The Dig For Victory Show is back on 9 & 10 June for its fifth year at the North Somerset Showground and will be upping the tempo in 2018. The show has continued to grow since it moved to its current location in 2014 and now welcomes nearly 5,000 people over the two days.
The event includes 200 military and civilian vehicles, over 40 re-enactment groups, lovely local food, demonstrations, Forties singers, dance lessons, arena events, as well as children’s fun stalls and events.The team are also delighted to announce that there will be a Spitfire from The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight joining them on the Sunday at the show. It’s a huge honour for the show to receive a fly-past in the RAF’s 100th year and they are enormously grateful for the RAF’s support at the event.
Show Organiser, James Shopland, said “We are really proud that this is our 5th year at the showground. There is a real love for the show due to its fantastic atmosphere and this would not be possible without the support of our wonderful group of volunteers.
The show has a full entertainment programme in two stages and has invited well known singers from the Forties world including The Marionettes, The Dixie Belles, Luna Nightingale, Dickie Lines and will also be introducing The Cats Pyjamas for 2018. Swing Dance Bristol will be back with their talented dance professionals on both days, polishing your swing steps and getting the crowds up and dancing.
A highlight is the Saturday night Victory Dance, attended by over 650 people and this year headlined by the Bristol Community Big Band with the wonderful vocals of John Prescott and conducted by trumpet legend, Jonny Bruce. Both are well known on the UK music scene and will lead the band playing forties favourites for the swing crowd. The Victory Dance is becoming a firm favourite in the local dance scene and always sells out so make sure you buy your ticket in advance.
There’s plenty for families at Dig For Victory – why not visit the 1940’s farm and see all creatures great and small, try your hand at make do and mend in the Home Front marquee, join the army and tackle the children’s assault course, learn some vintage dance steps in one of the free dance lessons or Sing Sing Sing workshop, have a go on the vintage fun fair rides, enjoy some delicious local food, watch the excitement of a skirmish or some heavy armour in the arena and top it off with an ice-cream. A great day out for all ages!
For those that want to make a weekend of it, there is a peaceful campsite set in beautiful countryside, right next to the main showground with hot showers and separate toilets for our weekend campers. There is also a lovely quiet camping area for weekend visitors with young children or those that want to get away from the buzz of the show. The Dig For Victory Show prides itself on being a great family day out with something for everyone.
The show is a not for profit Community Interest Company and is run almost entirely by volunteers to raise money for its chosen charities, which this year will be Combat Stress and the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity. The show has raised over £16,000 for charity to date.