Council grant pays for new bridges for this weekend’s Hunton Steam gathering

Hunton Steam Gathering returns this weekend after a covid-enforced break of three years – with new and repaired footbridges thanks to a district council grant.

The Richmondshire authority’s larger festivals and events grant scheme provided £6,800 to repair and replace the bridges which link different areas of the event.

The funding also allowed for other safety improvements, promotion of the event and the replacement of ageing advertising signs.

The event celebrates its 35th show this weekend – September 10 and 11 – on land east of Hunton, and includes varied exhibits of agricultural and motoring heritage, 35 steam engines, and 60 miniature steam engines.

There will also be classic cars, tractors, bikes, craft stalls and a food market.

Organised by a voluntary committee, Ben Jopling said: “The support from Richmondshire District Council has enabled us to positively restart the steam gathering following a three year break due to the pandemic.

“We are extremely grateful for the support and look forward to welcoming the local and wider community along this weekend.”

There is a limited amount of funds remaining in the larger festivals and events pot.

Anyone interested in applying on behalf of an event planned for the remainder of 2022, and wanting an informal chat to check eligibility should contact