Step back in time and celebrate all that was great from the 1940s & 50s!
Keep calm and carry on down to the Farm to meet the Home Guard and Churchill himself! Make do and mend with the Land Army girls, and help with their daily chores, potato riddling, butter making and cleaning harness. Learn more about Tatton’s vitally important role in Britain's wartime years. It was here that the canopies of British parachute troops opened for the first time, heralding the birth of Britain's Airborne forces.
With some fantastic music to cater for all ages, listen to our singers, join in with the Lindy Hop lessons and get ready to dance the day away. Why not come in your best 1940s & 50s outfits, and help make it a day never to be forgotten.
Don't miss the tractor and trailer rides to the memorial while you're here!
Refreshments and vintage stalls also available.
The farm is open 11am - 4pm, last entry 3pm.
Book farm tickets here
Standard farm and parkland entry charges apply. Book at least three days in advance to get a 10% discount.
The Wartime History of Tatton Park
Although few visitors are aware of it today, the Tatton estate played a vitally important role in Britain's wartime years between 1939 and 1945.
Maurice Egerton, 4th and last Baron of Tatton, was keen to support the war effort and gave permission for his land at Ringway (now Manchester Airport) to be used from 1940 onwards. It was here that the canopies of British parachute troops opened for the first time, heralding the birth of Britain's Airborne forces. Tatton Park became the training centre for No 1 Parachute School and over 383,000 parachute descents were made here by soldiers and civilians of many nationalities who came under cover of night to do their training jumps before leaping as Special Agents (by parachute) into Occupied Europe. In addition, wartime brought a whole new set of activities and people to Tatton; evacuees, the Women's Land Army, the troops returning from Dunkirk, the Home Guard, Air Raid Precautions, the Auxiliary Fire Service, the Army, R.A.F. and eventually the U.S. Third Army.
The memorial sits in the grounds of Tatton Park and overlooks the surrounding countryside, a very nice spot indeed, and we will be holding 2 tractor and trailer rides throughout the day to visit the memorial. A unique opportunity to visit the site and remember all those who gave so much.