Visitors to Harman’s Cross Field Day are being invited to leave their cars and take the steam train – paying half the admission price to the traditional village event, while also reducing traffic congestion and the hassle of car parking.
Attracting 2,500 visitors, the fete, flower show and gymkhana has been staged since the early 1950s by dedicated local people.
It raises between £8,000 and £10,000 each year, which goes towards the maintenance of the Harman’s Cross village hall, where some of the events are held. The horse show and gymkhana take place nearby, on the opposite side of the Swanage Railway’s Harman’s Cross station, in Haycraft’s Lane and begin at 9am.
Visitors who travel by steam train from Norden Park & Ride, Corfe Castle, Herston Halt or Swanage – and present a valid rail ticket – pay just 50 pence for an entry ticket, compared with the normal admission price of £1.
Swanage Railway General Manager Matt Green said: “Travelling by steam train to the event from Norden Park & Ride, Corfe Castle, Herston Halt or Swanage is the perfect way to reach the typical English country summer fete because Harman’s Cross station is next to the village hall.”
Located between Corfe Castle and Swanage and taking place in Harman’s Cross, the event will be held on August Bank Holiday Monday from 12 noon until 5pm. And, this year, a percentage of the raffle draw will go to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance service.