The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will now be a Hurricane and is currently expected at 14.25.
On Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 September Castle Drogo will be rolling back the years and recreating the atmosphere of war time Britain with our World War Two Weekend.
Whether you want to turn back the clock and see the sights and sounds of the 1940’s or have a great family day out, there will be lots to see and do as the Castle grounds will be transformed into a bustling war time camp, complete with military vehicles, re-enactors, music of the period and family activities.
As this year marks 100 years since building work on Castle Drogo started there will be a very special flypast by a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire on Saturday 24 at 1.40pm.
Children can participate in an Evacuee Trail around the Castle and grounds to take them through the Home Front experience. They will be able to find out about evacuation, the Blitz, air raid shelters, rationing, code breaking and take part in other exciting activities as they play the part of an evacuee arriving and surviving at Drogo.
To add to the atmosphere, the volunteers of the Military Vehicle Trust are co-ordinating a display of 40 vehicles including war time ambulances, jeeps, command cars and weapons carriers, along with almost 100 associated re-enactors. There will be many varied display tents and demonstrations including the chance to try on clothing of the period.
Blitz and Peaces will be roaming the Castle and grounds performing music of the period and visitors will be invited to join in. They will also be performing a special air raid concert in the Chapel at 3pm each day.
During the war, Castle Drogo was used by the Church of England’s “Waifs and Strays Society” as a home for evacuees and orphaned children. This was ably run by a Matron in Charge and Mary Drewe, daughter of Julius Drewe, the founder of the Home and Colonial Stores for whom the castle was built. There were probably 30 to 50 children in attendance at any one time with the Dining Room being used as the children’s day room, where they took their meals and studied, and the adjoining Service Corridor where they had their afternoon naps. The children from the Society were also allowed access to part of the Castle grounds and particularly enjoyed playing in the Bunty House, which can still be seen at the Castle.
Normal admission charges apply plus £2 per person for trail and activities. Please telephone (01647) 433306 for more details of the event.