Get hands-on at Redoubt Jubilee celebration event

Making bunting at the Redoubt
Making bunting at the Redoubt

CELEBRATE the Queen’s Jubilee by going back to the 1940s with a two-day Blackout and Bunting event at the Redoubt Fortress (June 2-3).

On the Saturday experience history hands-on, take part in workshops and enjoy refreshments provided by the WVS Emergency Canteen before heading to the Recruitment Post to find out where you may have been sent during World War II.

There’s also the opportunity for the family to sign up for Bomber Command Battle School and take drill practice with the Eastbourne Home Guard.

Or consider wartime rationing with ‘Utility Jude’ and her Ministry of Food cooking demonstrations before visiting the shop for your weekly rations and learn how to ‘make-do-and-mend’ to get the most out of your clothes and marvel at the fashions of the time.

Get your hair fixed at the 1940s salon in preparation for the evening Blackout Dance (7pm-11pm) with the Swinging Detective playing Hot Jazz, Big Band Swing and Jump Blues – a dance workshop is taking place at 7pm-7.45pm to teach you the moves.

On the Sunday, there’s an authentic 1940s street party, complete with flags, bunting, sing-alongs. Family crown and flag making workshops will continue during the morning before sandwiches and cakes are served from 1pm-2pm.

Meet the 23rd Sussex Home Guard as they patrol the fortress and admire the cardboard Jubilee cakes.

During World War II many foods were rationed, making it difficult to buy enough ingredients to make cakes.

With eggs, margarine and fresh ingredients in short supply it was almost impossible to make a celebratory cake so friends and family would put their rations together to make a small cake which they would place underneath a lavish cardboard celebratory cake.

All ‘cardboard cakes’ should be carefully delivered to the Redoubt by May 30 for judging to take place. All of entries will be on display over the weekend.

A combined event and museum day ticket for an adult £6, senior £5 and child £4. Or for the whole weekend adult £10, senior £8 and child £6. Tickets for the Blackout Dance are £6 from Eastbourne Redoubt in advance or £8 on the door.