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Ideas for at home

Decorate your home in red, white and blue, have an indoor or garden picnic and why not include recipe ideas from 1945! How about some nostalgic music?

Here’s where to find some great inspiration and resources to get ready for bank holiday Friday 8 May at home and to commemorate VE Day 75 with the nation.

Activities, posters and bunting

Download activities to do at home, make posters, bunting and print pages to colour in  

Bunting from BBC resources online.

Poole Museum have virtual activities planned on Wednesday 6 May, a family day, with two crafts, celebration bunting and remembrance poppies.

Thursday 7 May, read the museum's weekly lockdown blog, whilst not directly related to VE day it highlights shopping and rationing.

Plan your own home event

Plan your own party at home, with recipes (Prue Leith’s flapjacks – yes please) and music.

Lindy hop, playlists, photography and more

English Heritage website has an imaginative section on the background to VE days, tips on how to learn the Lindy Hop and Spotify playlists including classic songs from Glenn Miller and Vera Lynn. They also feature recipes.

A beautiful photographic gallery also provides a moving insight into that day in 1945. 

Discovering and history

Discover your local and family Second World War histories and connections online:

Historian and broadcaster Dan Snow has set a challenge to think about how you would tell the story of VE Day today and uploaded logos and posters for colouring! Dan will also host a History Hit live on YouTube’s Timeline channel that will focus on a different aspect of the Second World War and aim to teach the public about the importance of VE Day from Monday 4 May.

The Royal British Legion – VE Day Learning Resources 

Find out more about HMS Medusa, a harbour defence motor launch that was built in Poole in 1943 at Newman’s Yard, now the site of Sunseeker - and the part it played over this period 75 years ago - HMS Medusa PDF

Share your day

Follow us on social media and we’ll be sharing more ideas and online events, as well as ideas for celebrating at home.

We’d also love to see your celebrations and what you’ve be making, tweet us @bcpcouncil using the hashtag #VEDAY75