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A great day out for the family!

Advance discount tickets are now on sale.

Event Information:

  • Stotfold Watermill
  • Sat 11th - Sun 12th May
  • 10.30am - 5.00pm
  • Advanced Discounted Tickets

Main Event

Steam Fair & Country Show

Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th May 2019

Now in its 17th 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 Stotfold 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 2019 Steam Fair and Country Show.

look below for more information.

20% Discount on Advanced Tickets

Deadline for ordering tickets online:  Friday 10th May 2019.

New for 2019

 Weekend camping with Steam Fair and Country Show ticket:  For more information tap  here

Show Programme

Show Attractions

Rockets Motorcycle Display Team (Saturday)

Combining adrenaline fueled stunt action, this talented troupe of young boys & girls will astound you with their airborne stunts & formation riding. Featuring our very own club mascot “Rocket” the bear bringing this show alive with the audience.

Essex Dog Display Team (Saturday)

The only civilian dog display team ever to be selected to appear at the world’s greatest military tattoo, The Royal Tournament.

The Vikings 

Do you have the skills to survive in Early Medieval Britain? Do you have what it takes to be a warrior standing in a shield wall? Wryngwyrm (ring worm), part of the UK’s oldest and largest Early Medieval re-enactment society, will be invading the Mill for the weekend. In the arena watch as they battle with sword, shield, axe, dane axe and longbow. Visit the Living History encampment to see how a war band lived, from cooking and coin striking through to making shoes, socks and chain mail.

Captain Neville's Flying Circus

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

David Seamark Sheepdog Demonstration (Sunday)

The demonstration portrays the skill and commitment of a working sheepdog doing its daily work and shows the different characters and abilities of the dogs.

Stannage Stunt Team (Sunday)

The explosive Mark Stannage and his son Aaron, will be performing some breathtaking stunts. Including the Amazing Flaming High Dive where Mark climbs a tower, sets himself on fire before diving head first into the air bag 60 feet below!

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
Arena displays performed by pupils of local schools and academies.

Saturday Evening

Free Evening For All The Family

Live music and entertainment in the bar marquee from 5pm starting with a kids disco, followed by some great music from two live bands and disco.

No tickets required.  Licensed bar tent and a great variety of food.

Sam Gifford and The Innocent                                      6.30 - 7.45

Influenced by John Mayer, Bruce Springsteen and Mumford and Sons, to name but a few, Sam Gifford and The Innocent deliver vibrant and edgy sound through catchy, recognised songs.

Leonora Soul                                                                           8.15 - 10.30

Leonora Soul fuses Reggae classics and Soul to bring you the ultimate in Funk music. Fronted by a sensational female vocalist and the band’s talented drummer, bass player and guitarist, they’ll be sure to encourage you on to the dance floor!

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

11.00am - St Mary's Academy School

11.15am - Gifford's Dance Academy

11:45am - Rockets Motorcycle Display Team

12.30pm - Essex Dog Display Team

1.00pm - The Vikings

1.30pm - Captain Neville's Flying Circus

2.00pm - Traction Engine Tug of War

3.00pm - Gifford's Dance Academy

3.30pm - Rockets Motorcycle Display Team

4.00pm - Essex Dog Display Team

4.30pm - The Vikings

5.00pm - Steam Parade

Sunday Main Arena Line-Up

10.30am - Steam Up

10.45am - Roecroft Lower School

11.00am - Crystalites Majorettes

11.30pm - David Seamark Sheepdog Demonstration

12.00pm - The Vikings

12.30pm - Stannage Stunt Team

1.00pm - Captain Neville's Flying Circus

1.30pm - Steam Parade

2.15pm - Traction Engine Tug of War

3.00pm - David Seamark Sheepdog Demonstration

3.30pm - The Vikings

4.00pm - Stannage Stunt Team

Live Music for the Weekend


11:30am Abacus

A duo that performs American roots and English folk music with banjos and guitars.


12:15pm Michael King & David Hayzen

Hertfordshire based musician, Michael King is an acoustic solo artist, who performs an array of original music along with covers from many genres, with fellow guitarist David Hayzen.


1:00pm Dakota Smile

A 5-piece band playing a variety of covers from the rock’n’roll greats, the beat era of the sixties, classic rock from the seventies, brit pop from the nineties and more.

2:15pm THe ChOsEn

The Chosen have re-formed after suffering the loss of their bass player and old friend Andy Hill who died in early 2018.  We've played many times before at the Stotfold Fair and are pleased to be invited back with high energy punk, pop, rock, & brit-pop covers.  So expect The Jam, The Damned, The Ruts, Green Day, The Kinks, The Move, AC/DC, Kings of Leon, Oasis, Blur and many others! Find us on Facebook 'The Chosen UK'.

4:00pm Second Day Soup

A 4 piece band playing a mix of classics from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Van Morrison, The Eagles, on to even more classics from The Killers, Kings of Leon, Stereophonics and much more...


11:15am Abacus

A duo that performs American roots and English folk music with banjos and guitars.


12:00pm The B's

Ben, Alison & Co have been friends for some years. Ben has long been established with music. Ben, Alison & co have been friends for some years. Ben has long been established with music, Alison is newer to the business. This is their second year of performing together. Hoping for another warm welcome, playing covers from the 70's, 80's & more.

1:00pm Henlow Hurricanes

Playing an eclectic mix of old favourites to current tracks like The Who, The Jam, The Small Faces The Buzzcocks and The Specials.


2:00pm Planet X

A female-fronted, 4-piece band playing a wide spectrum of covers including: Queen, Foo Fighters, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Marley, Free, Cranberries and David Bowie to name a few.

4:15pm Arfur Shandy

Nigel, aka Arfur Shandy, a 40 something local lad influenced by many different artists.

Traditional Cask Ales at the Bar Marquee


Stotfold Mill IPA                                        (3.8%) On the nose there's a lovely softness and weight of marmalade-scented fruit, hedgerow hops and background maltiness. A seamless, tangy and crisp fruit character with creamy texture and nice grape fruity hop bitterness.


Caledonian – Edinburgh Castle                (4.1%)

A russet brown coloured beer with a malty, fruity aroma. Smooth and creamy, very easily drinkable. Good balancing dryness with clovery spiciness in a softly hoppy finish.


Home Ales – Robin Hood Pale Ale               (3.8%)

Robin Hood Pale Ale is a crisp, golden, citrus beer brewed to 3.8% ABV for lager and bitter drinkers. Blended from five malts and five hops it delivers a complex taste.                         


Ossett Brewery – Yorkshire Blonde              (3.9%)

Yorkshire Blonde is a mellow, lager coloured ale. Full-bodied and low in bitterness, there is a delicate malty sweetness on the palate. The fruity hop aroma results from a generous late addition of Mount Hood hops.


Theakston – Black Bull                              (3.9%)

A bright amber bitter, well attenuated to give a crisp, refreshingly dry taste. The late and dry-hopping with Golding hops ensures a pronounced citrus fruit flavour and aroma.


UK Bars – Old Steamer                              (3.8%)

Our own special beer for all the ‘Old Steamers’ a malty bitter sweet ale with a slight fruitiness and a bitter after taste.


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.

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 evenings– please email

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 (16 and over, but less than 60) £10, Seniors (60 and over) £5 and Children (4 and over, but less than 16) £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 The Rockets and the Stannage Stunt Team. 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 Volunteer Support gazebo 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?  No we don't, but 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 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?

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