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

The Rockets

Combining adrenaline-fuelled stunt action with strength, passion and dedication this talented troupe of young boys & girls will astound you with their airborne stunts & formation riding. http://www.therockets.co.uk

Stuntworld International

Stuntworld, the most experienced and longest running Stunt Team in Great Britain. Stuntworld have performed all over the world and have accumulated five world records on its way, Stuntworld is a team of the most unbelievable and talented riders that will amaze you with their skills. The Team perform a range of stunt including Ramp Jumps, Wheelies, Stoppies, Quad Stunts, Rollover Motorbike, Rollover Quad, Two Wheel drive Jeep and many more remarkable stunts. https://www.stuntworld.co.uk

English School of Falconry Display Team

The english school of falconry display team will be providing flying displays of their birds, which could include a range of different species of Owls, Hawks, Eagles or Falcons. This display will be accompanied by a running commentary providing facts about the birds, while keeping it light hearted and fun. Thrill as the team bring the birds over your heads, and duck as the falcon stoops in. https://birdsofpreycentre.co.uk/birds-of-prey/

Paws for Thought Dog Display Team

Paws for thought will be bringing their dog races, fun agility, unusual retrieves, tricks and exceptional commentary, delivered in a relaxed and entertaining style. Be amazed by their dogs jumping through hoops of fire, plus a Jack Russell ladder walking! https://www.pawsforthought-dogdisplay.co.uk

Traction Engine Tug of War

Did you know, Great Britain are the reigning Olympic Champions in Tug of War? It was last contested in 1908, and won by the GB Team! In our version of the game, one team is made up of members of the audience - as many people of all ages as can possibly hold on to the rope - the other is a traction engine. Have you got what it takes to pull the engine over the line?!

Fun Fair

Roll up, roll up! All the fun of the fair! Come and show off your driving skills on the Dodgems, race each other on the steam powered Galloping Horses, see who can make it to the bottom of the Helter Skelter fastest and see the daring motorcyclists on the Wall of Death.

The Play Zone

Unlimited FREE access to an amazing range of inflatable slides, bouncy castles and more - including a bouncy castle suitable for adults!
https://www.bedfordshirefun.co.uk/

Local Schools and Academies
Displays performed by pupils of local schools and academies - this year on the Saunders Stage.

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 Life Lounge

Join Kelly and Nigel as a newly formed acoustic duo playing assorted music.
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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

Martons 61 Deep (3.8%)

61 meters, that’s the depth of the well at the Brewery that gives this refreshing pale ale its name. The five American and Australian hops give it its fresh, zesty aroma, whilst the tropical fruits and citrus notes make it extremely drinkable. Dive In!!.

Jennings - Cumberland Ale (4.0%)

Its deep refreshing flavour is still very much in line with contemporary tastes. A supremely refreshing beer using carefully selected English hop varieties that are added at two points in the brewing process to give this beer its unique characteristics.

Theakston – Best   (3.8%)

Using five different hop varieties giving Best Bitter a complex but subtle taste profile. The combination of dryness as generated by Target and Challenger hops, is balanced by sweetness created by the generous use of prime malting barley.

Theakston - Light foot (Gluten Free) (4.1%)

Light, continental blonde beer style. This is a very pale, straw coloured ale that uses a blend of finest English ale malt, wheat and German and Slovakian hops to achieve a ‘continental blonde’ style, flavour and aroma.

Butcombe Brewery - Butcombe bitter (4.0%)

Distinctive bitter, clean and refreshingly dry flavour. Made with only the best Maris Otter malt blended with a variety of English hops (a secret that we can never share), Butcombe Original is the classic session beer.

Theakston – Old Peculier (5.6%)

The power of Old Peculier should never be under- estimated! A dark, strong beer Old Peculier is justifiably famous for its rich and complete character, its sheer strength  and for being a beer with a long history.

Brains – The Rev James (4.5%)

Based on a recipe from 1885 The Rev. James Original is rich and well-balanced with a mellow malty flavour that unexpectedly gives way to a clean, refreshing finish. Brewed using exclusive Buckleys’ yeast this award-winning ale will save your soul and satisfy your thirst.

Traditional Ciders at the Bar Marquee

Farmer Jim's - Farmyard Fruits (4.0%)

A pale refreshingly fruity cider, full of the joys of summer!

Farmer Jim's - Farmyard Perry (4.5%)

A light fruity Perry made from proper Perry Pears..

Farmer Jim's - Copper Top (7.0%)

A rich copper coloured cider that is full of taste and strength!

Farmer Jim's - Rootin' Tootin' (4.0%)

A medium cider blended with spicy ginger and tart raspberry.

Lilleys Ciders – Cheeky Pig (7.5%)

A medium dry blend of perry and cider that is golden amber in colour. Made using our crisp Somerset apple cider and our fresh tasting perry, resulting in a refreshing drink which is packed full of flavour with a fairly dry texture. 7.5%

Lilleys Ciders – Fire Dancer (4.5%)

A traditional cloudy cider with a rich rosy colour. This cider has been packed full of apples to really allow the taste to come through. Medium.

Lilleys Ciders – Gladiator (8.4%)

This strong rustic cider with its Roman flair has everything. Well rounded, fruity, packed full of flavour and intoxicatingly easy to drink for an.

Lilleys Ciders – Dark Cider   (7.5%)

This mysterious cider has a completely unique character. Dark in colour it has woody and caramel notes and has been carefully crafted to appeal more to ale drinkers than our other ciders.

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 we don't believe cashback will be 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) £13, and Children (4 and over, but under 16) £7. 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 - full details are on this page.

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 5:30pm 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?