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Here’s what just some of our visitors had to say about the show following their visits…

Thursday 22nd August 2019:
Sam Purves ‘Fantastic time here, massive and so much to do for the whole family’.
Donna Sarjant ‘Having a great day on day one of the steam fair 2019. great show as always.’
Darren Gundry ‘Best show going would recommend’
Chris Barton ‘Always good, well worth a visit!’
Terry Husher ‘Best day out of the year. Love it’
PJ Wright ‘It has to be the penultimate show of its kind, there is something here to suit everyone, the GDSF should be one of the wonders of the world’
Tom Baker ‘Great day at the Fair, so much to see and do. The WW1 exhibit was excellent’
Chris Bayliss ‘Great day out at a unique event. The tributes to World Wars 1&2 are very realistic and transform you back to the eras. Well done to the organisers’

Friday 23rd August 2019:
Charlie Dymond ‘Just like to thank everyone involved for such a great first day yesterday – was our first time and we loved it!’
Des & Shirley Peadon ‘What a brilliant first day of the Steam Fair, everything was spot on! Well done all the hard workers for making it such a cracking day!’
Andrew Williams ‘Excellent day at the show as always. Weather was great, organisation was spot on, and the smells wonderful. Well done all. Back there again tomorrow, well worth the 150 mile round trip each day.’
Andy Hall ‘The historical Wars of WW1 and WW2 section this year is OUTSTANDING. Congratulations to all involved with it.’
Graham Eldridge ‘Awesome! no more needs to be said’
Hugo Tracey ‘It is an absolutely glorious fantastic show.’
Natalie Wilkins ‘Fab day!! Great attractions, friendly people. Well organised.’
Jenny Lucas ‘Absolutely loving being at the GDSF! The WW1 exhibit is a must!’

Saturday 24th August 2019:
Richard Deverill ‘Always a great show, with plenty to see and do.’
Lizzy Leg ‘it’s great atmosphere, lots to do, fun for all the family’
David Woodward ‘So far so good great company. Saw the Wurzels last night and everyone loved them. Great late night!’
Karis Youngman ‘Amazing place and experience!!!’
Clare Elizabeth ‘I think it’s great we all enjoyed ourselves a lot everything is just great I’ve been going since I was a baby it gets better all the time more to see’
Wendy Britton ‘Just downloaded the new app it’s brilliant.’
Duncan Gumage ‘Can I just say. Thank you very much for a fantastic few days. Everyone i have spoken to have been so helpful and nice. A great credit to the security team and steam management team. The place was kept really clean and even the toilets were like new the whole time. everyone knew their jobs and did it with a smile. No hold ups in or out. Great effort GDSF!!’
Derek Turner ‘Just a great day out with so much to see and do.’
Brian Gallon ‘Hi, my dad and I have just got back home (Whitby) late last night after spending Thursday and Friday at the show for the first time after many years of talking about doing it! All I can say is ‘Wow’ what a fantastic well organised event you all put on! We have both come away absolutely buzzing with all we’ve seen. I really hope we’ll get chance to return again another year. Thanks again Brian and Martin Gallon.’
Peter Hutchings ‘fantastic day with lots going on.’
Dawn Hatton ‘Absolutely fabulous for all ages’
Judy Goodman ‘What’s not to like? There’s so much going on you can’t fail to find something you like. Plenty of places to eat, drink and sit. Very well organised. 10/10 for the organisers.’
Andy Pearce ‘Brilliant day out, loads to see and do and extremely well organised.’
Melissa Foster ‘Wow. The best weekend I’ve ever had!!!! So much to see. Overwhelming’

Sunday 25th August 2019:
Elaine Nicholl ‘Absolutely fantastic!!! Huge event with such a variety of things to see and do!!’
Valerie Fifield ‘Yet another brilliant show. So much to see and do. The organisation was superb and there was so much do organise. Well done chaps. Already booked our accommodation for 2020.’
Cormac McFerran ‘Greatest show on earth…. Consistently’
Lorraine Davies ‘We have spent the most amazing 2 day’s here!!! So well organised… helpful stewards. Thank you so much to everyone who has worked so hard’
Nick Hosford ‘Great fun day at the steam fair, love seeing the steam engines working’
Juliet Taylor ‘Fantastic 5 day show with something for everyone. Camp site, toilets & bins all cleaned regularly. I’ve met loads of interesting people. Food, drink & live music – so much choice.’
Di Swan ‘Just a few thank you again for a great show been fab and roll on next year.’
Susan Martin ‘Just to let you know we had an amazing day–thankyou for sorting the tickets out’.
Trudi Way ‘Thank you again for another incredible day. I just wanted to say I was so impressed how clean and tidy it was, for god knows how many hundreds of thousands of people there were the paths were clear and rubbish was dealt with quickly – well done the clean up team.’
Eve Milligan ‘Fantastic day for adults and kids. Lots to do. Enormous place!’
Carole McMillan ‘Fantastic day at the Steam Fair. So much to see and do! Lots of lovely crafts to see and buy. Loved all of the different displays in the arenas.’
Eric Hounslow ‘Absolutely fantastic. What a feat of organisation. Well done to all concerned.’

Monday 26th August 2019:
Bill Warder ‘This is my second-year visit to the GDSF. Thanks Martin it’s been a blast.’
Lynda Feary ‘Fantastic days and lots of see great for the family’
Ricky Reeves ‘Very good be back again next year.’
Rebecca Curtis ‘Something for everyone-the military displays, the fantastic steam engines of all shapes and sizes, rides for the kids and food from all corners of the globe. We have been many years running and enjoy it every year.’
Karen Reid-Stringer ‘Great day family day out. Plenty to see. great food.’
Rich Storkfoogle Brown ‘An amazing experience with my family today. thank you all.’
Alistair Duffle ‘Great location, so much to do, so much to see and that’s before you spend a day looking at all the steam traction engines.’
Terry Halls ‘Everything good day out great food so much to see really enjoyed the day.’
Mark Collins ‘Great family day out no matter what age there is something for everyone from horses to steam engines & good market place for a little shopping too.’
David Jones ‘The Biggest steam fair I’ve been to. Spent a full day there loads to do. Wish I’d booked and took the caravan for the weekend. food beer and live music throughout the site. O yes and loads of traction engines.’
Carole McMillan ‘We had a fabulous day yesterday! Well done to everyone involved for putting in such a great show!’
Joanne Slater ‘First time I’ve attended the event. My parents attended 22 years ago amazing memories made by our family and I can’t wait to come back again in the future.’
Angela Bolitho ‘There is something for everyone at this fair, from the very young to the very old.’
John Gough ‘Just stunning – what an amazing day thank you to everyone involved.’
Janette Smith ‘The steam engine display was fantastic. lots and lots to do! Great day out for the whole family.’
Sally Cash ‘Had a great day enjoyed it so much that next year we want to stay for a few days. impressed how clean and tidy things were kept, bins toilets etc always being cleaned .thank you.’
Suzy Moores ‘Fantastic! We had the best time!’
Penny Perkins ‘Well done GDSF another fantastic show!! Can’t wait for next year.’
Katy Lefebvre ‘Can’t wait for next year great show thanks to all involved.’
Tricia Meaden ‘Our first time caravanning, we loved it and plan to do it again next year. No queues, clean toilets, staff happy and helpful and topped by great weather. Names above the music venues would help enormously but really all was brilliant, the cider was brilliant thanks.’
Shereen Lawford ‘Wouldn’t do anything else. I’ve been going for about 35 years love every minute of it can’t wait for next year, how soon can I book ticket.’
Alisha Quinn ‘Fantastic show once again! All the staff were so friendly and helpful and we had a great time! Well worth the boat trip over! The heavy haulage arena is just brilliant, we could sit there all day and night! Looking forward to next year already!’
Paul Johnson ‘Glenn Miller Orchestra and D Day Darlings were both magnificent. Really enjoyable and entertaining. GDSF overall was fantastic as usual, something for all of the family. Well done to all concerned.’
Steve Pearce ‘Fantastic show thanks for a fantastic weekend on site friendly staff and welcoming people everywhere we be back next year.’

B. Newton, Hungerford- 2018

“Thank you once again for having us to exhibit at the 50th Anniversary, we had a marvellous time. The collection of engines was outstanding and a lot of hard work had gone into getting them all there, I particularly liked the scrap yard. Who would have thought in 1968 when it all started that you would have over 500 engines from all over the world at an event in Dorset. Anyway thank you for all your hard work. It is very much appreciated by a lot of us who enjoy coming to Dorset every year… as Gerry Burr once said, ‘Heaven on earth.’”

Kristein Lewis, (Email Address Supplied) -2018

“Thank you once again for an amazing event. Always a pleasure to arrive and see all the show… back again next year for definite.”

Geoff Butt, (Email Address Supplied) -2018

“Had a great time as always keep up the good work will be back again next year.”

Chris Topp-, (Email Address Supplied) – 2018

“Thank you for a great 500@50 show. This was an amazing celebration of the last 50 years. Keep up the good work. Looking forward to next years show.”

Tim Dalton, Weston-Super-Mare – 2018

“I thought I would drop you a few lines to congratulate you all on what was a magnificent steam fair. I had been looking forward to the 50th rally for many years and you did not disappoint… 500 engines blimey! I have never seen so many steam engines in one location, it was hard to believe and a spectacle to behold that I will never forget. Which brings me onto the big arena what sight that was, I was stood by the fence watching the engines doing their thing and thought I had been stood there around 30 minutes- I had actually been stood there for 2 hours! I must have been totally transfixed by the action in the arena. I could waffle on for pages but it would mean simply this: the 500 at 50 was fantastic and flawless! See you next year!”

Anne Preston, North Yorkshire- 2018

“I feel I must drop you a line to say what an amazing time all our family had at the Rally. How you organized such a large event I will never know… we met people from all over the world- and they could not believe it. Well done- we look forward to Dorset 2019.”

Rob van de Geer, (Email Address Supplied)- 2018

“Hello Jenny. I would like to thank you and the other organisers of the GDSF for inviting us to a very special event this year! We have had a great time, and we hope the visitors enjoyed our attendance to the show. A lot of interesting questions, talks and contacts made our stay more then worthwhile. Hopefully you have enjoyed the show as much as we did!”

Edward Atkinson, (Email Address Supplied)- 2018

“Just wanted to say thank you and congratulations for putting on an amazing show this year. As an exhibitor I doubt I will never see a show like it again. The show is a “Mecca” for people like myself and the anticipation of it being something special for the 50th was certainly no anti-climax.”

Roger Graves, (Email Address Supplied)- 2018

“Hi – can I just take the opportunity to say what a fantastic event it was – I have never been before and travelled down from Grantham, Lincolnshire with my son staying in our caravan on site for 5 days. The organisation, the varied displays, the entertainment, the food and the sheer dedication of all the enthusiasts who so lovingly care for their machines was just outstanding and I cannot thank you enough – we just didn’t want it to end and are already looking forward the next year.”

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