About the National Fairground Extravaganza
Founded by the Romans in 97 AD, Gloucester lies in the southwest region of England about 100 miles west of London. It is the birthplace of Button Gwinnett (1735 - 1777), one of the signatories on the United States Declaration of Independence. About 5 miles east of Gloucester is Churchdown, population 11,000, and the site of the Churchdown Community Centre where the annual National Fairground Extravaganza is held.
Think of Miniature Mechanical Marvels when you describe this show to your friends. The National Fairground Extravaganza is one of the most significant model engineering shows in the UK.
No two shows are alike, and the only limitation is the imagination of the model builders. Popular models are vintage fire trucks or classic cars like the ones displayed at a steam rally. The event earns the name extravaganza when an entire fairground is built in miniature. Tiny replicas of Ferris wheels, roller coasters, and merry-go-rounds are made with exquisite details like miniature people in the seats and light displays that mimic the real thing. Enjoy hot and cold foods, snacks and drinks, sales stands and other goodies.
KMG Fairground Models
KMG Fairground Models UK are the sponsors of this one-day Saturday event. Entry is free, but remember that this is a charitable event with proceeds in previous years going to the Fairground Heritage Trust. Their main activity is the acquisition and restoration of vintage fairground equipment for posterity.
Entry To The Fair
The doors are open at 10:30 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. Remember that the grand prize raffle is usually held around 4:30 p.m., so be sure to be there for that.
Somewhere to Stay in Gloucestershire
Some folks attending this event will be on vacation and not have to return home after 5:00 p.m. Saturday night. If you are making a weekend of it note that Gloucester has many good hotels and B&Bs to make your visit comfortable. The same goes for camping near Gloucester, like the beautiful spot called Gloucester Camping at Court Farm. The only 'fly in the ointment' could be bad weather, so check out the local forecast prior to booking a pitch.
Getting To Churchdown Community Centre
The good news is that the Churchdown Community Centre is located very close to the A40. The bad news is that there is no immediate exit from the A40 near Parton Road. Drivers from Gloucester will need to get to where the A40, A417, and B4063 meet in a roundabout and head northeast on the B4063 (Cheltenham Road East). Turn right on Parton Road and in about half a mile, pass over the A40, and on the right is your destination. Drivers coming from the M5 will want to exit at the A4019 then head west on Withybridge Lane. This will merge with the B4634 that leads to Parton Road. Take a left turn to get to the centre.
Other Things To Do Around Churchdown
Are you or a family member a lover of art inspired by nature? If yes, you will want to visit the museum and art gallery named Nature in Art. Their permanent collection includes pieces by British artists like George Edward Lodge, Eric Ennion, Charles Tunnicliffe, and Archibald Thorburn, as well as universally known artists like Picasso and an array of Flemish Masters. The Veteran in your group will surely want to see the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum. The displays span about 300 years and recounts the history of the Gloucester Regiment and the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars.
Parking is free but probably best to leave the dog at home due to the fragile nature of the displays and that this is a mostly indoor activity. For service dogs, please call ahead to check on if it can accompany its master as well as to check on wheelchair accessibility. This show is perfect for young people to learn some basics about mechanical and/or electrical engineering, so if you have a kid at home who likes to tinker with stuff, then the National Fairground Extravaganza is a must-see.
When is the next National Fairground Extravaganza?
The National Fairground Extravaganza is planned to take place at Churchdown Community Centre, Parton Road, Churchdown, Gloucestershire, GL3 2JH, Saturday 18th January, 2020. This is a Model Engineering Event.
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