News from the Rally Team

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This page has all the latest news from the Rally Team along with a few topical images.

Latest news

The 2018 Rally

We had a great weekend at the 2018 Rally. The weather was glorious, and we had even more vintage vehicles on display than last year. Particular successes were the new railway siding, which allowed us to display the restored historic coaches, the larger steam section, and the new layout, which made it easier for everyone to see the different exhibits. The hot weather meant that the ice cream stalls and the bar were particularly popular.

We are very grateful to our exhibitors, who displayed their cherished vehicles for everyone to enjoy. In return, many of then enjoyed a special train visit to the historic port of Watchet last Friday. They had a great reception there, and we are most grateful to the traders and people of Watchet for their welcome.

Once again, our dedicated band of volunteers worked their socks off to prepare and staff the Rally, welcome the visitors, and pack it all away after. Nothing would be possible without our volunteers, and we are so grateful for their hard work.

We will now allow ourselves a short break, before we start planning the 2019 Rally, which will be held on the 3rd and 4th August. We look forward to seeing you then

Geoff Garfield
For the Rally organising team 9 August 2018

Posted on 10 August 2018

Problems with card payments at the Rally Gate

We are having problems with the mobile signal at the Rally Site and may not be able to accept payments by card on Sunday. We would suggest you bring cash as an alternative.

Posted on 4 August 2018

The day before the Rally Weekend

2018

Rob Lindley's picture shows just a few of the steam exhibits lined up at Norton Fitzwarren on 3 August 2018.

Posted on 3 August 2018

The Steam & Vintage Rally Beer Tent

2018

The Rally beer tent will feature no less than 21 different real ales, all brewed in the County of Somerset. Leading the way, we have six ales from Quantock Brewery of Bishops Lydeard and three beers from each of Cotleigh Brewery (Wiveliscombe), Exmoor Ales (Wiveliscombe), Fine Tuned (Langport), Pitchfork (West Hewish) and Yeovil Ales (Yeovil). Cider is also very well represented, with well over a dozen different real ciders from the many and varied Somerset producers. Somerset CAMRA volunteers will be supporting the regular beer tent crew. Hope to see you!

Posted on 2 August 2018

Times for the free shuttle train

2018

Here are the times of the free shuttle train service between Bishops Lydeard and the Steam & Vintage Rally at Norton Fitzwarren. Journey time is approximately ten minutes.

Saturday 4 August 2018
Depart Bishops Lydeard at 10.10, 10.40, 11.10, 11.45, 12.20, 13.45, 14.45,15.45 and 16.20
Depart Norton Fitzwarren at 10.25, 10.55, 11.25, 12.00, 13.30, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00 and 17.00

Sunday 5 August 2018
Depart Bishops Lydeard at 10.51, 11.18, 11.45, 12.45, 13.45, 14.45, 15.45 and 16.45
Depart Norton Fitzwarren at 11.05, 11.30, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00 and 17.00

Posted on 1 August 2018

Online ticket facility closes on 1 August...

2018

The online ticket facility will be available until 10am on 1 August 2018. Any online transactions after 10am on 1 August 2018 may not be processed. A reminder that purchasers are required to print a paper copy of their online ticket and to bring the paper copy to the Rally Gate for validation.

Posted on 31 July 2018

The signs are good...

2018

The Rally signs are going up in Bishops Lydeard!

Posted on 21 July 2018

Special Offer for Rally Volunteers

We have a limited number of very special tickets available for an evening in the historic port of Watchet, by train from Norton Fitzwarren or Bishops Lydeard, on Friday 3rd August. For only £6 for adults (children free) you can ride to Watchet, which will be open to welcome you, with food, drink, live entertainment, and lots of atmosphere. The timings are Norton Fitzwarren depart 19.15, Bishops Lydeard depart 19.30, arrive Watchet at 20.10; then depart Watchet at 22.15, arrive Bishops Lydeard at 22.50 and arrive Norton Fitzwarren at 23.05. Car parking is available at Norton Fitzwarren and Bishops Lydeard. If you would like to join us, please send an email to Keith Sandford at admin@wsra.org.uk who will arrange for tickets and payment (only available in advance). Numbers are limited, so please apply now to get your tickets

Posted by the Rally Team on 19 July 2018

Steam Rally Update

2017

We are all looking forward to another fun weekend at the Rally on 4 & 5 August. Why not take advantage of our online ticket offer: Two days for the price of one. (Adults £12, seniors £10) This offer is only available in advance, and will close before the Rally. So why not follow the link now.

Alternatively, travel to the Rally by train, at a special price. We have arranged a special early train on both days. You can buy an inclusive ticket on the train for £25 Adults or Seniors, £7.50 for Children. The early train will give you lots of time to enjoy the Rally, as well as a ride through the countryside. The timings are:

Departure TimeSaturday 4thSunday 5th
Minehead09.0009.20
Blue Anchor 09.14 09.34
Watchet 09.29 09.52
Williton 09.36 09.59
Crowcombe Heathfield 09.56 10.32
Bishops Lydeard 10.06 10.42
Arrive at the Rally 10.20 10.53
Return Any train up to 17.00 from Rally Any train up to 16.00 from Rally

Posted on 18 July 2018

Improvements at the Rally

2018

The roadway at the Rally Site has been widened as the existing roadway was not wide enough for traffic to pass by without going on the grass, and churning up the ground. More hard work by the Rally Working Group.

Posted on 9 July 2018

An update from the Rally Team

We are very much looking forward to seeing our volunteers again for this year's event. Most positions are now filled, but we are keen to have a few more. Specifically, we are keen to hear from anyone who would like to join our team of car park marshals and programme sellers. No experience is necessary; we will give you training, a hi-vis vest, lunch and plenty of drinks. There is also a very special opportunity coming up soon for our volunteers: details will be out shortly. So, if you are interested, please download the volunteer application form, or ring 01823 433856. We look forward to hearing from you. See the Volunteers page for more information.

We have had a great response to our invitation for exhibitors, and most sections are now full, and cannot accept any further entries. These are: Cars, land rovers, motorbikes, military, stationary engines, models miniature steam. We are still waiting for a few applications for the full size steam and commercial section: please do get these in as soon as possible. Joining details will be sent out to booked exhibitors very soon.

Traders we are full. Sorry, we cannot accept any further entries for the craft tent or trade section. Joining details will be sent out to our booked traders very soon

Posted on 18 June 2018

Online ticket facility now open for 2018 Rally

The Rally team are pleased to announce advance tickets can now be purchased online. See the Tickets Page.

Ticket prices are pegged at last year's prices - £12 for an Adult Day Ticket and £10 for a Senior Citizen Day Ticket. There is no charge for a child accompanied by a valid ticket holder.

And once again, two for the price of one! Day tickets purchased online are valid on both days of the Rally.

Posted on 6 May 2018

Exhibitors and Traders

Invites have been sent out to our regular Exhibitors and Traders, and bookings are coming in fast, with many of our areas already booked up. We are looking to complete the booking process by the end of May. So, if you want to make sure of your place, please get your booking back to us by 31st May. Contact us by email: wsrarally@gmail.com.

If you have not received your form, or need another one, please contact us at wsrarally@gmail.com

Posted on 6 May 2018

Rally latest news

The Rally team are hard at work planning the 2018 event, which will be held on the 4th and 5th of August at our site in Norton Fitzwarren.

We are planning some improvements for 2018, including:

  • A new layout, to make it easier for you to see all of our many exhibits
  • A new, larger steam section
  • A larger Children's entertainment area
  • Better catering facilities
  • A better chance to see the heritage railway carriages and visit the Quantock Belle

We will retain the many successful features from last year, including the early train from Minehead on both days. Invitations are going out to exhibitors and traders: there is more information on their part of the website.

We look forward to seeing you for 4th & 5th August.

Geoff Garfield Chairman 1 February 2018

Posted on 1 February 2018

Rally exhibitors

Invitations are now going out to our regular exhibitors: yours should arrive in the next few weeks, if it is not with you already. We look forward to receiving your completed booking form back. We welcome applications from new exhibitors, especially for our larger Steam section. Contact us by email: wsrarally@gmail.com.

We have a new destination for our ever-popular Somerset Coast Express on Friday evening. This year, we will visit Watchet an historic port, where we will have a warm welcome from the community, with lots of catering and entertainment laid on for you. Details will go out with the booking forms.

We look forward to seeing you for 4th & 5th August.

Geoff Garfield Chairman 1 February 2018

Posted on 1 February 2018

Rally traders

Invitations are now going out to our regular traders: yours should arrive in the next few weeks, if it is not with you already. We look forward to receiving your completed booking form back. We also welcome new applications for our trade, craft or catering areas. Contact us by email: wsrarally@gmail.com.

We have a new destination for our ever-popular Somerset Coast Express on Friday evening. This year, we will visit Watchet, an historic port, where we will have a warm welcome from the community, with lots of catering and entertainment laid on for you. Details will go out with the booking forms.

We look forward to seeing you for 4th & 5th August.

Mark Dolton Trade Marshal 1 February 2018

Posted on 1 February 2018

The Rally from the air...

2017

2017

Pictures of the 2017 event kindly provided by Iain Potter

Posted on 20 November 2017