Vintage & Steam
Take a step back in time and experience the nostalgic sights, sounds and smells of an era when steam and world class engineering powered the country.
Visitors to the Vintage & Steam show will enjoy all the bustle and excitement of a traditional Steam Festival on 20th and 21st August, with full-size, miniature and model steam engines on display and working around our 40-acre site in the South Downs National Park.
Alongside an extensive selection of full-size steam engines will be a wide range of exhibits including: commercial vehicles, military vehicles, miniature steam engines, narrow gauge railways, model boats, and classic cars.
A favourite attraction at the event is the gallopers, powered by a Fowler Showman’s steam engine. The gallopers will be at the centre of a small traditional vintage fairground (small charges apply), which will delight both adults and children.
Visitors to the show can also take a ride on the narrow gauge steam railway (a small charge applies) and enjoy displays in the Events Field arena.
This year we are offering the opportunity to enter your classic or vintage vehicles for the event on Saturday 20th August. Entry forms must reach the Museum by 5th August – click here to download an entry form.
On Sunday 21st, The Jaguar Enthusiasts Club, Portsmouth Region are holding their annual club event at the show.
With vintage music and a themed tea tent, local crafts and traditional demonstrations, plus arena displays throughout the weekend, this is an event for all the family to enjoy.
Opening hours and prices
The Vintage & Steam event is open from 10.30am – 5.00pm. The Museum will also close at 5.00pm for safety reasons.
Standard Museum admission prices apply and include entry to the Vintage & Steam event – tickets are available on the day.
Dogs on short leads are welcome and there is ample free parking.
Food & Refreshments
The Museum café kiosk will be open, plus there is undercover seating and outdoor picnic areas.