12th July 2017 – Over 200,000 visitors will flock to Tarrant Hinton this August Bank Holiday for the 49th Great Dorset Steam Fair.
The Great Dorset Steam Fair is the world’s largest heritage and cultural event showcasing Britain’s national industrial, agricultural and leisure history, which takes place from Thursday 24th August to Monday 28th August 2017. 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.
Managing Director Martin Oliver, son of event founder Michael Oliver, says: “We are all looking forward to another brilliant show! The new three and five day wristband options have been really popular and the number of advance bookings has been positive. There are lots of exciting exhibits and attractions this year with something for everyone to enjoy.
“I am always surprised when I hear local people say they have never visited this world-class breathtaking event that’s right on their doorstep, especially when it plays such a huge part in the Dorset economy and in celebrating our history and heritage. I would like to invite as many local people as possible to come and see what we’re all about. There is no other event like this anywhere in the world and you won’t regret it!”
The popular music festival area of the Steam Fair will be back with over 100 acts performing on six stages over five days. On the Friday evening at the Outdoor Concert Stage, The Wurzels will debut their new song “Old Rosie,” inspired by the popular Westons Cider and the Aveling & Porter steam roller it is named after that will also be exhibited at the event. Some of the UK’s best tribute acts including Kazabian, Who Are You, One Step Beyond, Maroon 4, and The Secret Police, will also be performing over the five days. All of this is included in the price of an entry ticket.
Until 2018, the Great Dorset Steam Fair is commemorating the centenary anniversary of the First World War with a popular WW1 tribute display, which has been carefully and sensitively compiled in honour and memory of all those who served their country. The display features an authentic replica Western Front trench system supported by original steam and historic vehicles from the 1914-1918 conflict, associated equipment, living history group soldiers and authentic WW1 horse displays. This year it is also hoped that a static display of Royal Flying Corps WW1 aircraft will be featured.
Stunt displays will include demonstrations from The White Helmets, the motorcycle display team with a mixture of unique feats of balance, skill and coordination. The International Big Pete Monster Truck Display Team will also be back with racing, car crushing and a tug of war where a car is pulled in two. Not forgetting The Kangaroo Kid, a world-class quad bike stuntman from Brisbane, Australia with many “Guinness Book of Records” records to his name.