“Poor ground conditions” won’t stop Steam Fair visitors

Muddy paths around the Great Dorset Steam Fair 2014

Muddy paths around the Great Dorset Steam Fair 2014

First published in News

DESPITE a soggy start the Great Dorset Steam Fair roared into life yesterday.

The event in Tarrant Hinton, which runs until Sunday and usually attracts 200,000 visitors, has been hit with bad weather, resulting in poor ground conditions on its opening day.

Beth Ansell, PR manager, said those using wheelchairs, pushchairs and mobility scooters were being advised not to access the site until conditions have improved.

“We are doing everything we can to help,” she added.

Ms Ansell said otherwise the day had been a success, with lots of people having fun and enjoying the exhibits. She added: “The World War One display is going down particularly well.”

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7:33am Thu 28 Aug 14

itsneverblackorwhite says...

Sadly it is greed by the site owners are trying to have the best of both worlds using the site as grazing land and to hold a major annual event. If the site had some hardened well drained tracks this would not happen. Also they knew well in advance it was going to rain so they should of invested in some metal temporary track systems for the major access tracks and paths, a family event not suitable for pushchairs!
Sadly it is greed by the site owners are trying to have the best of both worlds using the site as grazing land and to hold a major annual event. If the site had some hardened well drained tracks this would not happen. Also they knew well in advance it was going to rain so they should of invested in some metal temporary track systems for the major access tracks and paths, a family event not suitable for pushchairs! itsneverblackorwhite
  • Score: 16

8:00am Thu 28 Aug 14

Lord Spring says...

itsneverblackorwhite wrote:
Sadly it is greed by the site owners are trying to have the best of both worlds using the site as grazing land and to hold a major annual event. If the site had some hardened well drained tracks this would not happen. Also they knew well in advance it was going to rain so they should of invested in some metal temporary track systems for the major access tracks and paths, a family event not suitable for pushchairs!
Should they have used the land as arable , would that improve it ?
[quote][p][bold]itsneverblackorwhite[/bold] wrote: Sadly it is greed by the site owners are trying to have the best of both worlds using the site as grazing land and to hold a major annual event. If the site had some hardened well drained tracks this would not happen. Also they knew well in advance it was going to rain so they should of invested in some metal temporary track systems for the major access tracks and paths, a family event not suitable for pushchairs![/p][/quote]Should they have used the land as arable , would that improve it ? Lord Spring
  • Score: 2

8:02am Thu 28 Aug 14

Lord Spring says...

itsneverblackorwhite wrote:
Sadly it is greed by the site owners are trying to have the best of both worlds using the site as grazing land and to hold a major annual event. If the site had some hardened well drained tracks this would not happen. Also they knew well in advance it was going to rain so they should of invested in some metal temporary track systems for the major access tracks and paths, a family event not suitable for pushchairs!
Should they have used the land as arable , would that improve it ?
[quote][p][bold]itsneverblackorwhite[/bold] wrote: Sadly it is greed by the site owners are trying to have the best of both worlds using the site as grazing land and to hold a major annual event. If the site had some hardened well drained tracks this would not happen. Also they knew well in advance it was going to rain so they should of invested in some metal temporary track systems for the major access tracks and paths, a family event not suitable for pushchairs![/p][/quote]Should they have used the land as arable , would that improve it ? Lord Spring
  • Score: 3

9:46am Thu 28 Aug 14

BarrHumbug says...

I'm sure theres some people there who could offer them a good deal to tarmac it all?
I'm sure theres some people there who could offer them a good deal to tarmac it all? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 18

1:30pm Thu 28 Aug 14

shoppingnoodles says...

We attended yesterday and frankly the conditions were appalling. There was literally feet deep channels of mud churned up by the tractors. People were slipping and falling everywhere. Kids and smaller dogs had to be carried as the just sank in the mud. I would not advise anyone who was not in peak fitness to go and even if you are you will go home with your clothing and footwear destroyed. I think the organisers are incredibly greedy. It rains most years at the fair and they have been holding it for decades - why have they not purchased a solution? They managed it in Glastonbury. I won't attend again until they sort it out.
We attended yesterday and frankly the conditions were appalling. There was literally feet deep channels of mud churned up by the tractors. People were slipping and falling everywhere. Kids and smaller dogs had to be carried as the just sank in the mud. I would not advise anyone who was not in peak fitness to go and even if you are you will go home with your clothing and footwear destroyed. I think the organisers are incredibly greedy. It rains most years at the fair and they have been holding it for decades - why have they not purchased a solution? They managed it in Glastonbury. I won't attend again until they sort it out. shoppingnoodles
  • Score: 7

3:29pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Brian Parkinson says...

Visited again this year as a member of the public, albeit disable hoping to park in the proper car park which was closed due to ground conditions and was misdirected by the marshals on site eventual after 2 hours managed to get parked. Ground conditions was the worst I have seen them, and there was a heavy selling of boots and willies during Wednesday and steady careful walking needed in the mud, take a walking stick and afterwards the sun came out and ground was like walking on glue, for the duration of the day I was happy singing mud mud glorious mud. I fill sorry for Martin and all of the organiser putting this show which is still the best in Europe and they cant do anything about the weather so please get your self down there and enjoy the show, glad I didn't take my fair organ "Bellpee" this year
Visited again this year as a member of the public, albeit disable hoping to park in the proper car park which was closed due to ground conditions and was misdirected by the marshals on site eventual after 2 hours managed to get parked. Ground conditions was the worst I have seen them, and there was a heavy selling of boots and willies during Wednesday and steady careful walking needed in the mud, take a walking stick and afterwards the sun came out and ground was like walking on glue, for the duration of the day I was happy singing mud mud glorious mud. I fill sorry for Martin and all of the organiser putting this show which is still the best in Europe and they cant do anything about the weather so please get your self down there and enjoy the show, glad I didn't take my fair organ "Bellpee" this year Brian Parkinson
  • Score: 0

3:48pm Thu 28 Aug 14

uvox44 says...

yes why don't they tarmac over a beautiful bit of countryside that would be then useless for the other 300 odd days a year as well as an eyesore, after all you wouldn't expect mud at an event held in a field would you? I mean Glastonbury is NEVER muddy is it ? Greedy organisers and all that money they raise for charity ...give me a break from the moaners on here!
yes why don't they tarmac over a beautiful bit of countryside that would be then useless for the other 300 odd days a year as well as an eyesore, after all you wouldn't expect mud at an event held in a field would you? I mean Glastonbury is NEVER muddy is it ? Greedy organisers and all that money they raise for charity ...give me a break from the moaners on here! uvox44
  • Score: 0

10:17am Fri 29 Aug 14

billy bumble says...

uvox44 wrote:
yes why don't they tarmac over a beautiful bit of countryside that would be then useless for the other 300 odd days a year as well as an eyesore, after all you wouldn't expect mud at an event held in a field would you? I mean Glastonbury is NEVER muddy is it ? Greedy organisers and all that money they raise for charity ...give me a break from the moaners on here!
I'm guessing that a sense of humour is not your strong point
[quote][p][bold]uvox44[/bold] wrote: yes why don't they tarmac over a beautiful bit of countryside that would be then useless for the other 300 odd days a year as well as an eyesore, after all you wouldn't expect mud at an event held in a field would you? I mean Glastonbury is NEVER muddy is it ? Greedy organisers and all that money they raise for charity ...give me a break from the moaners on here![/p][/quote]I'm guessing that a sense of humour is not your strong point billy bumble
  • Score: 0

8:39am Sat 30 Aug 14

Brian Parkinson says...

the possible reason is that gdsf do not own the ground they only rent it, Fridays visit was great with the ground still muddy however much better to walk on
the possible reason is that gdsf do not own the ground they only rent it, Fridays visit was great with the ground still muddy however much better to walk on Brian Parkinson
  • Score: 0

12:22pm Tue 2 Sep 14

wend32 says...

Last year everyone was moaning it was very dusty it was hot and sunny everyone moans when its muddy and when it is dry
Last year everyone was moaning it was very dusty it was hot and sunny everyone moans when its muddy and when it is dry wend32
  • Score: 0

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