A FREE Living History show for the whole family

Wicksteed At War 2018 is the Midlands premier military history show for the whole family. The show is FREE to enter, features an action packed arena, hundreds of reenactors and vehicles on the show grounds as well as aircraft flyovers. Our 2017 show attracted 18,000 visitors!

We are celebrating 100 years of the Royal Air Force with several exclusive aircraft exhibits

Our 2017 visitor reviews are all 5 stars

A great weekend for all the family. Well organised and a pleasure to be there.
Bassir Ivan Podrov
Bassir Ivan Podrov
2018-06-13T05:55:42+0000
The best weekend of the seaon so far, made so by the many interesting people who came to say hello. The organiser went out of his way to welcome us, and although we were never going to pay to walk into the bar, that was not a problem for us. We just did not go to the bar.read more
John Conyard
John Conyard
2018-06-11T21:26:08+0000
Well I asked my Group for feedback, there was nothing negative from us as a group. We had no Organisational Issues, No Admin Issues all the M.V.T Personnel were accommodating. The Gardens Dept. were fantastic, keeping the place clean and tidy. No issues with food vendors. We have a NO Alcohol Policy through the day and at night did not go the Pavilion, so we cant pass a comment on those facilities. We will be there in 2 years timeread more
Dennis Buller
Dennis Buller
2018-06-11T20:02:52+0000
Had a fantastic time great atmosphere and fabulous displays, shame there were not more drink and snack places but at the same time grateful it wasn’t a commercial in your face venture. Appreciate all the hard work behind the scenes- thanks allread more
Jody Wilson Gaddes
Jody Wilson Gaddes
2018-06-11T17:34:24+0000
Great show. Can’t wait for the next one.
Richard Jenkinson
Richard Jenkinson
2018-06-11T13:55:43+0000
I’m back from our 3rd Wicksteed show with our Ward Lafrance Wrecker. The turn out of vehicles just gets bigger. After arriving with a puncture, the help I got was very good, everyone making sure I was ok and offering help.read more
Pete Saunders
Pete Saunders
2018-06-10T21:12:46+0000
Think your all absolutely amazing the displays are just wow! Thank you all for the amazing time see you next year!read more
Amy Smith
Amy Smith
2018-06-10T20:04:33+0000
We purchased the VIP tickets and was not disappointed, was great to ride in the vehicles, staff were all fab and was very well organised, can’t wait for it to be back in 2020, we all had a brilliant day.read more
Tricia Smith
Tricia Smith
2018-06-10T17:25:52+0000
We really enjoyed ourselves today, we purchased the VIP tickets, well organised, great experience to get to ride in a range of military vehicles, overall a good value great family day outread more
Emma Lee
Emma Lee
2018-06-10T17:06:32+0000
come and have a very good time and meet us all and we will put the kettle on
Raymundo Perkins
Raymundo Perkins
2018-02-10T11:23:21+0000
We had a lovely family day out…. looking forward to next year 🙂
Sharon Loveridge
Sharon Loveridge
2017-07-12T19:01:44+0000
Loved going around wicksteed at war and spending a afternoon there.
Jonathan Stigmister Sismey
Jonathan Stigmister Sismey
2017-07-12T15:49:38+0000
I went this year for the first time and it was awesome a good weekend I will definitely be going next yearread more
Steven Bratton
Steven Bratton
2017-06-16T08:39:00+0000
We arrived early as advised on the website, access was easy. We had an amazing day watching all the free displays, the speed some of the tanks move at was amazing. Great selection of stalls and displays to look around. The reanctments were brilliant and loud! We stayed all day, and having arrived early also managed to leave the carpark easily . all in all a great free day out for the family.read more
Susan Chandler-Cobb
Susan Chandler-Cobb
2017-06-14T20:17:56+0000
I have been to it 2 years in a row and have always made new friends .It has a lovely family atmosphere about it so children of all ages can enjoy our history and climbing in vehicles .lots of picture opportunities through out the weekend it is just a great weekend .���������read more
Elina Troy Louise
Elina Troy Louise
2017-06-13T19:28:10+0000
Excellent day out! Well organised and lots to see. Really loved the battle reenactments. Thank you to the organisers.read more
Carol Goodship
Carol Goodship
2017-06-13T15:41:47+0000
Great loved it seem to b even better then last year
Kevin Payne
Kevin Payne
2017-06-13T15:41:08+0000
What a fantastic show and day out, lots to do for all the family. Look forward to next yearread more
Samantha Cruickshanks
Samantha Cruickshanks
2017-06-13T15:27:41+0000
It was our first time, we were there from Friday night and we still didn’t manage to do everything. Sad that it was too windy for the fly overs but the shows were excellent, especially Sundays battle. Also the dance was was very entertaining.read more
Misey Capell
Misey Capell
2017-06-12T19:08:54+0000
Awesome loved it all x we walked so no issues for us with parking or access � x can’t wait for next years!!!read more
Carly Featon
Carly Featon
2017-06-12T18:45:13+0000
Gets better every year. Definitely worth a visit. Well done wicksteeds. Just be prepared for some pretty loud bangsread more
Kelly Mckerral
Kelly Mckerral
2017-06-12T18:37:05+0000
Loved all the reinactments, stalls, stands and costumes. Great to reminisce and talk to fellow soldiers, young and oldread more
Rob Quayle
Rob Quayle
2017-06-12T15:34:54+0000
Love wondering around looking at the old vehicles and talking to the owners. It takes love and time to keep the vehicles in such high conditions they are. The highlight of the day for myself is watching the display of the CVRT’S, brings back memories for me of when I played with these for real when I was serving in the army. My family enjoy it all, especially my grandsons.read more
David Cross
David Cross
2017-06-12T11:56:20+0000
My first war and peace show. Fantastic weekend at Wicksteed!!! So many vehicles, loads to do, for the little ones and adults! A great mix of stalls xx Shame the loos let it down a little. xxread more
Helen Willoughby Cooper
Helen Willoughby Cooper
2017-06-12T06:46:06+0000
First time, loved the show. Shame no fly over due to weather, but didn’t detract from seeing some fantastic machines, wonderful uniforms, dedicated reenactors. Thanks loved it.read more
Drew Palmer
Drew Palmer
2017-06-11T21:37:12+0000
Fabulous weekend. Organisers did a brilliant job. �
Cath Ragosa
Cath Ragosa
2017-06-11T21:26:51+0000
Loved seeing young and old mixing and learning and having fun at the same time today. The explosions were nice and loud also ��read more
Andrew Taylor
Andrew Taylor
2017-06-11T18:58:40+0000
Very well organised. Great atmosphere and local. Fun for all of the family.
Kim Bullock
Kim Bullock
2017-06-11T18:05:16+0000
Brilliant day out. Loved every minute of it. If the kids do get bored the rest of the park is there to keep them happy. Can’t go wrong. 🙂read more
Steve Kibble
Steve Kibble
2017-06-11T17:48:44+0000
I’ve never really considered myself as into tanks etc, but I went for a walk around today and I was completely amazed by everything that was around I will definitely make an effort to come next year and spend a good amount of time lookingread more
Joshua Bonnar
Joshua Bonnar
2017-06-11T16:39:56+0000
Thoroughly enjoyed it. Plenty to see. Went all weak at the knees with all the Tanks and vehicles. Having so many in costume really made it special, you guys really put on a spectacle, cheers!read more
Waldo Durant
Waldo Durant
2017-06-11T14:55:54+0000
Excellent day! Myself, my husband & our 2 year old son absolutely loved it! I would definately recommend for a great day out.read more
Sarah Szaszko
Sarah Szaszko
2017-06-10T22:08:08+0000
Always look forward to the show. This will be our third year. We come for the vehicles and trade stands.read more
Ian Wilcox
Ian Wilcox
2017-06-01T11:00:00+0000
Love the fly over .breath taking kids love it also x
Clare Smith
Clare Smith
2017-05-31T19:00:23+0000
Simples, the Battle Of Britain Flypast, all those Merlin Engines roaring across the sky.read more
Rob Bellamy
Rob Bellamy
2017-05-31T17:07:32+0000
Love this event! Even found a tank with my name on it last year!
Freya Cartlidge
Freya Cartlidge
2017-05-31T07:05:27+0000
We have been going to wickstead at war for many years now and look forward to this event every year. There is something at Wickstead at war for everyone young and old. The displays are a must see and the stalls have the most amazing items for sale for any collector or even just for a sovenir at very reasoable prices. The staff at the event are all very friendly and helpful. I would recomend wickstead at war to anyone.read more
Carl Fletcher
Carl Fletcher
2017-05-29T18:39:47+0000
Knowledgable re-enactors, great vehicles and entertaining displays all for the price of your car parking. Wicklsteed at War is a high light of the year.read more
Trevor Strutton
Trevor Strutton
2017-05-29T16:56:15+0000
This will be our second time to WAW! We only had 1day last time but missed parts of the day! Were camping this time and can’t wait to spend the whole weekend with you!read more
Anna Livsey
Anna Livsey
2017-05-28T21:53:55+0000
Came two years ago and really enjoyed it, am coming again this year and looking forward to it!read more
Deborah Parrott
Deborah Parrott
2017-05-28T21:25:43+0000
What a GREAT weekend. Lots going on and well worth a visit….
John Doorman
John Doorman
2017-05-26T02:40:38+0000
Have attended Wicksteed at war twice now a couple of years apart and was impressed at how much it had come on in such a short space of time. The fly pasts and re-enactments were amazing and the variety of vehicles on display and retailers to mooch round was impressive. Looking forward to the fly pasts hoping for another lovely day out with the family 🙂read more
Andrew Norrie
Andrew Norrie
2017-05-25T22:08:32+0000
I loved wicksteed at war 2016. We came with our 5 month old worried the tanks might scare him but he loved them like daddy does. We are looking forward to the tanks in 2017 as well as walking round the stalls my other half got a few pairs of trousers last year. Can’t wait for another family day out to rememberread more
Louise Whiten
Louise Whiten
2017-05-25T21:41:39+0000
We have visited the last couple of years and absolutely love it. Looking forward to many more.read more
Jaimie Lola Rees-Price
Jaimie Lola Rees-Price
2017-05-25T21:10:00+0000
ive attended war and peace show many times I attended wicksteed at war for the first time last year after moving to kettering I wasn’t expecting such a great show and was very surprised and impressed I felt it held the atmosphere the authenticity that war and peace has being a vet of 8 years it was good to see hardware again and have the chance once again to be able to see great reenactments browse vintage stalls and be able to purchase surplus gear.i recommend this event to anyone a great time out and I hope it has the chance to grow and grow.great respect to the organisers and to the people who give up their time to share their passions and hobbies with all of us..thanks .read more
Simon Lloyd
Simon Lloyd
2017-05-25T10:41:53+0000
1st yr going to this show, 1st yr portraying vietnam living history, a perfect mixread more
Darren Thomas
Darren Thomas
2017-05-25T06:29:57+0000
Absolutely fantastic so many things to see and do and the reactments are fantasticread more
Alex George
Alex George
2017-05-24T22:06:08+0000
Absolutely fantastic so many things to see and do and the reactments are fantasticread more
Helene Wagner
Helene Wagner
2017-03-08T16:47:53+0000
One of the best show’s going been going for the last 4 years and it get’s better every year £15.00 for camping the weekend can’t argue with that looking forward to this year’s show roll on June…read more
Niel Ashman
Niel Ashman
2017-03-04T19:20:39+0000
Family of five. First visit last year. Thoroughly en joyed it especially the enactments we are booked to return this yearread more
Tracey Hodgkiss
Tracey Hodgkiss
2017-03-03T17:05:22+0000
Best Show Around Great facilities and site
Tom Dooley
Tom Dooley
2017-03-03T12:15:59+0000
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A fantastic free family day out packed with fun, excitement, and education.

| aIRCRAFT

The BBMF will be flying planes over the park on both days. Times to be announced

Action packed arena

Tank stunt team | x3 Battle reenactments | FANY horse display | Special forces vehicles | Fire engine display | Vehicle rides & much more

| sHOW gROUND

Over 150 Tanks & Military Vehicles | Helicopters | Army displays | 30 Reenactment groups | Stalls | Model village

| vEHICLE rIDES

Ever wondered what it was like to ride a military vehicle? We are doing paid rides in the main arena

1. Prices

yes The show is FREE

The park charges for car parking

2. Opening times

The Park opens at 8am

We will announce the arena start time

3. Are dogs allowed?

Yes but must be kept on a lead

WARNING - There will be explosions in the battles!

We have a limited number of VIP tickets with exclusive show content for sale

A fantastic free family day out packed with fun, excitment, and education.

Presented by the Military Vehicle Trust, Our 2017 show attracted 18,000 visitors!

Action packed arena

Tank stunt team | x3 Battle reenactments | FANY horse display | Special forces vehicles | Fire engine display | Vehicle rides & much more

Our 2017 visitor reviews are all 5 stars

A great weekend for all the family. Well organised and a pleasure to be there.
Bassir Ivan Podrov
Bassir Ivan Podrov
2018-06-13T05:55:42+0000
The best weekend of the seaon so far, made so by the many interesting people who came to say hello. The organiser went out of his way to welcome us, and although we were never going to pay to walk into the bar, that was not a problem for us. We just did not go to the bar.read more
John Conyard
John Conyard
2018-06-11T21:26:08+0000
Well I asked my Group for feedback, there was nothing negative from us as a group. We had no Organisational Issues, No Admin Issues all the M.V.T Personnel were accommodating. The Gardens Dept. were fantastic, keeping the place clean and tidy. No issues with food vendors. We have a NO Alcohol Policy through the day and at night did not go the Pavilion, so we cant pass a comment on those facilities. We will be there in 2 years timeread more
Dennis Buller
Dennis Buller
2018-06-11T20:02:52+0000
Had a fantastic time great atmosphere and fabulous displays, shame there were not more drink and snack places but at the same time grateful it wasn’t a commercial in your face venture. Appreciate all the hard work behind the scenes- thanks allread more
Jody Wilson Gaddes
Jody Wilson Gaddes
2018-06-11T17:34:24+0000
Great show. Can't wait for the next one.
Richard Jenkinson
Richard Jenkinson
2018-06-11T13:55:43+0000
I'm back from our 3rd Wicksteed show with our Ward Lafrance Wrecker. The turn out of vehicles just gets bigger. After arriving with a puncture, the help I got was very good, everyone making sure I was ok and offering help.read more
Pete Saunders
Pete Saunders
2018-06-10T21:12:46+0000
Think your all absolutely amazing the displays are just wow! Thank you all for the amazing time see you next year!read more
Amy Smith
Amy Smith
2018-06-10T20:04:33+0000
We purchased the VIP tickets and was not disappointed, was great to ride in the vehicles, staff were all fab and was very well organised, can't wait for it to be back in 2020, we all had a brilliant day.read more
Tricia Smith
Tricia Smith
2018-06-10T17:25:52+0000
We really enjoyed ourselves today, we purchased the VIP tickets, well organised, great experience to get to ride in a range of military vehicles, overall a good value great family day outread more
Emma Lee
Emma Lee
2018-06-10T17:06:32+0000
come and have a very good time and meet us all and we will put the kettle on
Raymundo Perkins
Raymundo Perkins
2018-02-10T11:23:21+0000
We had a lovely family day out.... looking forward to next year 🙂
Sharon Loveridge
Sharon Loveridge
2017-07-12T19:01:44+0000
Loved going around wicksteed at war and spending a afternoon there.
Jonathan Stigmister Sismey
Jonathan Stigmister Sismey
2017-07-12T15:49:38+0000
I went this year for the first time and it was awesome a good weekend I will definitely be going next yearread more
Steven Bratton
Steven Bratton
2017-06-16T08:39:00+0000
We arrived early as advised on the website, access was easy. We had an amazing day watching all the free displays, the speed some of the tanks move at was amazing. Great selection of stalls and displays to look around. The reanctments were brilliant and loud! We stayed all day, and having arrived early also managed to leave the carpark easily . all in all a great free day out for the family.read more
Susan Chandler-Cobb
Susan Chandler-Cobb
2017-06-14T20:17:56+0000
I have been to it 2 years in a row and have always made new friends .It has a lovely family atmosphere about it so children of all ages can enjoy our history and climbing in vehicles .lots of picture opportunities through out the weekend it is just a great weekend .���������read more
Elina Troy Louise
Elina Troy Louise
2017-06-13T19:28:10+0000
Excellent day out! Well organised and lots to see. Really loved the battle reenactments. Thank you to the organisers.read more
Carol Goodship
Carol Goodship
2017-06-13T15:41:47+0000
Great loved it seem to b even better then last year
Kevin Payne
Kevin Payne
2017-06-13T15:41:08+0000
What a fantastic show and day out, lots to do for all the family. Look forward to next yearread more
Samantha Cruickshanks
Samantha Cruickshanks
2017-06-13T15:27:41+0000
It was our first time, we were there from Friday night and we still didn't manage to do everything. Sad that it was too windy for the fly overs but the shows were excellent, especially Sundays battle. Also the dance was was very entertaining.read more
Misey Capell
Misey Capell
2017-06-12T19:08:54+0000
Awesome loved it all x we walked so no issues for us with parking or access � x can't wait for next years!!!read more
Carly Featon
Carly Featon
2017-06-12T18:45:13+0000
Gets better every year. Definitely worth a visit. Well done wicksteeds. Just be prepared for some pretty loud bangsread more
Kelly Mckerral
Kelly Mckerral
2017-06-12T18:37:05+0000
Loved all the reinactments, stalls, stands and costumes. Great to reminisce and talk to fellow soldiers, young and oldread more
Rob Quayle
Rob Quayle
2017-06-12T15:34:54+0000
Love wondering around looking at the old vehicles and talking to the owners. It takes love and time to keep the vehicles in such high conditions they are. The highlight of the day for myself is watching the display of the CVRT'S, brings back memories for me of when I played with these for real when I was serving in the army. My family enjoy it all, especially my grandsons.read more
David Cross
David Cross
2017-06-12T11:56:20+0000
My first war and peace show. Fantastic weekend at Wicksteed!!! So many vehicles, loads to do, for the little ones and adults! A great mix of stalls xx Shame the loos let it down a little. xxread more
Helen Willoughby Cooper
Helen Willoughby Cooper
2017-06-12T06:46:06+0000
First time, loved the show. Shame no fly over due to weather, but didn't detract from seeing some fantastic machines, wonderful uniforms, dedicated reenactors. Thanks loved it.read more
Drew Palmer
Drew Palmer
2017-06-11T21:37:12+0000
Fabulous weekend. Organisers did a brilliant job. �
Cath Ragosa
Cath Ragosa
2017-06-11T21:26:51+0000
Loved seeing young and old mixing and learning and having fun at the same time today. The explosions were nice and loud also ��read more
Andrew Taylor
Andrew Taylor
2017-06-11T18:58:40+0000
Very well organised. Great atmosphere and local. Fun for all of the family.
Kim Bullock
Kim Bullock
2017-06-11T18:05:16+0000
Brilliant day out. Loved every minute of it. If the kids do get bored the rest of the park is there to keep them happy. Can't go wrong. 🙂read more
Steve Kibble
Steve Kibble
2017-06-11T17:48:44+0000
I've never really considered myself as into tanks etc, but I went for a walk around today and I was completely amazed by everything that was around I will definitely make an effort to come next year and spend a good amount of time lookingread more
Joshua Bonnar
Joshua Bonnar
2017-06-11T16:39:56+0000
Thoroughly enjoyed it. Plenty to see. Went all weak at the knees with all the Tanks and vehicles. Having so many in costume really made it special, you guys really put on a spectacle, cheers!read more
Waldo Durant
Waldo Durant
2017-06-11T14:55:54+0000
Excellent day! Myself, my husband & our 2 year old son absolutely loved it! I would definately recommend for a great day out.read more
Sarah Szaszko
Sarah Szaszko
2017-06-10T22:08:08+0000
Always look forward to the show. This will be our third year. We come for the vehicles and trade stands.read more
Ian Wilcox
Ian Wilcox
2017-06-01T11:00:00+0000
Love the fly over .breath taking kids love it also x
Clare Smith
Clare Smith
2017-05-31T19:00:23+0000
Simples, the Battle Of Britain Flypast, all those Merlin Engines roaring across the sky.read more
Rob Bellamy
Rob Bellamy
2017-05-31T17:07:32+0000
Love this event! Even found a tank with my name on it last year!
Freya Cartlidge
Freya Cartlidge
2017-05-31T07:05:27+0000
We have been going to wickstead at war for many years now and look forward to this event every year. There is something at Wickstead at war for everyone young and old. The displays are a must see and the stalls have the most amazing items for sale for any collector or even just for a sovenir at very reasoable prices. The staff at the event are all very friendly and helpful. I would recomend wickstead at war to anyone.read more
Carl Fletcher
Carl Fletcher
2017-05-29T18:39:47+0000
Knowledgable re-enactors, great vehicles and entertaining displays all for the price of your car parking. Wicklsteed at War is a high light of the year.read more
Trevor Strutton
Trevor Strutton
2017-05-29T16:56:15+0000
This will be our second time to WAW! We only had 1day last time but missed parts of the day! Were camping this time and can't wait to spend the whole weekend with you!read more
Anna Livsey
Anna Livsey
2017-05-28T21:53:55+0000
Came two years ago and really enjoyed it, am coming again this year and looking forward to it!read more
Deborah Parrott
Deborah Parrott
2017-05-28T21:25:43+0000
What a GREAT weekend. Lots going on and well worth a visit....
John Doorman
John Doorman
2017-05-26T02:40:38+0000
Have attended Wicksteed at war twice now a couple of years apart and was impressed at how much it had come on in such a short space of time. The fly pasts and re-enactments were amazing and the variety of vehicles on display and retailers to mooch round was impressive. Looking forward to the fly pasts hoping for another lovely day out with the family 🙂read more
Andrew Norrie
Andrew Norrie
2017-05-25T22:08:32+0000
I loved wicksteed at war 2016. We came with our 5 month old worried the tanks might scare him but he loved them like daddy does. We are looking forward to the tanks in 2017 as well as walking round the stalls my other half got a few pairs of trousers last year. Can't wait for another family day out to rememberread more
Louise Whiten
Louise Whiten
2017-05-25T21:41:39+0000
We have visited the last couple of years and absolutely love it. Looking forward to many more.read more
Jaimie Lola Rees-Price
Jaimie Lola Rees-Price
2017-05-25T21:10:00+0000
ive attended war and peace show many times I attended wicksteed at war for the first time last year after moving to kettering I wasn't expecting such a great show and was very surprised and impressed I felt it held the atmosphere the authenticity that war and peace has being a vet of 8 years it was good to see hardware again and have the chance once again to be able to see great reenactments browse vintage stalls and be able to purchase surplus gear.i recommend this event to anyone a great time out and I hope it has the chance to grow and grow.great respect to the organisers and to the people who give up their time to share their passions and hobbies with all of us..thanks .read more
Simon Lloyd
Simon Lloyd
2017-05-25T10:41:53+0000
1st yr going to this show, 1st yr portraying vietnam living history, a perfect mixread more
Darren Thomas
Darren Thomas
2017-05-25T06:29:57+0000
Absolutely fantastic so many things to see and do and the reactments are fantasticread more
Alex George
Alex George
2017-05-24T22:06:08+0000
Absolutely fantastic so many things to see and do and the reactments are fantasticread more
Helene Wagner
Helene Wagner
2017-03-08T16:47:53+0000
One of the best show's going been going for the last 4 years and it get's better every year £15.00 for camping the weekend can't argue with that looking forward to this year's show roll on June...read more
Niel Ashman
Niel Ashman
2017-03-04T19:20:39+0000
Family of five. First visit last year. Thoroughly en joyed it especially the enactments we are booked to return this yearread more
Tracey Hodgkiss
Tracey Hodgkiss
2017-03-03T17:05:22+0000
Best Show Around Great facilities and site
Tom Dooley
Tom Dooley
2017-03-03T12:15:59+0000
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We are celebrating 100 years of the Royal Air Force with several exclusive aircraft exhibits

| sHOW gROUND

Over 150 Tanks & Military Vehicles | Helicopters | Army displays | 30 Reenactment groups | Stalls | Model village

| vEHICLE rIDES

Ever wondered what it was like to ride a military vehicle? We are doing paid rides in the main arena

Visitor FAQ and Info

Is the show really free to enter?

Yes, but the park charges for carparking

| British Army Displays

We are joined by the Army Air Corps with a Lynx helicopter and REME with modern recovery vehicles

| aIRCRAFT

The BBMF will be flying planes over the park on both days. Times to be announced

Be a Wicksteed At War 2018 VIP

We have a limited number of VIP tickets with exclusive show content for sale​