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They’re On Their Way! New Zealand Engines Bound For Great Dorset Steam Fair

20th June 2018 – Several rare steam engines are bobbing across the ocean from New Zealand to take part in the Great Dorset Steam Fair’s 50th anniversary celebrations and world record attempt this August bank holiday. Stoneyhurst Timber Yard of the Hawkins family became the loading venue for the New Zealand […]


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

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.


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

2017 marks a 15 year milestone for the Great Dorset Steam Fair’s own radio station, Steam Fair FM. Recalling the first broadcast in 2003, Licence holder and General Manager Patrick Heeley says “Chris Evans and I , with the support of publisher Paul Appleton, made an approach to the GDSF board. They didn’t know quite what to make of the idea of a radio station attached to the show, but both Michael and Martin Oliver were keen to give it a go. It was finally agreed just five weeks before the 2003 show, and we were under great pressure to create a whole new radio station very quickly indeed!”


Auction returns to Great Dorset Steam Fair

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.


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.


Trophies Awarded To Great Dorset Steam Fair Exhibitors

Monday 29th August 2016 – Trophies were awarded to exhibitors on the final day of the Great Dorset Steam Fair 2016 in presentation ceremonies throughout the day. Managing Director Martin Oliver congratulated winners in Steam Heavy Haulage, Diesel Heavy Haulage and Steam Rollers. Over 200 working steam engines were on […]