Woodhall Spa 1940s Festival & Thorpe Camp 1940s Weekend

Celebrating Life on the Homefront – 7 & 8 Jul 2018

Parking and free transport between Woodhall Spa and Thorpe Camp – a journey of less than 10 minutes – every visitor will have the chance to learn about the social and military history of the region, see exciting re-enactments, sing and dance along with the very best 1940s entertainers, feel the thrill of seeing the majestic BBMF soar overhead (and much, much more) across two very different locations.

Children’s Crafternoon

Join us Saturday the 21st July to make Sweetheart Brooches. Make a lovely brooch to give to someone special, inspired by RAF sweetheart brooches popular during the Second World War.

This free craft session runs from 12-3. Suitable for children aged 6 years and over.

All children to be accompanied by a adult please.

Salute to the 40’s

Come and join us for a weekend of Fantastic Forties activities as part of the Lincoln RAF100 weekend

Music Featuring:

Special guest Heather Marie

Marlaina Rube and the Bomber County Evacuees

The Bomber Command Belles

Market Rasen Ukulele band

Dance demonstrations and Learn how to Lindy Hop with the Rug Cutters


Wartime ration cookery demos

Make do and Mend demonstrations

1940’s hairdresser and photo booth

Mission briefings

Launch of the IBCC Lest We Forget Rose

Tea dance hosted by Ruzzit Buzzit (Sunday PM only)

Blackout Blitz Ball (Saturday evening only, tickets available here) https://internationalbcc.digitickets.co.uk/category/14425

Vintage Cars & Military vehicles and re-enactors

Vintage trade stands

Gardeners’ Question Time

Prizes for best dressed 40’s style

Children’s prize for best dressed evacuee – you could star in our Remembrance Day afternoon Show – Thanks for the Memories

Games and crafting for kids

Make your own Bunting Penant

Dig For Victory kids’ activities


RAF100 Weekend Park and Ride … from Waitrose and from the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC)

All weekend Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August



First Bus from Waitrose 07.05 then from 08.55 every 15 mins approx.* Last Bus back from the Bus Station 18.20


First Bus from IBCC 9.45 then every 15 mins approx.* Last Bus back from the Bus Station 16.50



First Bus from Waitrose 08.47 then every 15 mins approx.*  Last Bus back from Bus Station 17.20


First Bus from IBCC 9.45 then every 15 mins approx.* Last Bus back from the Bus Station 16.50

*(please see timetable for details)

Parking at Waitrose is Free,  parking at the IBCC costs £3 all day

Fare £2.50 adult return, Children go free


C2C2C2018  sold out after less than 3 weeks!  600 riders will be riding the 100 mile route on Thursday 28th June. I am sure you will agree that this is fantastic news as each rider pays £30 for the privilege of riding C2C2C and all the ride entry donations are passed on to our chosen charities. IBCC is one of our chosen charities this year. http://c2c2c.co.uk/charities

We are marking 100 years of RAF by changing our route to ride around as many old Bomber Command Centres (plus IBCC) as we can in 100 miles – “100 miles for 100 years”.

The IBCC will provide the feeding station for the first 25 mile point.


RAF100 Baton Relay

As part of this celebratory baton relay to commemorate and celebrate the RAF centenary, cadets and veterans will take part in a free event at the IBCC.

The event includes the Lincolnshire Military Wives Choirs and the Waddington Pipes and Drums.

The event will incorporate a ceremony at the Spire and, subject to weather, a flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

A BBQ is on offer in the centre’s cafe.

Children’s Remembrance Service

Following on from the success of last year, where 300 local school children from 7 schools joined us for our Children’s service, we are delighted to invite primary schools in the county to bring years 5 and/or 6 to join us for this free event.

We ask each class to work on a wreath which can be laid at the Memorial Spire, as part of the service.

There is also a poetry competition – the best 3 poems, on the theme of Remembrance, will be read out by the authors as part of the service and the winner will also have their poem included in the full Service of Remembrance on Sunday 11th November.  The prize will also include a family day pass to the centre.

The judging panel will include the project Trustees, the Chairman of Lincolnshire Branch of Royal British Legion and the Learning Manager for Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire.

Some funding for transport to the Centre is available for this event.

To find out more or book your school’s place please contact out Learning Officer, Emily Robins, on emily@internationalbcc.co.uk 

Blackout Blitz Ball

Don your 40’s finery (optional) come along and dance till you drop to this amazing 20 piece swing band, the Bluestones, and learn how to Lindy Hop with Ruzzit Buzzit 40’s dance.  Vintage car and Military vehicle displays and other 40’s activities.

Ticket includes a delicious buffet.  A full bar, selection of wines and photo booth will also be available.

Prizes for the best 40’s outfits

Free Parking

You can pre-order your wine or champagne with your tickets so it will be ready and waiting!

You’ll be able to see Lincoln BIG’s fabulous firework display from the Spire, which overlooks the City

Tickets available here https://internationalbcc.digitickets.co.uk/category/14425

Dambusters 75 premiere

A brand new restoration of The Dam Busters will premiere as one of the Official Opening events for the International Bomber Command Centre on Saturday April 14th.

With 2018 marking the 75th anniversary of the Royal Air Force’s most daring operation of World War II, STUDIOCANAL is proud to partner with The Luna Cinema, the UK’s leading producer of open air cinema, to screen the new The Dam Busters restoration for the first time at the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln, barely 7 miles from where the planes took off that fateful night.

During the Second World War, Lincoln became unofficially known as ‘Bomber County’. It was home to a third of all bomber command stations and, due to the area’s flat geography, lent itself perfectly to runways and airstrips.

RAF Scampton was the base for 617 Squadron, famously referred to as The Dambusters following their daring mission to destroy a vital trio of Germany’s dams in 1943. Lincoln Cathedral was the last British landmark the squadron saw as they took off on their mission, making the nearby International Bomber Command Centre a suitably fitting venue in which to unveil the premiere of the restored film. The £12.5 million Centre opened in January to commemorate those who served and supported Bomber Command and recognising the significant contribution of Lincolnshire to the outcome of WWII.

To book follow this link http://www.thedambusters75.co.uk/lincoln-premiere/

Swinderby Park and Ride

Leaving Swinderby every 10 minutes between 08.30 and 10.30

Leaving IBCC every 10 minutes between 13:30 and 16.00

To Book click here: Swinderby

Petwood Bus route

This service are only available to those with registered IBCC Opening Ceremony Passes

09:20 Woodhall Spa, The Petwood Hotel – 10:00 IBCC

09:40 Woodhall Spa, The Petwood Hotel – 10:10 IBCC

14:30 IBCC – 15:10 Woodhall Spa, The Petwood Hotel

15.15 IBCC – 15.55 Woodhall Spa, The Petwood Hotel

Please be aware that the Petwood Hotel is not able to provide parking for any non-residents.

There is no parking on the IBCC site.

To book click here: Petwood bus route

Lincoln Bus 2

This service is only available to those with registered IBCC Opening Ceremony Passes

09.15 Lincoln Hotel
09.30 Holiday Inn Express
09.45 Opposite Railway Station
10.00 Arrives at IBCC

Please be aware that neither the Lincoln Hotel nor the Holiday Inn Express are able to provide parking for any non-residents.

14.30 Leave IBCC
14.45 Railway station
15.00 Holiday Inn Express
15.15 Lincoln Hotel

There is no parking on the IBCC site.

Lincoln Bus 1

This service is only available to those with registered IBCC Opening Ceremony Passes

09.15 Lincoln Hotel
09.30 Newlands (opposite County Hall)
09.45 Opposite Railway Station
10.00 Arrives at IBCC

Please be aware that the Lincoln Hotel is not able to provide parking for any non-residents.

14.30 Leave IBCC
14.45 Railway station
15.00 Newlands
15.15 Lincoln Hotel

There is no parking on the IBCC site.

InSpire 2018 Dambusters Motorcycle Event

inSpire2018 is a brand new participant event aimed at all motorcyclists.

  • Meet the Veterans from WWII
  • ‘They shall grow not old’ read by Johnny Johnson
  • The Last Post
  • Period Military Vehicles
  • Period Entertainment
  • Bikes of the age
  • Merchandise stalls
  • And of Course Food and Beverage

For more information please visit: https://www.inspirelincoln.org.uk

Opening Ceremony Evening Concert

On the evening of the Opening Ceremony, the IBCC will be holding a concert featuring a wide range of music and drama including performances from:

The Invictus Games Choir, excerpts from The Navigator, the IBCC Community Orchestra, Horncastle and District Choral Society and 40’s singer, Heather Marie Little.

There will be catering on site – or you are welcome to bring your own picnic.

This is an outdoor seated concert so warm clothing and blankets are recommended.

Parking is in the field next to the IBCC.  This will be lit.  Please follow yellow traffic signs for the IBCC Event.

Gates open at 18.00

To book your tickets please click this link:


The Adam Sutch Memorial Lecture

The Making of a Memorial

The Spire at the International Bomber Command Centre is surrounded by 271 Memorial Walls inscribed with the names of almost 58000 servicemen who lost their lives during World War II. Compiling the underlying data and manufacturing the Walls has taken four years and thousands of voluntary hours.

In this lecture, Dave Gilbert describes the processes involved, from compiling the database, containing more than three million individual pieces of information, to manufacturing and erecting the individual walls on site. The lecture includes video footage of the laser cutting, rolling, heat-treating and shot blasting processes which were carried out by local companies during manufacture.

Dave also describes some of the compelling stories of bravery and personal sacrifice he has uncovered during his research and goes on to outline some of the fascinating research which has become possible now that the data is available in digital form.


Dave Gilbert is IBCC’s Losses Archivist. He has been working on the Losses Database since the launch of the IBCC project more than four years ago and has personally spent more than 6000 hours researching its contents. An engineer and local businessman, he has no family connection with Bomber Command but has lived near Lincolnshire RAF stations all of his life and is fascinated by this period of history. When asked why he volunteered for this task he usually responds “I didn’t choose it- it chose me.” Dave aspires to study for a PhD on the subject just as soon as he has the time!

To book your free ticket click here https://internationalbcc.digitickets.co.uk/category/12861