Steam engine event at open air museum

The Festival of Steam is back and will include a variety of steam powered exhibits.

The old-fashioned festival at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton, will display a range of steam engines, from industry to the fairgrounds of the Victorian era. Visitors will be able to chat to the owners who have restored the machines.

Exhibits will include 20 full-size road steam (traction) engines, road rollers, agricultural traction engines, road locomotives and motor tractors. Two full-size engines will recreate their original working tasks in the museum’s working woodyard and there will be accurate scale model engines roaming around the site during the event.

Steam motor cars, a steam gramophone and bicycle will also be on display, along with a range of model engines, model boats on the lake, and a couple of ride-on narrow gauge railways. The Festival of Steam will be held on Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19. Admission prices are adults £10, over-65s £9, children £5.40, family £28 (2+3), under four years free.