Vintage Extravaganza in South Cerney to commemorate Glenn Miller

The 45th annual Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza returns to South Cerney Airfield, Cirencester on August 2-4

The show is one of the biggest and best steam, vintage and countryside events in the UK.

This year’s show will pay a special tribute to famous big band musician Glenn Miller to tie in with the 75th anniversary of his performance in Cirencester.

To mark the occasion an American flag will be raised in his honour in the main arena after the military vehicle procession featuring 130+ machines led by several veterans, the Mayor of Gloucester Colin Organ and over 50+ 1940s swing Lindy Hop dancers.

The Royal British Legion Poppy Parachute Display Team, made up of serving and former members of the Army, will make a descent into the arena on all three days of the event.

Set on an ex-wartime airfield, the sprawling show site covers around 200 acres.

This year features nearly 1000 classic cars from pre and post war, 370 motorcycles and scooters, 80 bicycles from 1903-1980, 35 miniature steam engines, 80 stationary engines, 70 full size steam engines, model engineering, 220 Tractors, 70 Buses and Coaches, 140 military vehicles, 330 commercials from ex-emergency services to American auto trucks, 70 industrial trucks, classic plant and machinery, 50 vintage caravans and over 50 model aircraft to take to the skies above.

The Live Action arena will feature non-stop demonstrations from spectacular showman’s engines to dancing tractors plus the opportunity to drive a steam engine and the Tigers children’s motorcycle display team.

There will also be a grand parade of miniature steam in the Alec Tanner arena as well as a passenger ride on the 10¼ inch scale steam locomotive.

The popular dog show will be taking place on all three days of the show.

Enter your dog for just £1.50 per entry per class (in addition to show entry fee). Proceeds will go to the Blue Cross Animal Rescue. Categories include: Outstanding OAP, Best rehomed, Glamourous Girl, Beautiful Boy, Best Trick and Best Wiggly Bum.

The Countryside Arena actively promotes animal conservation and features displays from bird of prey demonstrations by Xtreme Falconry, ferret racing, rare breeds, alpacas, shire horses, horse logging, reptiles to bee hive making.

Back by popular demand is the Sheep Show – an entertaining demonstration of shearing and sheep dancing – get into the groove with the Sheep Show Shuffle!

New for 2019 the Dog and Duck Show, as seen on BBC Countryfile. Plus, a large children’s area with traditional vintage funfair games, vintage fairground, face painting, trailer rides, Chuffy the train and Professor Colliwobble Punch and Judy Show.

There are over 180 trade stands selling a vast array of countryside apparel, vintage clothes, tools and memorabilia.

There are plenty of food and drink pit stops, a firm favourite is the vintage tea room featuring music courtesy of 1940s, plus Lindy Hop dancers and regular sets by Steamed Up Brass and Don McDermott capturing the music of Glenn Miller and the big band swing era.

Visitors can also enjoy free vintage bus rides around the showground on all three days.

World War Two veterans and their carers will receive free entry to the event.

To apply, contact: or call 01452 260063.

Wilts & Gloucestershire Gazette

steve clarke
Author: steve clarke