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Norfolk Steam Engine Shows in 2016

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Bunty -traction -engineSummer is the perfect time to enjoy the majesty of steam age machinery, we can’t think of a better way to spend the day than taking in the sights and sounds of a Steam Show (Unless enjoying the beauty and tranquility of a garden in full bloom is more your speed - in which case you’ll have to wait for next week’s post!)

Here’s a quick rundown of the best Steam Shows taking place this summer in and around Norfolk and further afield.

Summer Steam Events at Bressingham Gardens

There is plenty happening at Bressingham Gardens as the weather warms up this year for lovers of steam and engines, agriculture and rural life. We start of on the 13th of August, a packed day for Bressingham with two events running together.

The East Anglian Garden Railway Show

Sat 13th Aug 2016
Location: Bressingham Gardens

Join us for The East Anglian Garden Railway Show. We will have Trade Stands for all you enthusiast and Layouts Including Live Steam.

Steam in Miniature weekend

Sat 13th Aug to Sun 14th Aug 2016
Location: Bressingham Gardens

August and Bressingham’s annual Steam in Miniature weekend is coming around again. Where working scale models of steam locomotion are on show, ranging from the large and decorative engines used by fairground showmen and the travelling fairs to the more humble road rollers used to maintain the highways and by-ways.

Scales ranges from tiny models just 2½ inches; right upto the larger models; approximately half the size of the originals.

The models are awesome when gathered together like this. An amazing sight!

Model Railway Exhibition

Sun 4th Sep 2016
Location: Bressingham Gardens

September brings our Model Railway Exhibition featuring visiting layouts of a variety of scales and gauges.

Bressingham will have many visiting Model Rail layouts from all over East Anglia. Visit the Exhibition and Stalls. Come and have a go on our three narrow gauges of passenger carrying railways.

The Rail layouts have a wide range of modelling gauges, styles and traction types – Steam, Diesel and Electric.

The Exhibition will also feature a number of trade stalls. Trade stands make it the ideal place to buy for the train enthusiast.

Summer Steam & Vehicle shows happening in Norfolk

If you still haven't fully filled your appetite for steam there are several other events happening across Norfolk this summer.

Brass 'N Steam Concert of Brass Band Music

Sat July 16th 2016
Location: Strumpshaw Steam Museum

Enjoy the Brass 'N Steam Concertat Strumpshaw Steam Museum. Christie Cinema Organ will be playing during the Evening

Little Ellingham Vintage Working Show

Sat 10th to Sun 11th Aug 2016
Location: Little Ellingham

The Vintage Working Showboasts Steam threshing, baling & chaff cutting. Shire horse displays, ploughing & shows. Fun & match ploughing (tractors & horse) Vintage tractors, cars, lorries, motorbikes etc. vintage combines & binders working. Licensed bar & trade stands.

And much more.

North Norfolk Railway Steam Gala

Fri 2nd to Sun 4th Sept 2016
Locaton: Holt

The Norfolk Norfolk Railway Poppy Line presents its Annual Summer Railway Steam Gala

Autumn Steam Rally

Sat 3rd to Sun 4th Sept 2016
Location: Strumpshaw Steam Museum

Strumpshaw’s Autumn Steam Rally hosts steam engines, tractors, classic cars, working demonstration. Trade Stands Ring Events and Children's entertainment. Looks like a fun packed day!

Other Events in UK  that might be worth a visit

Norfolk isn't the only place you can see a great Steam show - here's a couple of suggestions if you're elsewhere in the UK;

The Euston Country Fair

Sunday June 12th 2016
Euston Park, Suffolk

The Euston Country Fair holds it’s annual celebration (this will be it's 25th year) of rural pursuits and agriculture on Sunday June 12th. It promises another great day out for all ages whilst raising money for a range of charities and good causes including St. Nicholas Hospice Care.

Grand Henham Steam Rally

Sat 17th to Sun 18th Sept 2016
Henham Park, Suffolk

From a jousting stunt show with their own medieval tent, where you can meet the knights and have photos taken to Working Dog Displays and helicopter flights. It should be well worth a visit to Grand Henham Steam Rally in the Autumn.

Are there any local places or events you think we should know about?

If you’ve particularly enjoyed any places or events in Norfolk or Suffolk let us know.

We always like hearing about other local attractions!

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By Alastair Baker at 15 Jun 2016, 00:00 AM