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  • GDSF - Great Dorset Steam Fair
    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 to the show 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 saw the show in its 47th year 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 The show has something for everyone whatever your interests Maybe you are a collector a steam fanatic an exhibitor a heavy horse fan an avid camper a music fan or just on holiday in the South of England at the end of August beginning of September and fancy an excursion to what is described as the most remarkable show on earth Browse through our website and you will find everything you need to know about the show whether you have visited it before or if you are a complete beginner You can contact us with enquiries to with anything relating to the show by just clicking on the contact us button You can see all of our features detailed on this site and keep track of days to go

    Original URL path: http://www.gdsf.co.uk/ (2016-02-15)
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  • GDSF - Attractions
    Hire Companies Snoozebox News FAQs WW1 Centenary Commemoration Display We are commemorating the centenary anniversary of the First World War with our own WW1 tribute display The display will feature an authentic replica Western Front trench system together with steam and historic vehicles from the 1914 1918 conflict First shown at the 2014 Great Dorset Read more WW1 Centenary Commemoration Display Arena Times 2015 The Heavy Haulage Arena will be alive with activity and demonstrations every day from 11am to 6pm 3pm Sunday involving theses exhibits Commentary by Malcolm Fleet Andrew Semple and John Reeves Heavy Haulage with Steam Road Locomotives Steam Tractors and Steam Lorries Steam Read more Arena Times 2015 WWI Centenary Commemoration Display With 2014 marking 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War we will be commemorating this centenary anniversary with our own tribute display featuring a sample of steam and historic vehicles and ancillary equipment from both the Home and Western fronts which participated in The Read more WWI Centenary Commemoration Display Steam Exhibition Some may argue that this is the most spectacular feature of the show Over 20 steam heavy haulage road locomotives will be at the 2016 show and you can

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  • GDSF - Arena Times
    PLEASE NOTE The arena times below give a taster of what was on offer at GDSF 2015 Arena times for GDSF 2016 will be published nearer the time ARENA 1 HEAVY HAULAGE ARENA The Heavy Haulage Arena will be alive with activity and demonstrations every day from 11am to 6pm 3pm Sunday involving theses exhibits Commentary by Malcolm Fleet Andrew Semple and John Reeves Heavy Haulage with Steam Road Locomotives Steam Tractors and Steam Lorries Steam Timber Loading and Winching Steam Rollers and Steam Cars Heavy Haulage by Vintage Commercials Railway Locomotive loading unloading ARENA 2 11 00am Kangaroo Kid 11 45am Big Pete Monster Truck display 1 15pm Vintage Classic Motorcycle 2 15pm Vintage Cars 3 30pm Kangaroo Kid 4 15pm Big Pete Monster Truck display 7 00pm Kangaroo Kid Monster Truck display teams ARENA 3 HEAVY HORSE RING 10 00am 5 00pm Wednesday Friday Heavy Horse Displays 8 30am 5 00pm Saturday Heavy Horse Show Day ARENA 4 11 00am Commercial Vehicles 1 00pm Military Vehicles 2 30pm Vintage Tractors COUNTRYSIDE ARENA 10 30am The Adam s Axemen 11 10am The Sheep Show 11 50pm Ben Potter Falconry 12 30pm Gamegoer Gun Dogs 1 10pm The Adam s

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  • GDSF - WWI Centenary Commemoration Display
    WW1 Centenary Commemoration Display We are commemorating the centenary anniversary of the First World War with our own WW1 tribute display The display will feature an authentic replica Western Front trench system together with steam and historic vehicles from the 1914 1918 conflict First shown at the 2014 Great Dorset Steam Fair the WW1 Western Front Trench display will remain in place until the 2018 Great Dorset Steam Fair to coincide with the hundredth anniversary of The Armistice Please see below photographs from last year s WW1 display Visitors walking through the authentically created Reenactor soldiers manning the replica WW1 replica WW1 trench system GDSF 2014 Trenches GDSF 2014 Reenactor soldiers manning the replica WW1 Scene across the replica WW1 Trench system towards Trenches GDSF 2014 a mock recreated shelled building GDSF 2014 Line up of authentic WW1 historic vehicles GDSF 2014 Repairs to one of the old WW1 Trucks GDSF 2014 View from the back of the WW1 display GDSF 2014 GDSF s own replica 8inch Howitzer Gun specially commissioned built for the GDSF WW1 display 2014 WW1 Holt Gun Tractor replica Howitzer Gun McLaren Road Loco No 1332 Gigantic rebuilt in WD GDSF 2014 WW1 colours with replica

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  • GDSF - Steam Exhibition & Demonstrations
    lighter haulage work Often very nippy they were ideal for pulling one or two heavily laden trailers from field to farm or from railway station to goods yard and vice versa Over 30 of these engines can be seen in the haulage demonstration area Showman s Engines Old Time Steam Funfair One of the highlights of The Great Dorset Steam Fair is the old time steam Funfair Annually over 60 Showman s Engines with their gleaming twisted brass appear generating the light and power for the old roundabouts and swing boats and with 60 merry organs playing it makes for a fascinating spectacle especially at night For many the nightlife of the show is the highlight of their visit The showman s road locomotives really are the stars of the show standing proudly in front of the fairground and majestically lighting up the Great Dorset Steam Fair sky line These engines are a variation of the big road locomotives adapted for showman s use by the fitting of a dynamo on the front perch bracket this is operated by a flat belt from the engine s flywheel The power is then used to drive and light up the old time fairground Showman s Road Locomotives would haul the heavily laden trailers from show to show and some fitted with crane jibs even helped to erect the rides The smaller counterpart to these locomotives are known as Showman s Tractors and were also useful for hauling support vehicles out on the road and powering lights in the fairground The fabulous showman s engine line up at the Great Dorset Steam Fair is world renown and together with the rides in the Old Time Fairground including two sets of Gallopers carousels Steam Yachts Chair o Planes Noah s Ark Skid Cakewalk Big Wheel and a Light House Slip will give you an almost mystical experience that is difficult to define Steam Lorries Steam lorries were amongst the most flexible of road steam vehicles revolutionising local delivery services Articulated versions also appeared for a while until the modern diesel lorry took over More than 20 steam lorries will be present at the show performing in the steam arena Steam Rollers Steam Road Rollers were amongst the last steam engines to be built some surviving well into the 1960 s and contractors and local councils used them as heavy plant for road repairs Around 25 rollers will be present at the show either parading in the ring or demonstrating road making in the Road Laying and Making section Ploughing Engines These include some of the largest and most powerful types of traction engine ever built Fowler of Leeds being the most prolific manufacturer Usually operated in matched pairs of left and right handed engines they would perform a variety of tasks including ploughing dredging and mole draining Four pairs of ploughing engines with ploughs can be seen in the most westerly field of the showground in the steam cultivating area Threshing In the threshing

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  • GDSF - Vintage & Classic Vehicles
    could easily come face to face with reminders of times past those memories special to you Commercial Vehicles At the Great Dorset Steam Fair nearly 400 commercial vehicles great and small are on display bearing a wide selection of familiar names in British road haulage Names of manufacturers and operators that bring back memories of days past and almost forgotten when British lorries and workmanship served the transport needs of the nation and beyond Vintage Veteran Classic Motorcycles Motorcycles are as much an important part of the country s engineering heritage as traction engines tractors and other working vehicles and equipment that visitors can also see at the Great Dorset Steam Fair Not only did they transport Britons to their places of work motorcycles also served as working vehicles themselves At this year s show it is possible to see a large number of machines from what were once leading manufacturers Numbers of motorcycle exhibits will be in excess of 140 Military Vehicles Preserved Military vehicles have attended the Great Dorset Steam Fair since the earliest days Here you will find a vast range of over 100 military machines including tanks trucks jeeps and motorcycles Working Vintage tractors The Great Dorset Steam Fair provides ample opportunity to see these fantastic tractors at work whether the implement is a simple trailed plough or hay rake a baler or hay tedder worked by the power take off shaft we d best leave out the slurry spreader or a hydraulically mounted plough drag or inter row cultivator Older tractors were also equipped to belt drive machinery like threshing drums grinding mills and saw benches in exactly the same way as their steam powered ancestors Enjoy over 120 exhibits on show Static Vintage tractors Enjoy a superb selection of vintage tractors from every corner

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  • GDSF - Rural Displays
    minutes and there will be four shows performed each day with the first show starting at 11am Countryside Arena A new arena was introduced in 2007 for rural displays and proved to be very successful Named the Countryside Arena this will again feature at the 2016 show with displays including Sheepdogs an Eagle and Vulture Show and The Adams Axemen Rural Crafts One enormous craft marquee houses a whole range of traditional rural country crafts including stained glass dried flower arranging the making of walking sticks leather products handbags and belts etc pottery and oil paintings There is also an Outside Craft Area where you will find rope making demonstrations wood carving turning and wheel righting thatching fencing hurdle making chalk walling and cider making Food Hall The Food Hall provides a fine selection of wholesome country tucker including fresh cooked bread cakes and pastries home made speciality sausages and pies strawberries cream teas local jams cheeses pickles and ploughman s lunches it s irresistible How Twer Done in Granfer s Day A unique collection of working farming bygones from the days of yesterday when Granfer was in his hey day The display includes corn grinding and stone milling machines driven by shaft gearing plus water pumps generating sets horizontal and vertical tree sawing a barn thresher cleaning and winnowing There is also a Ross and Hutchinson 30 thresher driven by a 1958 Ferguson with a barn baler from 1934 The complete cycle from sheaf of corn cut on site to organic flour for bread is demonstrated at the show Most of the staff using the machines can be seen wearing traditional clothing adding authenticity to the display Forest Farm Presented by the South Wilts Agriculture Preservation Society SWAPS This small friendly society was formed in 1971 by a number

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  • GDSF - Entertainment & Music
    at the show are mainly fairground organs which originally were built up inside various different fairground rides You ll see instruments of all sizes around the site in their own vehicles with some of the largest putting on shows to entertain as you walk around the show ground All in all the Great Dorset Steam Fair has the largest collection of organs in one place it most certainly is the biggest gathering in the world at any one time a collection of over 60 in all While you take in the music remember that you will be listening to live music from a time that most of the planet has long forgotten Dancing Shows Four of the largest fairground organs at the show are fronted by old time stage shows where traditional Can Can dancing girls perform Live on stage will be the Pauline Reeder Dancers from Derby the Penny Rigden Dancers from Windsor the Passion Dance Troupe from Northampton and the Julie Hatton Dancers from Scarborough The shows are a spectacle and why not join in the Can Can It s great fun Nightlife Those visiting at night are spoilt for choice There is so much to see and do and some would argue that the show really comes alive as sunsets and the lights go up the music plays and the fun really starts You can enjoy live music ride on the modern or traditional fun fair rides and enjoy some traditional fare beer and cider You can travel between marquees for different music and entertainment and even stop off and get your palm read Who knows what the rest of the show holds for you Music Festival Click here for music festival information Modern Fairground It s not all old time The younger at heart clientele can

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