About the Netley Marsh Steam and Craft Show
The ports of Hampshire county include Portsmouth and Southampton, two of the largest European ports, and the birthplaces of Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. We all love great literature but put your reading aside and go to the three-day Netley Marsh Steam and Craft Show, located about six miles east of Southampton.
Those with 'great expectations' will not be disappointed at the display of traction steam engines, vintage cars, crafts and entertainment at the Netley Marsh Show
Unlike Oliver Twist, you won’t have to beg for 'more'. There will be acrobats on horses with the Galloping Acrobats, the Jez Avery Stunt Show, and the flame performer Fiery Jack. Other daytime entertainment includes the Charles Cole Family Funfair with lots of rides and games for the kids. Perhaps you can earn some cash with a few friendly bets assuming you can figure out a way to handicap the ferret race.
In 1971, a local church, St. Matthews, was sorely in need of repairs. To raise funds for the repairs, the local steam engine owners displayed their engines at a one-day event they called The Puffin. That one event is now a three-day weekend of fun and frivolity and supports dozens of charities.
Entry To The Event
Early risers can arrive at the gates at 9:00 a.m. and stay until midnight. The cost to get in the show is £10.00 for adults and £7.00 for kids ages 6 to 16. For senior citizens and students with a valid student ID card, the entry fee is £8. Kids under 6 are free. A family ticket is offered for 2 adults and 2 children at £28.00. Note that age 60 is considered a senior for ladies, while men will have to be 65 for senior status.
Somewhere to Stay in Hampshire
Those with any 'sense and sensibility' will want to plan ahead, especially if they are staying for the entire three-day event. Public Camping is available for those who call ahead or submit a camping form that can be downloaded. The Brimar, a two-star hotel in Totten, offers simple rooms, some with en-suite bathrooms, plus free breakfast, Wi-Fi, and parking. If you want a 5-star hotel, The Pilgrim Inn located in Southampton is quite reasonable. There are literally hundreds of other lodging choices in the Totten and the Southampton area.
Getting To Meadowmead Farm
Visitors to the steam show arriving by car will want to turn south at the junction of the M27 and the A326 and drive about 2 miles to the roundabout where the A326 and A336 meet. Heading east on the A336 will lead directly to Netley Marsh. No car? Not a problem as there is bus service from Totton directly to Netley Marsh. You can also arrive via train to Totten and take the bus.
Other Things To Do Around The Area
You may have noticed some cleverly placed 'hints' about what else to do over the three-day weekend of the Netley Marsh Steam and Craft Show. The Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum is a 20-mile drive south of Southampton where you can learn more about this literary giant. Jane Austen's House Museum is located about 30 miles northeast in the town of Chawton. There are many other free or low-cost activities in or near Southampton for those who want to remain near the steam rally.
★★ Note that dogs are welcome at the Rally if they are not 'full of the dickens' and on a leash. Parking is free, and for people who need some assistance, a mobility service will be handled by Wheels for Freedom of Poole. Be sure to leave your 'pride and prejudice' at home and have a great weekend at the Netley Marsh Steam and Craft Show. ★★
When is the next Netley Marsh Steam and Craft Show?
The Netley Marsh Steam and Craft Show is planned to take place at Meadowmead Farm, Netley Marsh, Hampshire, SO40 7GY, Friday 24th July, 2020. This is a Weekend Steam Show.
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