2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the show making this year’s event a once in a lifetime event!

The Great Dorset Steam Fair will take place from 23rd – 27th August in Tarrant Hinton; the spectacle covers an enormous showground of over 600 acres making it one of Europe’s largest event locations.

The biggest gathering of steam engines on earth!

Yes, you read that correctly!  The star attraction at this year’s milestone 50th anniversary event will be the biggest gathering of steam engines ever on the planet.  The special ‘500 at 50’ will be an official Guinness World Record attempt.

500 steam engines from across the globe will be getting up steam and making their way to Dorset to be part of the assembly – this is sure to be a sight to behold!

Guy Martin’s Tank pays a visit

Amongst those making the annual pilgrimage to Tarrant Hilton will be Guy Martin’s 30-tonne replica WW1 tank, Deborah II, which currently resides at Norfolk Tank Museum.

Guy Martin's WWI Tank

The motorcycle racer and mechanic spent five months making an exact replica of the British Mark IV tank for Channel 4’s ‘Guy Martin’s WWI Tank’ which was documented late last year.  Visitors will be able to get up close and personal, ask questions and learn more about her construction and history.

Something for everyone

Whether you’re a returning or first-time visitor the Great Dorset Steam Fair is an awe-inspiring event offering a unique blend of nostalgia and entertainment with plenty of new things to see and experience.

You can watch steaming giants of the past being put through their paces, visit the old time steam driven funfair (a particularly magical spectacle at night!) or stand amazed at the variety of exhibitions.

The stunt area will be action packed with Big Pete’s Monster Truck Display Team, Paul Swift’s Britalian Job and Extreme Stunt Team!

And the fun doesn’t stop there!  The live music festival will be the biggest yet with over 100 acts performing on six stages over the 5 days…The Wurzels will be back by popular demand along with some of the UK’s hottest tribute acts.

A Mecca for steam enthusiasts

The Great Dorset Steam Fair is the world’s largest heritage and cultural event showcasing Britain’s national industrial, agricultural and leisure history.  Local families, groups and visitors from all over the world make their way to Dorset every year to soak up the unique festival atmosphere.

So why not book your ticket and go and soak up the atmosphere…there’s no other event like it in the world!


The Great Dorset Steam Fair
Great Dorset Steam Fair - Visit Dorset

New dates for 2022 announced. Steam engine exhibits, vintage vehicles, heavy shire horses and rural crafts. Working rural displays on a 500-acre site including old time steam funfair. Tickets on sale from Tourist Information Centres across Dorset.



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