Didn't visit the Rural Museum but certainly went to the 1940's weekend, perhaps the museum next time. The Annual forties weekend is held every august and is definitely worth a visit. People come from miles away to dress up in costume of the period and you will find them dressed as GI's. British servicemen, a sprinkling of WAAF's, Flashily dressed spiv's and their ladies in their pretty floral dresses, fur stoles and stockings.They even have a Winston Churchill. Many of the soldiers bring their vehicles and weapons so you could find yourself wandering through a US Forward Base Camp and a little further on a Wehrmacht Field Post, all very jolly with no one shooting each other although considering the heavy weapons held by each this could easily be the case. Intermingled with the infantry are beautifully maintained Willis jeeps, Kubelwagens and motorcycles and sidecars mounted with machine guns. In other areas you can find and even ride a Russian tank or if more sedate entertainment is preferred sit and listen to music from the period while enjoying an ice cream. If requiring lunch lots of places to eat though very little seating so be prepared to sit on the grass and eat al fresco. If you just want to find a seat however there is a marquee where you can enjoy a drink whilst listening to the Glen Miller big band sound and dance along if you wish. The event lasts all weekend and also includes a flyover by the Battle of Britain Memorial flight. All in all a brilliant day out and well worth a visit.
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