The Norton show used to be held in Oakes park and was great fun as it was also a steam rally with lots of traction engines and other steam operated vehicles turning up. My favorite was the brewery wagon that had a huge flywheel spinning just behind where the driver stood.
I've never been to it since it moved across the dual carriageway to it's present location but don't hear much about it so I think it has down-sized considerably.
One advantage of living at the Oakes was that not only did I get the chance to get to ride on some of the steam powered vehicles but when the circus used to set up camp I used to wake up in the morning, look out intoi the courtyard and see the elephants stood at the horse trough, very different!!!!
Life, don't talk to me about life