Seaside Steam and Vintage Festival in Ingoldmells this weekend

The Seaside Steam and Vintage Festival will be on show in Ingoldmells this weekend.
The Seaside Steam and Vintage Festival will be on show in Ingoldmells this weekend.
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Hundreds of classic steam engines and vintage vehicles will go on display in Ingoldmells this weekend in what is hoped to become a major annual fixture for the village.

The Seaside Steam and Vintage Festival will see dozens of private collections, featuring many rare and unusual feats of historic engineering go on show over two days of entertainment and activities.

“If you want to see some of the great steam engines of yesteryear alongside live animals and monster trucks, this is the place to be,” said a spokesperson.

“The event is going to make Ingoldmells the new home of Seaside Steam.”

More than 200 steam engines, miniatures, lorries and fire engines are expected to descend on Queen Elizabeth Playing Fields for the event, which runs from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Around 15 different culinary stalls offering a vast array of delicious global cuisines will also be catering for the hordes of hungry enthusiasts.

And there will also be musical entertainment, a licensed bar, live events, trade stands, craft tents, and more.

Ingoldmells Parish Council has expressed its support for the event, which is hoped to become a regular highlight for the village’s calendar.

“It’s a first for Ingoldmells and we hope that as well as attracting the regular holidaymakers it will also bring some of the steam enthusiasts who perhaps haven’t visited us before,” said parish chairman Coun John Arnott-Watson, who will be officiating the opening of the event. “If this event is a success, hopefully it will become an annual fixture, which is what we need.”

The Village, Church Farm, was also initially planned to host some of the steam engines, though this has now bee redirected to the Ingoldmells event.

Organisers say there is ample parking for visitors throughout the village, which will be signposted specially for the event.

Entry to the event costs £6.50 for adults, £6.50 for children over 12, £5 for OAPs and children under 12 go free.