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Northover Energy

Northover Energy, formerly known as Northover Fuels is a family owned, independent oil supplier. Originally a coal merchants, we started at the outbreak of World War 1 by the current owners great grandfather, where the business supplied solid and liquid fuels throughout the South & South West.

At the peak of its coal business, Northover Fuels operated from six depots across the region. The decline in solid fuel sales saw the company gradually move its focus to the sale of liquid fuel to the commercial and domestic heating market and then the eventual disposal of the coal delivery business to the CPL Group in early August 2017, which still trades under the Northover Fuels brand. You can however still collect coal on a cash & carry basis from our depot in Sturminster Newton.

Our customers, serviced by our fleet of modern tankers and our friendly, helpful staff, rely on our fast, efficient service, to keep their businesses operating smoothly and their homes nice and warm! We do this by operating from our headquarters in North Dorset and by having some tankers located in Shoreham, West Sussex.

We have been the designated supplier of fuel to the Great Dorset Steam Fair for over 30 years and are proud to be an Energy Partner and Sponsor of this World renowned event.


Website: www.northover-energy.co.uk
Call: 01258 472619

Old Rosie – the Original Cloudy Cider

Old Rosie was the name given to Westons Cider very own 1921 Aveling and Porter steam roller, which Norman Weston bought and refurbished in 1971. Still working, she sits in the cider mill yard, in Herefordshire, with her summer filled with visits to steam fairs including the GDSF. Strong, reliable and so loved by everyone in the Westons family they named this cider in her honour.

Old Rosie, the cider brand continues to grow, and can be found in both pubs and supermarkets. The liquid is made to a traditional Westons recipe from the 1950’s – it’s a still, medium-bodied and fruity cloudy cider matured from freshly pressed bittersweet apples. Scents of honey and vintage cider barrels, this truly old fashioned cloudy cider is slowly matured and left unfiltered.

Website: www.westons-cider.co.uk
Call: 01531 660233

Oxford Diecast

Oxford Diecast are one of the most respected and collected model makers in the world, offering a vast array of authentic commercial creations from days gone by, to the present day. It is closely associated with The Great Dorset Steam Fair, having given away tens of thousands of diecast models over the last few years. More recently it has produced an official show model and this year will see the release of a new Steam Traction Engine.

Website: www.oxforddiecast.co.uk
Call: 01792 643500

Hornby Hobbies

Hornby Hobbies is an iconic British Company which umbrellas a collection of the most-famous brands within the toy, model and hobby markets. Hornby, Corgi, Airfix, Humbrol and Scalextric are well-known for producing highly detailed and accurate models in the railway and die-cast industries; plastic model kits in the military and vehicle categories; power racing with slot cars and modelling paints within the arts and crafts division.

Hornby Hobbies

Website: www.hornby.com
Call: 01843 233512

Bachmann Europe

Bachmann Europe Plc have been manufacturing and distributing quality model and hobby products for over 25 years, and represent high profile brands such as W Britain toy soldiers and Thomas & Friends large scale model railways. We offer collectable products such as model trains, model scenery, model vehicles, scenic buildings and toy soldiers. Come and see us within the Bachmann marquee at this year’s show or visit our website (see link below) for more information.

Bachmann Europe

Website: www.bachmann.co.uk
Call01455 841756

Steam Fair FM

The Great Dorset Steam Fair’s own radio station – Steam Fair FM on 87.9FM – will be back on air during the 2022 show, celebrating its 19th year of broadcasting with the show, providing access to the very best show and exhibit news, interviews, reviews, all the information about what’s happening, up to the minute traffic news, weather reports, listener dedications and playing the greatest Vintage Hits all day and night!

W. Britain

W. Britain has been a leader in the toy soldier industry for over 120 years. A great deal has changed since the first fully round hollow cast soldiers were produced in 1893, but our commitment to quality and authenticity remains. Most major military campaigns and uniforms are covered, from the dramatic Napoleonic Wars to the military precision of the Welsh, Scots and Irish Guards of Buckingham Palace. For information about our products or to find a stock list please visit our website or call us (see details below):

W. Britain

Website: https://www.wbritain.com
Call: 01455 841756

National Traction Engine Trust

The National Traction Engine Trust (NTET) represents owners and enthusiasts alike and is pleased to be regarded as the World’s Premier Steam Traction Preservation Organisation.

Dorset Vehicle Rentals

Dorset Vehicle Rentals was established back in 1995 as a self-drive vehicle rental company by husband and wife team Paul and Claire Proudley from a Branch in Dorchester with just 6 vehicles.  We now have a fleet of over 1600 vehicles (cars, 4x4s, vans, lutons, tippers, dropsides, minibuses and trucks up to 18tonne), and many more branches in Weymouth, Bridport, Gillingham, and Yeovil, along with a MOT and Service Centre and a Body Shop in Dorchester too.

We offer a wide range of services from short term daily and weekly rental to monthly flexi rental and even longer-term contract hire. Whether it is for a day, week, weekend, month, or year(s) we have the rental plan to suit the needs of both the private hirer and the business user alike.

We are trusted suppliers of vehicle rental services to local authorities, housing associations, school, colleges, and many companies both large and small, not only based in Dorset and Somerset but nationwide too.  The company has been built by offering high standards of service at competitive rates to many businesses with specific needs.  That is why our customers come back to us time and time again.

If you are looking for a rental vehicle, book on-line at www.dorsetvehiclerentals.co.uk and get a discounted price, or speak to one of our friendly rental advisors at Central Reservations on 08000 51 52 53.

Dorset Vehicle Rentals

Website: www.dorsetvehiclerentals.co.uk
Call: 08000 51 52 53

Gritchie Brewing Co

Gritchie Brewing Co, who are based in Ashmore, just on the Dorset/Wiltshire border, only a few miles away from the show site in Tarrant Hinton, was founded by Guy Ritchie, the famous film director, producer, and screenwriter. Guy says “I’ve always had a passion for beer and pub culture, so it seemed fitting that I should set up a brewery. I’m interested in trying to add a subtle and contemporary change to the traditional drink of Britain”.

At Gritchie Brewing Company we are dedicated to brewing beer using traditional methods. We work closely together on the Estate to make sure that the beer in your glass is as fresh and tasty as if you were drinking it inside the brewery.

Two of our main ingredients are truly homegrown, the Maris Otter malt barley that we harvest from our fields and the local water sourced beneath the ground of our land. Our specially-selected hops, blended with classic varieties and new breeds help to shape each of our beer’s flavour, making them well-rounded and sessionable.

Gritchie Brewing Co have six core principal beers: English Lore, Moon Lore, Sun Lore, Angel’s Lore, Session Lore and Winter Lore. The term ‘Lore’ which means the passing-on of knowledge and legacy, is part of the Brewery’s beer story to honour traditions whilst creating something that can be shared.

Excitingly, as part of their sponsorship package, Gritchie Brewing Co will be bringing their purpose-built outdoor bar, a converted 1972 vintage Bedford TK  Lorry Horsebox to the GDSF this year, offering a full bar service to include their full range of Ales, Lagers and IPA’s, with the addition of their Cider. You will find their Lore collection available every day of the show.

Gritchie Brewing

Website: https://www.gritchiebrew.com
Call: 01747 828 996


Based in Blandford Forum, CrowdComms are one of the world’s leading event technology providers. For over a decade we have developed and delivered innovative, intuitive and cost-effective event tech solutions that are trusted by thousands of event planners around the globe. Our market-leading virtual, hybrid and in-person event platform creates engaging, interactive and memorable event experiences for every attendee, whether online or on-site. Packed with interactive features such as real-time video and chat networking, live polling and video breakout rooms, running your event on CrowdComms’ event software ensures that attendees actively and effectively participate from any location – before, during and after the event. We hope you enjoy using our app for the GDSF!

crowd comms

Website: https://www.crowdcomms.com
Call: 01258 863812

CPH Scaffolding

CPH Scaffolding are pleased to be working with the GDSF again this year. We are a scaffolding company covering Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire providing services including scaffolding equipment for private & domestic, rubbish shoot hire, build & dismantle and temporary roof installation.

CPH Scaffolding

Eventive Funtime Ltd

Eventive Funtime Ltd are recognised as one of the leading suppliers and operators of leisure & fairground equipment in the UK and are regular attendees at the Great Dorset Steam Fair with a range of high quality white knuckle rides.


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