About the Bill Targett Memorial Steam Rally
Between Eastleigh and Winchester off of the M3 in the southern UK is Highbridge Community Farm, the location for this year's Bill Targett Memorial Steam Rally.
The two-day event will feature classic cars, fire engines, motorbikes, and other commercial, trade, and arena events, as well as the ubiquitous steam engines as the star attractions.
A line up of steam engines whistling like loud teakettles and emitting their tell-tale white plume is not to be missed. The sound is like an off key Calliope, but it reminds you of an age gone by. Follow that up with a display of antique steam rollers and listen to the belts, spinning flywheels, and the pistons rhythmical sound as they cycle back and forth. Compare that sound to the purr of the engine in a classic car from the 1950s. And when the day ends the beer tent will be there to quench your thirst and raise your spirits even more.
The Rally is held in memory of Bill Targett, a Hampshire steam engine enthusiast who died nearly 30 years ago.
Entry To The Rally
This two-day event that happens one weekend every summer begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 'whenever' the fun ends. Proceeds help charities like the Wessex Cancer Trust. Adults enter for £7, Children for £4 and a family of five will get in for £20. All tickets are purchased at the gate on the day of the show.
Somewhere to Stay in Hampshire
Overnight visitors attending both days of the Rally have a choice of accommodations from the basic Travelodge Eastleigh Central with no frills to the three-star Ellington Lodge at The Concorde. If you need some luxury choose the 4-star Mercure Winchester Wessex Hotel near the Winchester Cathedral.
Getting To Highbridge Farm
From Winchester follow M3 to Allbrook Way / A335 (exit 12). Follow the road southeast to B3335 and turn left to get to the Highbridge Community Farm. From the South take M3 to exit 13 and head west to B3335 and make a left turn. If you want to take a more scenic route from Eastleigh, just take Magpie Lane out of town headed south, make a left turn onto Nightingale Avenue, and then another left turn on Passfield Avenue heading north. The road will become the B3335 and will lead you directly to the Rally.
Other Things To Do Around Allbrook
If you have the time during your stay, take a few hours or so and drive to the southern coastline and the West Wittering Beach, a sandy beach with grassy picnic areas and a cafe, plus a wind and kitesurfing club. Fans of the Beatles can go the Isle of Wight, where Paul McCartney wanted to 'rent a cabin' at age 64. And if you liked another lesser-known 1960s band, be sure to visit Winchester Cathedral, which was the title of a 'one-hit-wonder' song by the New Vaudeville Band.
For information on dogs, arrangements for people with disabilities, and parking, you will need to contact the rally organizer Jane Ralph. Don’t miss the fun and tell all your friends to come as well.
When is the next Bill Targett Memorial Steam Rally?
The Bill Targett Memorial Steam Rally is planned to take place at Highbridge Farm, Highbridge Road, Allbrook, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 6HN, Saturday 9th May, 2020. This is a Weekend Steam Rally.
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