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Enjoy the bustle of a traditional steam fair, 15-16 August 2015

By 23 July 2015January 26th, 2021No Comments

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 our Vintage & Steam show will enjoy all the bustle and excitement of a traditional Steam Festival on 15 and 16 August, with full-size 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.

On Sunday 16 August, the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club will be hosting their Portsmouth region annual event at the show.

Steam Gallopers

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, which will delight both adults and children.

Visitors to the show can also take a ride on the narrow gauge steam railway around the edge of the millpond and enjoy displays in the Events Field arena, which will include the ever popular “steer a steam engine” and the St Giles horse-drawn steam fire engine, galloping to put out a fire.

Horse drawn fire engine at the Weald & Downland Museum

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.

The Vintage & Steam event is open from 10.30am – 5.00pm. Standard Museum admission prices include entry to the Vintage & Steam event and tickets are available on the day.

The Museum café kiosk will be open, plus there are indoor seating and outdoor picnic areas. Dogs on short leads are welcome and there is ample free parking.