IT'S nearly that time again as organisers gear up for a grand Dorset heritage show.

The Great Dorset Steam Fair showcases Great Britain’s rich industrial, agricultural and leisure history is spectacular style.

The event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors attend each year from both the UK and abroad.

Held at the 600-acre Tarrant Hinton showground near Blandford, this year's show is from Thursday, August 22 to Bank Holiday Monday, August 26.

Visitors will be able to see more than 300 full size steam engines along with more than 2,000 other exhibits, enjoy live music, fairground rides, stunt displays, and plenty of food and drink.

Following the 100th anniversary commemorations of the First World War at the fair, organisers says this special exhibit will continue as an historic and educational part of the show, along with the introduction of an area dedicated to commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Steam Fair Managing Director Martin Oliver said: “The World War One area at the Great Dorset Steam Fair has been an incredible success for the past five years and it is definitely the correct decision to keep it. The area has been enhanced by the construction of 85 metres of underground tunnels and rooms which have been authentically built using sawn timber lining, period lighting and furnished with period items of furniture and everyday commodities, portraying the way the soldiers lived in the underground bunkers during the 1914-1918 conflict."

Visitors will be able to access the tunnels where they will be escorted by historians in period uniform who will explain the way of life underground. The existing and adjoining trench system, which can be accessed from the tunnels, have been rebuilt where necessary and modified in places to retain authenticity.

Replica tanks will be on display including the one featured in the film War Horse.

Mr Oliver said: "To mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, we are introducing a World War Two themed area at this year’s show. This will be a re-creation of a post D-Day battle damaged French village square, complete with military vehicles and equipment, partially demolished houses and building frontages, rubble, timber and associated debris. It is hoped that this display will give a fascinating insight into how rural France looked 75 years ago after being liberated by the Allies.”

Live music across the showground will see 90 acts performing on seven stages, both during the day and late into the evening, offering a wide variety of music to suit all tastes. Acts include The Wurzels who will be performing on the Friday evening.

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