About the Tavistock Steam Fair
The town of Tavistock is located about 15 miles north of Plymouth from where the Pilgrim Fathers set off to settle the new world of America in 1620. They were probably aware of the adventures of Tavistock’s native son Sir Francis Drake, who circumnavigated the world between 1577 and 1588. At least he finished the voyage unlike Magellan, who was killed in the Philippines by native Chief Lapu Lapu before completing the orbit. There will be no need to circle the globe or confront native warriors to find the Tavistock Steam & Vintage Fair, held in the town every year on a Sunday in early June.
This one-day event is held on the Wharf and Bedford Car Park adjacent to the Tavistock Wharf building. The fair is organised by The Robey Trust and promises to have “something for everyone”.
The slate of attractions is not completely set for the upcoming fair but is sure to include popular displays that have appeared in previous shows including full-size steam engines, steam-hauled trailer rides, vintage vehicles, craft demonstrations, live music, great food, model engineering exhibitions, miniature railway, local trade stalls and more.
The Robey Trust
Tavistock Steam & Vintage Fair has been an annual event that began in 1990. Seven years earlier the Robey Trust was established when a Tandem Roller, damaged and corroded after sitting for 20 years in a playground, was donated by the Tavistock Town Council. It took the Robey Trust seven years to fully restore it to its original condition. Since then, additional engines and boilers have been added to the Trust’s collection. The Robey Trust was granted the status of a registered charity in 2001.
Entry To The Fair
The show begins at 10:00 a.m. in the Wharf and Bedford Car Park and will run until 5:00 p.m. and even a few minutes later to accommodate stragglers. Please check with the organisers as to any entry fee and do expect to pay a small fee to take a ride on the steam-hauled trailer. Free-will donations are always welcome and local visitors may want to investigate membership into The Robey Trust.
Somewhere to Stay in Devon
There are about a dozen camping and caravan sights within a 5-mile radius of the wharf. The Old Rectory Caravan & Camping Park is highly rated as is the Tavistock Camping and Caravanning Club Site. There is a cluster of four hotels and B&Bs close to the wharf and those on a tighter budget will find ample lodging south toward Plymouth.
Other Things To Do Around Tavistock
The Tavistock Steam & Vintage Fair is a one-day event so weekend visitors will want to see other attractions that Tavistock has to offer. One of these is the Tavistock Museum with exhibitions relating to the Tavistock Stannary, Tavistock Canal, foundries, and local mines. Plymouth offers many attractions including the Mayflower Museum. If you think your problems are bad, learn about what these people endured.
This outdoor event will have toilets and disabled toilets, and a baby changing room. The site is wheelchair accessible and while dogs are probably permitted to the Tavistock Steam & Vintage Fair, please check with the organizers for the latest updates and where to park before you arrive.
When is the next Tavistock Steam Fair?
The Tavistock Steam Fair is planned to take place at The Wharf, Canal Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8AT, Sunday 7th June, 2020. This is a Steam Fair.
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