Home of the popular Ramsey 1940s Weekend
The Camp is a unique site where the clock is often turned back, usually to the 1940s but not always. Built as a searchlight battery unit in 1939, the Camp is situated on the outskirts of Ramsey and holds events all year round, most famously in August when the 10 acre site attracts thousands of visitors to the Ramsey 1940s weekend. But there's far more to the Camp. The grounds, NAAFI, parade of shops and Drill Hall are all maintained and renovated by a band of dedicated volunteers and are open for hire all year round to private, community and commercial parties.
The 2016 Ramsey 1940s Weekend is now officially closed. The years planning culminated in an event to be remembered in which we welcomed both old and new faces. We had the regular stall holders, new stall holders, regular reenactors and new, and a fantastic new Big Top that gave us the biggest open space we have ever had under cover. The Saturday Night Dance was superb with the dance floor full virtually all night thanks to Adam Hoffman, CaBLE, The Memphis Belle Orchestra with Tim Hadley linking the whole night seamlessly.
The battle scenario has now become a popular attraction thanks to Simon and his group. Plenty of gunfire and explosions but also hand to hand combat in the extensive trench network - all within view of the spectators! Trench tours were also conducted throughout the weekend offering unique photo opportunities along the way.
New for this year was the air raid experience which gave visitors the chance to experience a snaphot of what it felt like to be in an air raid shelter with all hell breaking loose above. The sounds, sights and smells recreated a very real experience superbly presented by our reenactor friends.
The NAAFI provided the taste of the 40s with spam and corned beef sandwiches and good old NAAFI tea.
The poignant Drum Head service on Sunday gave all a chance to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice as the site fell silent in due reverence.
Jayne Darling, Rosie and Dickie Lines entertained throughout the day in the Drill Hall and on the outdoor stage. The Newmarket Band were a superb new addition to our line up.
The arena gave our vintage car owners no only a chance to display their superbly restored vehicles to the public with a full commentary, but also to drive through the Camp side in the 1940s time warp. Our static vehicle display came alive!
Our resident Ramsey Dog Club also took centre stage in the arena with both agility and heel work and was a firm favourite with young and old alike.
They don't like it up 'em - but we do love the Dad's Army group with the original Jones' van!
All this and a stunning array of living history and reenacting displays that form the backbone of our show. Fire engines, vintage caravans, period fairground, food stalls - truly there was something for everyone.
The Spitfire of the BBMF graced the skies overhead on Sunday giving a fitting finale to the show.
None of this would have been possible without the continued support of Lord de Ramsey, our magnificent band of volunteers and helpers and of course you, the public, who continue to support the show. Thank you to all.
We look forward to seeing you again on August 19th and 20th 2017 for another spectacular Ramsey 1940s Weekend!