66. Northleach Steam & Vintage Show
A traditional country steam show, which was a popular fixture in the Cotswold calendar for decades before lapsing for 13 years, has proved a hit again since its revival in 2013.
Northleach Steam & Vintage Show took place on a showground nestled on a hillside on the borders of Eastington and Northleach for many years from the 1950s when it drew steam enthusiasts from near and far.
Whilst it might not have been one of the biggest shows in the country, its heritage and relaxed atmosphere set in idyllic Cotswold countryside gave it a uniqueness of its own.
The event became known as Northleach Steam and Stationary Engine Show which, following the death of its founder, Peter Nicholls, was run by his daughter Rita Nicholls for a couple of years. In later years it was organised by Ken Darbun but the event lapsed in 2000 after he passed away.
Thirteen years followed without there being the smell of coal and steam mixed in the air and whistles blowing, or the “phut phut” sound of oil engines doing their thing around the rolling hills.
In late 2012, Steve Freemantle, a Ferguson tractor enthusiast and resident of Northleach, decided to revive the steam show and pulled together a small rag tag band of volunteers to help him.
The aim was to provide a venue for everyone to enjoy in the old-fashioned spirit, with affordable entry and the chance to raise money for local good causes.
In September 2013, the steam engines and stationary engines returned to the roads and fields of Northleach once more, along with vintage tractors, classic cars, commercial vehicles, military vehicles, motorcycles and even pedal cycles, in greater numbers than Steve could had ever imagined.
Such was the level of applications to take part in the show that the venue had to be relocated to the other end of town, where the rallies had originally been run all those years ago.
Apart from the smells and sounds of the steam engines and other vehicles, visitors can enjoy various stalls, live music, a variety of food and an ale festival.
There's also children's entertainment including fun fair amusements, ferret racing, airsoft paintball, have-a-go archery and a climbing wall.
The 2015 Northleach Steam & Vintage Show took place over the weekend of September 12-13.
Northleach Steam & Vintage Show