Knebworth Steam Crafts and Country Life Fair delights the crowds

PUBLISHED: 11:53 14 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:20 15 August 2017

The Jez Avery Stunt Show wowed the crowd. Picture: Luke Duffell

The Jez Avery Stunt Show wowed the crowd. Picture: Luke Duffell

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Knebworth House this weekend featured steam engines and much more besides.

One of the more unique vehicles parked in the car park. Picture: Luke Duffell One of the more unique vehicles parked in the car park. Picture: Luke Duffell

It’s not every day you see a 19th Century steam engine hogging your parking space, but at Knebworth this weekend it was just one out of 11 engines and 19 scale models in action.

Over 4,000 enthusiasts at the Steam Crafts and Country Life Fair gathered at Knebworth House to see an impressive array of working steam engines - and a great deal more.

In addition to the historic machines, visitors also took in a go-kart stunt show, a parade of historical military horsemanship, and a dazzling display of birds of prey in flight.

The Plonkers Agricultural Orchestra kept people entertained as they visited the petting zoo and browsed a wide range of craft displays and food stalls.

The show drew crowds from all over, including this Steampunk loving couple from Northamptonshire. Picture: Luke Duffell The show drew crowds from all over, including this Steampunk loving couple from Northamptonshire. Picture: Luke Duffell

Matt Smith, spokesperson for Knebworth House, said: “There was something for everyone.

“Full size and model steam engines, nail-biting stunts and tricks from Jez Avery, dramatic birds of prey flying displays, terrier racing, the fantastic children’s entertainer Mario Magic, petting pens, interesting craft stalls and the Companion Dog Show. We look forward to Oakleigh Fairs returning on 11-13 November for the Christmas Fair.”

There were plenty of stalls offering produce and goods. Picture: Luke Duffell There were plenty of stalls offering produce and goods. Picture: Luke Duffell

A fully functioning fair made entirely from K'nex. Picture: Luke Duffell A fully functioning fair made entirely from K'nex. Picture: Luke Duffell

There were plenty of stalls offering produce and goods. Picture: Luke Duffell There were plenty of stalls offering produce and goods. Picture: Luke Duffell

An equestrian display on the main showground. Picture: Luke Duffell An equestrian display on the main showground. Picture: Luke Duffell

The fair took people (and dogs) back in time. Picture: Luke Duffell The fair took people (and dogs) back in time. Picture: Luke Duffell

A chance to take a break and enjoy a bite to eat. Picture: Luke Duffell A chance to take a break and enjoy a bite to eat. Picture: Luke Duffell

There were steam powered engines, big and small, on show. Picture: Luke Duffell There were steam powered engines, big and small, on show. Picture: Luke Duffell

The Plonkers Agricultural Orchestra entertained passers by with some music. Picture: Luke Duffell The Plonkers Agricultural Orchestra entertained passers by with some music. Picture: Luke Duffell

One of the many steam powered machines on display. Picture: Luke Duffell One of the many steam powered machines on display. Picture: Luke Duffell

There were some impressive steam engines on show. Picture: Luke Duffell There were some impressive steam engines on show. Picture: Luke Duffell

There were some impressive steam engines on show. Picture: Luke Duffell There were some impressive steam engines on show. Picture: Luke Duffell

The crowd enjoy a display on horseback. Picture: Luke Duffell The crowd enjoy a display on horseback. Picture: Luke Duffell

People could try their hand at axe throwing. Picture: Luke Duffell People could try their hand at axe throwing. Picture: Luke Duffell

Traditional thatching on show. Picture: Luke Duffell Traditional thatching on show. Picture: Luke Duffell

Efe tries his hand at archery. Picture: Luke Duffell Efe tries his hand at archery. Picture: Luke Duffell

The fair even drew visitors of the Medieval variety. Picture: Luke Duffell The fair even drew visitors of the Medieval variety. Picture: Luke Duffell

There were fairground rides to keep the younger visitors entertained. Picture: Luke Duffell There were fairground rides to keep the younger visitors entertained. Picture: Luke Duffell

A basket maker displays his wares. Picture: Luke Duffell A basket maker displays his wares. Picture: Luke Duffell

Cider on hand for thirsty visitors. Picture: Luke Duffell Cider on hand for thirsty visitors. Picture: Luke Duffell

A Wallaby was one of the animals on display. Picture: Luke Duffell A Wallaby was one of the animals on display. Picture: Luke Duffell

A Knight takes a break from whatever it is that Knights do for a spot of shopping. Picture: Luke Duffell A Knight takes a break from whatever it is that Knights do for a spot of shopping. Picture: Luke Duffell

Kids feeding Kids. Picture: Luke Duffell Kids feeding Kids. Picture: Luke Duffell

Our eagle eyed snapper caught this photo. Picture: Luke Duffell Our eagle eyed snapper caught this photo. Picture: Luke Duffell

There was a display involving birds of prey. Picture: Luke Duffell There was a display involving birds of prey. Picture: Luke Duffell

The various displays drew in large crowds. Picture: Luke Duffell The various displays drew in large crowds. Picture: Luke Duffell

A brave young volunteer gets up close and personal with one of the birds of prey. Picture: Luke Duffell A brave young volunteer gets up close and personal with one of the birds of prey. Picture: Luke Duffell

A family checks out some of the produce on offer. Picture: Luke Duffell A family checks out some of the produce on offer. Picture: Luke Duffell

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