Visitors to an annual Purbeck fundraising event staged for more than 60 years are being invited to leave their cars and take the steam train – paying half the admission price to the traditional village fete while also reducing traffic congestion and the hassles of car parking.
Located between Corfe Castle and Swanage, the traditional afternoon Harman’s Cross country fete, flower show and gymkhana takes place at the village hall, next to the railway station, on Bank Holiday Monday, 31 August, from 12 noon until 5pm.
And, this year, a percentage of the event’s raffle draw is going to the Julia’s House children’s hospice at Broadstone near Poole.
Attracting 2,500 visitors, the fete, flower and gymkhana has been staged since the early 1950s by dedicated local people.
Proceeds from the annual community event – known as the Harman’s Cross Field Day – go towards the maintenance of the Harman’s Cross village hall which is run by a registered charity and was rebuilt during 2009 and 2010.
The horseshow and gymkhana part of the event takes place on the opposite side of the Swanage Railway’s Harman’s Cross station in Haycraft’s Lane from the village hall and begins at 9am.
Visitors to the fund-raising community event who travel by steam train from Norden Park & Ride, Corfe Castle, Herston Halt or Swanage – and present a valid rail ticket – pay just 50 pence for an entry ticket, compared with the normal admission price of £1.