About the show

Admission is free but donations are always gratefully received. 

Since the event started all those years ago, a total of £97,000 has been raised for many village groups and organisations.

In 1980, local resident David McNamee parked his steam roller outside the Hark to Bounty.  Needless to say it attracted a great deal of attention. 

The next year, George Coles steamed his Clayton & Shuttleworth traction engine from Manchester (taking three days) to join David.  

Another friend and fellow enthusiast, Frank Lythgoe brought his Marenghi Fairground organ - this was the start.

Over the years the weekend has grown into what many enthusiasts call a UNIQUE event and firmly established on the steam rally calander.  Steam engines arrive from as far south as Cheshire, some vintage tractor enthusiasts drive their tractors from Hebden Bridge, a journey that takes three hours.  In addition to steam engines and tractors, vintage and classic cars compliment the show.

In the beer garden local crafts can be seen, which include one of the last makers of clogs, you can also see the stick maker work at carving ornate handles to go on top of the sticks.  This year we are hoping to have a local blacksmith with a portable forge and anvil, fashioning ornate works of art from iron and steel.  

Local ladies will be selling deliciously home made cakes and on Sunday there is always a mouth watering BBQ.  Whilst inside the pub a selection of cask ales and food with a Steam theme are available.

David's Roller, as seen in 1980

David's Aveling roller parked up with George Coles' Clayton & Shuttleworth and Fred Dibnah's Aveling Roller in Manchester

George Coles' Clayton and Shuttleworth, approaching the Hark to Bounty

Frank Lythgoe's Marenghi Fairground organ which appeared at the first Slaidburn event in 1980

David with his Portable steam engine in later years

The walking stick makes is a regular visitor to the show

Tractors and other vehicles come from far an wide to attend the event

The ladies sell home made cakes and other treats