Monday, 2 July 2012

Full Steam Ahead for the 40th Cumbria Steam Anniversary!

Following the tremendous success of last year’s event, the 40th Cumbria Steam Gathering returns in 2012 on 28th & 29th July at Cark Airfield in Flookburgh, near Grange-over-Sands.

Always a real crowd-pleaser and a great day out for all the family, the Cumbria Steam Gathering features more than 1,200 classic exhibits, a vintage fair, a multitude of caterers, trade stands and crafts  as well as many different displays and lots of great entertainment.

Now celebrating its Ruby Anniversary, the Cumbria Steam Gathering is an enormous weekend event, with splendid steam engines and vintage commercial vehicles, as well as hundreds of examples of much-loved classic transport, including cars, motorcycles, bicycles, agricultural and industrial tractors, farm equipment and stationary engines. A young tractor driver training course is available for 13 - 16 year olds, more information on the Exhibitors page.

Headlining events this year will be the returning Richard Savoury’s Sheep Show and the North West Lawn Mower Racing Association; Richard’s pleasurable and educational sheep show includes shearing demonstrations and “The Sheep Show Shuffle” – dancing sheep!  Another returning event is the thrilling lawn mower racing – with all the excitement of motor racing, this is motor sport at grass roots level with cutting edge technology!

On the Saturday, around 40 Model T Fords presented by the Model T Ford register of Great Britain are visiting the Steam Gathering, as part of their own event in South Lakeland.

The enjoyable event has lots to keep the children amused, ranging from a traditional fairground with many vintage rides and attractions, some that are over 100 years old, to miniature remote controlled car racing and magic shows.

The Pantonic Steel Orchestra, along with a variety of other bands will be playing throughout the weekend.  Traditional wrestling will be provided by the Cumberland and Westmorland Federation (Sunday only).  The ever popular arena displays will return this year, where a variety of vintage treasures can be viewed from the large grandstand areas and, for the more daring visitors, how about driving a real traction engine with donations going to local charities?!

And, to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the ever popular event, Ulverston Brewing Company are brewing a unique Ale to mark the occasion, which will be on sale throughout the weekend – a definite must for fine ale fans and bitter lovers alike!

Access to the event is available by rail to Cark railway station and service buses (Saturday only). For those with their own transport, the Cumbria Steam Gathering is clearly signposted from Junction 36 of the M6 and from West Cumbria. Parking is free with a designated car park for blue badge holders. The event provides wheelchair accessible toilets and to help reunite lost toddlers and young children, free wrist bands are provided.

Cumbria Steam Gathering will be taking place from 9am – 5pm on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July 2012, at Cark Airfield, Flookburgh.  Daily admission prices are: Adults £12, Concessions £10, accompanied children under 16 are free. There are discounts available for coach parties.

• You can book tickets online and SAVE - visit http://www.steamgathering.org.uk.

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