The Great Dorset Steam Fair
Our beautiful county of Dorset has so much to offer its visitors all year round. Not only do we have the stunning Jurassic coastline but also, just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of the city, you'll find your eyes feasting on the beautiful farmland and winding country lanes that are so abundant in this special part of rural England.
Stepping back into history when you stay in one of our beautifully elegant and historical rooms here at the Langtry Manor, you'll already be in the mind-set for more of the same, so if you feel inclined to something a little off the beaten track then how about a day out at the Great Dorset Steam Fair?
This special event is an annual affair taking place towards the end of the summer at which we are treated to something quite spectacular and from another era. The tiny village of Tarrant Hinton is turned into a Steam Engine enthusiasts 'Mecca' where thousands flock to gaze upon and admire the beautiful steam vehicles that have been so painstakingly taken care of by their truly devoted owners, past and present.
One feels oneself taking a walk back in time when visiting the Great Dorset Steam Fair, crossing paths with characters from all walks of life, dressed in the clothes of the day, and hailing from all four corners of the world. Excited enthusiasts and novices alike descend upon the 600 acres of farmland that have been turned over to the organizers for this recurring event, now in its forty second year. Everything from veteran motorcycles, and classic cars, to military vehicles, giant steam rollers and humungous heavy haulage vehicles make their way around the showground for all to watch, in awe of these immense steel beasts.
And when finally you are fully infused with the delights of all that steam, the history and amazing energy of the day, then take the short drive back through the country lanes to the Langtry Manor where you can return to the comfort of your room, or by keeping in the spirit and enjoying the six course Edwardian banquet in the elegant Langtry's Restaurant.
The dates fot the Great Dorset Steam Fair are August 28th, 2013 - September 1st, 2013 and held at Tarrant Hilton and with the thousands of visitors descending upon the area at that time, we highly recommend making your hotel reservations well in advance.