Birkenhead Park Festival of Transport  24/25th Sept 2016

A BIRKENHEAD LIONS RUN EVENT      NOW IN ITS 9th YEAR OF RUNNING.                                                       

Birkenhead Park Festival of Transport Steams into Town again this year!

oung or Old we have something for Everyone, A truly Great Day out Starts Here

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On behalf of the Birkenhead Park Festival of Transport committee and the Birkenhead Lions charity, welcome to our 9th Annual event.

In addition to providing a fantastic week-end of activities for all the family, the event raises funds for local charities and is organised and staged by an enthusiastic group of volunteers.  This year we have requested an entrance fee of £5 per adult to support the Festival  in the face of reduced financial support from local companies and council cutbacks.  This nominal fee will help to cover our costs this year, and hopefully secure the event for September 2017.

This year we commemorate the 76th Anniversary of the Battle Of Britain and are proud to have on display a full-size replica Spitfire, German ME 109 and a V1 flying bomb! Go along and have a chat with members of the re enactment groups and learn about their inspiring work and have your photograph taken in front of the most iconic aircraft of all time.  As always, transport is well represented;  the impressive "Foremost" and "Renown" will be amongst the display of large and small traction engines along with a variety of historic vehicles.  We are very proud to welcome the late Fred Dibnah's steam roller "Betsy" and his famous steeple-jack Land Rover. The Howard Brothers steam gallopers make a welcome return, with lots of other family favourites including Punch and Judy, pony and donkey rides and laser clay pigeon shooting.  The Arena entertainment comprises two days of fun dog shows and various displays of working dogs.

I would like to acknowledge your support as a visitor to our event and to the following local companies:  Printability, Birkenhead Van Hire, Merseyrail, Wirral Satellite Cars, Honda Cars Ellesmere Port, East Park Communications, Army Cadets, Air Cadets, Sea Cadets and the Management, Staff and Friends of  Birkenhead Park.

Not forgetting the festival committee:  Bob Tennant, Ian Lea, Neil Hilton, Martin Connolly, Dave Sutton, Peter Standish, Tony Bowyer, Jim Crabtree, Lee Crabtree, Jim McCosh, Barbara Mace, Jimmy Parsons and the many volunteers who have given their precious time to make this event a success.

Finally, thanks to "Chunky" Merrick our entertainment organiser and sound engineer, Bryn Mallion who will be providing commentary on the steam traction and to Wirral Radio who have provided our comperes, Glynn Thomas and Chris Jones.

Almost as soon as we close the gates  on this year's event,  planning  gets underway for the 2017 Festival.  If you would like to volunteer or sponsor the event please contact us.

Ken Fretwell, Festival chairman and Birkenhead Lion.

Birkenhead Lions Club

Your local charity is pleased to promote our 9th festival now an established family favourite. 

We pride ourselves on the event being a great family day out for a very modest cost and any surplus funds generated by the festival are distributed among local charities and youth organisations, thanks to last years’ festival 11 beneficiaries received donations. Since the Festival started in 2008 we have donated over £20,000.00 back to charities and good causes on the Wirral.

Should you wish to join Birkenhead Lions we meet every 2nd and 4th Monday at the Saddle Club in Birkenhead. We hope you have a thoroughly enjoyable weekend.

Jim Crabtree, President of Birkenhead Lions Club.

Would you like to help out at this years show ?

We are currently recruiting Volunteers to help out at this years Show.

This is a very Exciting Opportunity for People to help out behind the scenes at Wirrals Biggest and Best show this year.

You can help out for a few hours, a day or the whole Show Weekend. If you would like to discuss this further please   Click Here for More Information.

A Tribute to the Late Mike Friend

Mike Friend passed away on 17th September 2014, just days after our Festival of Transport event finished.He was 69 years of age.

Previous visitors to our Festival would know Mike as the man riding his recumbent cycle, leading the parade of steam around the park.  He was a valued and active member of the Transport Festival Committee. Without exaggeration,  those early events would not have happened without Mike's active involvement and tireless enthusiasm.                                                                                      He became Chairman Ken Fretwell's right-hand-man.

The Transport Festival Committee would like to convey their sincere condolences to Mike's wife Izzie and family. He will be sadly missed. 

              HUSSAR !

For this years show in the arena we have the Fantastic Anglesey Hussars,

they are a re-enactment group who portray life as a Napoleonic soldier. They portray the 7th Queens own Hussars mounted cavalry ‘A’ Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

And the Royal Caernarfonshire Rifle Corps ( militia ). This is something definitely not to be missed, please remember your cameras !


Honouring The Few

As this Year marks the 77th Anniversary of the start of WW 2 we are proud to be able to announce that we will be displaying a full Scale Replica of a WW 2 Spitfire to Commemorate the Brave Men and Women of the RAF who prevented the fall of our Country to the Natzi,s in 1940.

An RAF Spitfire also crashed into Birkenhead park near the Dog show arena on 14th October 1942.

The pilot - US serviceman Douglas Cooper Goudie ( pictured right )  managed to bale out of the plane and land in Dingle Liverpool with just a sprained ankle.

The plane continued on over the River Mersey and plunged into a field in Birkenhead Park on the Wirral without hurting anyone.

The Mark 2a Spitfire had taken off from RAF Hawarden on a test flight on the day of the crash.

It came down in a field within Birkenhead Park known as the Night Pasture.

Much of the wreckage, including the engine and some of the cockpit instrumentation, remained buried in the field until five years ago when an excavation team from the Warplane Wreck Investigation Group mounted a salvage operation.

The engine is now on display alongside other war plane artefacts at Fort Perch Rock in New Brighton.

Fort Perch Rock is managed by Doug Darroch, whose father Doug Darroch Senior witnessed the crash.

Artefacts from this plane crash will be exhibited next to the replica Spitfire.


The Spitfire is again on display by very popular demand this year to mark the 76th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. And so we thought it only right that its arch foe the Messerschmitt
 ME 109
should also make an appearance

this year
along side it as well as a V1 flying bomb!
These two iconic planes of the Battle of Britain met in daily dog fights over the south of England in a bid to gain air superiority, for the Germans to be able to invade England, and for us to prevent it.
The Messerschmitt ME 109 is being displayed by the  Northern 40's  WW2
Re enactment group who will also have a ground display of German Bomber Pilots and equipment. There will also be a full size replica of a V1 Flying bomb as well as RAF re enactors and displays of RAF equipment.

Wirral Mini's Club

Mini Sunday

Wirral Minis will be be attending the Birkenhead Park Festival of Transport Show again this year. We are arranging a fantastic display of Classic Minis with a focus on cars built in the 1960s. Wirral Minis offers a home to Mini enthusiasts (on or near the Wirral) who want to meet up with like minded people to drive their cars and have fun. We’re not a club for boy racers (of either sex) or anoraks keen to debate originality endlessly. We don’t care if you have a Cooper S or a bog standard City as long as you love it. Owners of BMW Minis are also welcome. About a dozen of us normally meet up on the first and third Monday of the month (only the first Monday over the winter) to discuss upcoming events and have a general natter.Click here to go to our website Wirral


This year our Show Arena is dedicated to two full days of all things dog.

Birkenhead Park Festival of Transport Show is a highlight of the North West calendar, and the annual dog show is one of the most popular attractions.

This year our Arena will host a two day celebration of our unique relationship with dogs and their role in our family, sporting and working lives.

The dog shows are kindly sponsored by Wirral Dog Food, Point2point Dog Training, Wirral Kennel Association and CSJ specialist canine feeds.

Come along to discover many different breeds and find out more about type, temperament, health and activity needs.

This event is about awareness and responsible ownership as well as a celebration of our best four legged friends.There will be lots of advice and information about feeding, training, handling, rescuing, showing and choosing the right dog for your family and lifestyle.

This year we will again be having demonstrations by Guide Dogs, come along and see how these wonderful dogs are trained and how they change peoples lives.

Saturdays Arena - includes Pedigree dog show, training demonstrations, canine games.

Sundays Arena -  working dog show including Terrier, Lurcher, Whippet and Gun dog rings and working dog demonstration.Our popular fun dog show will be running on both days.

What about a ride in the spitfire simulator

Had your photograph taken standing next to the Spitfire, wondering what it would be like to fly in a real one?

Then take a ride in our flight simulator,hold on tight and enjoy the ride !

For this years Show we are providing a land train to help our visitors move from the car parks to the show site more quickly and more comfortably.

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