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 help keep The Mill and its Nature Reserve open for all to enjoy as a visitor attraction. Please help keep our rural heritage alive and come along to our 2018 Steam Fair and Country Show.

Highlights for this year’s arena attraction include Jez Avery Stunt Show, Clown Bluey & His Crazy Fire Engine, 17th Century Life & Times, Ridgeside Falconry Display and many, many more attractions including the ever popular Traction Engine Tug of War.

Advanced Discounted Tickets

Adult One Day Advance Ticket
Child One Day Advance Ticket
Senior One Day Advance Ticket
Family One Day Advance Ticket *

* Family Ticket = 2 Adults and up to 3 Children

Deadline for ordering online tickets:  Friday 11th May 2018. Tickets are also available from the Mill Gift Shop.

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.

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.

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 Indi and the Vegas 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.

Indi and the Vegas
The U.K’s most original 3-piece funk pop band, Indi and The Vegas from Bedfordshire must not be missed! Queen meets Prince and jams through the Jackson 5's greatest hits, is how they can best be described. They are taking the local scene by storm and edge outwards with their universal pop/funk appeal.
Their records have had plays from BBC introducing and this has led to storming sets at various festivals. A prolific writer, Indi has collaborated with Torqux (MTA Records) with their single “Silhouette” receiving plays on Radio1 Extra and KissFM, as well as featuring on the 5th season of E4’s Misfits.


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!

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


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?