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, home of the world famous Shuttleworth Collection housed in its own museum. The much photographed Victorian Country House, built by the Shuttleworth family in the late 1870’s, 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 hey day. 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.!

Rally Visitor FAQs

Q – How do I find the event?
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 – What does my admission price include?
A – Your admission ticket allows you into the show and to the Shuttleworth Collection (from within the event on the day of purchase only)

Q – Are dogs allowed?
A – Dogs on leads are welcome, please remember to clean up afer 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.

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Steam & Country Fayre 2014
Download booking forms for 2014 click here

Information for Trade, Craft and Catering Opportunities

Entries for 2014 open on January 2nd and close on July 31st

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 Paul Worbey, Park Farm, Arlesey Road, Henlow, Bedfordshire. SG16 6DF accompanied by an SAE.

Applications for CATERING UNITS should be made in writing to Paul Worbey, Park Farm, Arlesey Road, Henlow, Bedfordshire. SG16 6DF 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.

Information on Exhibiting

Entries for 2014 open on January 2nd and close on July 31st

Entry to the Bedfordshire Steam & Country Fayre is by Invitation only of the Bedford Steam Engine Preservation Society Committee. Application for entries should be made in writing to Paul Worbey, Park Farm, Arlesey Road, Henlow, Bedfordshire. SG16 6DF accompanied by an SAE and a recent photograph of the exhibit you wish to enter.

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

All sections have limited spaces and not all applications will be successful. Preference is given to BSEPS members. If you receive a form, you have been offered the opportunity to enter the exhibit pictured in the photograph submitted with your application.

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.

Exhibitor's FAQs

Q – Can I download an entry form to exhibit?
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 amount 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