50th Anniversary Show Celebrations
The major theme for this year’s milestone 50th Anniversary celebration will be an incredible gathering of 500 steam engines. This World Record setting event will be the largest ever assembled collection of steam vehicles with all makes and models featured. The “500 @ 50” special section will be hosting engines from all over the UK and from around the World, inviting back many engines who have supported the show over the past 49 years. Everything from familiar well-travelled engines, to museum hidden gems, barn finds, never before seen in preservation engines, the biggest, the smallest, engines from the first show, from the specialist shows, the unusual to unique, the lists go on! From Christchurch in Dorset to Christchurch in New Zealand everyone is getting steam up, ready for the 2018 GDSF.
Auction returns to Great Dorset Steam Fair

After the success of the action at the 2017 show, we are delighted to announce ‘The Stourpaine Sale’ will be appearing again at the Great Dorset Steam Fair!  The sale will take place on the opening day of the show, Thursday 23rd August.


Toot Toot! Full Steam Ahead, Preparations Underway For 50th Great Dorset Steam Fair

Over 250,000 visitors will flock to Tarrant Hinton this August Bank Holiday for the 50th 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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Confirmed Dates for 2018 Show – Thursday 23rd- Bank Holiday Monday 27th August inclusive.

We are pleased to confirm that we will be holding the Great Dorset Steam Fair in 2018 from the Thursday-Monday over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Due to the great success of the date change of the 2016 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 2018    

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 4 day Pre-paid Wristbands for 2018

This year we are introducing the option of a ‘4 day’ wristband at a fantastic price. This offer allows you to enter the show at a discounted price for 4 days of the show (please note the 4 day offer is only valid Friday – 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.