Celebrate VE Day At Home

WHILE we can’t have the street parties and special events many had planned to mark VE Day, there are still lots of ways for us to celebrate that won’t break social distancing rules.


What is VE Day?

8 May 2020 marks 75 years since VE (Victory in Europe) Day when the Second World War came to an end. The long anticipated news resulted in spontaneous celebrations breaking out across the nation. A national holiday was declared and people from all walks of life came together to mark the moment.

So lets come together to mark this auspicious anniversary day from our homes, sharing our celebrations online with others all over the world!


Get involved!

Here are some ideas to get you started…




Take part in a national moment of Remembrance

Pause for a Two Minute Silence at 11am on Friday 8 May to reflect on the sacrifices made by those who fought and gave their lives for us in the Second World War. Watch the special film made by our Lancaster and Morecambe & Heysham branches of the Royal British Legion to mark the occasion.





Enjoy some easy to follow 1940’s style dancing at home on VE day!

Many thanks to Ludus Dance for putting together this brilliant easy-to-follow tutorial, why not get the family together and learn how to do the Charleston Stroll!





Get crafty with some family activities – 

Other resources – 





Research and share your own VE Day stories – 

Do you have a Second World War or VE Day connection?

Share it with us ve-vjday75@culture.gov.uk

You can also share your messages in response to Football Remembers.





Try some tasty 1940s recipes –

Making the best of rationed food – with a few treats thrown in! Take your dinner table back to 1945…

    • Cauliflower cheese with bacon – make the most of the rationed cheese with this British classic
    • Spam hash – A can of spam can last 5 meals so this party dish will certainly serve everyone!
    • Homity Pie – a rich, wholemeal pie with a potato, onion and cheese filling said to be made by Land Girls during WW2.
    • Vegetable turnovers – a bit like the Homity Pie only in pasty form!
    • Eggless fruit cake – eggs were rationed but don’t worry, there was still delicious cake to have!
    • Pear crumble – A guaranteed hit with everyone at the party!





Bring the sounds of the ’40s into your home!

Check out this dedicated VE Celebration playlist to dance and listen to! (requires Spotify)





Get creative – Write stories, create films or design newspaper headlines – 

Historian and presenter Dan Snow has set a creative challenge for school-aged children to research what VE Day is all about.

He wants you to think about how you would tell the story of VE Day today. There are lots of ways you could bring the story of VE Day to life. You could:

  • Write a short news report in the style of today or 75 years ago
  • Make a short video that tells the story of VE Day, either in the style of 75 years ago or how you would tell it today
  • Design a newspaper front page or article
  • Write or perform a poem, song, drawing or other work of art
  • Share the story of someone in your family or area who was involved in the War
  • Write or perform a short play about VE Day and what it would have been like 75 years ago

Find out more – and get your entries in by 6 May!





Get inspired! Some websites and resources to help you learn more about VE Day –