Relive the 1940s at Sheringham’s Nostalgic Weekend

Relive the 1940s at Sheringham's Nostalgic Weekend

Are you ready to take a step back in time? Immerse yourself in the history of the 1940s and experience the vibrant history of Sheringham and the surrounding towns of North Norfolk. At the Kelling Estate, we encourage you to relive this enchanting era while enjoying the comfort and charm of our luxury holiday cottages.

Every year, the charming North Norfolk coastal town of Sheringham, takes a leap back in time to the 1940s, giving both locals and visitors the chance to experience the nostalgia, glamour and resilience of the era. The 40s Weekend in Sheringham is a beloved two day annual event held in September, that transports the towns of Sheringham, Weybourne and Holt, back to a world defined by wartime spirit, vintage fashion, swing music and a sense of community.

Stay With Us and Step Back in Time

The event was originated by the North Norfolk Railway and results in the three towns that run along the line being decorated in a 1940s style with shop windows and independent business staff members dressing for the occasion in period outfits with local cafés often creating themed menus.

Our Holt holiday cottages are the perfect places for you to stay over the weekend, located close to the railway station keeping you close to the action but also nestled in the beautiful North Norfolk countryside to help you relax and re-energize yourself after a long day exploring and days filled with nostalgic experiences. All of our luxury properties are family and dog friendly and sleep between 2 and 8 guests, perfect for couples and families alike. If you choose to stay on the Lowes development you will also have access to the onsite tennis courts and playpark. Take a look at our availability here, and for more information and late bookings, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Relive the 1940s at Sheringham's Nostalgic Weekend
Relive the 1940s at Sheringham's Nostalgic Weekend

Things to do over the Sheringham 40s Weekend

Vintage Fashion and Style

Everywhere you look you will see people dressed in recreated 1940s attire, from soldiers to nurses and even Hollywood stars of the era. The local towns and the railway become a sea of people paying homage to the iconic accessories and styles of the time. On the last day of the event the 1940s Reenactors Parade is open to anyone in 1940s dress and allows spectators to celebrate the style and spirit of the 1940s. The procession begins at 4pm and proceeds up the High Street to the Town Clock, convening at the main car park where the closing ceremony will be led by the Town Mayor, Commercial Manager of the North Norfolk Railways and the Sheringham Town Crier.

Music and Entertainment

No trip back to the 1940s would be complete without the swinging tunes that define the era. The 40s Weekend shots live music performances, featuring big band music, jazz and swing, with dance lessons available the event captures the infectious energy and encourages everyone to take to the dance floor.

Historical Re-enactments

The event doesn’t just focus on fashion and music; it also offers a fascinating insight into the history of the era. Historical re-enactments, displays, and exhibitions showcase the wartime experiences of both civilians and military personnel. From vintage vehicles and weaponry displays to talks and interactive demonstrations, attendees can gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and triumphs that marked the 1940s.


The North Norfolk Railway will run a busy schedule of train services between Sheringham and Holt for the weekend. The Holt Station will also host a historical Exhibition display and trade stalls over the weekend, tickets for the 1940s weekend trains includes the Holt Exhibition event or the exhibition tickets can be purchased separately for those not using the railway. During the day a vintage park and ride bus service will operate between Sheringham and Holt so you can visit each of the stations and get involved with everything the event has to offer.

Relive the 1940s at Sheringham's Nostalgic Weekend
Relive the 1940s at Sheringham's Nostalgic Weekend

Book Your Nostalgic Getaway

Don’t miss your chance to experience the 1940s Weekend, book your luxury holiday cottage now and unlock a weekend of history, community and nostalgia. Our conveniently located cottages provide you with the perfect base extending beyond the 40s weekend. Embark on local walks, visit the stunning beaches and enjoy the local cuisine all located on your doorstep. For those wishing for a even more relaxing experience, we offer food to go menus which are available seven days a week for when you don’t feel like cooking, or for special occasions we can provide you with a private chef and a range of optional extras. Please don’t hesitate to  get in touch to ask us any questions and book your stay today.

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