I had heard a lot about the Hollowell Steam and Heavy Horse Show (to give it it’s full title) from friends but we had never been, even though it takes place only 30 minutes drive from our house. So this year, we were free on the weekend of 7/8 July when it was taking place and decided to go along and see what it was all about.
We arrived and parked up with no trouble – and parking was free, which is always a bonus! My first impression on arriving was of just how much there was to do there – the site was massive!
There was a large arena (which was full of horses and carriages when we arrived) surrounded by craft stalls, vintage cars/vans/steam engines, a funfair, performances and plenty of food and drink outlets… There was so much going on it was difficult to know where to start!
We went to look at beautiful steam engines first as they were quite near to the entrance and had caught our eye… they were all in immaculate condition and their red and green paint was gleaming in the sun!
We then spent a little time checking out the craft stalls, sampling some lovely rhubarb cider (which we bought 2 pints of to take home incidentally!) and purchasing home-made fudge from the craft tent – yum! I am a bit of a sucker for craft tents – I love to browse and am always amazed by how many talented people there are around.
The amount of vintage cars on display there was mind-blowing… so if you love all things vintage this was definitely a show worth visiting!
After wandering round for a while, it was time for the Spitfire flyover – it circled the arena several times before disappearing off into the distance… what an amazing aircraft!
And then it was time for a sit down with a glass (plastic of course!) of Pimms to watch the cars in the arena (mainly minis this time)…
This was followed by some of the stunning steam engines driving slowly and steadily round…
There was so much to see and do at Hollowell Steam Show that I wish we’d have gone a bit earlier in the day and spent more time there…
I can recommend a visit next year* – there is plenty to keep all the family entertained for hours!
*Date for next year’s show still to be confirmed.
*All photos were taken on my iPhone 6.