About the Abbey Hill Steam Rally
With a heritage that goes back to the time of the Roman Empire, the town of Yeovil is a thriving community. It has a population of about 50,000 people and is located 130 miles southwest of London and situated on the A37 off the A303 to the north. While no Roman Emperors are expected to attend, the Yeovil Showground, located less than two miles from the town centre, is home to the annual four-day steam event called the Abbey Hill Rally.
This family fun long weekend will feature something for everyone. There will be over 100 trade stands selling everything from household goods to jewellery. The steam enthusiast in your group will salivate like one of Pavlov’s dogs at the line-up of steam-powered vehicles while the 'normal' folks in your group will have their taste buds tempted with a wide choice of food and refreshments.
Vintage steam engines, tractors, commercial, military, and emergency vehicles will all be on display along with traction engines and motorcycles. Some of the stalls will be selling tools and autojumble, so any mechanic can keep an eye out for that needed tool or part. The day is filled with ring events, live entertainment, fairground rides, and even a Dog Agility Show. The fun doesn’t stop at 5:00 p.m. as the fairground is open until late, and there will be music in the marquee. The taps in the Beer Tent will keep the suds flowing all day until the band stops playing.
On a sunny afternoon in 1980, there was a dog show organised by the Abbey Hill Transport Company that somehow morphed into a four-day steam event. The Abbey Hill Rally has a threefold purpose: To raise funds for charities, funnel some funds into the next year’s show and provide enjoyment for the public and the exhibitors.
Entry To The Rally
This event runs from Thursday through to Sunday and is open from 8:00 a.m. into the evening hours. The regular admission fee is £12.00 for adults, £7.00 for kids aged 5 to 15, and for senior citizens (OAPs). A family package for £30.00 is also available for a family of two adults and three kids. Discounted admission is offered on the first day of the show because some exhibitors won’t show up until the second day of the rally. And if you are just coming to see the evening shows, the admission is only £5.00 for adults and £2.50 for kids after 5:00 p.m.
Somewhere to Stay in Somerset
Camping is free for exhibitors, but they will need to submit the downloadable pdf form to get the camping pass (see the official site - not this one!). Public campers will enjoy a great deal at £50 for a family of five that includes admission to all four days of the show. Make the reservation by submitting the same form as exhibitors. There are plenty of other lodging options in and near Yeovil for every taste and budget.
Getting To Yeovil Showground on the A37 Dorchester Road
Drivers approaching the Yeovil Showground from the south will have an easy time getting to the Rally. Just take the A37 to the Keyford Roundabout, where you will see The Red House pub right in front of you. Stop in for a pint of ale (but only a shandy as you’re still driving!). Less than a half-mile further, the showground is on the right. Drivers coming east from Yeovil will take the A30 (Hendford Hill) west to the roundabout, stop in at the Quicksilver Mail for that one drink or a full meal and turn left on the A37 south to the showground. For drivers approaching from the west, the A303 leads to the A3088 and then to West Coker Road to the A37 where a right turn gets you to the show.
Other Things To Do Around The Area
The four-day fair will allow for some side trips to see some local attractions near Yeovil. One of these is the Ilchester Museum, where relics from the Neolithic Era (2500-1900BCE), the Roman Occupation (50-410 AD), the medieval ages, and World War II are on display. If you can pry your salivating steam enthusiasts away from the Abbey Hill Rally, they can learn more about historic vehicles at the Haynes International Motor Museum.
Dogs are, of course, welcome, but admission fees can change without any notice, so please check with the organisers before departing for the Rally. Be sure to ask if parking is free or not, and let’s all ask Mother Nature to keep the bad weather away for the four days of the Abbey Hill Rally.
When is the next Abbey Hill Steam Rally?
The Abbey Hill Steam Rally is planned to take place at Yeovil Showground on the A37 Dorchester Road, , Somerset, BA22 9TR, Thursday 30th April, 2020. This is a Four Day Rally.
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