Thousands flock to steam fair at Rockingham Castle

A  heavy horse demonstration at Rockingham Castle's steam and transport show
A heavy horse demonstration at Rockingham Castle's steam and transport show

Thousands of visitors enjoyed the sunshine at Rockingham Castle’s steam, transport and family show.

The event on Saturday (June 1) and Sunday (June 2) offered something for everyone with a two-day programme packed with attractions.

As well as steam engines, there were displays of vintage and military vehicles, classic cars and motorcycles and tractors.

There was a dog agility demonstration and, at the main arena, spectators enjoyed displays of Shire horses and fox hounds, with some military action provided by the American Civil War Society.

For visitors who fancied a bird’s eye of Rockingham Castle, Corby’s racing circuit and the Welland Valley, there were helicopter flights and there was plenty of entertainment for youngsters with a funfair, giant slides and minibikes.

Sue Robinson, of Ashley Farm Shop, was one of the dozens of traders at the show.

She said: “It was my first time at the steam rally and I’ll definitely be coming back. There was just so much going on.”

There were model and arts and crafts tents and charity stalls, including the Cats Protection League and Corby Phoenix Rotary Club.

Kevin McGrath, of Corby, was at the show with his wife Rita, son-in-law Craig and grandson Ethan, three.

Mr McGrath, who is in charge of maintenance at the castle but was enjoying a few hours off duty to enjoy the attractions, said: “It was a great weekend and the good weather made it even better.”