Visitors are invited to step back in time for the annual 1940s Knees-up on May Day Bank Holiday (Monday 1 May), with a replica Mark IX Spitfire, music, dancing and displays bringing the war years to life.

Nottingham City Council is organising the event, which takes place at both Nottingham Castle and the Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard from 11am.  Activities and entertainment will include the chance for people to find out how they would have coped with rationing, musicians Johnny Victory and Nostalgia Unlimited plus Jayne Darling and the Kalamazoo Dance Band, military displays and the Swing Dancers.  The Spitfire is a full-size replica of the World War Two plane with original cockpit, instruments and undercarriage.

One ticket, priced at £8 for adults, £6 for children or £20 for families of up to two adults and two children (plus booking fees), gives entry to both sites.  More information is available at

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “This is always a popular event, so we have made sure there will be some new elements this year, including a Spitfire.  As well as being a fun day out for all the family, it gives us a chance to reflect on the sacrifices made by our armed forces during the war and emphasise our support for them in the present day.”