Hollycombe Steam Collection, Liphook

#29 of 76 in Museums in Hampshire
The Hollycombe Steam Collection, in Liphook Hampshire (on the Sussex Border), is the largest traditional Heritage Fairground in Britain, and includes a fully working steam fairground, narrow gauge and miniature steam railways. The collection is run by volunteers who keep the Edwardian Fairground working as it did a century years ago - entertaining children and adults alike.

The collection includes:

•1870s Mr Fields Steam Circus (Dobbies), the worlds oldest mechanical fairground ride which, despite is age, is regularly working in the fairground

•1911 Fred Sowden Steam Yacht

•1908 Howcroft steam powered Razzle Dazzle, the only survivor of its type

•1910 Walkers Steam Chair-O-Planes

•1912 steam powered Tidman Galloping Horses (Gallopers, also known as Merry-Go-Round and Carousel)

•1914 steam powered Big Wheel

•1915 Orton and Spooner Haunted House

•1915 Chair-o-planes

•Juvenile Park Swings, donated in 1990s by Pinner School, Middlesex

•Bioscope, one of only two working Bioscopes in the world, with an original Bioscope fairground organ and pianola

•1930 Orton and Spooner Juvenile Roundabout

•Steam powered Swing Boats

•1948 Supercar Austin Car Ride


•98 key Marenghi Peacock Organ

•89 Key Gavioli organ

•1880s 62 key Gavioli trumpet barrel organ

•45 Key Limonaire organ

•1918 Garret Type 4CD steam tractor Leiston Town

•1895 Burrell Showmans Road Locomotive Emporer, the oldest surviving showmans engine in the World

•1913 John Allen steam ploughing engine number 67

•1919 Charles Burrell Gold Medal Tractor (Sunset number 2)

•1917 Mann Patent steam agricultural tractor number 1260

•1921 Aveling and Porter F type compound steam roller

•1932 Wallis and Steevens Simplicity steam roller Christopher

•Ruston Proctor 12hp portable steam engine Big John

•Fowler Class BB steam ploughing engine Prince

•1880 Aveling and Porter tramway locomotive Excelsior (not in steam)

•1895 Hunslet 0-4-0 Mills Class Saddle Tank steam locomotive Jerry M

•1895 Dutton lever frame signal box from Liphook station

•1899 Hawthorne Leslie 0-4-0 Saddle Tank steam locomotive Commander B

•1931 Barclay 0-4-0 well tank Steam Locomotive Caledonia

•1939 Ruston and Hornsby diesel locomotive Jack

•1956 Grafton self propelled steam rail crane

•7.25 inch Miniature steam railway

•1981 Tinkerbell design miniature steam locomotive Bob

•1984 7.25 inch scale model of Bagnell 0-4-0ST steam locomotive

•1990 Romulus design miniature steam locomotive Pauline

•1995 vertical boiler miniature steam locomotive Jennifer

•Station canopy from Hayling Island Station

•Narrow gauge railway carriages from the former electric Ramsgate Cliff Railway

•1850s Beam Engine

•1896 French built Brouhot portable steam engine Bernadette

•1900s Robson horizontal steam engine (from Basing House)

•1901 Brown and May portable engine (from Farnham Pottery)

•1911 Clayton and Shuttleworth portable engine

•Steam Sawmill with 1915 Robey Semi-portable engine

•1917 Clayton and Shuttleworth portable engine Eileen (built for Russia)

•Diverse woodlands comprise around several hundred different tree and large bush types, including Acacia, Acer, Ash, Azalea, Beech, Birch, Buddleia, Camellia, Cedar, Cherry, Horse Chestnut, Cypress, Elder, Elm, Fir, Laurel, Lime, Maidenhair, Magnolia, Maple, Nut, Oak, Palm, Pine, Poplar, Redwood, and Yew

•Breading pairs of Peacocks and Pea-Hens

•Jungle scene fairground art painted by the famous fairground artist Edwin Hall
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  • What a lovely place so interesting, I've lived 10 miles from it all my life. Never heard of it ever. I was told of it by my granddaughter so we took her 2 children and went. The kids loved every minut...  more »
  • I read a few bad reviews so wasn't expecting alot. But really pleasently suprised. All but the big was running the day we went. But wasnt disapointed or phased by this. It was a brilliant day. Took th...  more »
  • The attractions are all included in the entry price which makes for a great afternoon out for Grandparents/Parents and Kids. Narrow Gauge Railway ride with lovely views. There is also a fabulous Carou...  more »
  • Very good BUT do not expect everything to be working, it is run by volunteers so they are not all there at the same time. Remember that a ticket covers the whole season so you can visit several times. It is not Thorpe park so a bit rough and ready in places but imo it adds to the pleasure
  • Amazingly friendly and helpful staff. Would definitely recommend
  • Absolutely wonderful day out. Fun for all the family. Would definitely go again
  • Love going here with my family and great value for money with the annual ticket
  • One of those little gem of a place to go with the kids some amazing old fairground rides along with steam trains to. All the helpers there are ace to.

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