It’s full steam ahead for an iconic Gloucestershire vintage fair after a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic. For the 46th year, the Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza will make a welcome return to South Cerney airfield on August 5-7.
The Live Action Arena will be at the heart of the show and packed with almost 70 full-sized steam engines of all descriptions. The infamous demonstration arena puts these mighty machines to the test, plus there will be the opportunity to drive one.
Another attraction not to miss will be the grand parade of miniature steam or watch the Royal British Legion Poppy Parachute display team’s daily descent. A countryside arena will promote animal conservation and features fun and educational displays from bird of prey flying demonstrations, ferret racing, rare breeds, shire horses, horse logging, reptiles to beehive making.
The popular Dog Show will make its return, with all money raised going to a local animal shelter.
There’s plenty to keep youngster occupied too, from a vintage fairground with the popular fairground organs, ‘electric yachts’, waltzers, big wheel, steam-driven ‘gallopers’, traditional penny arcade games, to passenger rides on board a 10¼ inch scale steam locomotive, Chuffy the train and Professor Colliwobble with his traditional Punch and Judy show.
A massive trade zone will feature 180 stands, autojumble and craft marquees where you can have a rummage to find a hidden gem or bargain along the way.
Rally chairman Martyn Slater said: “The show will be packed full of exhibits, displays, entertainment and stalls to keep the whole family entertained. We pride ourselves on being one of the best value days out for all and as such we’ve frozen our prices for the 11th year, plus we raise money for local and national charities.”
A firm favourite is the vintage tea room broadcasting a great selection of tunes, Lindy Hop dancers will perform plus regular sets by vintage singer Miss Franny Delight, with songs from the 1920s through to modern day with a vintage twist. If you arrive by train, there will be free vintage bus rides from Cirencester town centre and Kemble station.
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