With Kings Park only being a stone’s throw away from our casa, we decided to take a trip to the first ever Kings Park Vintage Steam Fair. Also in attendance was my son and his godfather, who is a massive fan of the Great Dorset Steam Fair. The Steam Fair was a 2-day show over the weekend of 4 -5 July, with fundraising for the Help for Heroes charity a big part of the weekend.

There were a variety of large and small steam engines, vintage cars, trucks, and bikes on show. Something for everyone. The enormity of the engines is staggering, especially when a 2 year old boy is stood next to them. (See bottom image)

I hope that the event will be back next year; it gets a definite thumbs up from me. If so, please can you warn us when you are about to do a group steam engine “toot toot”, it scared the living daylights out of my son!!!!

*Did you notice on the top image – Speed 5 miles an Hour!

Miniature truck. #steamengine

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Kings Park Vintage Steam Fair 2015

Kings Park Vintage Steam Fair 2015

Things to see

8.0 /10

Things to do

6.0 /10

Overall experience

7.5 /10


  • Excellent array of steam engines
  • Great parade
  • Little boys loved it


  • Could have had more stalls
  • More demos would be good