Our Rally, The Bedfordshire Steam & Country Fayre
The Society’s annual rally, The Bedfordshire Steam & Country Fayre, is held in the picturesque setting of Old Warden Park. The much-photographed Victorian Country House, built by the Shuttleworth family in the late 1870s, provides a magnificent backdrop for the event.
Attracting over 20,000 visitors each year, the Bedford Steam Engine Preservation Society aims to give an insight into the country life at the turn of the 20th Century when steam was in its heyday. Many working demonstrations are taking place wherever you may care to roam on the 400-acre site.
For the complete day out visit the beer garden, listen to the band and watch the Stage Show. Stay into Saturday evening and end your day marvelling at the magnificent line-up of showman’s engines generating the fairground rides and attractions. Dogs on leads are welcome.
We look forward to seeing you during the weekend.
Come and see how it was done in days of yore!
Due to a large increase in the financial terms and conditions placed upon us by the team at Shuttleworth this year, the Officers & Committee of the Bedford Steam Engine Preservation Society has decided it is time to move the annual Bedfordshire Steam & Country Fayre to a new venue. Consequently, there isn’t a Steam & Country Fayre at Old Warden in 2019.
Frequently Asked Questions
A – We are sign posted from all major routes around the site, our postcode is SG18 9DX
Q – What time to the gates open?
A – Gates open at 9am and close at 5pm each day
Q – Are dogs allowed?
A – Dogs on leads are welcome, please remember to clean up after them and do not leave them in your car or vehicle.
Q – Is the ground uneven?
A – Old Warden Park is established park land and as such uneven pretty much all over. Each year we have many visitors who have difficulty walking and with mobility scooters and they get around without problems
Q – Are refreshments available on site?
A – There is a licensed bar, catering outlets and a food hall within the event grounds, offering a good variety of choice.
Entry to the Bedfordshire Steam & Country Fayre is by Invitation only of the Bedford Steam Engine Preservation Society Committee.
Applications for TRADE STANDS should be made in writing to BSEPS, PO Box 346, Henlow, Beds. SG6 9GP accompanied by an SAE.
Applications for CATERING UNITS should be made in writing to BSEPS, PO Box 346, Henlow, Beds. SG6 9GP accompanied by an SAE and a recent photograph of your unit.
Applications for the CRAFT TENT and FOOD HALL should be directed to Craft People 2000 www.craftpeople2000.co.uk
Please note the event is run by volunteers so a response is not always available the same day, we do not man a telephone 24/7 nor run a full time office. Please consider this when contacting us.
Entries for the Bedfordshire Steam & Country Fayre are open in the following categories:
- Steam Engines
- Fairground Organs
- Working Machinery
- Vintage Tractors (Pre 1970 only)
- Horticultural Tractors (Pre 1970 Only)
- Stationary/Barn Engines
- Heavy Horses
- Vintage Cars (Pre 1948 Only)
- Classic Cars (1949-1978 Only)
- Commercial Vehicles (Pre 1970 Only)
- Military Vehicles
- Motorcycles (Pre 1975)
- Miniature Steam
- Model Tent
- Awning Displays/Bygones
Please note the event is run by volunteers so a response is not always available the same day, we do not man a telephone 24/7 nor run a full-time office. Please consider this when contacting us.
A – No. All entries are by invitation only, applications must be made in writing
Q – Can I photocopy/email a form?
A – No. All entries are by invitation only, forms must be returned by post
Q – When are applications accepted for next year’s event?
A – Applications for entries are welcomed from January 2nd, Entries close on July 31st
Q – Are entries limited?
A – There is a limit on the number of entries in all sections, and age boundaries for exhibits
Q – Do BSEPS members get preference?
A – Yes preference is given to BSEPS members for exhibit entries in all sections
Simply tell the entrance gate staff. You may be asked for verification
Please be aware the ground is uneven (e.g. grass/dirt track
Mobility Scooter HireAvailable by the main pedestrian entrance.
You can book in advance as well at www.eventmobility.org.uk/book-your-scooter
Mobility Scooter Hire
Available by the main pedestrian entrance.You can book in advance as well at www.eventmobility.org.uk
Event Mobilty is a registered charity in England and Wales (no 1158919)