About the Steam Rally
Situated about 100 miles northeast of London and adjacent to the River Wensum is the city of Norwich with a population of about 376,000. The city is always high on any ranking of the best places to live and it brags of being the most complete medieval city in the United Kingdom. About 12 miles northwest of Norwich is the small town of Reepham with the curious distinction of being one of only two places in Europe to have three churches on the same site. We’re not sure how that happened but we are sure that Reepham is the home of the Whitwell & Reepham Railway and that the annual Steam Rally will happen in early August.
This two-day weekend family fun event will include exhibits that define any steam rally like the traction and stationary engines, vintage tractors, commercial vehicles, and classic cars.
Previous Steam Rally events at the railway have included working demonstrations, the ever-popular gin train, and live music with groups like the Saunders Dancing Show and a Saturday night show with a great band like the Sounds Imperial. Food and drinks along with free train rides figure to be a big part of this year’s event.
Whitwell & Reepham Railway
The Steam Rally celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2019 but the origins of the Whitwell & Reepham Railway date back to 1880 when an act of Parliament was granted to build the station. It carried passengers until 1959 and continued as a freight train until 1964. It re-opened in 2009 as a Heritage Railway Site managed by volunteers and members of the Whitwell & Reepham Railway Preservation Society. Any funds raised go to support the Railway.
Entry To The Rally
Admission is free to the railway grounds on non-event days but there will be a small charge for The Steam Rally. The entry fee in previous shows was £6.50 for adults. £2.50 for children and a £16.00 family pass but do check with the Railway on any fee changes. The rally traditionally runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for both days.
Somewhere to Stay in Norfolk
Camping & Caravanning Site 133/097 located close to the railway is the best choice for Campers. Try to book early because the site is limited to only five Caravans, RVs, or tents. The cost is £10 per night and booking can be done online. Other camping and “glamping” sites are nearby if the 133/097 site is full. Being a tourist area, many hotels and B&Bs are available in Norwich to fit any budget.
Getting To Whitwell Road
The event is located a few miles northwest of Norwich. Use the A47 (Norwich to Swafham) or the A140 (Norwich to Cromer) and head toward Reepham.
Other Things To Do Around Norwich
Weekend nature lovers will find plenty of venues along the coastlines that surround Norwich. The Wash National Nature Reserve and the Norfolk Coast AONB are two places of note. Those with a preference for indoor activities can visit the Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, once a medieval royal fortification. Another great choice for the kids is the Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure with its life-size dinosaur trail.
The Steam Rally is a special “gala day” so there is no parking on the site except for some limited disabled parking. General parking will be available at the local schools in Reepham that will offer a free minibus shuttle to and from the Rally. It is assumed that trained guide dogs are welcome but check with the Railway about “normal” dogs and if someone in your group has special needs please discuss the details with the railway before you visit.
When is the next Steam Rally?
The Steam Rally is planned to take place at Whitwell Road, Reepham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR10 4GA, Saturday 1st August, 2020. This is a Weekend Steam Rally.
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