Returning Sunday 7th July 2024. More information to follow. If you’re interested in exhibiting please email [email protected].



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

Highlights in the 2023 line-up included the welcome return of Victory the Showman’s engine, which was back in steam once again following a complete overhaul and restoration. Thursford’s resident Wurlitzer and world-leading Organist, Robert Wolfe provided the music for the day with two special 30-minute performances. Robert has been performing for the business for over 40 years and is always a must-see for the thousands of visitors to the museum. Two L4 Grasshopper WW2 planes took to the skies, providing a crowd pleasing aerobatic display.


Victory, a Showman engine back in steam


Sunday 7th July 2024

Opening times TBC. Last admission TBC. Any aerobatic display’s will be subject to weather conditions.

Ticket prices TBC

Ages 12 and under TBC

You must produce the valid eticket to gain access to the event. Only valid etickets accepted.

We advise booking in advance to avoid disappointment. (Date for tickets on sale TBC) Tickets may be available on the gate on the day but is subject to availability.

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.