About the Weald of Kent Steam Rally
Awash in history from prehistoric times to the present, Kent county played a vital role in some of the most decisive moments of World War II, including the Dunkirk evacuation, the Battle of Britain, and the preparations for D-Day. It is the birthplace of great actors like Sydney Greenstreet to icons of Rock & Roll like Mick Jagger. Steam enthusiasts know that Kent is also where the two-day annual Weald of Kent Steam Rally at Little Engeham Farm is held.
Even the name 'Weald' referring to a wooded area sounds very old fashioned and from an age when steam-powered the agricultural and industrial machinery of the day. Capturing that 'authentic' atmosphere of a steam rally from long ago is the goal of the organisers of this event.
The show boasts of over 40 full-size steam engines, a working area with threshing machines, and saw benches. Children will be able to ride on the same kind of carousel and listen to the same sort of music that their great grandparents may have enjoyed. Past shows have included vintage airplanes in addition to the classic cars and other commercial and farming vehicles. Fun and education go together with traditional sideshows, a restoration marquee plus many food stands, and a fully licensed bar. This is the largest event of its kind in Kent.
Weald of Kent Steam Rally
Beginning in 2014, the rally organisers focus has been on 'displaying steam engines in all their forms', as well as making the event for people to gather and have an enjoyable weekend.
Entry To The Rally
The Steam Rally will open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. each day. If you are an exhibitor, please register before the show and reserve a spot by using the online form to send your request. The entry fee is £10.00 for adults and £5.00 for senior citizens and children. Things can change without warning, so please check with the organisers to get the latest information.
Somewhere to Stay in Kent
Camping on-site is available for exhibitors only, but there are several camping sites for the public to the west of the steam rally to pitch a tent or set up your RV. Golfers can attend the steam rally and stay at the Weald of Kent Golf Course & Hotel less than a mile north of Little Engeham Farm but most people will want to stay at one of the many hotels that can be found along the A249 or M20.
Getting To Little Engeham Farm
Drivers arriving from the north via the M20 will exit onto A20 (Exit 9, Fougeres Way), taking the third exit from the roundabout. Stay to the left, and at Drovers Roundabout, take the third exit onto the A28 (Templer Way). Stay on the A28 for about 5 miles and then make a left turn onto Bethersden Road to the entrance of Little Engeham Farm. Drivers from the south on the M20 are advised to take the same Exit 9 and follow the same directions unless they are familiar with another route. There are buses from Ashford International Train Station (Stop R) but the bus ride is approximately two hours, so make sure you pack some snacks for the kids!
Other Things To Do Around Woodchurch
World War II buffs will have plenty of opportunities to explore an era that certainly changed the world and to pay homage to those brave souls who made the ultimate sacrifice. The Battle of Britain Memorial is 20 miles to the west coast of England in Folkestone with the Museum a few miles away from the Memorial. Another great place to see is the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge in Canterbury near the Canterbury Cathedral. Here you will learn all about the Magna Carta and see some incredible artifacts.
Parking is free, but please contact the organisers about accessibility for those in wheelchairs or with other mobility issues and the policies on dogs and service animals. Most of all, have a fun day and enjoy the unique aromas of fairground food mixed with the smell of coal and hot oil from steam engines of days gone by.
When is the next Weald of Kent Steam Rally?
The Weald of Kent Steam Rally is planned to take place at Little Engeham Farm, Bethersden Road, Woodchurch, Kent, TN26 3QY, Saturday 1st August, 2020. This is a Weekend Steam Rally.
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