Victory in Europe! – 1940’s VE Day Party at The Garage Chilwell

Hurrah! The Allies have won the battle in Europe and the war has ended! Time to celebrate, and in the best way we know how.


75 years since the guns fell silent in Europe, we’re transforming The Garage into a 1940’s themed fancy-dress extravaganza!

Expect a night of live 40’s swing jazz, modern classics played in a vintage style, an electro swing DJ set, swing dance lessons and performances, special VE Day beers, cocktails and themed Allied food. Get ready to party in your most glamorous dress or sharpest military suit as we celebrate a pivotal moment in our Nation’s history. Hosted by our brilliant MC and Military Commander, it’s going to be the biggest and best party around this May bank holiday!

Celebrate in Style

The Garage is going to be the place to be on Friday May 8th. Rapidly becoming known as one of the most talked about venues in the East Midlands, experience our mega 1940’s party with all the vintage vibes you need over the bank holiday weekend.

Fancy dress and themed clothes are an absolute must if you’re going to get fully immersed in the atmosphere. Anyone attending in fancy dress will get automatically entered into our Best Dressed Competition with a chance to win a host of amazing prizes.

We’re also setting up a 40’s photobooth by one of our vintage vehicles. Make sure you look the part as our professional photographer captures you and your friends on VE Day!

So it’s beautiful dresses, slacks, overalls or military uniform which are the order of the day as we dress to impress, dance, sing and sway well into the night with live music followed by a swing infused DJ set into the early hours.


Listen to our big swing jazz orchestra as they treat us to some of the era’s best hits with their big brass section and renowned tight performance. They are perfect to set the atmosphere and transport us back to the sounds of 1945.

Our second band will be taking some of your favourite songs, throwing them in a time-machine and giving them the vintage treatment. With songs from Arctic Monkeys, Ed Sheeran, S Club 7 and ABBA, you’ll easily get drawn in onto the dancefloor with their brilliant set of modern classics.

And speaking of banging tunes, DJ sets and dreams of naughtiness, an international DJ will be joining us to close out the night with an electro jazz infused DJ set. With his signature sound of shuffling modern beats and vintage swing sounds, the idiosyncratic sound will hook you and pull you in, taking this huge 1940’s night into the 21st Century.


We’re teaming up with the University of Nottingham’s Swing Dance Society to bring you a taster lesson of the swinging dance styles of the 1940s. Free for all ticket holders, head to The Garage at 6:15pm to get the best tips on how to look and move the part on the dancefloor this May.

Food and Drink in The Mess

Anyone who has been down to The Street Food Smoke Up will know that we work with some of the very best Street Food chefs in the country, and VE Day will be no different. Our carefully selected partners will be the perfect patriotic food to complete this night of celebration and fancy dress partying.

Setting the Scene

One thing we do well at The Garage is old stuff. Not least because The Garage itself is pretty old. Where better to spend a night of throwback 40’s, cocktail and beer infused fun than a big old building with some big old things in it.

Arrive between 6pm-7pm to receive your complementary glass of victory champers*.

Looking to complete the look? Pick up one of a limited run of branded VE Day enamel mugs to use throughout the night and take home after the party. It’s the perfect mug to use to show-off to your friends and work colleagues while nursing the weekend’s hangover in a classic, vintage style. Get a free mug with your Early Bird tickets!

Remember to listen out for our 11pm radio broadcast announcing the official surrender of Nazi Germany too!

*’Victory Champers’ will be prosecco and will available subject to availability.

Limited Edition VE Day Enamel Mugs are included with every Early Bird Ticket and will be available for collection on May 8th. Limited Edition VE Day Enamel Mugs will also be available to purchase on the night subject to availability.


7pm – 1am
Tickets – early bird £12.50, standard £15