A popular ‘Steam and Vintage’ fair will come to County Durham this weekend, with tickets still available for visitors.

The Chester-le-Street Steam and Vintage fair will return to the town on Saturday (July 9) and Sunday (July 10) and promises a range of entertainment for all the family.

The event, which first ran in 1956, will return to its original venue of Lambton Park, Chester-le-Street from 10am til 5pm on both days with thousands of visitors expected to attend.

Organisers say displays will include vintage cars, commercial vehicles, motorbikes, military vehicles, tractors, stationary engines, and fairground rides.

The Northern Echo: Thousands attended the 2021 event. Picture: CLS STEAMThousands attended the 2021 event. Picture: CLS STEAM

Vintage car owners will be displaying their beloved vehicles to the crowds with exhibitor passes now sold out.

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Visitors can also expect lawnmower racing and performances of various historical re-enactment groups including Viking, First World War, Second World War, American Civil War, Cowboys and Roman armies.

There will also be a selection of food and drink vendors on the site for families looking to make a day of the rally.

The Northern Echo: There will be an array of steam machinery and vehicles at the event. Picture: CLS STEAMThere will be an array of steam machinery and vehicles at the event. Picture: CLS STEAM

The Steam and Vintage fair was forced to cancel its 2020 event due to the Covid pandemic but returned last year with new attractions as restrictions started to ease.

Now organisers say it is ‘full steam ahead’ for this year’s rally with all restrictions relaxed and are planning a second event at Barnard Castle in September (Saturday 17 and Sunday 18).

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Ticketholders will be hoping the weather stays dry for the outside event. Forecasters predict highs of 18C on Saturday and Sunday with cloud and sunny spells on both days and less than a five per cent change of rain, according to the Met Office.

Tickets are still available for the fair and can be purchased on the door for £10 for adults and £5 for children (5-15) and over 60s, while under 5s can enter for free.

Families can also buy a family ticket for £25 for two adults and two children.

Parking will also be available on the Lambton Park site.

Organisers have said that dogs are allowed at the event but there will be a lot of noise from the machinery so it may not be ideal for all pets.


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