Now in its 38th year, Slaidburn Steam Fair has become one of the region’s leading events and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever before

Slaidburn Steam Fair began with just one steam engine and now visitors can expect to see numerous engines exhibited alongside classic cars, vintage tractors and other displays.

Historically the fair has always been held on the field adjacent to the Hark to Bounty in the heart of the village as organiser David McNamee explains: “At one point it was suggested that we use a larger field as the fair expanded, but it would lose its identity. It is a unique event that people really enjoy and the location is perfect.”

The fair has become so popular that this year one exhibitor is travelling from Shropshire with his steam engine: “It is going to take three days! Many of the exhibitors have become personal friends,” adds David.

Over the years the fair has raised around £80,000 for various charities – this year, all proceeds from the fair will go to the British Heart Foundation and the NW Air Ambulance.

To be held on 9th and 10th June starting at 10.30am this year’s fair will also feature rural crafts and entertainment by Phil Knight and Friends on the Saturday night.



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