A great day out for the family!

Advance discount tickets are now on sale for a limited time.

Event Information:

  • Stotfold Watermill
  • Sat 12th - Sun 13th May
  • 10.30am - 5.00pm
  • Advanced Discounted Tickets

Main Event

Steam Fair & Country Show

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May 2018

Now in its 16th year the Steam Fair and Country Show is, as ever, a popular event that continues to draw crowds from all over the country.

The funds generated are essential to  keep The Mill and its Nature Reserve open for all to enjoy as a visitor attraction, without charge. Please help keep our rural heritage alive and come along to our 2018 Steam Fair and Country Show.

Download the programme 


or look below for details of the show and live music.

20% Discount on Advanced Tickets

Deadline for ordering tickets online:  Friday 11th May 2018.

Show Programme

Show Attractions

17th Century Life & Times Group
Musketry and artillery firing displays, plus a living history area where visitors will be able to talk to the soldiers, their officer, the camp followers and handle various items from that period.


Ridgeside Falconry Display
One of the largest falconry displays in the country and a static display of approximately 15-20 different birds of prey from all around the world.


Clown Bluey @His Crazy Fire Engine
Clown Bluey's Clown Car is a Fire Engine! With Flossie Fleabag, hairy Fire Dog 3rd Class (Ruff Crufts). Together with child audience volunteers, Chief Fire Officer Bluey demonstrates the latest fire-fighting techniques.


Jez Avery Stunt Show (Saturday)
Jez offers a display, with four different vehicles. The show includes wheelies, stoppies, two wheel driving, drifting, doughnuts and precision driving.


Flyin Ryan Motorcycle Stunt Show (Sunday)
Flyin Ryan performs a traditional motorcycle stunt show with daredevil stunts and comedy routines.


Captain Neville and his Flying Circus
The flying display will feature a variety of aircraft including; DH Queen Bee, Piel Emeraude and an iconic Tiger Moth biplane.

Free Kids Zone
Free activities sponsored by Stotfold Mill including an inflatable slide, two bouncy castles, gladiator joust and giant games.

Local Schools and Academies
Displays in the arena by Gothic Mede Academy, Gifford’s Dance Academy and the Christina Marks School for Performing Arts with Etonbury Academy

Stotfold Salvation Army Band (Sunday)
The Stotfold Salvation Army Band was formed in 1890 and it is said that the first instrument to be played was a tin whistle! From these humble beginnings much has been achieved, both in Stotfold and the surrounding district.

Saturday Evening

Come and enjoy an evening of fabulous free entertainment which starts at 5pm with our popular children’s disco in the bar marquee and ‘happy hour’ discounted fair rides in the showground. We’re delighted that The New Town Centres and Uptown Funk will provide some great live music. The licensed bar will be open until late with food available to purchase at several outlets.

The New Town Centres

We are delighted that one of the most well known and loved local bands, The New Town Centres will be headlining the free Saturday evening of this year’s Steam Fair weekend.

Exiled from their hometown of Stevenage for a crime they refused to commit, THE NEW TOWN CENTRES are now based in Hitchin. They have a strict no  'no-nonsense' approach to performance,  ie there will be  plenty of nonsense.  Well-honed nonsense. But fear not. You'll feel compelled to dance, bounce, punch the air, sing and shout along to their pop-rock-disco interpretations of classic  tunes. Everything from Elvis to ELO, Blur to The White Stripes.  For the cooler kids and the more discerning music fans amongst you they also play credible, up-to-date bangers . Have it you shall.                             http://newtowncentres.com/

Uptown Funk

Are a local band whose aim is to please! The evening will start in the best possible way with them starting things off so you can get down and funky! From 70s classics to up to date tracks, Uptown Funk will help make the night one never to forget!

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. Treat yourself to a fantastic steam ride around Stotfold aboard Martha a 1932 Sentinel Steam Bus, that will be making regular trips all weekend.

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

Saturday Main Arena Line-Up

10.30am - Steam Up

10.45am - Gothic Mede Academy

11.10am - Gifford’s Dance Academy

11.30am - Clown Bluey

12.00pm - 17th Century Life & Times

12.30pm - Ringside Falconry

1.00pm - Jez Avery Stunt Show

1.30pm - Captain Neville and his Flying Circus

2.00pm - Traction Engine Tug of War

3.00pm - Clown Bluey

3.30pm - 17th Century Life & Times

4.00pm - Ringside Falconry

4.30pm - Jez Avery Stunt Show

5.00pm - Steam Parade

Sunday Main Arena Line-Up

10.30am - Steam Up

11.00am - Christina Marks School of Performing Arts with Etonbury Academy

11.30am - 17th Century Life & Times

12.00pm - Clown Bluey

12.30pm - Ringside Falconry

1.00pm - Flyin Ryan

1.30pm - Captain Neville and his Flying Circus

2.00pm - Traction Engine Tug of War

3.00pm - 17th Century Life & Times

3.30pm - Clown Bluey

4.00pm - Ringside Falconry

4.30pm - Flyin Ryan

Live Music for the Weekend


11.30 - 12.15 The B’s

12.30 - 12.50 Abacus

1.00 - 1.30 Arfur Shandy

1.45 - 2.30 Dakota Smile

2.45 - 3.45 Becky Phillips

4.00 - 5.00 Second Day Soup


11.00 - 11.20 Abacus

11.30 - 12.00 Michael King and David Hayzen

12.15 - 1.00 Henlow Hurricanes

1.15 - 3.15 Planet X

3.30 - 5.00 Beth Hedges

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 you the show can’t go on. All volunteers get free entry to the event and invited to celebrate the Mill at our volunteers evenings– please email RogerWatson@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 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, and the bar will do cash back.

Can you pay by card?

Yes, the gates accept cards.

How much does it cost?

Advanced tickets are up to 20% cheaper. On the gate - Adults £10, Seniors and children £5, Under 4s are free.

Is it different to last year? There are lots of new things to see this year. We have some new fair rides, new arena acts introducing Flying Ryan and Bluey the Clown. There are new trade stands. 

How much is car parking? Free!

What if I lose my child? When you arrive you can get a wrist band from the Miller’s Wheel marquee at the mill end of the field. If you lose your child the wrist band can help us locate your child quickly. If they haven’t got a band then head to the caravan in the arena where we will be able to make an announcement to help find your child.

Do you have mobility scooters?  You can bring your own.

Can I get cheaper tickets? Yes in advance.

Are there refreshments? The Mill Tea Room will be open over the weekend and there are a range of different trade stands 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 and fair happy hour followed by live music till late.

Is the Nature Reserve open?

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


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.


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.


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?