About the Strumpshaw Steam Engine Rally
Norwich, located in the most eastern area of England in Norfolk County, is the birthplace of William Vernon Blyth, born in 1887. He married Irene Foote in 1911 in New York state, where they adopted the stage name ‘Castle’ and became the world-famous Vernon and Irene Castle. If they were in Norwich today, they could foxtrot the 10 miles east to the Strumpshaw Hall Steam Museum and the Strumpshaw Steam Engine Rally held every May.
This is a three-day weekend event on the May Bank holiday where the museum grounds are converted to a 'yesteryear village' that the whole family will enjoy.
In addition to the vintage cars, motorbikes, and 100 tractors, visitors to the Strumpshaw Steam Engine Rally will be treated to working demonstrations of stone crushing and wood sawing. Stay outside and see the tractor pull, trade stands and craft stalls or venture inside the museum to see the train models and much more. Take a ride on the museum train named 'Jimmy' and let the kids run wild at the children's amusement area while you get a pint of ale at the Museum bar.
Strumpshaw Hall Steam Museum
Wesley Key, the founder of Strumpshaw Steam Museum, began showing his collection of steam engines to the public in 1964 with the oldest one dating to 1898. Today his daughter 'Kiki' and her husband keep the tradition going strong.
Entry To The Rally
The three-day steam rally begins Saturday at 9:00 a.m. each day until 5:00 p.m. Entry fees are £10.00 for adults, and if you are under 16, the entry is free. Shrouded in mystery is an offer of a £5.00 admission after 5:00 p.m. for Saturday and Sunday but you will need to call the organisers about that. Perhaps some after-hours music is in order. The fees will also grant you access to the Steam Museum.
Somewhere to Stay in Norfolk
Campers and Caravans need not look for a place to pitch their tents and park that RV because there is camping available at Strumpshaw Hall grounds. The only condition is that you book your spot early by calling the Museum. People who prefer hotels and B&Bs will find lots of choices in Norwich.
Getting To Strumpshaw Hall Steam Museum
Drivers coming in from Norwich will first head east onto the A47 and drive about 7 miles to a roundabout. Head south on Cucumber Lane until it terminates at The Street. Head southeast on The Street to the second roundabout but keep heading southeast onto Strumpshaw Road. When Strumpshaw becomes Long Lane look for Stone Road and make a right turn. Drive about half a mile and make another right turn onto Barn Hill Road. Stay to the left and look for the signs that will lead you to the museum.
Other Things To Do Around Strumpshaw
Weekend visitors should have time to see some of the local attractions in Norwich. One of those is the City of Norwich Aviation Museum. If you love old steam engines, you will enjoy first-rate displays of aircraft such as the Vulcan, Dart Herald, and Vampire. Exhibits include memorabilia from the 8th Army Air Force stationed here in WWII. Another excellent day trip is a 20-mile drive east to the coastal town of Great Yarmouth that novelist Charles Dickens described in his novel David Copperfield as "the finest place in the universe". Yarmouth also offers you a slice of maritime history about Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson and his unconventional naval tactics in the late 18th century.
Dogs are welcome on a leash, parking is free, the museum is quite accessible to wheelchairs, and we all hope that the sky is blue. If that doesn’t make you feel like dancing like Vernon and Irene Castle, then perhaps you need a better pair of shoes.
When is the next Strumpshaw Steam Engine Rally?
The Strumpshaw Steam Engine Rally WAS planned to take place at Strumpshaw Hall Steam Museum, Low Road, Strumpshaw, Norwich, Norfolk, NR13 4HR, Saturday 22nd May, 2021. This is a Long Weekend Steam Rally.
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