About the Slaidburn Steam and Vintage Vehicle Display
The Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), is located about 50 miles East of Leeds. In it is the tiny village of Slaidburn. If you can get to the historical pub named the Hark to Bounty, then you are at the site of the Slaidburn Steam and Vintage Vehicle Display.
This annual two-day weekend event is held adjacent to the Hark to Bounty pub, a family establishment that serves home-cooked meals, local brews and is a B&B with nine rooms.
Steam engines, vintage tractors, and vehicles are all on display. Watching craftsmen and women ply their ageless skills with simple tools and materials is a treat for all people. It will make your kids appreciate what quality craftsmanship really is. Those wooden barrels next to the pub will tempt you as well as the aromas wafting from the pub and barbeque area. The play area will keep your kids happy with rides and games, and there is live entertainment in the evening.
It all began in 1980 when the current organiser David McNamee parked his steam roller next to the Hark to Bounty pub and drew attention from curious onlookers. The next year David’s steam roller was joined by a friend’s vintage traction engine after a two-day drive from Manchester. A third friend brought his Marenghi Fairground organ, and the steam rally was born.
Entry To The Event
Unlike other steam events, admission is absolutely free, but you are encouraged to donate to raise funds for the Slaidburn and Dunsop Bridge Village Schools. The Hark to Bounty is open from 8:00 a.m. and closes at 11:00 p.m. so you can arrive early and stay late.
Somewhere to Stay in Lancashire
A lucky few will be able to stay at the Hark to Bounty with its wonderful B&B accommodations. There are a few other quite pricy B&Bs in the proximity of Slaidburn, but for those a bit budget-minded, there are many excellent hotel choices along A59 within 15 miles of the event. There are plenty of camping and caravan spots in the southeast corner of the Forest of Bowland toward the A59.
Getting To Hark to Bounty
All drivers are advised to approach the Slaidburn Steam and Vintage Vehicle Display via the A59. From the south, take a left turn onto Pimlico Link Road and at the first intersection make a left onto the A671. As you enter Clitheroe make a right onto the B6478 (Waddington Road). The road will twist and turn a bit, but it will lead to your destination in approximately 10 miles. From the north on the A59 make a right on Sawley Road, then north on Barrett Hill Brow, left on Holden Lane, right on Tinklers Lane, which will meet up with the B6478. Veer left onto the B6478 and on to your destination.
Other Things To Do Around Slaidburn
Anyone can enjoy a few hours playing darts or pool at the pub and perhaps talking to the locals about how Hark to Bounty got its unusual name. Exploring the beautiful Forest of Bowland is also a great way to spend a few hours alone or with family. In nearby Clitheroe, visit the medieval Clitheroe Castle and Museum to learn a bit about the local area. Everyone has heard of Liverpool, but If you don’t mind a 20 to 25-mile drive to the coast, visit the city of Blackpool with its rich history. The Beatles played gigs there in the 1960s, and rocker Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) was born in Blackpool.
★★ Parking may prove to be difficult, so if possible, park in Clitheroe and hail one of the many taxicabs to the event. The event welcomes dogs, and because the show is literally on the curb in front of the pub, wheelchair users should be able to manoeuvre without much difficulty. Be on good behaviour as the original upstairs of the Hark to Bounty was a courtroom, and ghosts of judges past may still want to deal out punishment to local miscreants. ★★
When is the next Slaidburn Steam and Vintage Vehicle Display?
The Slaidburn Steam and Vintage Vehicle Display is planned to take place at Hark to Bounty, Town End, Slaidburn, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 3EP, Saturday 13th June, 2020. This is a Weekend Steam Rally.
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