A POPULAR three-day family event celebrating countryside life and vintage transport will take place near Cirencester this summer.

The 47th annual Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza will return to the 200 acre South Cerney Airfield site between Friday, August 4 and Sunday, August 6.

The family show, open between 10am - 5pm each day, celebrates countryside life and showcases an impressive array of vintage transport.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Crowd shot picture of the Gloucestershire Vintage & Country ExtravaganzaCrowd shot picture of the Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza (Image: John Rogers)

Organisers have announced that this year's extravaganza is set to feature 1000 classic cars, 300 motorcycles and scooters, 70 bicycles from 1903 - 1980, 30 miniature steam engines, 70 stationary engines, 60 full size steam engines, 150 tractors and much more.

At the heart of the show will be the Live Action Arena which will be packed with around 70 full-size steam engines.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Bus and lady at Gloucestershire Vintage & Country ExtravaganzaBus and lady at Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza (Image: David Williams)

There will even be an opportunity to drive a steam engine in the Demonstration Arena over the weekend as well as a grand parade of miniature steam in the Alec Tanner Arena. 

Tigers children’s motorcycle display team will also be returning to this year's event to showcase their impressive skills.

As well as lots of vehicles to enjoy, there will also be bird of prey flying demonstrations, ferret racing and bee hive making.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Dancing sheep showDancing sheep show (Image: Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza)

Back by popular demand is the dog show, with all proceeds going to a local animal shelter, and the sheep show which will provide entertaining demonstrations of shearing and sheep dancing.

There will also be a large vintage fairground to keep the children entertained. 

Bargain hunters will have the opportunity to browse through more than 100 trade stands, autojumble and craft marquees.

Plenty of food and drink pit stops will be scattered across the site such as the We’ll Meet Again 1940s themed vintage tea room.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Derek Woodward at TearoomsDerek Woodward at Tearooms (Image: Derek Woodward)

Rally chairman Martyn Slater said: "The show will be packed full of exhibits, displays, entertainment and stalls to keep the whole family entertained.

"What’s more, the event helps local and national charities’ with up to 30 represented on site raising money and awareness of their respective causes."

Advanced adult ticket prices cost £9 (or £10 on the gate) on the Friday.

On Saturday and Sunday adult tickets will cost £13.50 advance and £15 on the gate. 

Children (aged between five and 15 years old) ticket cost £4.50 in advance and £5 gate. 

To find out more visit www.glosvintageextravaganza.co.uk