Annual steam traction engine rally
We regret to announce that the rally cannot go ahead on 30th and 31st May. It would not be possible to run the event under current “lockdown” rules and we do not know at this stage when these will be relaxed to allow outdoor events of ths type.
We are planning to proceed with the Model Rail Plus event on 1st and 2nd August 2020 and our Open Day on 26th September 2020 and will take final decisions on these one month before each event in the light of the information on lockdown restrictions available at those times.
The Rally is a treat for whole family. You will see engines from around the country, some competing in arena events, ride the Great Bush narrow gauge railway or the miniature railway. The famous Jessett collection of mechanical musical instruments will be in operation in the organ museum and there are wonderful fair ground organs around the site. Browse the market stalls selling tools, plants, books and bric-a-brac, auto jumble and all kinds of oddities. Check out Mouse Town, an ever popular attraction for children and adults. Enjoy the classic vehicle displays. Then relax with a pint of Harveys in the beer tent.
Since 1966 there has been an unbroken line of more than fifty annual Steam Rallies, each one providing a chance to see a fascinating range of exhibits, from the smallest stationary engine driving a water pump, to a huge traction engine designed for ploughing fields. With steam rollers, tractors, cars and motorbikes being just some of the exhibits on show this year’s rally promises to be a wonderful occasion for adults and children alike.
Right from the start the rally has been in aid of Cancer Research UK and this year is no exception.
There is a good selection of hot or cold food for sale on site or you can bring a picnic, the car parking field has plenty of space to find a quiet spot. Well behaved dogs are welcome, but are not allowed in the organ museum. Ground is uneven in places, please wear sensible shoes. The site has reasonable disabled access, but rides do not. If you have been before, we look forward to seeing you again this year. If not, we hope you will enjoy your visit.