The Festival of Fantastic Machines at Southport Pleasureland

Crowds of people marvelled at the stunning collection of vintage vehicles on display at the first ever Festival of Fantastic Machines at Southport Pleasureland over the weekend. 

Vintage machines of every conceivable shape and size rolled into town for the event on Saturday and Sunday (25th and 26th September).

Interspersed with the park’s rides and attractions, visitors enjoyed the Festival’s steam and vintage rally, toured its vintage and ‘exceptional’ vehicles, wondered at a quirky collection of fairground organs, inspected a collection of military vehicles and let off some steam of their own on the park’s rides. 

On the Saturday evening, they enjoyed a fantastic night of entertainment with performers including: Brown en Blonde; David Lonsdale; John Coates; Alistair Lee; Abba; and Snake Eyes. 

Southport Pleasureland CEO Norman Wallis said: “We have scoured the length and breadth of the country in search of the weird and wonderful, and we have a real show-stopper of an event. 

“The park is the ideal location for the Festival and it’s the perfect opportunity for us Brits to indulge our passion for all things mechanical.

“Southport has a strong history built around steam and speed.  The resort is no stranger to pushing the envelope with fantastic machines either, Southport is home to a land speed record set in 1926.

“This two-day event was a celebration of the Brits’ passion for all things mechanical. Southport has a fabulous history of steam and speed. From classic car manufacturing, steam enthusiasts, beach racing, land speed records. It all happened here at one time or another.”

The new-to-Southport event was timed to coincide with the town’s British Musical Fireworks Championships which took place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, allowing visitors to Southport to plan for a day-through-to-evening experience for friends and family. 

Southport Pleasureland has more exciting events coming up this autumn. 

They include nine days of spooky fun during Happy Halloween October Half Term, between 23rd October and 31st October and the Day of the Dead Festival on Saturday, 6th November. 

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