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A Thrilling Finale for Hollycombe Steam


at Hollycombe Steam in the Country, Hampshire On Monday 21st October


ollycombe Steam in the Country enjoyed a magical end to its successful 2019 season on 19th October staging its final Fairground at Night. Welcoming visitors to its historic collection one last time before closing the doors for winter, people came to experience the thrill of the Edwardian Fairground, steam railways, showman’s engines and popular sideshows from the period.


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Throughout the evening there was a spine-tingling chill in the air, Hollycombe was dressed for Halloween and encouraged adults and children alike to turn out in their spookiest costumes. A face-painter was on hand for families to complete their masquerades whilst crowds were entertained by a captivating fire performer and Hollycombe’s very own Showman at the Bioscope.


Around the grounds, the sights and sounds from the many visiting full-sized and miniature steam engines made quite a spectacle. The magnificent Jerry M steam locomotive was double headed with a visiting O&K engine running along the Quarry Railway, both were dressed in lights and Halloween decorations, delighting visitors as they enjoyed riding the 1.5mile route in the historic carriages at night.


Hollycombe was joined by Hometown Festivals, serving a range of autumnal beverages and beers to visitors in the fair


ground and Florio’s Pizza’s. This was alongside the delicious hot and cold favourites provided by the Hollycombe Cafeteria and a range of sweet treats and souvenirs available in the popular Oak Tree Stores. Speaking about the evening, Simon Wildgust, Museum Manager at Hollycombe said: ‘We’re delighted that so many people choose to share their evening with us and make our season finale so memorable.


We’ve enjoyed a very successful season at Hollycombe this year, welcoming many new visitors to our steam collection, as well as seeing familiar faces return to enjoy our events. We’re


extremely thankful for this support and are very much looking forward to welcoming people back to us in spring next year.’


‘Throughout the season our dedicated team of volunteers have worked tirelessly to ensure that the rides at Hollycombe are well looked after and keep running, without them we could not open our wonderful historic collection for people to discover and enjoy.’ Simon continued.


Hollycombe is one of Britain’s largest collections of working steam and a collection of significant national importance, as such, when the gates close for winter the team at Hollycombe move into a very busy period of maintenance.


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