About the Steam and Vintage Rally
The city of Taunton lies about halfway between the Bristol Channel to the north and the English Channel to the south in Somerset County in the southwest part of England. One of its landmarks, Gray's Almshouses on East Street, was founded by Robert Gray in 1615 to house poor single women. Today’s needy ladies are lucky indeed because they can head west a few miles to Norton Fitzwarren and to the annual Steam and Vintage Rally for an inexpensive day of fun and entertainment.
This two-day weekend rally features some of the most elegant displays of vintage vehicles the country has to offer with more than 2000 exhibits and 6000 visitors, some of whom are sure to be gentleman of means willing to assist financially stressed women hanging out near the beer tent!
For steam enthusiasts, however, their 'romance' is directed to the working traction engines, tractors, steam rollers, and other vintage vehicles shined and polished to look their best. Parades and live demonstrations will go on all day. Children will want to play in the family fun area and take a ride on a model train. There is a large craft tent and plenty of food stands and refreshments to keep that tummy from growling. And, if you promise your lady friend or wife that your 'alms' will go only toward a pint of ale, the beer tent is a great place to relax and meet with other steam hobbyists.
West Somerset Railway Association's Steam & Vintage Rally
The Rally is organised by The West Somerset Railway Association that has the purpose of maintaining the West Somerset Railway. This includes the tracks, the locomotives, and carriages. This is an expensive undertaking costing about £250,000 to overhaul a locomotive and £150,000 to replace a half-mile of track.
Entry To The Rally
The entry fee for adults age 18 to 64 is £12.00. Folks 65 and up pay £10.00 and children and young adults up to age 17 enter for free but must accompany an adult. The gates open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. each day. If you do plan to attend both days, each ticket ordered on-line is valid for both days, a 50% savings.
Somewhere to Stay in Somerset
Do you want to live like a nomad in Siberia for a few days? At Somerset Yurts, you won’t have to herd any reindeer or do any hunting and gathering on the tundra but you will camp (or glamp) in a luxurious yurt like structure in a dairy farm at the foot of the Quantock Hills close to the Rally. Other camping spots are available near Taunton as well for Caravaners. Hotel accommodations are also plentiful within a few miles of Norton Fitzwarren.
Getting To B3227
Looking at a road map of Taunton may appear to some like the result of a plate of spaghetti thrown against a white tiled floor with its tangle of intersecting roads. But all drivers really need to know to get to the Steam and Vintage Rally is to find the A358 or the A38 and head west to the village of Norton Fitzwarren. From the A358, at the Cross Keys Roundabout, head southwest on the B3227. From the A38 take the first roundabout onto the A3065 heading north, the next roundabout to the A358 heading west to that same Cross Keys Roundabout and onto the B3227. The Rally is just about a mile west of Norton Fitzwarren. Check with the organisers about bus and train service to and from the Rally.
Other Things To Do Around Taunton
People attending the rally for the weekend will want to explore Taunton, and one place to visit is The Museum of Somerset. Numismatists (a fancy word for coin collectors) will enjoy the Frome Hoard, a collection of more than 52,000 Roman silver and bronze coins discovered in 2010. Also on display are fossils, prehistoric pottery shards, collections of toys and dolls, and curios like a real shrunken head from South America. Another place to see is Bishops Lydeard Mill. Located about 6 miles from Taunton. It is a museum at a historic watermill documenting traditional crafts and trades.
Parking is free, and dogs are welcome at the Steam and Vintage Rally. Disabled visitors should be able to navigate the venue with minimal difficulties. Remember that the Rally is always looking for volunteers. The experience can be added to one’s resume and that might help a lady facing a financial hardship land a higher paying job.
When is the next Steam and Vintage Rally?
The Steam and Vintage Rally is planned to take place at B3227, Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton, Somerset, TA4 1BH, Saturday 1st August, 2020. This is a Weekend Steam Event.
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