 10:21 11:01 11:36 12:11 12:46 13:21 14:16 14:51 15:26 16:01 16:36
depart 10:36 11:11 11:46 12:21 12:56 13:31 14:26 15:01 15:36 16:11 16:46
Havenstreet depart - - - - - - - - - - -
Wootton arrive 10:53 11:28 12:03 12:38 13:13 13:48 14:43 15:18 15:53 16:28 17:03
depart 11:01 11:36 12:11 12:46 13:21 13:56 14:51 15:26 16:01 16:36 17:11
Havenstreet arrive 11:07 11:42 12:17 12:52 13:27 14:02 14:57 15:33 16:07 16:42 17:17
Most trains run non-stop between Smallbrook Junction and Wootton.



Standard tickets include unlimited travel, plus all the activities and entertainment at Havenstreet station. Buy your tickets online for the best price. Please note that there are no admission-only tickets available for this event


This event is sponsored by Wightlink