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Great Dorset Steam Fair

Great Dorset Steam Fair logoWe went just got back fro this year’s Great Dorset Steam and Vintage Fair, at Tarrant Hinton just outside Blandford Forum. The show was as ever a fabulous celebration of vintage steam and artifacts with loads to marvel over and reminisce about! Steve particularly loved the steam ploughing sweating and dirty side of the fair whilst I really enjoyed the displays of old artifacts and bygones.

In particular I adored this war-time couple and the surrounding displays of wartime Britain 1940’s and 50’s homewares together with vintage china and coronation mugs. The chap here is rag-rug making from old suits.. fab!

wartime coupleDisplay of wartime goods

Of course, we stopped for afternoon tea… with an impromptu picnic in the middle of the fairground served on our own vintage crockery. Sadly it was the only way you could get tea in proper teacups! But maybe next year Vintage Dorset will be at the show ourselves!


Portland Steam and Vintage Show

I managed to get to Portland Steam and Vintage Show at Southwell on the Isle of Portland this year. Its an annual charity event held around mid July and since 2004 has gradually grown into a lovely small scale event in a truly stunning location – not many places can boast 360 degrees of sea views! This year my favourite exhibits included the showman’s living vans which have been lovingly restored to give a real sense of what it would be like as a travelling showman around 50 years ago.

I particularly liked the quaint inside views of the kitchen areas – complete with fully working wood-and coal-fuelled aga and of course a very shiny brass kettle and huge teapot. Absolutely necessary supplies for a life on the road!

picture of aga inside the showman's van

For more pictures of the steam and dirty side of the show (this being the bit that Steve was most interested in – though he was also quite taken with a horse box converted into a camper van!) then visit their website www.theportlandsteamshow.co.uk – like the show itself – its not terribly fancy – but it does have some genuinely quirky and authentic vintage stuff!

In anticipation of more steam and vintage we’ll be readying our picnic for the Great Dorset Steam Fair.. hopefully we can find a little stove for our own tea!


Published by annie, on 17th July 2010 at 8:43 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events,Vintage Local History Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Portland Steam and Vintage Show