About the Castle Combe Steam Rally
Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister (1929 - 2018), a neurologist but more famous for being the first man to run a mile in under 4 minutes, once attended a boy’s secondary school in Bath. At that pace, it would take him a little over an hour to run the 16 miles to the Castle Combe Steam Rally, an annual event held for a worthy cause.
This steam event is a two-day rally in May and features activities and attractions for the entire family, including vintage vehicles and fairground amusements for the kids including a Go-Kart track for children age 4 to 10.
The regular array of steam engines, vintage vehicles of all types, stationary engines, craft and model tents will be on display for all to enjoy. Add to that the fairground rides and attractions and the nostalgic music emanating from a fairground organ. The smells of running engines mixed with the aromas from the food stands will take you back to an earlier era. You might even forget how to use your smartphone but don’t forget to capture memories on its digital imagery app.
Castle Combe Steam Rally
That terrific cause mentioned earlier is Jessie May, a children’s hospice established in 1996. The hospice is a tribute to the infant daughter of Chris and Philippa Purrington, Jessica May. In September of 1994, she succumbed to a genetic condition known as severe Spinal Muscular Atrophy in only her 5th month of life. Not only does the hospice provide home care for children up to age 19, but it also provides needed relief and support to already devastated parents and relatives of terminally ill offspring.
Entry To The Rally
The two-day weekend steam rally begins at 10:00 a.m. on both days and closes at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The admission fee is £10.00 for adults, £8.00 for seniors, and children under 14 are admitted free.
Somewhere to Stay in Wiltshire
The Moors Campsite and Rocks East Woodland campsites are two delightful places to pitch a tent. But do contact them as to the availability of RVs and Caravan sites and if dogs are allowed in the campsites. The Plough Lane Caravan Site is situated right next to the Moors Campsite. For those who are more of the 'indoorsy' type, there are plentiful hotel accommodations as you approach Bath, Chippenham, and Swindon.
Getting To Castle Combe
Drivers heading east on the M4 and from the A46 (Bath Road) / M4 roundabout or heading west from Swindon on the M4 will encounter the Stanton St. Quinton roundabout. Head south on the A350 for about 2 miles and make a right at the traffic lights onto the B road (50 mph zone) and then a left turn at the first road you encounter. Stay on this road until it meets the B4039 and then make a right turn to the destination.
Other Things To Do Around The Area
Visitors who are looking for other family fun options in the Chippenham area will want to visit the REME Museum that preserves the heritage of the Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. It was formed in 1942 to meet the demands of World War II. The always popular and famous Stonehenge is about 25 miles high and if the weather in May is good, consider driving to the south coast of England, about 70 miles to the south
Car parking is free. Visitors should contact the organisers to check on any dog restrictions and the condition of the grounds for wheelchair accessibility. Remember Jessie May and give a little extra if you can. And if you want to emulate Roger Bannister, remember that it will probably take you about four to five hours to make the 16-mile hike from Bath to the Castle Combe Steam Rally.
When is the next Castle Combe Steam Rally?
The Castle Combe Steam Rally is planned to take place at Castle Combe, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 7EY, Saturday 16th May, 2020. This is a Weekend Steam Rally.
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