On Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August from 10am-5pm (last admission 4pm), Oakleigh Fairs will return to Knebworth House for the 8th year of The Steam Crafts & Country Life Fair.
The event aims to offer something for everybody with many superb shows and displays, featuring but not limited to: the ‘FANY’s’ Historical Re-enactment on Horseback Display Team, dramatic birds of prey flying displays, terrier racing, children’s entertainer Mario Magic, the goat show including bottle feeding lambs and kids, children’s petting pens, historical re-enactment and demonstrations of rural skills.
Perhaps the greatest invention of the industrial revolution, there is something magical about steam engines. The whirring turbines and the tooting pistons of the giant machines shrouded in a cloud of steam never fail to spark the imaginations of young and old alike. The fair will feature 11 full size steam engines and 19 scale models, which will be brought into the arena for a parade accompanied by a commentary explaining more about the unique machines.
Jez Avery’s Stunt Bikes and Buggies will keep the whole family on the edge of their seat as he performs his nail-biting show full of stunts, tricks and the new roll over quad. Throughout the death defying show Jez will be providing his entertaining commentary on his own stunts.
If you are looking for something safer but equally exciting, there will be plenty of crafts, including: besom broom making, spinning and weaving, basket making and thatching. In addition to this, an array of unique Art, Craft & Gift products that aren’t available on the high street will be on sale in the marquees and from the outside trade stands.
On Sunday 13th, there will be The Companion Dog Show, which includes a “Waggiest Tail” category! So bring along a canine friend and have a go. Entries begin 12:00 noon and cost £1 per category; all proceeds go to Marie Curie care. The judging will commence at 1:00pm and the top three places will be awarded with envied rosettes.
Alternatively you can relax with a drink from the licensed bar and enjoy some music by the “Plonkers Agricultural Band”.
A spokesman from the Steam Craft & Country Life Fair said: “We are delighted to be returning to Knebworth for our Fair, now in its 8th year, to which we have invited a whole host of steam engines – both scale and full size to add to our regular entertainment, in a celebration of country life at its best as well as much more besides. It’s a fantastic setting and we really enjoy working with the team there.
Our events are designed with the whole family in mind – we want to deliver a really good weekend that everyone can enjoy – young and old and we are bringing some fantastic new entertainment to the show this year.”
Tickets booked online before the day of the event qualify for a 10% discount off the full-price of £9.50 for ages 3 and above, or £34.00 for a family ticket/group of 4. Tickets at full price will be available at the gate on the day. Park & Gardens entry is free for Season Ticket holders and children under 3. House tickets can be purchased at a supplement of £3.50 for adults, £3.00 for senior citizens / children.
It’ll be a great day out for the whole family at fantastic value as included with the price of Park & Gardens entry are: the Steam Craft & Country Life event, the Garden Sculpture Exhibition, the Adventure Playground with Fort Knebworth, the maze, the 250 acre Park, 28 acres of Formal Gardens and the trail of 72 life-sized pre-historic creatures.
There is ample free parking at the Adventure Playground, the show site and Barns carpark. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome in the Park and show area (but not inside the food marquees, House, Gardens, or Fort Knebworth).
A variety of locally produced items, brochures and crafts can be bought from our Gift Shop, including a new range of Knebworth House branded items. In addition to the food and drink vendors to choose from in the show ground, you can enjoy our Tea Room which serves a selection of light lunches, homemade cakes, sandwiches and drinks and offers plenty of inside and alfresco seating.
For more information visit the Knebworth House website at www.knebworthhouse.com, or phone the estate office on 01438 812661.