About the Woodcote Steam Rally
About 20 miles south of Oxford off the A4074 (Port Way) is the village of Woodcote, known for prehistoric artefacts including a polished hand-axe that is estimated to be 3000 years old. It is also the site of the Woodcote Steam Rally, a two-day weekend event held each summer.
The Rally does not go back 3000 years, but it can brag of over 50 years beginning in 1964 with displays of vintage steam engines, tractors, and other vehicles.
The Woodcote Steam Rally is an event not to be missed. The Festival of Ale is held every year and features a wide selection of ales, ciders, and wine. No need to slip the kids any ale to keep them quiet. Just let them whoop it up at the children’s funfair with pony rides, face painting, and much more to vent some of that unlimited energy of kids. There are the usual attractions like a tractor driving competition and lots of craft exhibits to delight people of all ages.
The late Ran Hawthorne, a founder member of the Rally, once said this about the Rally’s origins: 'It all started in our lounge - .' The result of that 1964 meeting was a one-day event that raised £150 into the current two-day Rally sponsored by the Woodcote Charitable Association. Their three goals are to stage a good event, to raise some money and to foster the preservation of veteran transport.
Entry To The Rally
The Rally gates will open at 10:00 a.m., and the fun goes on until 11:00 p.m. on Saturday and 6:00 p.m. Sunday. Going as a family is the best deal with a £25 (£20 for advanced online purchase) family ticket for 2 adults and 3 kids. A single adult ticket is £8.00 (£6.00 online), and kids age 5 to 16 admission is £5.00 (£4.00 online). Children under 5 get in for free, and while your old uncle Joe may act like he is 4 years old at the Festival of Ale, he will still need to pay the £8.00 (£6.00 online) admission for seniors over 60.
Somewhere to Stay in Oxfordshire
Campers and Caravaners will find several campsites within a 10-mile radius of Woodcote. Nearby Hotels include the George Hotel, a historic 17th Century coaching inn full of Olde English charm and character. The Old Farmhouse Inn B&B in nearby Ipsden is another highly rated B&B.
Getting To Tidmore Lane
Folks arriving at the Woodcote Steam Rally are advised to take the A4074 and head in a south-easterly direction. There will be several roundabouts, so be sure not to make an accidental exit. When you reach the town of Woodcote make a right turn onto the B471, and that will take you to Tidmore Lane. Drivers arriving from the south will also take the A4074 and make a left turn onto Reading Road and then an immediate right turn onto Tidmore Lane. Remember that Thames Travel runs a Saturday and Sunday return bus service.
Other Things To Do Around Woodcote
Are you still curious about that 3000-year-old hand axe? Then take a little side trip to see the polished bronze age relic. It was only recently unearthed by someone using a metal detector and is now on display in the Reading Museum, located about 10 miles southwest of Woodcote in Exlade. Another historical site is the Silchester Roman City Walls and Amphitheatre, an abandoned 7th-century Roman city and amphitheatre.
Exhibitors will need to submit an entry form to participate in this rally, and the downloadable forms will be available online soon. Dogs are welcome if they behave themselves. Scooter and wheelchair users are quite welcome, but open farmland and the weather will affect the mobility of anything on wheels.
When is the next Woodcote Steam Rally?
The Woodcote Steam Rally is planned to take place at Tidmore Lane, Off Oxford Road, Woodcote, Reading, Oxfordshire, RG8 0QX, Saturday 9th July, 2022. This is a Weekend Steam Rally.
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