About the Fir Park Wings and Wheels
On an August day in 1951, about 60,000 people gathered in the British town of Grimsby in North East Lincolnshire. They were there to welcome home a local hero named Brenda Fisher who had just broken the women's world record for swimming the English Channel. She was the 23rd swimmer to accomplish the feat and her time of 12 hours and 42 minutes topped the previous women’s best time by 38 minutes. If Ms. Fisher were to duplicate her feat today on a certain August weekend, she would hop in a car after her swim and head about 18 miles east to Fir Park Farm in Market Rasen, home of the Fir Park Wings and Wheels Transport show.
At age 93, Brenda would fit right in along with the other “vintage” treasures that will be on display at this event. The three-day event runs from Saturday through Monday and features many interesting exhibitions.
Vintage trucks and tractors, fire engines, ambulances, mowers, and military vehicles make up the “Wheels” part of the show. The “Wings” part are displays and demonstrations of aircraft, helicopters, and paramotors along with many aviation-themed models for the modelling enthusiasts. Stationary steam and gas engines will fill out the event along with Car Boot and Trade Stands. The kids will enjoy taking a ride on the 7 ¼ gauge miniature railway and a dog show.
Fir Park Transport Museum
Now over 10 years old, The Fir Park Transport Museum is a self-described “dedicated team of enthusiasts trying to save old vehicles, oddities, and anything different.” They are always looking to add to their already large collection of vehicles and for new projects. They claim they “will take on anything”. Vital to the efforts of the museum is a small group of dedicated volunteers.
Entry To The Event
Admission to the Fir Park Wings and Wheels exhibition is free, but any donations are needed to offset the many costs involved to put on the event. The exact hours of operation are not yet announced but past shows have started in the late morning and run until late afternoon. Please check back with updated information as the event approaches. The few people who will arrive and leave using small aircraft are advised to avoid flying over houses to the east of the airfield.
Somewhere to Stay in Lincolnshire
With the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB just to the east, campers and caravaners will find many campsites to spend a night or even a week. Two of the closest ones to the Fir Park Transport Museum are the Walesby Woodlands Caravan Park and The Camping and Caravan Park near the Market Rasen Racecourse. There are at least four hotels in Market Rasen and many more that dot the surrounding landscape.
Other Things To Do Around Market Rasen
Tourists looking for things to do before or after attending the Fir Park Wings and Wheels show have several options. Lincoln is about 20 miles southwest of Fir Park Farm and offers several historical landmarks and museums. Several parks and nature centres can be found near Scunthorpe that lies about 20 miles northwest of the Farm. More attractions and aquatic activities can be found in Grimsby, east of the Farm along the UK’s eastern coast.
The Fir Park Wings and Wheels Show is an open-air event on a grass and dirt field so wheelchair users may be affected by rough terrain and any consequences of bad weather. Parking is free and well-behaved dogs whose owners pick up after them are welcome. Those who don’t abide by the “pooper scooper” rule will be dispatched to France and told to swim the 21 miles back to Grimsby.
When is the next Fir Park Wings and Wheels?
The Fir Park Wings and Wheels is planned to take place at Fir Park Farm, Fir Park, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, LN8 3YL, Saturday 24th August, 2019. This is a Long Weekend Transport Show.
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