Steam engines and parachute display coming to Gloucestershire in summer vintage fair

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It’s full steam ahead for an iconic vintage fair in Gloucestershire after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. For the 46th year, the Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza will make a welcome return to South Cerney Aerodrome from August 5-7.

The Live Action Arena will be the heart of the show and will be packed with nearly 70 life-size steam locomotives of all kinds. The infamous Demo Arena puts these mighty machines to the test, and you’ll have the opportunity to drive one.

Another must-see attraction will be the Grand Miniature Steam Parade or watching the daily descent of the Royal British Legion Poppy Parachute Display Team. A field arena will promote animal conservation and feature fun and educational exhibits ranging from birds of prey flight demonstrations, ferret races, rare breeds, county horses, horse logging, reptiles to the manufacture of hives.

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The popular Dog Show will return, and all proceeds will go to a local animal shelter.

There’s plenty to keep the youngsters busy too, from a vintage fairground with the popular fairground organs, ‘electric yachts’, waltzers, a Ferris wheel, steam ‘gallopers’, games of traditional penny arcade, to passenger rides aboard a 10¼ inch scale steam locomotive, Chuffy the Train and Professor Colliwobble with his traditional Punch and Judy show.

A massive trade area will feature 180 booths, auto and craft marquees where you can poke around for a hidden gem or bargain along the way.

Rally chairman Martyn Slater said: “The show will be packed with displays, presentations, entertainment and stalls to keep the whole family entertained. We pride ourselves on being one of the best days out for everyone and as such we have frozen our prices for 11th year, and we are raising money for local and national charities.

A big favorite is the Vintage Tea Room playing a great selection of songs, Lindy Hop dancers will perform as well as regular sets from vintage singer Miss Franny Delight, featuring songs from the 1920s to the present day with a vintage twist. If you are arriving by train, there will be free vintage bus journeys from Cirencester town center and Kemble station.

Click on here for more information and to buy tickets now.

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