Dorset is preparing for 200,000 visitors and five days of fun as it hosts what is said to be the world's largest heritage and cultural event this week. Now in its 44th year, The Great Dorset Steam Fair promises to showcase the very best in our national industrial, agricultural and leisure history.
It all takes place at Tarrant Hinton near Blandford Forum from today [Wednesday] until Sunday.
The fair offers what is probably the largest collection of steam and vintage equipment to be seen anywhere in the world, with over 200 working steam engines and around 2,000 other working exhibits.
Another main features is the old time steam-driven funfair, where over 50 showmen's engines with their gleaming twisted brass can be seen generating the light and power for the old carousels and swing boats.
Stunt displays – including demonstrations by The White Helmets motorcycle display team, along with classic cars, working heavy horses, hundreds of trade stands and entertainment galore are also on offer.
Annually, the Fair goes through ten miles of electric cable, 200 tonnes of coal and 550 barrels of beer.