When we drove by The Hop Farm last July and spotted lots of military vehicles on their way out, I was interested to know what was going on? It turned out that they had been part of The War and Peace Revival, a five-day military and vintage festival which attracts visitors from all over the UK and overseas each year. I was pretty sure my sons would be fascinated by this event, so we went along to review it this year, which you can read all about below…
♥ What is it?
The War and Peace Revival is a five-day military and vintage festival. Attractions include full-scale choreographed battle re-enactments, thousands of military vehicles such as tanks, artillery, armoured and amphibious vehicles, cars, Jeeps, bicycles and motorbikes, emergency and commercial vehicles. According to Wikipeida, it is is the world’s largest military vehicle show plus militaria collectors fair and living history re-enactments.
Living History scenes provide a unique picture of life in conflict with depictions from WW1 to the present and the trade stalls give collectors and shoppers the opportunity to browse through marquees packed full of treasures including militaria, antiquities, vehicle parts, books, memorabilia, clothing and uniforms and all sorts of essential finds for the discerning enthusiast.
There’s a Vintage Village too as well as free vintage themed day-time entertainment, plenty of places to eat and more!!
♥ What did we like most?
The volume and selection of military vehicles was immense! From vintage push bikes or enormous tanks, we were able to see them in the main arena where there were displays throughout the day.
The Living History scenes were fascinating. The people who were part of it were so friendly and interested in having a chat. One of them was digging a trench while we were wandering around and stopped to talk to us about how he got involved in the show. Shout out to these guys (pictured) who were a pleasure to talk to too.
I liked the vintage village – it was like stepping back in history and was a light hearted break from the more military-heavy side of things.
The battle re-enactment was another highlight and gave visitors the opportunity to see the military vehicles ‘in action’. Different events take place in the main arena throughout the day and are well worth checking out – all included in the ticket price.
♥ Anything to note?
The trade stands seemed to be geared more towards adults which was absolutely fine, but just something to note. There was a toy stall where the boys got some toy soldiers but we spent the majority of our time near the Living History and main arena areas.
We took a packed lunch with us but there were actually lots of options including Fish & Chips, Thai food and more. There weren’t many shaded areas to eat a packed lunch (we went on a really hot day) so next year, I would probably get food there and eat it in the on-site cafe which had some indoor seating.
♥ When is the next one?
The next War and Peace Revival is taking place from 28th July to 1st August 2020. Ticket will be availble to purchase via The War and Peace Revival website HERE. Kids go for free!
Disclosure: we were given complimentary tickets for The War and Peace Revival for the purpose of this honest review.