Cumbria Steam Gathering returns this month
THE county's biggest celebration of vintage vehicles and engines will return next weekend.
Cumbria Steam Gathering will take place at Cark Airfield, near Flookburgh, on Saturday July 29 and Sunday 30.
The popular event, which has drawn visitors and exhibitors from across the country for more than 40 years, features live music by the Pantonic All Stars Steel Orchestra from Stockport as well as an array of motorcycles, vintage cars and steam engines on show.
Another major attraction will be a pair of Barry Sheene's world championship winning Suzuki RG500 motorbikes from his personal collection, that have been shipped over from Australia. The Furness British Motorcycle club will be exhibiting their usual collection of British machines, and there will be a visit from the Furness branch of the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club.
Barry Sheene's RG500s
Special attractions over the weekend include the Broke FMX extreme Moto Cross display team alongside traditional favourites the Sheep Show, the Morecambe Bay Archers and the all-action North West Lawn Mower Racing Association, as well as Mr Alexander's Travelling Show, providing entertainment for all the family during the weekend.
The Clip 'n' Climb climbing wall will be on-site, and there are visits from Joe's Owls and a mobile zoo.
All this in addition to the traditional displays of preserved machinery and vehicles, working displays, craft exhibition and collections of artefacts and memorabilia from days gone by.
The Food Hall also returns, packed with all manner of goods from local producers and numerous catering outlets will be located around the rally site.
Gates open at 9am and close at 5pm both days, and tickets are available on the day. Car parking is free. For more information, visit www.steamgathering.org.uk