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  • GDSF - History of the show
    itself brilliantly to the features and attractions of the show Since moving there in 1988 the show has seen massive growth and is now held on over 600 acres The amount of administration and organisation mushroomed too Yet the show is still run from the Oliver family home in Child Okeford which is perhaps appropriate as the family name very much has its roots in the village going back over one thousand years to the year 1007 even the village church has a stained glass window bearing the family name The Child Okeford based Olivers were dairy farmers with Michael s father Tom running his own dairy and milk round from Gold Hill Farm They also owned Dairy House Farm in the village and this is where the family home still remains In 2004 Martin had plans passed to build an office for the Steam Fair at Dairy House Farm and the building work was completed in January 2005 The move into the new office enabled Mum and Dad to have their front room back in the house at long last after 37 or so years Martin as Managing Director fronts up the show of what is formally the Great Dorset Steam Fair Ltd There are currently two other full time staff plus several part time staff members and all the main administration of the show is dealt with from here Meanwhile over at Tarrant Hinton much work has gone on over the years to improve the site with a number of hardcore roads laid and water pipes connected up When part of the nearby Blandford Army Camp was being demolished Michael invited them to deliver the rubble down to the show site so that it could be broken up as hardcore for the roads It s a sobering thought that these days the show has 25 000 people camping on site at any one time that s the population of a sizeable town Back at Shaftesbury in 1968 the show enjoyed 2 000 visitors At Everley Hill this had grown to 50 000 whilst today the show regularly attracts over 200 000 people Michael was once told that the Western Daily Press newspaper had dismissed the show s apparent success by saying It s a passing phase like pushbike speedway Michael retorted by saying that one day there would be 100 000 visitors and within a couple of years it happened Originally like most steam and country shows the Steam Fair opened just at weekends but in the mid 1970s Michael experimented with opening on the Friday It was a huge success So much so that it moved on to four days in the 1980s and then five days from 1988 The other major change has been the dates It used to be held on the third weekend in September but it always seemed to rain Then one day whilst on the quayside in Poole a fisherman told Michael that the Steam Fair was held on the wrong weekend

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  • GDSF - What Our Regulars Say
    traction collections farm and country traditions and much much more as well as a great fun fair and possibly the biggest set of stalls and stands ever got together in one field So again thanks for the chance to get a really good insight into some aspects of that world and others at your marvellous fair Jack Shean Haswell Great Dorset Steam Fair 2011 I would just like to thank you and all your staff for putting on the best show ever this is the 2 nd time I have had a display at the Great Dorset Steam Fair and the 3 rd time I have been to the show It gets better every year with more things to see and more steam engines Nora James Swanage Great Dorset Steam Fair 2011 We have just spent the most amazing 2 days at the GDSF and it was absolutely brilliant thank you to one and all it was so clean showers were great food beer and wine was the tops see you next year Tracey Coleman Isle of Wight Great Dorset Steam Fair 2011 Visited the Steam Fair yesterday for the first time and what a great day it was So much to see and do and what lovely weather Will definitely be back again next year David and Eileen Berresford Derbyshire Great Dorset Steam Fair 2011 Martin and the team what another great show thank you and roll on next year Johanna Great Missenden Great Dorset Steam Fair 2011 Thank you for organising such a very well run Great Dorset Steam Fair The Wannell Family Wooton Bassett Wilts Great Dorset Steam Fair 2011 Thank you for all the hard work before during and clearing up after a wonderful week s rally Iain Bell Haltwhistle Northumberland Great Dorset Steam Fair 2011 Thanks once again for another fantastic year at the Great Dorset Steam Fair I have had a brilliant week again this year and I had a great time exhibiting my commercial vehicle at the Steam Fair and I look forward to hopefully taking part for many years to come I really appreciate all the effort made to put on a fantastic show and wish you continued success for the future it just keeps getting better and better Mr Mrs Marshall Liverpool Great Dorset Steam Fair 2011 Another great show and such polite and helpful staff Mr J R Adams Bridgend Mid Glam Great Dorset Steam Fair 2011 After attending the Steam Fair for the last 31 years I would like to say that everything was excellent as usual and I am already looking forward to next year s show Stuart Jackson Templecombe Great Dorset Steam Fair 2010 Dear Helen and the Team Just a quick note to say Thank you for the efficient organisation which is the Great Dorset Steam Fair The show goes from strength to strength and gets better each year We really enjoyed our three day visit Dawn Sheppard Cosham Portsmouth Great Dorset Steam Fair 2010 Just

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  • GDSF - FAQs
    an overnight parking facility in the Pay on arrival Campsite A fee of 22 per vehicle will apply per night Is the ground uneven The show field is usually a working farm so suitable footwear is advised What time do the car parks close Close at 1am However there is an overnight parking facility for which a charge will apply Caravans are prohibited from entering our car parks Are barbeques allowed Unfortunately due to health and safety restrictions we do not allow barbeques of any kind including gas Are dogs allowed on the show field Yes as long as they are on a lead at all times From what time does the evening rate apply From 5pm each day Evening tickets are not required if you have an Adult Senior Citizen Day Ticket Children under 16 years gain FREE evening entry Tickets Concessions At what age do the OAP rates apply Women 60 and over Men 60 and over Are there any concessions for severely disabled If a carer or wheelchair pusher is required the carer comes in free of charge This applies to day visitors only not campers Are there concessions for Monday admission Yes there are reduced prices for advance and pay on the day Monday tickets This is due to the show ending at 5pm not due to less attractions Children under 16 years have free entry on Monday Camping Caravans Are there are any restricted vehicles NO VANS TRUCKS OR LORRIES of any description will be permitted on the prepaid campsites You must not book prepaid camping if you have one of these vehicles as you will be refused admission without refund in all cases Are motor homes allowed on the pre paid campsites Yes camper vans and motor homes are allowed Are caravans over 25ft

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  • GDSF - General questions
    facility operating a hop on and off service around the perimeter of the showground This proved to be a great success over the past five years and many people explored areas of the showground they had never found before What time do the car parks open At 7 00am What time do the gates open Gates open at 8am Is there any local transport to the show field Damory Coach 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 0845 072 7093 www salisburyreds co uk See also our web page Getting There Can you sleep in your cars overnight Yes we operate an overnight parking facility in the Pay on arrival Campsite A fee of 22 per vehicle will apply per night Is the ground uneven The show field is usually a working farm so suitable footwear is advised What time do the car parks close Close at 1am However there is an overnight parking facility for which a charge will apply Caravans are prohibited from entering our car parks Are barbeques allowed Unfortunately due to health

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  • GDSF - Tickets & Concessions
    Conditions Caravan Hire Companies Snoozebox News FAQs Tickets Concessions At what age do the OAP rates apply Women 60 and over Men 60 and Are there any concessions for severely disabled If a carer or wheelchair pusher is required the carer comes in free of charge This applies to day visitors only not campers Are there concessions for Monday admission Yes there are reduced prices for advance and pay on

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  • GDSF - Camping & Caravans
    Links Steam Fair FM Music Festival Visitor Tickets Entrance Tickets Evening Tickets Shuttle Bus Tickets Visitor Camping Camping Information Electric Hook Up Disabled Access Camping Pay On Arrival Camping Campsite Vehicle Rules Regulations 2016 Prepaid Campsite Terms Conditions Caravan Hire Companies Snoozebox News FAQs Camping Caravans Are there are any restricted vehicles NO VANS TRUCKS OR LORRIES of any description will be permitted on the prepaid campsites You must not book prepaid camping if you have one of these vehicles as you will be refused admission without refund in all cases Are motor homes allowed on the pre paid campsites Yes camper vans and motor homes are allowed Are caravans over 25ft allowed on the pre paid campsite Yes up to a maximum of 30ft If your caravan or motor home is over 30ft please call our office on 01258 860361 to discuss Does public camping include admission No you have to buy entrance tickets for each person and for each day you wish to enter the show field During the five actual show days you must book the relevant amount of admission tickets to correspond with your camping requirements Home Page Entrance Tickets Prepaid Camping Contact Us Gallery Buy

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  • GDSF - Facilities
    field We have showers water toilets shops and a Calor Gas store We also have 24 hour emergency medical cover along with the Police Fire Service and security Are disabled buggies available Yes Scooters need to be booked in advance of the show by contacting Poole Shop Mobility on 01202 670450 or visiting their website www wheelsforfreedom org uk Scooter availability is limited and it is advised to book your

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  • GDSF - Did You Know
    s largest outdoor event locations With 1 000 trade stands 2 000 exhibitors and their families together with our campers on the public campsites 5 000 caravans and tents it is estimated that the population living on site amounts to 25 000 people at any one time To cope with the large crowds the show brings in around 600 portable toilets and has to dispose of around 76 000 gallons of effluent Each year there are more than 300 paid staff and volunteers working during the five day show period Due to planning regulations actual site preparations do not begin until only 2 weeks before the event commences and we have just 10 days to clear the site afterwards and put it back to a working farm Over 2 miles of water piping is laid and over 4 500 000 litres of water is used during the show each year 2 100 000 litres are used by the engines alone along with 2 400 000 litres used for domestic and drinking purposes Over 10 miles of electric cable are used with over 100 floodlights erected and 200 socket outlets placed 30 large generators have to be hired each year and just one generator is powerful enough to supply electricity to a small village Each year over 200 tonnes of coal are used 80 tonnes of wood will be cut in this year s woodsawing section 16 acres of corn is cut before the show starts by an old time binder with 10 large ricks erected in readiness for the threshing demonstrations The reed from the demonstrations is then sold to local thatchers who use it on thatched cottages all over Dorset and the neighbouring counties Our on site medical provider deal with an average of 500 cases each year ranging

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