Johnny Chandler
It's probably just a phase I'm going through and possibly a side effect of watching too many Thomas The Tank Engine episodes with my 18 month old son but can anyone recommend any Steam Engine events in August, September or October that might also welcome a few Astons?

Cheers in advance.

johnny
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horatio
Which parts of the country are of interest to you?
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Wedgie
http://www.bucksrailcentre.org/
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Johnny Chandler
Pretty much anywhere south of Coventry all the way down to Portsmouth and from Bristol to Southend. Thanks in advance.

cheers
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Johnny Chandler
thanks Wedgie, this one definitely ticks a couple of boxes where the kids are concerned!

cheers
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Nick Duckworth
The Great Dorset Steam Fair is held in 600 acres of fields just outside Blandford Forum between the 1st and 5th of September.  I haven't been for quite a few years but it was very good when I went.  In its 42nd year its a major event.

Steam, machinery, coal, beer tents and music, along with hundreds of stalls full of bits for blokes to rummage through.

http://www.gdsf.co.uk/

E-mail enquiries:
enquiries@gdsf.co.uk

Call: +44 (1258 860361
Postal enquiries:
Dairy House Farm, Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset DT11 8HT, UK
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Rich5ltr
Humm steam railways, love em! I don't want to teach you to suck eggs so this may be obvious but if you're just getting into it there are some fantastic steam preservation railways in the south of the country.

Closest to you, and probably one of the best in the country is the Severn Valley Railway, they have kids for a quid etc. but for an added "car" interest twice a year they have a classic car weekend http://www.svr.co.uk/Default.aspx

Also good for kids is the Swanage Railway in Dorset, this has recently been linked through to the BR station in Wareham and passes Corfe Castle and Swanage is great for kids with the sea and slot machines etc.

I'm sure I could come up with other ideas, depends what you want, impressive locomotives or kids type railways...
Still burning hydrocarbons just for fun! 

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steveXE624
Take a look at the Great Central Railway in Loughborough http://www.gcrailway.co.uk as they have quite a few events during the year, including themed events (such as WWII) and their firework display.

We (Area did a group visit for Sunday Lunch earlier this year and I used to be a regular visitor when I was still living nearby.
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Rich5ltr
steveXE624 wrote:

Take a look at the Great Central Railway in Loughborough.
Ah yes, they've got some serious engines too!
Still burning hydrocarbons just for fun! 

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nlv8
Going this year for the first time to the Great Dorset Steam Fair. Looking forward to it.
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Johnny Chandler
Many thanks Nick, this looks terrific.
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Johnny Chandler
Hi Rich

thank you for this. Its definitely about the 'older' kids i.e. myself and like minded people for whom steam = magic.

cheers
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Johnny Chandler
This looks superb Steve. The steam engine driving experiences are a serious contender the next time I'm flush. Many thanks.

Johnny
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gareth111
Hi Johnny,

There's also the Blubell railway in Sussex. This link will take you to their events page http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/bluebell/events/index.html
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Johnny Chandler
Hi Gareth

this looks lovely too. My glasses are getting steamed up.

Thanks
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