One of the South West’s biggest steam festivals returns to Boconnoc
The iconic Steam Fair returns to Boconnoc on the 27, 28 and 29 of July for another action-packed weekend. Every July, Boconnoc comes alive with buzzing crowds, dozens of vehicles, and puffs of smoke. One of the largest events of its kind in the South West, the steam fair is an extravaganza of steam engines, vintage vehicles, classic cars, and carnival attractions designed to thrill visitors of all ages.
The origins of the event date back to the late 1990s, when the Fortescue family had just begun the meticulous restoration process that would, over the course of 12 years, transform Boconnoc into the wonderful country house and wedding venue it is today.
Led by Anthony Fortescue, one of the first acts of refurbishment was turning Boconnoc’s lake from a neglected waterway into the jewel of the estate. To dredge the lake, two large engines—with a chain and bucket suspended between them—were invited to Boconnoc.
The image of the engines on Boconnoc’s sprawling lawn planted the seed for this banner event, as did Anthony Fortescue’s passion for refurbishing vintage tractors. Since its founding, the Boconnoc Steam Fair has attracted ever-growing crowds to admire the collection of engines and vehicles (and even bring along their own). Now, over 12,000 visitors flock to Lostwithiel each year for a late July weekend to remember.
Boconnoc Steam Fair has never been bigger or more thrilling, thanks in part to the passionate hobbyists whose jaw-dropping vehicles serve up plenty of spectacle. Items on display have included everything from rare vintage car models, historic Field Marshall tractors and cherry pickers to motorbikes and, naturally, an array of more than 50 beautiful steam engines.
Now approaching its 19th anniversary, the Steam Fair is sure to be bigger and better than ever. There really is something for the whole family, from the vintage vehicles themselves, to tractor displays, thrilling rides, a beer tent, craft stalls and much, much more.