Hunton Steam Gathering was founded in 1985 by David Robinson when he was the local landlord of the Countrymans Inn, Hunton. As an avid steam engine enthusiast, he established the first event with the help of local villagers and fellow vintage collectors. The first rally was held behind the village pub on land belonging to local farmers. It attracted more than 1000 people, far more than expected.
The first rally was established to raise funds for the development of the land that now forms the village green and playpark in the centre of Hunton. The show has continued to raise a great deal of money over the years to supply play equipment, landscape the village green, buy picnic tables and seats, erect a footbridge over the beck and supply litter bins for the village of Hunton.
The Steam Gathering has also made donations of over one hundred thousand pounds to local charities, including Marie Curie, Macmillan, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, the local village school, Parish Council, local projects and local Scout groups.