We've moved! We Love Hythe Life Food Festival - FREE EVENT!

Yes, that’s right…this year your We Love Hythe Life Food Festival is being held on The Green!

So this year, we have taken the decision to move the festival! We’re getting bigger each year and so we simply need a little more space! We’re only not far away , you’ll find us on The Green which we have always used for our parking so it’ll be just as easy to find us. We’ll be recreating our fab festival vibe and the exhibitors are already excited about our change of venue. Munch your way around the festival and take a pew on the hay bales with your favourite food and listen to the music while the sun shines!

We’ve also been featured in The Food Festival Finder blog as one of the top ten festivals to get excited about this summer, so w'e’re all a pretty happy team…Read about it here:

We’ll be posting more regular updates here, with sneak peaks of what you can look forward to eating, listening to and generally mouth watering images which will leave you dreaming of the festival!

We can’t wait to see you all down at our brand new venue, bring your shades, bring your blankets and bring your friends. You’ll be guaranteed to ‘come hungry, leave happy’….. We Love Hythe Life Food Festival August 2019 - FREE EVENT 24, 25, 26 August!

We Love Hythe Life Food Festival August 2019 - FREE EVENT!

It’s fast becoming that time of year again, when the diaries are out planning much anticipated summer activities. The Hythe Life team has, for the fourth year, been busy behind the scenes planning the next epic food event of the year. Is it in your calendar yet?

It’s fast becoming that time of year again, when the diaries are out planning much anticipated summer activities. The Hythe Life team has, for the fourth year, been busy behind the scenes planning the next epic food event of the year. And we have to say that we’re pretty excited about it already. We’re coming back with all of your firm favourites (we know that some of you can’t wait for your ‘best food ever’ fix!) as well as some new and diverse additions to what’s on offer. Get the dates in your diaries, get yourselves down to the cricket ground and be immersed in foodie heaven. We’re all hungry in the office just thinking about it. 

The success of the festival is now evident and it continues to grow and develop each year. To ensure this continuity, we now have a great team on board to make the organisation and structure of the festival sustainable and fun, packed with food, drink and activities, to ensure that 2019 will be our best year yet. Of course, all of this isn’t possible without YOU, our great attendees and, if not residents, we would now like to think friends of Hythe. The 3-day event will take place, as always, over the August bank holiday weekend which this year is on the 24th, 25th & 26th (Sat, Sun, Mon) and we hope that we’ll see the old faces and the new supporting our fab event for our fourth year and counting. 

Just another reminder to everyone, We Love Hythe Life food fest is run and organised by Hythe Life Magazine, your local, glossy mag which you see landing on the doormat every quarter. As a community interest company, this means that us running the festival has the same connotations; we’re not for profit. Simple. Everything we do is run purely by volunteers and the profits that are made from the festival are funnelled straight back into the community, either to projects we have identified ourselves, or to organisations who have approached us for support.

Our aim is to make Hythe a ‘go-to’ town. We’d like to bring as many people as we can through our streets for the bank holiday, guaranteeing that the majority of those fall in love with our quaint town and plan repeat visits to aid the local economy. It’s always great to be ‘on the map’. No-one visits an unknown town and as much as we’d like to keep our beautiful town to ourselves, if we want to keep it nurtured and with a thriving economy, we need visitors.

So, we’re all set. The planning is underway and we are having our usual amounts of fun planning the 2019 We Love Hythe Life food festival, the foodie event of the year. If anyone would like to help out in any capacity, either on the run up to the event, or during event days, feel free to get in touch with us via the tab below. We’re always happy to meet and work with new people. It’s what makes us who we are, all about the community. So we hope to see you there, bring your picnic blankets, bring your family, bring your friends and lets make this the end of summer event to remember. 

The past three years have been incredible and the success has been down to the support of the people of Hythe and its surrounding areas. This has been complimented by the fact that the people of Shepway are gastronomic foodies, so where better to satisfy those taste buds than joining us for an explosion of flavours and aromas, from savoury to sweet! 

The reputation of the Hythe food festival has grown and people now come from far and wide to visit, wanting to be part of this reputable event, which has helped to put Hythe clearly on the map. From a travel and tourism aspect this has a great knock-on effect for the other great things Hythe has to offer; the beach, Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, great pubs and of course our High Street, all becoming ‘places to return to’ for many festival visitors. The festival has also created numerous fund raising opportunities so that the local community can grow together and supports local initiatives and this year we aim to surpass our previous donations.

Make sure you look out for our festival brochure on event days, featuring a full events' line-up, which will be free to all festival-goers. We hope that this ensures you don't miss out on your favourite acts, demos and events! We'll also be publishing the schedule and exhibitor list on our website and throughout social media – so don't forget to follow us...

...We Love Hythe Life Food Fest 2019 - See you there!

We'd love to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer at this year's event. Whether you'd prefer to be backstage or front-of-house, there's a job to suit everyone's skills: we're keen to involve as many local people as possible. Do get in touch if you think you can spare the time to join our happy team!

Just get in touch with us via email or by phone...

festival@hythelife.org.uk07881 783 677

Camping out 'in the trenches' at the last ever War & Peace Revival!

Soak up the full atmosphere of the War and Peace Revival by camping onsite at the Folkestone Racecourse between Monday 20 and Monday 27 July and be part of this incredible festival from dusk til dawn! 

Camping includes your entry to the spectacular show each day, but also gives you access to the show in the evening when the pace slows down and it takes on a whole new atmosphere! Watch the exhibitors promenade around the site or sing around their camp fires – you can also get up close and personal with all the vehicles and their owners away from the public. 

Dine at your camp or at our Battle of Britain restaurant, then drop in to any of the free evening entertainment – exclusively for all those staying on site. 

When you book your camping you will receive free admission to a weeklong programme of fantastic entertainment – and with three venues you will be spoiled for choice! On Wednesday 22 July join The Devil’s Cut Combo for a ‘Blues and Boogie Extravaganza’. With foot tapping, authentic 1950s RnB, Rockin’ Blues and Boogie Woogie, you’ll be partying all night long. Or how about popping in to Radio Days – a 1940s variety show or more modern music in the form of Kent band Heroes? 

On Thursday 23 July go back to the Sixties with The Misunderstood featuring the awesome talent of Sophie Garner. Dance the night away to a unique blend of Northern Soul and early Sixties Rhythm and Blues. Alternatively say “hi de hi!” to the Waplins Holiday Camp entertainment evening or dance to local seven piece band Caution Horses! 

On Friday 24 July you can either enjoy The Vintage Cabaret Club – with a late night saucy vintage show - party to The Kingsdown Band or buy tickets to our special evening with the UK’s number one Jive and Swing band ‘The Jive Aces’. 

Our final evening is Saturday 25 July when you can boogie to the New Notes and watch a repeat of the fabulous Vintage Cabaret Club! Our special ticketed show is the fabulous John Miller with his Orchestra in an unforgettable evening of live music in tribute to his famous uncle, Glenn Miller. There is also an exclusive opportunity to dine with your favourite stars from the popular 1980s BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo! 

Camp out at the War and Peace Revival to enjoy the site after the day visitors have departed and receive a free show programme! The cost of public camping covers your entry fee to the event and is priced from just £90 for adults and £65 for children.

For more information about camping at the War and Peace Revival, please visit www.thewarandpeacerevival.co.uk

The War and Peace Revival is the world's largest and best military vehicle event. Re-live the atmosphere of World War II with a week long programme of action-packed battle re-enactments, living history, arena events, classic civilian and military vehicle displays, military models, vintage fashions, a funfair and the songs, sounds and smells of wartime Britain. 

The War and Peace Revival is one of the county’s biggest events and will be held at Folkestone Racecourse just minutes from J11 of the M20 or by train the Westenhanger train station is just a couple of minutes’ walk from the Racecourse.

Written by War & Peace Team

The War and Peace Revival 22 to 26 July 2015 – the last one ever!!

Yes it’s true – after 33 years, this year’s War and Peace at Folkestone Racecourse will be the last one ever!
Having organised War and Peace for 27 of its 33 years with the help of Barbara Shea, Rex Cadman has decided it’s time to call it a day.  “Barbara and I have organised War and Peace for 27-years this year and she is ready to retire, so we decided that as we started this journey together, after much thought we would end it together.
“We’re very proud to have grown the show from a small club event with about 100 vehicles, to the world’s largest military show, seeing over 4,000 vehicles and 100,000 people.  A great many other military vehicle shows have War and Peace as their parentage, having grown out of our event.”
But War and Peace isn’t just about military vehicles; in 2009 it introduced the annual Schools’ Day – a free event for Kent and Medway school children that grew considerably each year.  Last year 2,500 school children had a taste of wartime Britain – a true testament to the educational value the county places on the War and Peace Schools’ Day. 
The recognition of veterans is another aspect of which the War and Peace team is quietly proud. “We were the first show to invite WW2 veterans for free nearly 20-years ago, and have had the privilege of meeting true heroes, no matter what they achieved” said Rex. “Sadly their numbers are dwindling quite considerably and we’re losing an incredible generation.”  Each year War and Peace has extended the complimentary invitation to veterans of other significant conflicts that it is marking for that year – including the Falklands, National Service – and this year the Gurkhas in honour of their 200th anniversary of service to the British crown.
“We’ve had an amazing time, but sadly all good things must come to an end. The 2015 War and Peace Revival will be our last show – it may also be the last War and Peace ever unless someone or a group comes forward to take it on!” 
War and Peace evolved from the annual Invicta Military Vehicle Preservation Society club event back in 1982 at Tenterden train station, which moved to the former Whitbread Hop Farm at Paddock Wood in 1987.  The War and Peace Show was then based at the Hop Farm for 25 years, before relaunching as The War and Peace Revival at Folkestone Racecourse in 2013.
So if you’ve always thought of coming to War and Peace and not got round to it - don’t miss out on being part of the final show!
If you’ve not been before – don’t put it off as this will be your last chance!  Come along and make the final year the best one ever!

*Sent by the War & Peace Team

Rex Cadman announces that the 2015 War and Peace will be the very last one ever that he organises.

War and Peace Revival Reduced Rate to Servicemen and Veterans!

The War and Peace Revival, Kent’s biggest military and vintage event, is proud to offer our current and ex-servicemen a special reduced rate entry to the show this year from 22 – 26 July.
War and Peace has invited World War 2 veterans for free for nearly 20 years, and each year in commemoration of other significant anniversaries has extended that invitation to other veterans – including the Falklands, Korea and National Service. For 2015, War and Peace is delighted to extend this free entry to Gurkha veterans, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Gurkha’s service to the British crown. Any WW2 or Gurkha veterans who would like to apply for their free tickets can simply contact War and Peace on 01304 813337.
In recognition of our long association with the military, this year The War and Peace Revival is proud to introduce two new rates. Veterans of any other British conflict can take advantage of the heavily discounted rate of just £10 on the gate, on production of their MoD Veterans Badge or membership of an ex-serviceman’s association.
Also new this year is a special reduced rate entry on the gate of just £10 available to all British current-serving members of the Armed Forces, on production of their Armed Forces Identity Card.

WW1 Trench Returns to The War and Peace Revival

Visitors to The War and Peace Revival this year will have a second chance to see the very popular World War One trench system that made its debut at the show last year.

Commissioned by Rex Cadman, Organiser of the War and Peace Revival, to mark the 100th anniversary of WW1, the above ground trench system gives a small taste of life as a WW1 Tommy.

The Great War trench was specially commissioned from the professional historical set designer team at Ancient Wisdom (www.awhistory.co.uk) and is built with both the classic corrugated iron and wood construction and the earlier designs, which were supported with anything Tommy could find. Featuring the twists and turns of a trench, so familiar from photos and films, it also has an Officers’ dug out and a shell crater by the front entrance.
Visitors to the show in July at Folkestone Racecourse can walk through this display on their way into the Great War Exhibition, which is near the Victory Marquee. Also featured in the Exhibition will be original WW1 RFC and RNAS uniforms and the Brooklands full-sized replica WW1 SE5a biplane.
Rex Cadman, the Organiser of the War and Peace Revival said;” We received a tremendous response last year to this display so we’re delighted to feature the trench again in 2015. This unique trench system educates the young and old alike, enabling visitors to experience just a small taste of what it was like in those trenches.  War and Peace is not only a family day out but very much about education and remembrance."
The War and Peace Revival will be on from 22 - 26 July, commemorating the 75th anniversaries of the Dunkirk Evacuation and the incredible Battle of Britain, the 200th anniversary of the Gurkha service to the Crown, the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2 and continuing to recognise with centenary of WW1. On 25-26 July watch the incredible Great War Display Team dogfight overhead in their WW1 planes, then be transported back to 1940 as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight displays overhead in their Spitfire, Hurricane and Dakota.