One of the UK's biggest steam, vintage and countryside events
By David Wood
Where: South Cerney Airfield, near Cirencester
When: Friday, July 31 - Sunday, August 2, 10am to 5pm
The 46th annual Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza returns to South Cerney Airfield, Cirencester, from July 31 to August 2 and is regarded as one of the biggest and best steam, vintage and countryside events in the UK.
Set on an ex-wartime airfield, the sprawling show site covers around 200 acres, with surprises around every corner, to suit young and old alike. In addition to the phenomenal size and range of the exhibits, the event promises a rousing atmosphere with remarkable stories of barn finds, restoration projects and histories to be told.
This year features nearly 1,000 classic cars from pre- and post-war, including over 70 classic American cars, 30 visiting car clubs, 370 motorcycles and scooters, 80 bicycles from 1903-1980, 35 miniature steam engines, 80 stationary engines, 70 full-size steam engines, model engineering, 220 tractors, 70 buses and coaches, 140 military vehicles, 330 commercials from ex-emergency services to American auto trucks, 70 industrial trucks, classic plant and machinery, 50 vintage caravans and over 50 model aircraft to take to the skies above.
The Live Action Arena plays host to non-stop demonstrations from spectacular Showman's Engines to dancing tractors plus the opportunity to drive a steam engine and the Tigers children's motorcycle display team.
Don't miss the grand parade of miniature steam in the Alec Tanner arena or take a passenger ride on the 10¼ inch scale steam locomotive.
The popular Dog Show will take place on all three days of the show. Why not enter your four-legged furry friend in one of the classes?
The Countryside Arena actively promotes animal conservation and features both fun and educational displays from bird of prey demonstrations, ferret racing, rare breeds, alpacas, shire horses, horse logging, reptiles to bee hive making.
Back by popular demand is the hilarious 'Sheep Show' - an entertaining demonstration of shearing and sheep dancing - get into the groove with the Sheep Show Shuffle! And the Dog and Duck Show, as seen on BBC Countryfile.
The children's area features traditional vintage funfair games, face painting, trailer rides, Chuffy the ride-on train and Professor Colliwobble with his Punch and Judy Show.
The massive trade stand zone features model tents, two large craft marquees and over 180 trade stands selling a vast array of countryside apparel, vintage clothes, tools and memorabilia.
The showground site is sprawling, but there's plenty of food and drink 'pit stops'. A firm favourite is the vintage tea room with the 1940s Radio.com broadcasting a great selection of tunes, Lindy Hop dancers plus regular sets by the 'Steamed Up Brass' and Don McDermott, a professional singer performing big band and swing dance music.
There are free vintage bus rides around the showground on all three days.
The Extravaganza is organised by the Stroud Vintage Transport and Engine Club (S.V.T.E.C). This non-profit making organisation raises money for national and local charities.
The rally is one of the largest events of its kind run entirely by volunteers. Its mission is to give the best value for money family day out in Gloucestershire. Whilst the show has evolved a lot, the mission remains the same - to inform, educate, celebrate and preserve our unique transport heritage!
Ticket prices remain frozen for the 10th consecutive year: Friday: Adult £7, junior £4. Saturday or Sunday: Adult: £10, junior £5
Weekender (Fri- Sun) Adult: £15, junior: £8. Family Weekender ticket (2 x adults, 2 x junior) for all three days: £35. Children under 5 years old go free
The event is a disabled friendly site, with disabled parking, toilet facilities and mobility scooters on site to hire.
For further information, please visit: www.glosvintageextravaganza.co.uk
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