Tickets can be purchased in advance here or will be available on the gate on Sunday 2nd July.

Join us for our annual Gala Day on Sunday 2nd July 2023. Continuing its success from previous years, this year’s Gala Day is set to be the biggest yet with more engines, more vehicles and more exhibitors attending!

The Thursford Collection will be opening its museum for a special Gala Day in celebration of founder, G.T. Cushing. The grounds will be transformed into a showcase of mechanical organs, classic vehicles, world-leading performances and vintage steam engines.

Highlights in the 2023 line-up include the welcome return of Victory the Showman’s engine, which will be in steam once again following a complete overhaul and restoration. Thursford’s resident Wurlitzer and world-leading Organist, Robert Wolfe will also be providing the music for the day with three special 30-minute performances. Robert has been performing for the business for over 40 years and is a must-see for the thousands of visitors to the museum. Taking to the skies will be two L4 Grasshopper WW2 planes, who will be providing aerobatic displays (subject to weather conditions).

Victory, a Showman engine will be back in steam


Thursford’s traditional shops and beloved fairground rides will also be operational on the day.

Book your tickets now!

11am – 5pm. Last admission will be 3pm. Aerobatic display will be subject to weather conditions.

Ticket prices are £12 for Adults

Ages 12 and under Free

For those who require an essential carer to accompany them, please check our Access Statement for eligibility criteria:

Please help us to keep each other safe and comfortable during your visit to Thursford.

Your health, safety and comfort have been, and continue to be, a top priority. We are dedicated to delivering safe and comfortable events which support the recovery of the UK theatre and live events industry.

In light of this, we have developed our Safe & Comfortable standards. We’ve worked closely with our Health and Safety advisors to establish guidelines that keep our customers, staff, and cast safe and comfortable whilst also putting their minds at rest.

Mask wearing: If you wish to wear a mask, we are a mask friendly event.

Gala Day is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Please note we do not supply wheelchairs for our events.

Please click on the link to view our Access Statement:

Photography and recording is allowed across all parts of the musuem.  Photography and recording during the event is only allowed if it does not hold up other visitors, if this does happen, we reserve the right to stop photographs and recording to enable free flow of visitors.