‘Hollycombe is by no means a quiet place to be during the winter month’s’, commented Simon. ‘almost immediately after the gates close to visitors, our winter maintenance programme begins in earnest to ensure that the rides are ready and operational for next year. Due to the inclement weather during the winter months and the importance of the rides, we dismantle the fairground and carry out any necessary work to protect and restore the collection over the winter. Our volunteers lead this work and they will be on site working tirelessly on a variety of projects at Hollycombe whilst we are closed. This includes maintaining the rides, the steam trains and many engines as well as keeping the grounds well looked after and buildings safe and secure. There really are many jobs that need to be done at Hollycombe during this period and we would welcome support from anyone who can give their time to help us during winter.’ Simon added.

The steam collection will re-open it’s gates to the public on Friday 10th April 2020 for Easter Weekend. All full-priced tickets are valid for one year from the date of purchase and include all the annual open days at Hollycombe as well as the enjoyable special events.

About Hollycombe

Hollycombe Working Steam in The Country is a registered educational charity (1061693), which relies solely on the money it receives from visitors. The steam collection takes its name from the Hollycombe estate. In 1951 the estate was purchased by the late John Baldock and his family and it is through them that the steam collection began. Today Hollycombe is the largest traditional Heritage Fairground in Britain, and includes a fully working steam fairground, narrow gauge and miniature steam railways. The collection is run by volunteers who keep the Edwardian Fairground working as it did a century ago - entertaining children and adults

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