A day out at the Cheshire Steam Fair

A day out at the Cheshire Steam Fair

We have only ever been to something like this once before and that was a few years ago when we visited the Astle Park Traction Engine Valley at Chelford. This event – the Cheshire Steam Fair was a two day weekend event and it really did lend itself to an excellent day out with lots of colour, sound and smells.

Had it not been for Covid 19 and the global pandemic we would probably have been prior to last weekend, but as it was I think this was the first time the event had been able to be staged for a few years. We made a family day of it and met up with our daughter, her husband and three children (aged six to nine). They all went on to enjoy the day just as much as we did.

I think our last day out in Cheshire was when we took a quiet and peaceful stroll along the River Weaver –  in terms of noise, colour and activity this event couldn’t have been more different than that peaceful amble along the riverside.

A really good event to visit

There is no question about it really – it’s a first class value for money day out.

As an event the Cheshire Steam Fair has been going for some time and in fact has been established for over 30 years. The venue is certainly easy enough to get to – it’s at a place called Daresbury near Warrington and is just a few hundred yards off the major motorway network.

I can’t claim to be a steam enthusiast and I have no particular fascination with traction engines and that whole world BUT it is a genuinely fascinating show to visit.

In addition to any number of traction engines and other steam driven engines, there were cars on display, various auto jumble type stalls, motorcycle displays, tractor displays, a fun fair, a motorcycle stunt show and much more.

The weather when we went was good. In fact it was pretty hot as it was at the start of the July heatwave I’m not sure it would have been quite as much fun had it been cold wet and windy.

When you add into the mix an advance ticket price of £10 per adult (£25 for a family ticket), plenty of on site parking and an event that seems to be pretty well organised there was little not to like abput it. If you havent been to one of these events then I’d say it’s well worth watching out for the next one.

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