• Vintage & Steam 2016

Vintage & Steam

Saturday 19 August to Sunday 20 August 2017
10.30am - 5.00pm

Take a step back in time and experience the nostalgic sights and sounds of an era when steam and world class engineering powered the country!

Visitors to the Museum’s Vintage & Steam show will enjoy all the bustle and excitement of a traditional Steam Festival on 19 and 20 August, with steam engines on display and working around our 40-acre site in the South Downs National Park.

What’s on

Alongside an extensive selection of full-size steam engines will be a wide range of exhibits – see the Sussex Gauge One Group display in the Downland Gridshell building. A favourite attraction at the event is the gallopers, which will be at the centre of a small traditional vintage fairground (small charges apply), which is a delight for adults and children alike.

Download the free Vintage & Steam 2017 show programme and plan your visit!

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.

On the Vintage Stage

  • Autumn Reeds
  • Vintage vocalist, Miss Em
  • FB Pocket Orchestra
  • 2 Nightingales
  • Vintage Fairground (Saturday only)

Car displays


Members of The Morgan Sports Car Club, the Solent Group of the MG Car Club, Totally T-Type 2 MG Club, plus keen vintage car enthusiasts are displaying their vehicles in the field above the event car park.


The Jaguar Enthusiasts Club, Portsmouth Region are holding their annual club event at the show. Their display of old and new jaguars. Download the 2017 Portsmouth Jaguar Club flyer for more information.

Note: this programme is subject to change.

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 will be available to buy online through our online shop early next year. Entry is free for Annual Members. Children aged 4 years and under enter for free.

Dogs on short leads are welcome and there is ample free parking. Visitors with disabilities are advised to contact the Museum on 01243 811363 in advance of their visit, to discuss the easiest way to access the site.

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