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Steam and vintage event just days away!

The South-West's largest festival of vintage transport makes a welcome return to South Cerney Airfield this weekend (August 4-6).

The 47th Annual Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza 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 and acts as a huge celebration of all modes of vintage transport.

The show will feature nearly 1,000 classic cars from the dawn of motoring era, pre and post-war to American and modern classics, plus 300 motorcycles and scooters, 70 bicycles from 1903-1980, 30 miniature steam engines, 70 stationary engines, 60 full-size steam engines, 70 buses and coaches, 70 industrial trucks, classic plant and machinery, 150 military vehicles, 150 tractors, 300 commercials from ex-emergency services to American auto trucks, plus 50 vintage caravans and much much more!

Rally chairman Martyn Slater said: "The show will be packed full of exhibits, displays, entertainment and stalls to keep the whole family entertained. What's more, the event helps local and national charities with up to 30 represented on site raising money and awareness of their respective causes."

Live Action Arena the Steam Section is at the heart of the show and will be packed with nearly 70 full-size steam engines of all descriptions. The infamous 'Demonstration Arena' puts these mighty machines to the test, plus there's the opportunity to drive one.

Don't miss the grand parade of miniature steam in the Alec Tanner Arena. Also returning for 2023 is the Tigers children's motorcycle display team who will be showing their amazing skills throughout the weekend.

The Countryside Arena promotes animal conservation and features fun and educational displays from bird of prey flying demonstrations, ferret racing, rare breeds, shire horses, horse logging, reptiles to bee hive making.

The popular dog show will make its return with all money raised going to a local animal shelter. Also 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!

Kids will love it too - there's so much to keep them entertained from the 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 or 'Chuffy the train' to Professor Colliwobble with his traditional Punch & Judy show.

The Massive Trade stand zone features over 100 trade stands, autojumble and craft marquees where you can have a rummage to find a hidden gem or bargain along the way.

Food & drink - there's plenty of food and drink pit stops across the showground. A firm favourite is the 'We'll Meet Again' 1940s themed vintage tea room, which features regular music sets by the 'Steamed Up Brass' band, Lindy Hop dancers and making her show debut - the fabulous Miss Em.

Miss Em is a former West End musical performer who has taken the vintage world by storm. Her sassy charm and powerful vocals evoke the golden era of artists such as Etta James, Dinah Washington, Judy Garland and Julie London. The daughter of a wartime Tiller Girl cabaret oozes through Miss Em's veins!

FREE vintage bus rides - operating around the perimeter of the show site, and to and from Cirencester Town Centre and Kemble railway station to the show ground connecting with selected First Great Western Trains including Stroud, Gloucester and Cheltenham.

For further information, please visit the Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza website.

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