Vintage festival ‘Salute to the ‘40s is teaming up with Wedding Ideas to offer two lucky readers the chance to WIN a money-can’t-buy festival experience, including Two VIP tickets to the event and a complimentary Pimms reception. In addition, the winners will also get an annual pass to The Historic Dockyard Chatham and a ticket each for the maritime attraction’s ‘Call The Midwife’ location tour! – All worth £300!

40s festival comp

Vintage themed weddings remain high on the wish list for British brides, and those looking for inspiration need look no further.  The festival, which takes place on 17th and 18th September at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, promises vintage glamour galore.

Revelers can enjoy authentic 40’s fashion, refuel at retro food stalls, join in with historical- reenactments, learn to Lindy Hop, cheer at the lovingly restored vintage cars in the Coming Home parade, and look to the skies for a dazzling Spitfire display accompanied with a Gun Boat display on the River Medway.

What’s more, for the fist time ever, festival-goers can now apply to tie the knot at Salute to the ‘40’s choosing between two unique locations – Commissioner’s House with its manicured lawn or aboard HMS GANNET (1878).

With a ready-made reception party, this is the perfect place to say an alternative ‘I do’. Not many brides can say they had the London Swing Orchestra, plus three Historic Warships including HMS CAVALIER, a Second World War Destroyer, at their vintage wedding!

Those looking for wedding inspiration will delight in the Courtyard Vintage Fair and the 1940s’ Village Fete where bridal parties can experience a vintage makeover and victory rolls. For the groomsmen how about a traditional barber experience and shave!

As the sun sets on the Chatham festival, performers, entertainers and re-enactors will join to perform a ‘Finale Sing Song’, led by The London Swing Orchestra. The final hurrah: crowds will wave flags, dance, sing and rejoice in the presence of the ‘Royal Family’ amidst the spirited hullaballoo!

For more info visit and follow @Salutetothe40s on Facebook and use the hashtag #salutetothe40s on Twitter & Instagram.

For your chance to win, simply answer the following question…

Which county is home to the Historic Dockyard Chatham?


Unfortunately this competition has now ended. All is not lost though, as we have other great competitions you can enter to win loads of fab wedding-related prizes. You can do that here The Wedding Ideas Team xx


Terms & Conditions

1. The promoter is Wedding Ideas magazine whose registered office is at The Chapel, Graham Way, Cotford St Luke, Somerset Ta4 1HX 2. Employees of The Historic Dockyard Chatham or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition 3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition 4. Closing date for entry will be 18/08/16. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted 5. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason 6. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event an actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter 7. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition 8. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice 9. Winners will be chosen at random 10. The winner will be notified by email within 5 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 7 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner 11. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected 12. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into 13. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions 14. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England 15. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent 16. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions 17. All images used are for illustrative purposes only and act as a guide to the content of the event 18. The Organiser, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, reserve the right to change the programme or cancel activities without notice 19. This is a fundraising event in aid of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust. Registered Charity No. 292101. Fully Accredited Museum


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