The Chester-le-Street Steam and Vintage fair will return to the town this weekend promising a range of entertainment for all the family.

Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the event at Lambton Park, Chester-le-Street on Saturday (July 9) and Sunday (July 10) this weekend.

The event first ran in 1956 and sees vintage steam vehicles and machinery put on display for all to enjoy.

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Other entertainment includes performances by re-enactment societies and even lawnmower racing.

Here’s everything you need to know if you’re planning on going along to the event this weekend:

Can I still buy tickets?

Tickets will be available on entry for anyone who hasn’t pre-booked.

Entry costs £10 for adults and £5 for children (5-15) and over 60s, while under 5s can enter for free.

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

What time will it start and finish?

The event is running from 10am til 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday but some attractions may wind down from 4pm.

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Where is the fair being held?

The event is being held at Lambton Park, Chester-le-Street, where it was first held in 1956.

The full address is: Lambton Estate, Chester-Le-Street, DH3 4PX

Are dogs allowed?

Families can take their four-legged friends with them however organisers have warned that it may not be ideal for nervous dogs because of loud noise, including bangs and mock explosions.

Can I stay at the venue for both days?

Camping tickets were available for those wishing to make a full weekend of the event but these have now sold out.

What attractions will there be?

Organisers say there will be a range of attractions for all of the family including vintage cars, commercial vehicles, motorbikes, military vehicles, tractors, stationary engines, and fairground rides.

What will the weather be like?

It is set to be warm and sunny this weekend with highs of 20C on Saturday and 21C on Sunday, according to the Met Office.

Forecasters also say there will be high levels of UV and pollen so visitors may wish to be prepared with sun cream and medication for hayfever sufferers.


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