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Great Dorset Steam Fair

A354, Tarrant Hinton
Blandford Forum, DT11 8HX United Kingdom

01258 860361

The Great Dorset Steam Fair. takes place in August bank holiday each year and runs for five days. Roads in Dorset are full of great steam engines making their way to the fair a week in advance.

If its heritage related, you’ll find it at the Great Dorset Steam Fair.

The largest collection of steam & vintage equipment and rural displays to be seen anywhere in the world is on show. Visitors are taken on a giant trip of nostalgia into the days of yesteryear.

Everything that was great in British engineering and craftsmanship can be seen. It really is a look back at our wonderful heritage when Great Britain was workshop to the world.

Overall there are over 2000 exhibits at the show including an incredible gathering of over 250 full steam engines. And more than 100,000 visitors over several days!

At over 600 acres, the showground is one of Europe’s largest outdoor event locations.

Funfair, food stalls and so much more

The Great Dorset Steam Fair is not just for traction engine enthusiasts. The most numerous exhibits are traction engines, tractors and farm machinery.

However, there are also sections for classic cars and commercial vehicles, working heavy horses, rustic crafts, 'bygones' displays, and more.

The funfair has traditional rides such as gallopers and steam boats, as well as modern ones like the "World Fair Wheel" which was sited in Manchester for the millennium. The Great Dorset Steam Fair also has the biggest gathering of fairground organs in the UK.

The food street has a wide ranging selection of street food from around the world.

The evening light display is spectacular and there is live music.

A great day out!

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