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The Great Dorset Steam Fair: September 2nd - 6th

One of the finest country fairs in England, the Great Dorset Steam Fair; the most traditional of English fairs. If you’re anywhere near Blandford Forum at the time, you won’t miss it. Everyone is off to the fair, the leading show of its kind in the whole world. Nowhere else can you find such fine examples of rural life as it was once lived.

If you’re a steam buff, you’ll be amazed by the number and splendour of the steam engines that attend the fair, including railway engines. You’ll enjoy seeing all the heavy horses ploughing, resplendent in their leather harnesses and brasses. There are also lumberjacking demonstrations, horse and carriage events, historic motor cycles, historic tractors and historic army vehicles. There’s the most impressive selection of real ale you’ll find anywhere and there’s even a music festival. And there are countless stalls selling ‘everything and anything’.

The Great Dorset Steam Fair is huge, a country fair to beat them all. It’s a classic British occasion providing nostalgia and entertainment for all ages.

Plumber Manor Hotel is near the Dorset Steam Fair and both are of great historic significance. So if you’re thinking of taking a break in Dorset around the beginning of September, come and stay with us and spend a day at the steam fair. You’ll have a wonderful time.

Other places well worth a visit whilst staying with us:

Athelhampton House, Bovington Tank Museum, Cranborne Chase, Dorset OperaLarmer Tree Gardens, Longleat House and Safari Park, Lulworth, Mapperton, Melplash, Milton Abbey, Parnham, the Piddle Valley, Plush Music Festival, Salisbury International Arts Festival, Salisbury RacecourseStudland, Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival, UK International Boogie Woogie Festival, Wilton House and the Wincanton Racecourse.

Plumber Manor is recommended by:

Michelin, The Good Food Guide, The Good Hotel Guide, the Best Loved Hotels and Johansens guides.