Thursday, September 16

Vintage caravans at the Great Dorset Steam Fair

The first day of the Great Dorset Steam Fair at
the beginning of September is a favourite fixture 
in our calendar every year!

The mammoth event is held only 20 minutes away
so we arrive really early and only leave
when our weary legs are unable to walk another step.

The GDSF website shows you panoramic views of the vast site
but I thought you'd like a personal peek at these
gorgeous Vintage Caravans

This Bluebird caravan has a beautiful
leaded light front door.

I love the thought of staying in a caravan like this
for the whole Steam Fair week
 (in my fantasy the weather is always perfect!)

Below are photos of an original Airstream

which the owner had shipped over from USA and left in
"as found" condition while he lived in it.
 Restoration was due to start next year-
a real labour of love!

An original Showman's wagon with the most
comfy interior ever. . .

this is what I call travelling in style!

Tomorrow we're off to Goodwood Revival- YAY
so you know what my next post will be about :)))))))


sue15cat said...

Lovely vans....slightly more stylish than my 'Cow-avan', which is currently holding over a ton of pig feed!

Have fun at Goodwood.

Sue xx

Jee said...

Love the bluebird - my idea of a caravan. The idea always appeals to me, but husband had a caravan mad father and spent nearly every spring to autumn weekend of his childhood at some caravan club site. He just shudders at the thought - though I do point out that it was caravanning with his mother that made the whole thing a trial!

Sherri B. said...

I was so excited that you shared this as it is my dream to get a vintage trailer and fix it up. That Showman's wagon is quite a 'showroom' but I really prefer the first interior with the beautiful wood finish.

I looked up your Goodwood revival on Google, sounds like fun and looking forward to your report.

The Cloth Shed said...

If I had to have a would have to be an airstream....fab!
Julie x

Heidi said...

Those are so amazing, if i had to pick just one....the last one, i love the outside of it.

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melbatoast68 said...

Love, Love, LOVE the Showman's wagon! Now that is traveling in style! Can't wait to hear about Goodwood. One day I will eventually get "across the pond" to attend.

Hesta Nesta said...

You are so lucky to live near such a wonderful event. We have only been to the Dorset steam fair once, when we lived in Devon, it is a bit far now. The dream one day is to own a traction engine, I rather fancy myself in a boiler suit!! Gorgeous caravans, particularly love the air stream.
Jo xx

KC'sCourt! said...

Now I am envious twenty minutes from the Great Dorset Steam Fayre. Last time we went was 1989. I still use my Tote Bag I bought there then. I love the mechanical music, and the steam fairgrounds.
Julie xxxxxxx

Menopausal musing said...

Another one here who wants the Airstream............... What a brilliant post! Thank you. :O)

Claire@AreWeNearlyThereYet said...

Oh my, oh my , oh my!!!!

I think I shall burst with envy now! Hee hee.

LOVE think you were allowed in them too!!! xxx

Annie said...

What a great post, I love all the photos. The Blue bird caravan is wonderful. I recently treated myself to the 'My Cool Caravan' book because I love looking at all the pictures.
Ann x

Poppy's Place said...

What lovely photos. I love the Bluebird Caravan. It reminds me of the lovely little caravan we had in the 1960s. Ah happy days! Jane xx

The Little Vintage Company said...

Wow posh caravans!!
Tamzin X

Baa-Me Kniits said...

That fair looks like great fun, my girlfriend lives in Dorset and she always goes and sends me amazing photos...but never of the vans, so thankyou for showing us....lovely :-)

Sarah said...

Aren't they amazing little homes away from home. How lovely it would be to have one of your own to decorate. STill it's nice to look and much cheaper.

sandiart said...

Oh, they are wonderful, I do love the last one, a Gypsy caravan.
Sandi xx

Manchester Lass, Now and Then said...

What an beautiful and uplifting blog to read:) Lovely stories and photos. I especially enjoy reading about your gorgeous pets♥ Beautiful old vintage caravans sigh....... Linda

carol at home said...

Golly they are all wonderful sren't they?

bad penny said...

Oh I'd love to see those caravans. I've never been to the Dorset steam fayre though it wouldn't be too far for us to go from Hampshire.

Sylvia said...

That seems like an interesting fair !
Love the interior of the Showman's wagon !
Enjoy your Sunday,

Shirl said...

Great caravans. I especially love the Bluebird: definitely on my "to get" wish list ... :0)

Shirl x

VintageWantsNotNeeds said...

The idea of a caravan holiday fills me with horror but after seeing some of those I can see the attraction. Rather fancy doing one up - oops at it again day dreaming

Mimi and Tilly said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I love the airstream best. My Significant Other and I have a dream to go to the states and travel around in a winnebago and see everything we can get to! Just saying the word winnebago makes me laugh. xxx

Debbie said...



Purrfect Haven said...

stained glass in a caravan - LOVE IT. Helen x

Kim said...

Well, I could move right into one of those caravans..not much smaller than my house so I could make it work!
Hugs and Kisses to Kit!

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