A DATE has been announced for a highly anticipated event which celebrates countryside life and vintage transport.

The Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza will return to South Cerney Airfield (GL7 5QD) on Friday, August 2 until Sunday, August 4.
This fun family event has grown considerably from its humble beginnings in 1975 on a football field in Stonehouse, and is now among the largest events of its kind in the country run entirely by volunteers. 

Now after nearly 50 years, it’s regarded as one of the biggest and best steam, vintage and countryside events in the UK, celebrating all modes of vintage transport.

Rally chairman Martyn Slater said: 'The Stroud Vintage Transport & Engine Club is proud that, apart from enforced cancellation due to the Covid pandemic, the event has been an annual fixture in the rally calendar since the 1970s. 

"Whilst it has evolved over the decades, the mission remains the same: to inform, educate, entertain and celebrate our unique transport history – and it’s packed full of exhibits, displays, entertainment and stalls to keep the whole family entertained. 

"The event features a vast array of classic transport, bygone skills, agricultural practices and, of course, modern-day restoration and pure grit and determination – the very bedrock that this nation was built upon."

A huge array of vintage transport will be displayed at the event, from buses and coaches, classic cars and motorcycles all the way through to pushbikes and vintage caravans.

There will also be three live arenas which will feature demonstrations, vehicle parades and commentary.

The star of the show is the magnificent steam section, which will be packed with 30 miniature steam engines, 70 stationary engines and 60 full-size steam engines.

Children can enjoy the vintage fairground rides on offer and make some furry friends at the popular animal arena.

Organisers have introduced an extra special feature to this year's show, a vintage entertainment tent which will feature live music, lindy hop dancing, vintage hair and fashion. 

Advance tickets are available on www.glosvintageextravaganza.co.uk