We did it! The Great Dorset Steam Fair achieved the Guinness World Record for ‘the largest display of steam powered vehicles’ to celebrate our 50th year. Out of 522 full size steam engines present at the show, 472 were officially recognised as meeting the set criteria and a certificate was presented to Managing Director Martin Oliver by Guinness World Records Adjudicator Richard Stenning. Martin Oliver said: “I can’t think of a more fitting way to celebrate our 50th year than by achieving a world record! Nowhere else has ever been able to gather this many steam engines in one place and it just goes to show that we really are the biggest steam event on earth. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in making it happen – especially those who travelled across continents to get to us. “All our exhibitors stepped up their game this year, and each section had something special to offer the visiting public. It’s brilliant that so many people have supported the show repeatedly for decades, and it’s great to hear that others have started a new tradition of an annual visit to us more recently. All are welcome and we are extremely proud of what we achieved with thanks to our staff, exhibitors, and supporters. My Dad would have been chuffed and that’s what it’s all about for me.” The #500at50 Management Team (left to right ): John Wakeham, Jenny Duncombe, Martin Oliver, and Robert Coles with Guinness World Record Adjudicator Richard Stenning
Clive Walter in the Rural Craft Marquee will retire after this year’s show, aged 86. He has been a regular stall holder since the early days and first attended GDSF in 1969. He has held his stall for over 40 of the 50 shows! Clive is a Technical Artist, well known amongst the engine owners & enthusiasts, having done numerous commissions for the likes of John Saunders, Nick Baker and the late Arthur Beale. Here he is with our Managing Director, Martin Oliver. Thank you for your support over the years Clive and we wish you all the best!
Bert Osborne has been busy making wooden flowers in the Granfers Day arena using his Treadle Lathe, which dates from the 1880's to 1910's. Bert has owned the Lathe for about 6 years and does around 8 to 10 different shows a year.
Who do you think was more star struck? 🌟
The Great Dorset Steam Fair 2018 Midnight Whistles. Happy 50th show everyone! 🎉
If you're here with us tonight, don't forget to join us at the Showmans Engines for the midnight whistles tonight! For those of you at home, we'll be live streaming over on Facebook!
Alan & Sian Lovell have been coming to the Steam Fair for as long as they can remember. Although their engine is in repairs this year, they're still taking part in the show, helping out in the traction tent. They believe this year has been the best year yet!
Food, glorious food! Whether you're after a spot of lunch or just a quick snack throughout the day, you can find a huge selection of scrumptious food and thirst quenching drinks in our Food Hall located near the Countryside arena.