Castle Fraser

We are proud to hold our annual Steam Fair on the beautiful setting of Castle Fraser in Aberdeenshire each year. The fair is held directly adjacent to the castle which makes a stunning backdrop for our event. To enter the event you should approach the main entrance to the right of the castle.

Upon entering the event, be sure to pick up a programme (small fee applicable) and be greeted by our many craft and retail stalls as well as some classic cars. In the centre of the field you will find  our family entertainment rides, food and bar before moving on to our main arena which hosts a selection of games and parades of vehicles throughout the day. Further along, get up close and personal with our steam engines and crews before moving up to the joining field to view our vintage vehicles, tractors and displays.

And why not stop in by the castle for a look around before heading home!

Steam Fair

The Steam Fair is an annual event, and since 2004 our fair site has been at Castle Fraser. Since relocating the event has grown in size over the years and in 2010 the club celebrated their 40th Anniversary, with 40 full-size engines present and many more attractions on site.

Our 45th anniversary year was celebrated in 2015, with an impressive line up of over 45 full-size engines, along with many other classic and vintage vehicles.

The poor weather in June 2016 saw us have to take the sad step of cancelling our annual Steam Fair, this was not a decision that was taken lightly, the committee and supporters of the club all worked hard to deliver what was an excellent weekend in 2017.

This year is our Golden Jubilee and we have a treat in store for our visitors with 50 full size engines and many more attractions.

Golden Jubilee Steam and Vintage Fair has been postponed due to covid-19.

Camping Registration will be available in 2021.

To get your forms early please contact

Forms will be available when we return in 2021.


For our 2019 event, you can arrive at any time on Friday 14th June 2019. All exhibitors and camping vehicles should be in place before public opening at 10am on Saturday 15th May.

We would ask that you please leave the site between 4pm – 10pm on Sunday 16th June where possible.

The easiest way to get to Castle Fraser is by car or road transport. It’s about a 25 minute drive, approximately 15 miles from the city.

Check out more information on our visitors page

Approximately 200 to 300 meters.

Yes although it is situated on a cut grass field with some gentle inclines. Please bear this in mind when planning your visit.

You can enter your steam, vintage or historic exhibit online, by email or by post. We’d love you to use our new online entry form but if you’d prefer a good old fashioned form just download one over on our exhibitors information page and either email or post it in to us.

Admission Prices for our Steam Fair are on the main visitor information page here.

The gates open to the public at 10am both days, with the fair closing at 4pm on Saturday and packing up begins around 3pm on Sunday. Steam engines are usually up to full pressure by 11am but if you’re keen to try out some of your photography skills get in early to avoid the crowds!

Yes! We have designated areas for camping, you can book your spot for a small fee using our Caravan booking form available through our Steam Fair information page

We love dogs! As long as you keep your dog on a lead, they are welcome to come to the Steam Fair with you just bear in mind that the whistles can be loud! We do ask that you please remember to clean up after your furry friend and dispose of  appropriately.

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Steam Fair Date 2013

We are delighted to confirm the date for the 2013 Bon Accord Steam Fair.

It has been decided to hold the Bon Accord Steam Fair at Castle Fraser on the weekend of 15th & 16th June 2013.

We would like to thank you all for your support at our past fairs and we look forward to welcoming you back next year.