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Sandwich Salutes the 40s

Saturday 29th April – Monday 1st May

A P22 Gunship manned by a crew of 6 and armoured with three 50 calibre Browning machine guns will moor on the River in Sandwich for the weekend. It will be the heart of a weekend of re-enacting the 40s with over 200 experienced re-enactors taking part.  The likes of the Desert Rats, RAF, Red Cross Nurses, Military Police, Home Guard, Land Army Girls,  number 4 Commando Group and more will bring to life scenes including rescuing downed airmen from the Sea and stretchering the wounded to field hospitals . Air raid sirens and the sound of gunfire will add to the feel of authentic WW2 atmosphere.It is anticipated that Sandwich Town shops, businesses and groups will take part and will dress in 40s style. A procession each morning will proceed through Sandwich.

Entertainments over the weekend include a Railway Swing Band concert in St Mary’s on Saturday evening (ticket price £15) and free live music from the deck of the P22 on all three days featuring 40s style singers including well know Micky Driver.

The event is organised by the Sandwich Rotary Club and the P22 Trust with support from Sandwich Community Events Association. The free three day event will be funded mainly be a prize draw with a first prize of £1,000 and other prizes including a trip for 8 people on board the P22.

Phone contacts – Andy Dale 07855 577822

May: Sandwich Food Fayre

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May 2017

Guildhall Forecourt and Market Street.   Over 55 food and drink stalls from the UK and around the world make our ‘iconic’ annual Food Fayre one to enjoy.  Street closures and street music add to the atmosphere.

June: Le Weekend

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June 2017

Sandwich Goes French for Le Weekend.  Now in its seventh year, Le Weekend will host the authentic French Market; offer 2 free outdoor concerts featuring French and English musicians; enjoy a street Can Can dance off; see around 400 cyclists ride Le Tour de Sandwich, and new for 2016 – visit our Anglo French Medieval encampment on the Quay Green.

July: Sandwich Folk & Ale Festival

Friday 7th Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July 2017

With a broad range of musical styles including traditional and modern, our Folk & Ale Festival is well supported by numerous Morris Dance Teams who bring a splash of colour to the Town Centre.  The Festival Kicks off with a Friday Folk Party evening concert in St Mary’s with Hobo and The Hippies, Gentlemen of Few, and Sam Brothers. There is an amazing craft fair in the Guildhall and a chill out fun kids area in St Peters Gardens.With over 30 bands on Saturday and Sunday playing in the streets and pubs offering a staggering range of free to enjoy concerts.

August: Sandwich Festival

Friday 25th, Saturday 26th,  Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August 2017  

An extravanganza of free entertainment in the Town Centre and on the Quay Green.  Highlights include:  Saturday: Carnival Queens parade and free outdoor concert; Barn Dancing in the Street; Sunday, Italian Market;  Salsa Dancing at The Beach Hut with Leon Williams, Family Barn Dance in the Street with Contraband, Live music and picnic on the Quay Green,Illuminated Boat parade.  Monday – Classic Cars, Sandwich Town Monday Fayre with sandwich making, Rotary Duck race;

September: Arts Week

Saturday 16th to Saturday 23rd 2017

A week long exhibition of local artists in St Peter’s church and in addition at various locations around the Town Trail.   A welcome evening on Saturday; free music and drama on Sunday afternoon, film nights on Tuesday and Thursday; a Jazz Club on Wednesday; a  Concert on Friday and Poetry workshops on Saturday.


Christmas Lights parade carnival and switch on at 7pm.

Saturday November 25th 2017

A day-long festival of craft stalls, mulled wine, musical entertainments and fun fair.  Then, at 6.00pm the family lantern parade processes through the town centre.  On its return is the lights switch-on at 7.00pm.

Please contact us to help or join the parade. 

Festival of Christmas Trees

December 9th – 17th 2017 – dates to be confirmed

St Peters Church

A week long exhibition of Christmas trees from schools, clubs, and businesses.

If you would like to enter a tree please contact us at

King Street Christmas Party

December Saturday 16th 2017 – date to be confirmed

10am onwards

Lots of festive activities and fun in King Street.

Snow machines, light shows, rock choirs, and donkeys!

Live Music, Visit Santa and much more.