Organisers putting together one of Stotfold Mill’s biggest events of the year are promising thrills galore for all the family this weekend.

The heritage venue’s 13th annual steam fair and country show will be held on Saturday and Sunday, from 10.30am to 5.30pm each day – and the aim is to provide a great day out for all the family, whatever their age and whatever their interests.

Highlights include a thrilling Civil War battle reenactment with musketry and artillery firing, and a chance for audiences to learn about life in the military by taking part in a special display.

There will also be a living history camp showing the everyday life of soldiers and their families in the 17th century.

The internationally-renowned John Saunders steam collection will provide vivid evocations of the noise and smells of the great age of steam-driven machines, including the wonderful vintage steam fair rides and the very popular tug-of-war.

On Sunday, visitors can delight in seeing the vintage horse-drawn fire pump and crew, lovingly restored to gleaming glory.

More modern attractions include an explosive display by the Stannage stunt team, aerobatic expertise by specialist aircraft and Captain Neville’s Flying Circus, which will feature a range of rare machines.

Visitors who want their own flying experience can book a flight in a helicopter for a bird’s eye view of the surrounding area.

Kevin Balderstone, who leads the team which organises the fair weekend, said: “We are thrilled that on Sunday at 10.50am – weather permitting – there will be a flypast by a historic Lancaster bomber from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.”

Rural attractions include the Rockwood dog display team as well as David Seamark’s sheepdog demonstration, featuring border collies herding a flock of geese. Children will be able to take part in this performance.

On top of all that, there are displays by local schools, a free kids’ zone with bouncy castles, inflatable slides and a gladiator joust and a wide range of food, craft and community stalls as well as a beer tent.

Music will feature strongly throughout the weekend, with a variety of bands playing in the beer tent, and a free evening on Saturday with performances by Soul Man and Sugasoul.

Tickets, which will be available on the day, are £8 for adults, £5 for senior citizens, and £4 for children aged four to 16. Find out more at