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New date for Great Dorset Steam Fair

Numbers dropped at the Great Dorset Steam Fair in 2015 due to a crackdown on children being taken out of school Credit: PA

The Great Dorset Steam Fair has had to change its dates for 2016 to stop it clashing with the new school year. It will now take place at the showground at Tarrant Hinton over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The harsh reality of the situation is that school term dates are now a major issue for the GDSF and this year’s show has conclusively proved that the show will be financially unsustainable if we continue to clash on a regular basis with the start of the new school year.

Thousands of families were “prevented” from attending the 2015 event and anyone who was at the GDSF would have seen a noticeable absence of children and families on site, particularly on the first three days (Wednesday, Thursday & Friday). This cannot happen again.

– MARTIN OLIVER, MANAGING DIRECTOR
Organisers say the Great Dorset Steam Fair would be financially unsustainable if it stayed at the same time Credit: PA

To find out more about the decision and this year's plans for the event, from THURSDAY 25th AUGUST TO MONDAY 29th AUGUST 2016 inclusive, click here.

Thousands expected for Great Dorset Steam Fair

Just one of the hundreds of exhibits at last year's show Credit: ITV News West Country

The Great Dorset Steam Fair gets underway this morning. Last year's event was disrupted by heavy rain with some displays cancelled but the forecast is good for today.

Up to 200,000 people are expected over the next five days at the event at Tarrant Hinton near Blandford Forum.

It's one of the largest steam fairs in Europe with hundreds of vintage vehicles, including more than 250 tractors.

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