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Palace opens doors for wartime recreation

PUBLISHED: 14:09 03 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:59 25 August 2010

BATTLE re-enactments and explosive firepower displays will be held at a palace over Father Day s weekend. Eltham Palace in Court Yard, Eltham, will host The Eltham at War!

BATTLE re-enactments and explosive firepower displays will be held at a palace over Father Day's weekend.

Eltham Palace in Court Yard, Eltham, will host The Eltham at War! event between 10am and 5pm on June 19 and June 20.

English Heritage's spotlight on Eltham at war will see never-seen-before authentic living history encampments and paratroopers staging a parachute drop.

Parents and children will be able to immerse themselves in 1940s life courtesy of military vehicles, weapon displays, mock evacuations, gas box making and war-time music and dancing.

Visitor manager Richard Smith-Gore said: "Eltham at War! is a fantastic opportunity for families and history buffs to get a taste of wartime Britain. From authentic battle re-enactments and a vivid portrayal of the life of a military nurse, to the much-deserved recognition of the role of animals. There is something for everyone.

"What's more, kids can be put through their paces in a fun obstacle course and training school."

There will also be demonstrations of military dogs at work and a recreation of the Animal Rescue Squad, which used trained search dogs to find pets trapped under the rubble after bombing raids.

Guests can also enjoy the 1940s dance hall inspired swing band and Lindy Hop dancers on the South Lawn.

Prices are £6 for adult English Heritage members and £12 for non-members.

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