The fair showground has moved to Churston's Kennels Showfields, opposite the old showground

Weekend of fun for all as Torbay Steam Fair returns with non-stop entertainment

Nikki Belso

The Bay is gearing up for this weekend’s first Torbay Steam Fair since 2019 – and the first in its new Churston showground looks to be the biggest and best yet.

The major local event is back after the pandemic and a group of local volunteers have worked tirelessly to ensure a great weekend that is the second-largest outdoor event in Devon after the county show.

To celebrate its return, Torbay Steam Fair organisers Torbay Steam Rally Association have their famous road run of steam engines from Paignton pier to the showground at 11am tomorrow (Friday, August 5), followed by the grand opening of the event at midday by MP Anthony Mangnall.

Before opening the fair, Mr Mangnall is set to join one of the steam engines on the steam road run.

While principally a steam fair, the gathering has expanded its attractions and now incorporates vintage cars, commercial vehicles, motorbikes, military vehicles, tractors, stationary engines and fairground rides.

The fair will feature food outlets, including pizza, Indian, Thai, pasties, chips and burgers plus a tea tent with indoor and outdoor seating that will serve food and cakes and, of course, ice cream vans.

The fair’s famous beer and entertainment marquee is back with local brewery Branscombe Brewery providing the bar to include their ales.

There will be all manner of parades and demonstrations by the various sections and the long weekend’s beer and live music festival kicks off this evening (Thursday, August 4) featuring Katrina and The Slaves at 9pm.

Tomorrow (Friday) will see Solid Gold performing at 9pm with Freeway on stage at 9pm on Saturday. Saturday also features Purple Vision Disco with DJ Pete Wheatley at 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm.

The evenings also feature non-stop entertainment including the evening showmans’ light up. Entrance is by donation.

Lesley Manning, secretary of the Torbay Steam Fair committee, said: “New for this year will be children’s hour on Saturday afternoon only from 3pm to 4pm. The children get a free drink and either two free fairground rides or one free fairground ride and a donkey ride. There is children’s disco and a demonstration of how a steam engine works!

“It’s been a two long years since we were able to put on our annual Torbay Steam Fair but we are pleased to be back and invite everyone to enjoy all the show has to offer.

“We aim to bring history alive at the fair to preserve our heritage and pass the knowledge on to the next generation.”

Torbay Steam Fair will be held at the Kennels Showfields on Dartmouth Road, Churston Ferrers. Tickets for the fair cost £12, with concessions for seniors and students at £10 and children under 16 for £6. Family tickets for two adults and up to four children, cost £30. Children under five are free of charge.

For more information about the event, visit www.torbaysteamfair.co.uk or follow Torbay Steam fair on Facebook or @TorbaySteam on Twitter

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