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Ypres Bells To Attend World War One Commemorative Display At The 2017 Great Dorset Steam Fair

1st August 2017 – A new ring of 8 bells which have been cast at the world famous bell foundry of John Taylor & Co in Loughborough for St George’s Memorial Church in Ypres, Belgium will be attending this year’s World War One Commemorative display at the Great Dorset Steam Fair (from 24th to 28th August inclusive) after which the bells will be delivered to and hung in the church tower in Ypres.

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Steam Fair FM Is Getting Ready To Celebrate Its 15th Broadcast

1st August 2017 – 2017 marks a 15 year milestone for the Great Dorset Steam Fair’s own radio station, Steam Fair FM. Listeners will be familiar with the station’s popular mix of showground reports, ‘vox pops’ from visitors, ‘what’s on’ news, up to the minute weather, traffic and daily prize competitions – with music comprising ‘vintage hits’ from the 1950s to the 1980s. This year’s special feature celebrates 50 years since the formation of Status Quo, with a Quo classic airing every hour!

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Auction returns to Great Dorset Steam Fair

18th July 2017 – The ‘Stourpaine Sale’ is returning to the showground of the Great Dorset Steam Fair. Martin Oliver is pleased to announce the return of an auction to the show. Simon Whaley of Southern Counties Auctioneers met with Martin and after successful negotiations, with special thanks to Robert Coles, the sale will take place on the opening day of the show, Thursday 24th August.

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Toot Toot! Full Steam Ahead, Preparations Underway For 49th Great Dorset Steam Fair

12th July 2017 – Over 200,000 visitors will flock to Tarrant Hinton this August Bank Holiday for the 49th Great Dorset Steam Fair. Visitors from all over the UK and some from as far as New Zealand will make their way to Dorset to soak up the unique festival atmosphere, whether just for the day or for the full five days camping on site.

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The Wurzels Steam Roll into Town with New Single and make traction with Westons Cider

 30th June 2017 – The band’s new single is the story of the infamous 1921 Aveling and Porter steam roller “Old Rosie” which was named after the Laurie Lee book “Cider with Rosie” and has been a permanent fixture at the Fair since it’s humble beginnings in 1969.

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Confirmed Dates for 2017 Show – Thursday 24th– Bank Holiday Monday 28th August inclusive.

We are pleased to confirm that we will be holding the Great Dorset Steam Fair in 2017 from the Thursday-Monday over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Due to the great success of the date change of last year’s show (to avoid clashing with the start of the new school year) we saw an increase in both public attendance and exhibitor availability, to the regular levels before the school situation became problematic a few years ago. Having solved many of our concerns, the new dates of the show will remain into the foreseeable future.

Pre-paid Tickets for 2017     

As our new website has been launched, we are delighted to announce that pre-paid tickets and camping are now available to purchase for this year’s show. These can be purchased online from this website, via our telephone hotline (01258 860361) or by post by completing the booking form within our promotional leaflet and sending a cheque to ‘Great Dorset Steam Fair Ltd’, Dairy House Farm, Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset, DT11 8HT.

New Website

Our new website is here!! Unfortunately, it’s taken us a bit longer than we envisaged to get it up and running (due some technical difficulties over the past few weeks) but we are delighted with the outcome and we hope you are too! Our new layout allows you to navigate with ease and also find out lots of information on tickets & camping, exhibiting & trading, attractions, other facts about our show and what we offer.

New 5 Day and 3 Day Pre-paid Wristbands for 2017

This year we are introducing the option of a ‘5 day’ and a ‘3 day’ wristband at a fantastic price. This offer allows you to enter the show at a discounted price for either 5 days or 3 days of the show (please note the 3 day offer is only valid Saturday – Monday) and is available for Adults, OAPs & Children. You can find the full breakdown of ticket/wristband prices for this year’s show under the “Entrance Tickets” button.

Next year’s 50th Anniversary Show Celebrations

In 2018 we will be marking the 50th Anniversary of the Great Dorset Steam Fair. Alongside the busy planning of this year’s show in 2017, we are already preparing for what is going to be a truly milestone show next year. We have some exciting plans for the 50th Anniversary in the pipeline and some exciting news will be announced shortly!

2016 Great Dorset Steam Fair Official DVD – Get Your Copy Now!

Features: the build-up and preparations of the 2016 show, Harvesting, Working Tractors, Horticultural Machinery and Vintage Plant, Stationary Engines, Agricultural Displays and Outside Crafts, The Heavy Horse Area, Cycles, Motorcycles, Cars and Caravans, Military and Commercial Vehicles, Working Steam Threshing & Wood Sawing, Rollers, Road Making and Cultivation, The Heavy Haulage Arena, The World War One Commemorative Display and-finally the Night Time Fair and Showman’s Line Up.

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