About the Abergavenny Steam, Veteran and Vintage Rally
The town of Abergavenny sits about 6 miles east of the England-Wales Border and is referred to as a Gateway to Wales. It is the birthplace of Vulcana (Kate Williams 1874-1946), known for performing amazing feats of strength in her era. The A40 and A465 meet about one mile south of the town, and the A40 will take you to Bailey Park, the site of the Abergavenny Steam, Veteran, and Vintage Rally.
Imagine if New York City held a steam rally and held it in Central Park. Abergavenny is certainly not as large as NYC, but it does have Bailey Park. This urban park will give this steam rally a different 'feel' compared to one being held in an open field, but all the attractions will be there for all to see.
Those attractions include the smoke-belching steam traction engines, the delightful sounds of steam organs, vintage military and commercial vehicles. There will be model displays, handicrafts, and of course, the Food Village where a pint of ale can be purchased. Previous steam rallies have featured the immensely popular Broke FMX and Freestyle Motocross with some top-rated riders. We also hope that the Gentle Giant’s Shire Horses will be at the show.
Abergavenny Steam Rally Co Ltd
This event could have withered on the vine in 2000 when the previous organiser felt it was time for another organiser to take over. The Rotary Club of Abergavenny accepted that challenge, and the show has gotten better and stronger every year since. It is now the biggest dispenser of charitable money in North Gwent, and a lot of that is a result of the annual two-day steam rally.
Entry To The Rally
The two-day Abergavenny Steam, Veteran and Vintage Rally is a two-day event that runs from 9:30 a.m. each day until 6:00 p.m. Admission is £8.00 for adults and £5.00 for school-age kids and OAPs. Pre-schoolers can enter for free. Exhibitors will need to submit an application form well in advance of the show.
Somewhere to Stay in Monmouthshire
One drawback to the urban setting of the fair is that camping spots on-site are minimal and will be reserved for exhibitors and traders. There are nearby campsites like the Pyscodlyn Farm and Caravan Site or the Wernddu Golf Centre, but space there will be limited as well. The advantage of the urban site is that there are many 2,3- and 4-star hotels in and near the Rally.
Getting To Bailey Park
Drivers heading to Bailey Park from the south will take the A40 from the A465. At the south end of the park continue straight onto the B4521 and make a left turn onto Park Avenue, followed by another left turn onto Park Lane. From the north, Take the B4521 from the A465. The road becomes Ross Road, and then becomes Grosvenor Road after a curve to the right. Make a left onto Herford and quick right to Park Avenue and to your destination on Park Lane. Public transport will also get you to Bailey Park.
Other Things To Do Around Abergavenny
Just south of Bailey Park is the Abergavenny Museum that sits on the grounds of an old Norman castle. Spend a few hours learning about the local history from prehistoric times to the present. You may have to ask the curator if they have any information on Vulcana who, at age 13, stopped a runaway horse in Bristol. About 10 miles southwest of Abergavenny is another exciting museum called The Big Pit Coal Museum, where you can go 300 ft underground and tour a real coal mine.
Vehicles are not allowed in the park, so visitors to the fair are advised to park a bit away and take a bus or even walk to the Rally. The organisers will be able to advise you on that matter. Bringing your dog is not encouraged but if you must, be sure your pet is well behaved, clean up after it and be aware that there will be loud sounds that might frighten it. Toilets for the disabled will be available, and the flat ground should make it OK for wheelchairs in good weather. We hope to see you at the Rally.
When is the next Abergavenny Steam, Veteran and Vintage Rally?
The Abergavenny Steam, Veteran and Vintage Rally is planned to take place at Bailey Park, Park Road, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 5PR, Sunday 24th May, 2020. This is a Two Day Steam Rally.
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This is a great weekend for anyone who likes the openness of a 'market town' style event. Plenty to see and do and all done in a very relaxed but well organised manner. Usually make a longer weekend of it and enjoy a few of the valley walks that are around Abergavenny before the show starts on the Sunday.