About the Dacorum Steam and Country Fayre
About 30 miles northwest of London and in between the M1 and the A41 is a little village called Potten End with a population of about 1300. That number will surely increase when the annual two-day Dacorum Steam and Country Fayre takes place each summer.
The fun begins as soon as you leave your car and take a free tractor trailer ride from the car park to the front gates. Your family will likely scatter as kids will want to go to the kids fair, your wife will go see the dog show, and you want to see the vintage steam vehicles on display.
The Horse Arena is always a big part of the show with a display of breeds, a harness display, a shoeing demonstration and a parade of heavy horses. Other activities over the weekend include archery and a birds of prey exhibit. Military vehicles, classic cars, and campers and an array of fire engines are sure to fill the day. If you need a break the beer tent and food court are there to keep you fed and quench your thirst.
Dacorum Machinery and Steam Preservation Group
The organiser of the event is the Dacorum Machinery and Steam Preservation Group with the stated purpose to 'Promote the awareness and preservation of vintage machinery to people of all ages' and to raise funds for The Hospice of St. Francis.
Entry To The Event
The gates open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day, and the entry fees are £8.00 for adults and £5.00 for children. A family of 4 can enter for £20. The prices are subject to change so be sure to check with the organiser prior to your arrival. Exhibitor entry forms are available online as either a Word or pdf document.
Somewhere to Stay in Hertfordshire
Camping sites are a bit sparse near the site of this steam event, but Radwell Lake Campsite Lee Valley Camping and Caravan Park in Edmonton are about 10 miles away. Fortunately, there are plenty of hotels from the basic Travelodge Hemel Hempstead to the more upscale 3-star Boxmoor Lodge.
Getting To Green Croft Farm
If you approach Potten End via the M1, first go west off Exit 8 onto the A414. At the first roundabout, head north on Green Lane toward Hemel Hempstead and make a left turn onto Boundary Way at the second roundabout. The road name changes to Three Cherry Tree Lane. A right turn at the three-way intersection will keep you on Three Cherry Tree Lane. Next is a left turn at a roundabout onto the B487 (Redbourn Road) that changes to Link Road at yet another roundabout. Stay on Link Road (A4147) all the way to (yes, you guessed it) another roundabout where the road becomes Galley Hill. Make a right turn onto Boxted Road that becomes Hempstead Lane. Just before reaching Potten End, you are at your destination. Drivers approaching from the west using the A41 will have an easier time as they will use the A416 and pass through Berkhamsted, to Station Road, to Gravel Path, on to the Common that runs directly into Potten End and Hempstead Lane.
Other Things To Do Around Nr. Hemel Hempstead
The steam rally is your opportunity to visit some nearby attractions like Shaw's Corner, the primary residence of the renowned Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. This is where he wrote some of his major works and where his ashes were scattered after his death in 1950. Another attraction is the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo and Safari Park, located at Whipsnade, near Dunstable in Bedfordshire.
Dog owners will need to check with the organisers to see if your canine friend can accompany you to the event. Obviously, this is an outdoor event, so check on how wheelchair friendly the terrain is for those with limited mobility. Most of all, bring family and friends and enjoy the weekend.
When is the next Dacorum Steam and Country Fayre?
The Dacorum Steam and Country Fayre is planned to take place at Green Croft Farm, Potten End, Nr. Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 2SG, Saturday 25th July, 2020. This is a Weekend Steam Rally.
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Despite the drizzle, a great show, I travelled from Cheltenham to attend. So much to see and do. All staff always willing to assist with direction etc. Always cheery and friendly. My thanks also, to the tractor trailer driver who carried all the attendee's to and from the site happily and safely. My congratulations to all. Thank you.