About the Steam Fayre & Vintage Vehicle Rally
About 50 miles southwest of Bristol and located between Quantock Hills and Blackdown Hills (both designated as Areas of Natural Beauty), is the village of Norton Fitzwarren with a population of about 3000. It is here where the Steam Fayre & Vintage Vehicle Rally will be held.
This annual steam rally offers up a great time for visitors, volunteers, exhibitors and traders alike for a two-day weekend in the summer. You can expect to feel like you’ve taken a time machine to when steam-powered engines were the norm and not the exception.
The usual collection of exhibits and events will be present, including vintage cars whose owners have spent many hours to make them look like new. Vintage tractors, motorcycles, and other vehicles will be on parade. The power of steam will be displayed with live demonstrations along with children’s entertainments and craft stands. And what steam rally would be complete without great food and the ever-present beer tent.
The sponsor for this steam rally is WSRA or the West Somerset Railway Association. It was formed in 1971 to raise funds to reopen the run-down Taunton to Minehead branch line. The company today operates a highly successful 23-mile heritage line between Bishops Lydeard and Minehead. Proceeds from the Steam Fayre & Vintage Vehicle Rally go to support the continued efforts to keep the train running.
Entry To The Rally
The two-day weekend show will begin at 10:00 a.m. each day and end at 5:00 p.m. An adult Day Ticket is £12.00, Seniors 65 and up will pay a bit less at £10.00 while toddlers up to teenagers under 18 will get in for free. Previous exhibitors should expect an invitation to future rallies but do check with WSRA if you want to be a new exhibitor or have any questions.
Somewhere to Stay in Somerset
Are you looking to 'rough it' with no defined pitches for tents and where you do just as you like with no frills? As part of your steam rally experience, try camping at Otter Vale Wild Camping site in nearby Blackdown Hills. There are many other camping sites in the area, but it would behoove you to reserve a spot early. There is also a wide array of 2,3 and 4-star hotels and B&Bs for every budget in nearby Taunton,
Getting To Norton Triangle Fields
Drivers coming from the north or south on the M5 will exit at Junction 25 and take Toneway (A358) heading west. At the first roundabout continue west onto the A3038 to another roundabout and head north on the A3037. At a third roundabout continue northwest on Staplegrove Road (A3027) that soon re-unites with the A358. At the Cross Keys Roundabout continue on the B3227 and pass through Norton Fitzwarren. The final step is to cross a railway bridge and make a left turn into a lane that will take you to your destination. Note that the West Somerset Railway runs a shuttle service from Bishops Lydeard Station to the Norton Platform where you can walk to the Rally gates.
Other Things To Do Around just South East of Bishops Lydeard
Fans of Cricket will enjoy spending an hour or two at the Somerset Cricket Museum in Taunton. This museum features exhibits on the history of cricket with an emphasis on the history of Somerset County Cricket Club. Another nearby site where one can spend 30 minutes or several hours is Trull Waterfall. Don’t expect it to be like Africa’s Victoria Falls, but it is a great place to take some great family pictures or have a picnic amidst the peaceful sounds of the waterfall.
Parking is free, dogs are welcome, people in wheelchairs can reach most areas of the rally. One final note: If you do decide to camp at Otter Vale Wild Camping, do not worry. No need to dig a trench for 'you know what' as there are showers and toilet facilities available. Perhaps 'no-frills' was a bit of an overstatement.
When is the next Steam Fayre & Vintage Vehicle Rally?
The Steam Fayre & Vintage Vehicle Rally is planned to take place at Norton Triangle Fields, Norton Fitzwarren, just South East of Bishops Lydeard, Taunton, Somerset, TA4 3BX, Saturday 1st August, 2020. This is a Weekend Show.
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