Tavistock Steam Fair is 21 this year “Traction Action Without Mud”
THE year 2011 marks the 21st consecutive steam fair in Tavistock. The fairs were, for many years, held on Bedford Square with stalls and displays in the pannier market. Six years ago the popularity of the event had increased to such an extent that a larger site was required to suit its growing needs. The Robey Trust, who organise the event, successfully negotiated the hire for the day of the Bedford Square and wharf car parks and of the wharf itself. This step facilitated considerable expansion in the number of visiting attractions and provided the added facility
of an on site bar. The organisers of the fair wish to express their gratitude to all who have helped, over the years, to make it such a success. Our thanks go to: Tavistock Town Council, West Devon Borough Council, the Police, the exhibitors and traders, the army cadets, the large number of other volunteers who help on the day and in the build up and last but not least to all the visitors without whom the show could not carry on.
The purpose of the steam fair is to raise funds for the maintenance by the Trust of the large collection of engines and other artefacts produced by the Robey Company of Lincoln and to enable the Trust to expand its educational activities at its “New Perseverance Ironworks” in Tavistock. The Trust is currently in the process of expanding these premises to improve teaching and exhibition facilities.
21st Tavistock Steam Fair Presented by the Robey Trust Ltd.
Visitors are welcome to look around the works, which are normally open on Saturdays from 11am to 5pm. It is preferable to make an appointment for a visit to avoid disappointment.
5th June 2011 - All the usual attractions
In the Bedford and Wharf car parks off Plymouth road
Steam drawn rides around Tavistock.
Railway and traction engine rides in miniature. Vintage and classic vehicles including bikes. Military displays. Vintage tractor run.
Stationary (barn) engine displays Trade stands. And much more.
A wide selection of food and drinks. Inside the Wharf
Superb model engineering exhibition. More food and drinks
Entrance fee £3.50, Under 16 years free 20 Open 10am to 5pm
Unlike most “traction engine rallies” our steam fair is not on grass but a hard surface, so come rain or shine visitors will not be up to their ankles in mud. Hence we rightly describe the event as “Traction Action Without Mud”. As well as our display areas we offer steam hauled rides around the streets of our lovely old historic town of Tavistock passing by a number of iconic buildings including the remains of the abbey, the impressive town hall and Bedford square. You will also pass through part of the main shopping area, an attractive narrow street with an eclectic mix of old and new shops, then on, passing numbers of relatively unchanged cottages built in the early 19th century by the Duke of Bedford to house the workers in his copper and arsenic mines.
vehicles, stationary (barn) engines, working model-engineering exhibits from “Meccano” to hand built traction engines with passenger carrying trailers, a select range of trade stalls, a wide range of refreshments (food and drinks) and much more.
Tavistock’s 21st steam fair 5th June, 10am till 5pm
Entrance charge: a mere £3-50 or free if you are under 16
For more information contact Norman Emmett: 01822 854108 or Don Johnson: 01822 614246
Come and find out for yourselves Help us celebrate
Also on display will be a wide range of vintage and classic
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