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The Great Dorset Steam Fair National Heritage Show

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The Great Dorset Steam Fair National Heritage Show

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If you are looking for an excellent fun and action packed day out for all the family, you'll love the Great Dorset Steam Fair. Traditionally this English fair is held at the village of Tarrant Hinton, near Blandford Forum in the heart of the beautiful Dorset countryside. Further directions are superfluous. Just find the village on the map, head in that direction and follow everyone else!

From small beginnings this annual event has become one of the favoured places for those interested in how people lived, worked and played in bygone years and it is now widely recognised as "THE" National Heritage Show as well as being regarded as the leading show of its type in the World. The spectacle covers an enormous showground, at over 600 acres being one of Europe's largest outdoor event locations.

2015 sees the show in its 47th year and will take place from 2nd September to 6th September inclusive. If its heritage related, you'll find it. You can stand amazed at the variety of exhibitions and the sheer scale of the show means that there is always something new to see. For the first time visitor seeing the Great Dorset Steam Fair can be quite an awe inspiring and impressive site, a sea of marquees and attractions that can take your breath for a moment.

Once on site you can watch teaming giants of the past being put through their paces; some hauling hugh loads, others sawing planks or doing the farm work of long ago, such as driving ploughs, threshing or baling. One of the main feaures is the old time steam driven funfair. Annually, over 50 showmen's engines with their gleaming twisted brass can be seen generating the light and power for the old carousels and swingboats to operate. This makes for a fascinating spectacle especially at night where the venue transforms into a magical, electric city. To add to the excitement several of the large fair organs in the main outdoor entertainment area are fronted by authentic 1920's style stage shows with traditional 'Can Can' dancing girl performances and other acts.

Vintage, veteran and classic cars, lorries, military vehicles, tractors, motorcycles and bikes all find a place in the cavalcade and if its possible to fight your way through the crowds to the bottom showfield, you'll find the working heavy horses. Country crafts from thatchers to cider makers and memorabilia collections of all kinds are also well represented. Over 500 trade stands provide an endless variety of goods to purchase.

South Down
Tarrant Hinton
DT11 8HX

Tel: +44 (0)1258 860361

Road Directions

Postcode for Sat Nav equipment is DT11 8HX

We are situated on the A354 between Blandford and Salisbury in the village of Tarrant Hinton.

Coming from the London area;
Take M3, A303, A343 to Salisbury and A354 to the showground

Coming from the North West;
Take M5, M4, A46, A36 and A350 to Blandford

Coming from Devon and Cornwall
Take A30, A35 and A354 to Blandford

Coming from the Midlands
Take M1, A43, M40, A34, A303, A343 to Salisbury and A354 to the showground

Coming from Southampton/Portsmouth/Sussex
Take M27, A31, A350 and A354 to showground

Public Transport Directions

Train Information
Our nearest station is Salisbury with a direct bus route to the showground
For more information and booking trains please contact one of the following:

South West train link
Phone: 0845 6000 650

National Rail Enquiries 08457 484950

Bus Information

Damory Coaches and Wilts & Dorset Bus Company provide bus services in and around Dorset and Wiltshire and will be providing buses directly into the Great Dorset Steam Fair site from Salisbury and Blandford.

For details please call 01983 827005


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult Day Ticket (booking before 13th Aug)£16.50 per ticket
Adult Day Ticket (on the day price)£20.00 per ticket
Adult/OAP Evening Ticket (booking before 13th Aug)£8.00 per ticket
Adult/OAP Evening Ticket (on the day price)£10.00 per ticket
Adult/OAP Sunday Ticket (booking before 13th Aug)£10.00 per ticket
Adult/OAP Sunday Ticket (on the day price)£12.00 per ticket
Child Day Ticket (booking before 13th Aug)£7.00 per ticket
Child Day Ticket (on the day price)£8.00 per ticket
Senior Citizen Day Ticket (booking before 13th Aug)£15.00 per ticket
Senior Citizen Day Ticket (on the day prices)£17.00 per ticket

Please note:
- Child ticket prices as shown are valid for children 6-15 years inclusive - under 6 years free
- Adult/OAP evening tickets (valid from 5pm. Not required if you have an Adult/Senior Citizen day ticket)

Opening Times

02/09/2015 to 06/09/2015


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