Step back in time for a 1940s style Christmas at Kent Life Heritage Farm Maidstone

PUBLISHED: 12:48 09 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:48 09 November 2016

Kent Life Christmas on the Home Front

Kent Life Christmas on the Home Front


Experience the sights, sounds and smells of war-time Christmas

Step back into the 1940s at Kent Life Heritage Farm Park on experience the sights, sounds and smells of war-time Christmas.

Find out how to make do and mend, learning how civilians coped with rationing by preserving and re-styling clothes from the era; and discover how to rustle up some 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.

Take a peek inside the Lenham Cottages, one of which 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 a mangle to do the washing. You can even check out an Anderson Shelter in the garden to see how families protected themselves during bombing raids.

Tickets for Christmas on the Home Front, which runs over November 26 and 27, cost £6.95 for adults, £5.95 for concessions, £5.50 for children aged three to 15, and £19.95 for a family (two adults and two children). Under-threes and members go free.

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