Winston Churchill, signs ‘V for Victory’ to crowds outside Whitehall, VE Day, 1945.

VE Day 75 – How to Celebrate from Home!

Looking for ways to celebrate VE Day 75 from home?

Lockdown has cancelled numerous public events to commemorate the end of the war in Europe. Fortunately, several museums, organisations and a government department have come up with ways to mark the historic anniversary from your home.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has produced an activity pack so you can hold a 1940s afternoon tea party from your living room. The pack includes a 1940s-themed Spotify music playlist and ration-friendly party food recipes.

Perhaps try the two wartime-inspired dessert recipes from Great British Bake Off’s Prue Leith and Nadiya Hussain. A toolkit with templates for bunting and colouring posters for children can also be downloaded.

Have a spare 10 minutes? Then discover how Britain celebrated 75 years ago. This British Pathé newsreel provides an amazing snapshot of the jubilant atmosphere on that day in 1945.

Learn to dance the Lindy Hop with this handy PDF courtesy of English Heritage. They have also put together an additional range of food and drink ideas including Ginger beer! English Heritage have also collated some inspiring photographs taken on VE Day 1945.

National events begin at 11am with a nationwide moment of remembrance, a two minute silence. At 2.45pm, BBC One will air The Announcement of Victory, which will elements of Winston Churchill’s victory speech. A second programme, The People’s Celebration, begins at 8pm and includes The Queen’s evening address.

Scheduled for 9pm, the Queen’s speech airs at the exact time as King George VI broadcast to the nation, 75 years ago.

Finally, don’t forget that our friends at The National Museum of the Royal Navy, National Army Museum and The Royal Air Force Museum have united to host a virtual VE Day 75 festival.

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