Gloucestershire Steam and Vintage Extravaganza
This weekend we went to the 40th Gloucestershire Steam and Vintage Extravaganza at South Cerney Airfield. Now this wouldn’t normally be my thing, but my lovely brother-in-law is involved in its organisation so this was a great opportunity to see him, my sister-in-law and the gorgeous nieces.
We borrowed a friend’s VW campervan as the plan was initially to camp, however with poor weather on Saturday we decided to pass. You may wonder why would any sane person with access to a campervan not actually camp. Well I have had a couple of bad experiences camping (1. School camp where I got bitten by an insect which resulted in having to be taken to out-of-hours doctor at 11pm, and 2. A night basically in a tent next to a busy road where it pissed it down constantly so much so that my Waitrose chocolate chip cookies I took for midnight snack got inedibly soggy). Rich is keen for us to camp but knows that I am going to have to enjoy it this time if we stand any chance of doing it again in the future. He decided not to risk it this time.
The girls in the campervan ready for an adventure
The best bit was spending time with the family. Freyja and Emily loved playing with their cousins and there was plenty to occupy them. In addition to the steam engines were vintage cars, and animal exhibitions. There was a fair with “The Wall of Death” – Freyja settled for a go on the bouncy castle. Loads of stalls to mooch around and various crafts and great to see some parachutists jumping from a plane above us and landing in the air field a metres away from us.
We had a yummy BBQ for lunch and it was lovely just chilling out with the family, chatting and eating followed by an ice cream (as it is part of my Aunty duties that I buy the gorgeous girls an ice cream).
The girls just chilling out together
It was a great day out and I am actually a bit disappointed that we didn’t actually camp. The husband may get me camping by the end of the year. As I tucked Freyja into bed I asked her about her favourite part of the day. Now bear in mind that she had:
1. seen and played with her cousins (who she adores)
2. been on a bouncy castle
3. seen some horses
4. seen a man with a pink parachute fly over her head and land in the nearby field
5. had an ice cream
she actually said the bit that she enjoyed the most was the steam engines! Uncle Gary would be so proud.
The lovely family next to an almost-as-lovely steam engine (and sleepy Emily)