VE Day 75

VE Day

Keep Calm and Stay At Home!

We know it's not the street party you had planned, but there's still tons of fun to be had at home on this very special 75th anniversary VE Day, and we're here to help. 

We've gathered together a whole host of suggestions all in one place, so you can put on a proper knees-up all the family can get involved with.

So get ready to string up the bunting, do the Lambeth Walk, eat your carrot cake and sing. All together now: "We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when, but I know we'll meet again some sunny day..."

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VE Day 75
VE Day 75

One of the best-known sites for VE Day activities is VE75.org, including timing schedules, and details of how you can still get involved nationally.

There are also links to the BBC's bunting template, instructions and guide PDFs.

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Wakefield Council has put together some brilliant VE Days packs to help you celebrate in your own home. 

The PDF includes a bunting template (with some designs to help you get started), some delicious (and simple!) Wartime recipes to make for your celebration tea, a spotify playlist so you can get your jitterbug on, party game ideas and more. 

You can download it here.

 

 

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VE Day 75
VE Day 75

Wakefield Museums and Castles are doing their bit by bringing you some new resources on their (rather excellent) blog, providing you with local information and memories from local people who experienced the war.

Plus, iconic photographs from VE Day itself. Take a look here.

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Wakefield Libraries have got some really fun things happening on their social accounts, including service stories from local people, heritage trails and more.

Follow them on Facebook here and on Twitter here

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Wakefield Cathedral are holding an online VE Day service at 1pm on 8 May. See their Facebook page for more.

They're also taking part in the Big Picnic For Hope, asking families to have a picnic at home and raise money for the Trussell Trust.

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VE Day 75

Channeling the "Spirit of the Blitz", Pontefract community have rallied round and organised a Virtual VE day you can take part in on Facebook! They've got a packed programme of events to enjoy, including wartime memories, photographs and posters from the war, singalongs, a Toast for Peace by Pontefract's Town Crier, and much more!

Take a look here.

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ARTventures have gone all-out and are bringing you their Big Neighbourhood VE Day Family Festival

They've got a huge number of printables, including selfie-props, cupcake toppers, flags, window posters and much more. 

As well as that, they're building up to the big day on their Facebook page with kid-friendly craft ideas, family recipes to follow and advice for other families on how they can get the best out of the day. Follow them here.

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VE Day 75
VE Day 75

English Heritage have put together a brilliant pack to help you host your own VE day party, including tips to help you dance, as well as tast wartime recipes and songs for you to sing!

Visit the page here.

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Nostell Priory (requisitioned by the army during WW2) is famous for its gardens, and the produce that grows there. 

Take your tastebuds back in time to when people "dug for victory" with this wartime carrot cake recipe from the National Trust.

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Like Wakefield Cathedral, their sister cathedral, Bradford, are also holding an online service on 8 May, this one at 3pm.

They've also got some brilliant ideas for other things you can take part in. Take a look here.

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VE Day 75

The National Coal Mining Museum's Virtual Museum invites you to a special VE Day edition on 8 May.

See how the "Bevin Boys" felt about being conscripted, learn out about rationing,  play a WW2 game, make bunting and more! Take a look here

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On 8 May, elderly people can watch a special VE Day edition of "The Best Seat in the House", an online variety concert created especially for lockdown, with new episodes uploaded on Tuesdays and Fridays at 3pm. The VE Day show will feature a message from Dame Vera Lynn, with tributes to Winston Churchill, Gracie Fields, the Andrews Sisters, and more. You can watch it here.

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VE Day 75
VE Day 75

The Hepworth Wakefield are currently exhibiting the works of two famous artists, Bill Brandt and Henry Moore, who worked for the Ministry of Information during WW2. You can explore the artworks they produced during the war - including sketches of miners Moore produced in Castleford - in the Hepworth's online exhibition, Bill Brandt/Henry Moore.

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