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Dorset steam fair - worth it?

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PlayingHouse Thu 06-Aug-15 15:19:09

We will be on holiday in Weymouth when the Dorset Steam Fair is on.

Is it worth going to? Will my 1yo, 4yo and 7yo dds enjoy it?

I've seen there is just an evening ticket - what sorts of things happen in the evenings?

MargolottaOfUberwold Thu 06-Aug-15 15:28:07

Yes, we went every year as children!

They light up the steam engines, and there is a fair, and beer and can can dancing

Lots of fun, but I would go all day

BeautifulBatman Thu 06-Aug-15 15:29:15

Yes, it's fab. Plenty to do and see for the whole day.

Effjay Thu 06-Aug-15 15:35:34

Been a few times. It's an amazing spectacle. Go!

Shosha1 Thu 06-Aug-15 15:38:09

Just expect to get stuck in traffic and take ages to get into the site.

( grumble grumble lived the other side of the site from where I worked. Took bloody forever to get to work)

ExitPursuedByABear Thu 06-Aug-15 15:38:23

Not been to the evening but went a couple of years ago when DD was 12 ish. Lots to see and do, but DD and I mainly ogled the horses whilst DH looked at enjins.

DH and I are off the Driffield Vintage Rally this weekend. I can barely contain my excitement. hmm

ExitPursuedByABear Thu 06-Aug-15 15:38:59

Oh yes, meant to mention the traffic. Took us jeffing ages to get there.

PlayingHouse Thu 06-Aug-15 15:44:59

How much do the rides cost for the DC is it expensive?

Are there fireworks?

LeChien Thu 06-Aug-15 15:52:54

Exit, lucky you grin
DH has an old tractor and we've spent many weekends at steam rallies.
Dorset was always the one that dh we looked forward to most. So much to see and the evenings were brilliant, all the steam engines lined up and lit up.

ExitPursuedByABear Thu 06-Aug-15 15:58:53

I've googled the Driffield one.

There are no animals.

sad <bored>

ExitPursuedByABear Thu 06-Aug-15 16:00:05

I wouldn't mind if I could actually drive a steam engine.

WhirlpoolGalaxyM51 Thu 06-Aug-15 16:02:27

Would anyone recommend staying and camping, the whole bit?

I used to drive past it all the time and always liked the look of it, now the kids are 6 and 8 we could take them and camp, what do people think? Is there stuff for kids to do?

LeChien Thu 06-Aug-15 16:04:17

Exit, last time I was there there were some heavy horses ploughing and a rare breeds tent, although it was a few years ago now....
Go to Lincoln steam fair, they have ladies steam engine races, I won because the other engine had a salmon cooking in the firebox and the owner wouldn't go fast!

LeChien Thu 06-Aug-15 16:06:00

Whirlpool, we used to stay as dh had a lorry that he transported the tractor in, there's plenty to see and do to keep you occupied the whole time. Think of it as a festival but with steam engines instead of music, although The Wurzels sing there sometimes!

WhirlpoolGalaxyM51 Thu 06-Aug-15 16:09:00

I need to make a list of things we should do LeChien and I am going to put that on!

ExitPursuedByABear Thu 06-Aug-15 16:47:54

I'm liking the notion of cooking the salmon grin

PlayingHouse Fri 07-Aug-15 18:15:34

Are there fireworks?

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