Severn Valley Railway has announced that one of its most popular weekend events is to return this summer.

Step Back to the 1940s has been a staple of the Severn Valley Railway’s diary for more than 20 years but was absent last year because of the pandemic.

The vintage event (26 -27 June & 3 - 4 July) encourages visitors to dress in period costume and relive the era through music, dance, food and a whirlwind rail adventure. Features include a 1940s wedding, rifle training, vintage vehicles, marketplaces, living history displays, military encampments and more.

The Engine House Visitor Centre at Highley and all the SVR’s pubs and cafes plan to open in line with the expecting lifting of government restrictions.

As well as the usual festival of vintage delights, careful changes have been made to the event to ensure Covid-safety for all visitors.

Parties will be allocated a compartment or socially-distanced table before being whisked away on their vintage train to travel back in time to interactive experiences and events along the line.

Helen Smith, general manager of the SVR, welcomed the return of Step Back to the 1940s:

“We know how popular this event is and we can’t wait to see a whole host of returning faces, along with some new ones,  all looking for an exciting day of vintage discovery.

“Although we’ve had to change the event slightly to ensure a Covid-safe experience, we can guarantee a 1940s adventure to remember. The moment you step onto the Railway, you’ll be transported back in time to a world of George Formby, Laurel and Hardy, cold beer and spam sandwiches!”

Step Back to the 1940s weekends take place from 26 to 27 June and 3 to 4 July.

Tickets cost £35 per person for a full day experience departing from either Kidderminster or Bridgnorth. Tables of two are available as well as compartments for four and six.

All 1940s event tickets are backed by the SVR’s Covid guarantee and will be available from 9.30am on Monday, 22nd March at svr.co.uk