About the Stotfold Mill Steam Fair and Country Show
In 1981 Cambridge resident Stephen Hawking (1942-2018), the renowned English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author, suggested to a Vatican audience that there might be no beginning or ending to the universe. That same year, Cambridge born singer, Olivia Newton-John released a steamy video titled 'Let’s Get Physical'. We’re still trying to figure out how these two factoids relate but we do know that a 'steamy' event and unending fun will be present at the Stotfold Mill Steam Fair and Country Show, about 25 miles southwest of Cambridge in the town of Stotfold.
The Stotfold Water Mill, Museum, and Nature Reserve is a working watermill with a collection of historic rural objects and host of the steam rally held every May.
Aside from traditional cask ales, on tap for the weekend is The Saunders Steam collection, the most prominent working steam collection in Europe. The collection includes 'Martha', a 1932 Sentinel Steam Bus, as well as mechanical organs, vintage cars, and lorries. Your kids will spend lots of time at the Free Kids Zone sliding down an inflatable slide and jumping around in bouncy castles among other treats. The licensed bar, great food and a Saturday evening show with two live bands will make the day complete.
Some historical evidence points to the existence of water mills, possibly on the site of the current one, from over 1000 years ago. The official records name the Guilbert family as the first owners with starting and ending years of ownership, 1694 to 1757. The Randall family owned it from 1873 to 1966. In 1992 a fire destroyed the building but spared the waterwheel. Restoration efforts made the mill operable by 2006, and it opened to the public in its present form in 2011.
Entry To The Fair
We admit to telling a small fib in that the fun will not be unending. The gates open at 10:30 a.m. each day. The Saturday night music will last well into the evening, but on Sunday the show closes at 5:00 p.m. The advanced tickets for the steam rally are £8.00, Seniors and Children enter for £4.00, and a family of five can come for £23.00. Tickets purchased the same day of the event will be 20% more. The Mill itself is open all year round with a few exceptions. There is no entry fee, but visitors are encouraged to purchase some Stotfold mill flour and other items or simply donate to support the ongoing restoration.
Somewhere to Stay in Bedfordshire
As smart as he was, Steven Hawking could not predict the weather, so Campers and Caravaners will need to make a last-minute decision to stay at one of the nearby campsites. Hotels are in plenty supply along A1 and to the south for every taste and budget.
Getting To Stotfold Watermill and Nature Reserve
Drivers from both the east and west of the Stotfold Watermill will need to get on the A507. From the west and A6, drive to the roundabout in Clopfield and head east on the A507 for about 9 miles. From the east and A1, head west on the A1/A507 roundabout just north of Radwell and drive 1 mile. Turn onto Norton Road heading northeast from the roundabout. The next turn is a left from another roundabout onto Baldock Road, then a right turn onto Queen Street. Keep right on Mill Lane, cross over the River Ivel and the destination will be on the right.
Other Things To Do Around Stotfold
There are many other interesting places to visit and see in the area. One of them is the Signals Museum in Henlow, where one can see 1940’s air traffic control equipment. If you visit Cambridge, make sure to go to Queens' College and walk across the Mathematical Bridge if you dare. It was built without nails, relying on meticulous calculations for its structural integrity.
Dogs on leashes are welcome outside but not inside the mill excepting service dogs. Access for the disabled is good with a lift and other assistance, but please, no mobility scooters. Finally, it does not matter if you prefer lectures by the late Steven Hawking or a mix of Olivia Newton-John songs. Just enjoy the steam rally but please use earbuds. Purple leggings are optional.
When is the next Stotfold Mill Steam Fair and Country Show?
The Stotfold Mill Steam Fair and Country Show is planned to take place at Stotfold Watermill and Nature Reserve, Mill Lane, Stotfold, Bedfordshire, SG5 4NU, Saturday 9th May, 2020. This is a Weekend Steam Fair.
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