Wednesday 27th August to Sunday 31st August 2014
Nr. Blandford, Dorset

THE GREAT DORSET STEAM FAIR The Great Dorset Steam Fair is widely recognised as the leading event of its type in the UK and, indeed, in Europe. It is held on a mammoth 600 acre site at South Down, Tarrant Hinton, near Blandford Forum in Dorset UK and is regularly attended by over 250,000 visitors from both the UK and abroad.

We are only a short distance from the showground, so why not stay at the Half Moon and avoid the crowds. The GDSF is also a music festival, (5 massive marques of live music), a craft fair, market, the biggest display of vintage transport in the country, and the largest fairground you'll ever see.

2014 sees the show in its 46th year. This year Courage West and Wales are again the main sponsors of the show, and will continue to support the event until then.

The aim of the Great Dorset Steam Fair is to give the public an insight into what the English way of life looked like in the country at the turn of the century when steam power was in its heyday. To do this they assemble each year probably the largest collection of steam and vintage equipment to be seen anywhere in the world and take visitors on a giant trip of nostalgia into the days of yesteryear.

Undoubtedly the success of the steam fair is due to every exhibit being shown in the way in which it was originally worked and functioned all those years ago. This working theme has proved to be a winner with the public from the very first show.

Overall there are 200 working steam engines and 100 fairground organs at the show together with around 2000 other working exhibits.

Everything that was great in British engineering can be seen, it really is a look back at our wonderful heritage when Great Britain was workshop to the world. 

The working theme of the GDSF 

Enjoy your visit to The Great Dorset Steam Fair by staying at the Half Moon Inn
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Book tickets to the show at:
or telephone the ticket hotline on 01258 458401/458402 between 9.00am and 5.00pm weekdays

Please note, again there will be no 'Pay on Arrival' campsite at this years event (except short stay tents). To stay on site you must pre book before 1st, August 2014.

Alternatively, why not stay with us! Book your room now for this years show now, click here to view our site

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The Half Moon Inn, Horsington, near Wincanton, Somerset, BA8 0EF
Tel : 01963 370140 - Fax: 01963 371450