Bloxham Steam Rally returns for weekend of fun

Banbury Steam Rally at Bloxham. Pictured: Steam engine Picture by Lucy Ford NNL-140628-220853009
Banbury Steam Rally at Bloxham. Pictured: Steam engine Picture by Lucy Ford NNL-140628-220853009

Now in its 48th year, the Bloxham Steam Rally will once again hold its weekend long event with thousands expected to attend.

Filling the 130-acre Smith Fields site in Bloxham, near Banbury the gates will open from 10am and the event will feature far more than just steam powered vehicles.

Last year’s rally attracted crowds of 15,000 people and the organisation for this year’s event began in earnest last November.

There was some doubt that the 2016 event would go ahead after a split in the organising committee resulted in a breakaway group wanting to put on their own rally.

Last year’s rally showcased 140 commercial vehicles including vintage buses , 130 classic cars from almost every era, 145 vintage tractors and 40 fully restored steam engines.

This year’s event will, once again, feature a wide array of classic, vintage and steam powered vehicles including classic motorcycles and ex-military vehicles.

There will also be plenty of other entertainment on offer to appeal to all ages which includes a traditional funfair, a craft and food tent, a licensed bar, a collection of models and miniatures, historic reenactments, a market area, Sunday worship and live music.

For animal lovers there will be a pets corner allowing the public to interact with a variety of animals, and a sheep show.

Entry to the two day event is just £10 for both days for adults and £6 for under 16-year-olds and those over 65. Infants under five years of age are permitted free of charge.

Dogs are allowed to the venue but organisers ask them to be kept on a short lead at all times.

Camping for the weekend is also available. For more information visit http://banbury-rally.co.uk