Kent Life recreates Christmas on the Home Front

Kent Life Heritage Farm Park will bring the 1940s festive season back to life with a special ‘Christmas on the Home Front’ event.

Visitors at the Kent attraction on November 26 and 27 can experience the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas during the Second World War.

They can see how civilians coped with rationing by preserving and re-styling clothes, and check out genuine 1940s recipes issued by the Ministry of Food – including a sponge cake made with liquid paraffin instead of fat – at a wartime cookery demonstration.

Other activities include drill displays by the Home Guard, a 1940s school lesson, shops from the era and a rehabilitation centre for injured RAF pilots.

One of the site’s cottages has been converted to recreate life in the Second World War, complete with sticky tape on the windows to reduce bomb blast damage, a bathtub with a water ration line, and an Anderson Shelter in the garden for protection during bombing raids.

Kent Life near Maidstone is a 28-acre heritage park – home Britain’s last working coal-fired oast house and a range of historic buildings.

It also showcases and breeds traditional farm animals and provides an education and events programme along with retail and catering.

The attraction is managed by Planning Solutions Limited, which runs several visitor experiences across the UK including the National Brewery Centre in Staffordshire; Vertigo Adventures – a high and low ropes adventure at Stanborough Park; and Super-Tubing adventure experience, Gwent.

kentlife.org.uk