About the Cromford Steam Rally
Based on previous shows, this year’s Rally promises to be even bigger and better with the return of the Mighty Iron Maiden steam-powered carriage that was built in 1920 and featured in a 1962 film titled The Iron Maiden where she got her name.
Many other traditional and modern steam rally attractions, shows and entertainment make this a must-see event. Vintage automobiles owned by members of the Morgan Car Club and the Jowett Car Club will be on display. The Red Devils Parachute Display Team is scheduled to drop from the sky on both days of the Rally weather permitting.
Don’t expect any ballet dancers to show up, but you will be amused and entertained by the J.C. Balls Digger Dance team. They 'dance' with heavy excavation and construction machinery in a precisely choreographed routine set to music that would make Baryshnikov proud. And no, the machines will not be wearing tutus or tights.
The Cromford Steam Rally began in 1970 when a group of steam enthusiasts got together in Cromford to display their well preserved and restored machines. The show kept growing year after year, and by some estimates over half a million people have attended the rally. The best thing is that the proceeds generated by the rally have helped hundreds of charitable organizations in the area including hospitals, BBC’s Children in Need and local services for senior citizens.
Entry To The Rally
The show begins on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and Sunday at 8:00 a.m., but on Friday night the Beer Tent will be open to those who arrive the night before for a night of entertainment. The fun will last well into Saturday night, with the event ending Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Entry forms for charity stalls and other exhibits are available online. The entry fees are £10.00 for adults, £5.00 for children 10 to 16 years of age and free for children who have not yet reached double figures in age. For those OAP’s who are closer to triple figures the entry fee is £5.00, and if you can order in advance there are two family group plans at £30.00 for parents and 2 kids and £35 for 3 kids.
Somewhere to Stay in Derbyshire
We regret that the on-site camping is already filled up, but there are plenty of other accommodations for those who want to stay for the weekend. The Red Lion Restaurant & Accommodation is a 3-star hotel in nearby Matlock offering elegant rooms in a cosy inn with a restaurant, a bar, and a brewery, plus free breakfast. The Sheriff Lodge Matlock is a 4-star hotel in Matlock that features simple rooms and free breakfast in their guesthouse and lounge.
Getting To Highacres Farm
If you plan to drive to the Cromford Stream Rally, from the A61 take Eachwell Lane to the roundabout and head in a north-westerly direction to the A615. There will be a few turns but just stay on the main road to get to the Rally. From the A6 near Matlock take the 2nd exit from the roundabout to the A615 and arrive at the Rally about 4 miles down the road. If you prefer to leave your car at the hotel there is a free bus service that runs every 90 minutes throughout the day. Be sure to check out the timetable and route, so you don’t miss the bus.
Other Things To Do Around Brackenfield
Folks who love antique steam engines are almost always lovers of museums, and if you are looking for another activity for the weekend Matlock has plenty to offer. Visit the Peak District Lead Mining Museum to learn about the lead mining heritage of Derbyshire from Roman Times to the present. The whole family will enjoy the Interactive exhibits, mock tunnels and you can even try to pan for gold. Photographers will want to see the Life in a Lens Museum of Photography & Old Times, also in Matlock.
Disabled parking is available. Dogs are welcome but keep 'Fluffy' on a leash and do take care of any 'doo-doo'. Any general questions can be directed to organiser and chairman Ken Bowmer or the people in charge of the various categories. Most of all enjoy the show, the food, the people and of course the steam powered machine wonders.
When is the next Cromford Steam Rally?
The Cromford Steam Rally is planned to take place at Highacres Farm, Dewey Lane, Brackenfield, Nr Matlock, , Derbyshire, DE55 6DB, Saturday 1st August, 2020. This is a Weekend Show.
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