A great day out for the family!

Advance discount tickets on sale now!

Event Information:

  • Stotfold Watermill
  • Sat 11th - Sun 12th May

  • 10.30am - 5.00pm
  • Advanced Discounted Tickets

Main Event

20th Anniversary Steam Fair & Country Show

Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th May 2024

Now in its 20th year, the Stotfold Mill Steam Fair and Country Show has become one of the most popular events in Central Bedfordshire, attracting thousands of visitors from all over the UK. Combining the wonders of steam power with a variety of entertainment, the Steam Fair offers a fantastic day out for families and steam fans alike.

The funds generated by the Steam Fair are essential for keeping Stotfold Mill and its Nature Reserve open for all to enjoy as a visitor attraction - free of charge. Your support helps us to keep the wheels of history turning.

Discount on Advanced Tickets

Deadline for ordering tickets online: is 23:59 on Wednesday 8th May 2024.
Advance ticket prices have been held for another year! - Prices are £10 Adults, £5 Children in advance ordered online; £13 Adults, £7 Children on the gate

Show Programme

Show Attractions

Details coming soon!

The Saunders Steam Collection

The Saunders Steam collection is the biggest working steam collection in Europe. The collection includes many operating steam traction engines, fairground rides, mechanical organs, vintage lorries and vintage cars.

The Stotfold Mill Preservation Trust are very grateful to the Saunders family and all the collection volunteers for once again attending our show.

Show Timetable

Details coming soon!

Live Music for the Weekend

Saturday

11:30am - 12:00pm Abacus

"Abacus" aka Pete Lloyd and Hazel Rider are a Duo who perform a wide variety of music and song including covers, self penned material and original arrangements of well known songs and tunes. They describe their genre as "Transatlantic Music Past and Present", performing on the John Saunders stage

12:30pm - 1:30pm Caught in the Past

The ultimate feel-good band. Join Kelly, Lydia, Lee and Nigel in partying away to the classic hits from the 1960’s all the way through to today’s chart toppers. Disco, Motown, Funk and Pop, its ABBA, ZZ Top and everything in between.
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1:45pm - 2:15pm Michael King

Hertfordshire based musician, Michael King is an acoustic guitarist and singer from Hitchin. A self-penned singer/songwriter, he has been busy performing throughout the UK, from Saracens Rugby Club, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and numerous festivals including Victorious Festival.

2:30pm - 3:30pm Dakota Smile

Sam & Andy Newland, Elliot Stout and Bass Player George will bring a selection of upbeat party tunes from the 60s to the noughties. Dakota Smile love playing Stotfold Mill, and are looking forward to playing for the visitors once again!

4:00pm - 4:45pm Henlow Hurricanes

Matt, Les, Alex and Anthony, who first formed in 2008 at RAF Henlow's flying club will be playing an unsophisticated blend of british guitar pop covers and anything else they fancy really. But always delivered with passion and humour.

 

 

Sunday

12:00pm- 12:30pm Abacus

"Abacus" aka Pete Lloyd and Hazel Rider are a Duo who perform a wide variety of music and song including covers, self penned material and original arrangements of well known songs and tunes. They describe their genre as "Transatlantic Music Past and Present", performing on the John Saunders stage.

 

12:45pm - 1:30pm Folk Like Us

Playing anything from 60's hits to present day chart toppers, "Folk lik us" has something for everyone. They are a Hertfordshire based guitar and piano duo who will you tapping your feet and singing along to well known songs with a modern day twist and arranged harmonies.

 

2:00pm - 2:45pm Highlands

With individual successes touring internationally, Sam and Gabrielle came together to establish the male/female duo, ’Highlands’. Taking influence from artists such as Birdy, Paolo Nutini and Lizzy McAlpine, Highlands convey cozy and emotive arrangements paired with heartfelt lyrics..

 

3:15pm - 4:00pm The Bs

Ben and Alison aka The B’s, have been friends for many years, and have sung and played together intermittently for the past 6 years. The B’s will perform an acoustic covers set, some old favourites of ours and hopefully a few new ones this year, and are looking forward to returning to Stotfold mill for the first time in 3 years.

 

Saturday Evening

DJ Hayley
5.30 - 6.30

A great start to the evening, DJ Hayley brings you a kids disco like no other! Getting everyone up and dancing with the latest tunes, bubbles and more! Lets get this marquee rocking!

Apollo
7.00 - 8.45

A new band on the local music scene Apollo are a young outfit but don't let their age fool you with a great repertoire of songs, all will know and a stage presence to match remember the name Apollo.

Hot Mess
9.15 - 11.00

With over 30 years of performing experience, the Hot Mess ethos is to bring songs you don't hear your average band play. Celebrating songs of the 80s from artists like Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen, Gerry Rafferty, Tears for Fears, Prince and Human League. Hot Mess will give you a night you'll never forget.

Traditional Cask Ales at the Bar Marquee

Details coming soon!

Traditional Ciders at the Bar Marquee

Details coming soon!

Eating options for the weekend

In addition to the picnic area, where you can bring and eat your own food, the following food options will also be available during the steam fair:

• Fish & Chips - Click for Menu

• Burgers - Click for Menu

• Grill Shack - Click for Menu

• Chinese Noodle Bar - Click for Menu

• Tastes of Germany - Click for Menu

• Chai Indian - Click for Menu

• Greek Gyros Shack - Click for Menu

• Doughnut Shack - Click for Menu

• Ice Cream

F A Q's

Who do I contact if I want to volunteer to help?

The whole event is organised and run by volunteers, without them the show can’t go on. All volunteers get free entry to the event and are invited to celebrate the Mill at our volunteers evening – please email volunteers@stotfoldmill.com

Can I bring a dog?

Yes, dogs are welcome to the show but please be aware it can be quite noisy and there can be lots of people and vehicles moving around so they must be kept on a short lead. With the exception of guide dogs, we do not allow dogs in the mill.

Is it suitable for a pram?

It is a field so the ground is not flat, but you can easily get a pram round some of the event.

Do you have disabled access?

The disabled parking is as close to the Mill as possible. This has the best access to the event field.  

Is there a cash machine?

You can pay for entry on your card at the Mill entrance, unfortunately cashback is not available on site this year.

Can you pay by card?

Yes, the gates accept cards.

How much does it cost?

Advanced tickets are cheaper. On the gate - Adults (16 and over) £15, and Children (4 and over, but under 16) £8. Under 4s are free.

Is it different to last year? There are new things to see and different bands to listen to this year.

How much is car parking? Free!

What if I lose my child? When you arrive you can pickup a wristband from the gate and put your phone number on it so you can be contacted easily.

Do you have mobility scooters?  No we don't, but you can bring your own.

Can I get cheaper tickets? Yes - tickets booked online until 8th May are discounted.

Are there refreshments? The Mill Tea Room will be open over the weekend and there are a range of different trade stands and food stalls around the field offering a wide range of foods.

Are there disabled toilets?

Yes, in the Mill and around the field.

Are there baby changing facilities?

Yes, in the Mill and there are changing tables in the disabled toilets on the field.

When is the bar open?

The bar opens at 11am and closes around midnight on Saturday and 5pm Sunday!

How much is Saturday night?

Free! We have a children’s disco from 5pm followed by live music till late.

Is the Nature Reserve open?

Not this weekend but you can visit at any other time.

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Open Dates & Times

Stotfold Watermill is a great day out for all the family and is open to the public on various dates throughout the year. The Nature Reserve which adjoins the Mill is open all year round.

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Shop At The Mill

The Kingfisher Gift Shop stocks a selection of gift items suitable for all ages. It specialises in our own high quality stone-ground flour, which is recommended for making bread.

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Join As A Volunteer

Our volunteer teams are the vital cogs that keep the Mill and Nature Reserve running. Can you spare some time to join the teams which enable us to open the Mill to visitors?