About the Klondyke Mill Steam Party
The small town of Wotocheshede in Staffordshire is mentioned in an ancient survey carried out by King William the Conqueror in the year 1086. That survey is known today as the Domesday Book and since then, the town’s name has changed nearly 80 times. It is currently called Uttoxeter. It is the birthplace of Bartley Gorman V (1944 – 2002) a bare-knuckle boxer of Irish descent and often referred to as King of the Gypsies during his “career”. His illegal fights occurred in mineshafts, quarries, at horse fairs, on campsites, in bars and clubs, and the street but there is no record of him ever brawling at the Klondyke Mill where the annual Steam Party is held every year in June.
The Klondyke Mill Preservation Centre is located about seven miles east of Uttoxeter. The June Steam party is one of three big events hosted each year by the Klondyke Mill and the North Staffs and Cheshire Traction Engine Club.
Visitors, classic vehicle enthusiasts, and perhaps bare-knuckle fighters attending this two-day weekend event will see rare vintage traction engines, road rollers, and steam engines. Some of the traction engines date back to the 1880s. The kids can play and ride on miniature versions of some of the machines. Hot and cold beverages and sweet treats from the food stands will complete the day described by some as “quintessentially British”.
The Klondyke Mill is a former plaster mill that was demolished in the 1950s. The North Staffs and Cheshire Traction Engine Club (or just The Club) was established in 1958. The Club describes itself as “…dedicated to the preservation and restoration of all manner of vintage items”. It holds three public events each year beginning with the June Steam Party, another steam party in October, and the much-anticipated Bonfire Party in November.
Entry To The Event
The entry fee for June’s Klondyke Mill Steam Party is £5.00 for adults and only £1.00 for children. The fun begins at 10:30 a.m. and goes on until 4:30 p.m. The entry fees and times are subject to change so please check with the Mill before you arrive for any updates.
Somewhere to Stay in Staffordshire
Forestside Farm offers limited tent pitches and caravan “hard standings” near the Klondyke Mill. Other choices for camping are Hay Lane Farm and Uttoxeter Racecourse Caravan and Motorhome Club Site both highly rated camping/RV parks. The closest hotel is The Boars Head Hotel offering relaxed rooms, in suite bathrooms, TVs, and free Wi-Fi, as well as tea and coffee making equipment. There are many other hotels in the area to fit any budget.
Other Things To Do Around The Area
Vacationers with a few days to explore Staffordshire and beyond can visit a few of the many historical attractions in Derby, Nottingham, or Sheffield that are within a 90-minute drive from Uttoxeter. Those not wanting to take a road trip will find many local attractions like the Beamhurst Museum with over 1000 items related to Uttoxeter. Another local spot to visit is Redfern’s Cottage with more collections related to Uttoxeter’s rich history.
The Klondyke Mill has free off-road parking and is dog friendly to well-behaved canines on a leash. The grounds are flat and grass-covered, but visitors are advised to call the Mill before arrival to check on wheelchair and handicapped accessibility and bathroom facilities for this event. While fistfights are strongly discouraged, if you become involved in a scuffle please wear boxing gloves. It’s much easier on the knuckles.
When is the next Klondyke Mill Steam Party?
The Klondyke Mill Steam Party is planned to take place at Klondyke Mill Preservation Centre, Draycott in the Clay, Staffordshire, DE6 5GZ, Saturday 6th June, 2020. This is a Weekend Steam Event.
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