About the Appleford 70th Anniversary Steam Gathering and Rally
The coronation of King George III in 1761 marked the beginning of a tradition of 'bun-throwing' to celebrate special events in the town of Abingdon-on-Thames or just Abingdon. The tradition involves local dignitaries throwing thousands of buns from the roof of the Abingdon County Hall Museum into crowds assembled in the market square below. About 5 miles away from Abingdon is where a 'bun-throwing worthy' event will be held; the Appleford 70th Anniversary Steam Gathering and Rally.
This one-day event will be part steam rally, part 'family reunion', part theme party, and a total fun day to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the steam movement origins.
Held at The Field in Appleford, the show will be a self-described 'old fashioned rally without the modern clutter' featuring Traction engine racing and games and a classic car exhibit. After 70 years, most of the original attendees have passed on to their eternal heavenly steam rally, meaning that photos of past days and memories will be a key part of the show. The crew will be dressed in 1950s style clothing and visitors are encouraged to do the same for a new generation of digital images made with smartphone technology. All this plus a beer tent will lead to a lot of reminiscing over a pint of ale.
A barrel of ale was the stake on Sunday the 30th of July 1950 when Arthur Charles Napper and Miles Chetwynd-Stapylton first raced their two tractions engines in Appleford Oxfordshire. This event saved many steam engines destined for the scrapyard and started the steam preservation movement. The result is the many steam and vintage rallies we all enjoy today (as well as the ale).
Entry To The Rally
The 'time machine' to 1950 takes off at 1:00 p.m. and will return you to the present at twilight or about 7:00 p.m. Some details are yet to be determined so please check back for info on admission prices and other considerations
Somewhere to Stay in Oxfordshire
Caravaners and Campers staying overnight or for a few days will have many sites to choose from within a 10-mile radius of Abingdon. The nearest one is Bridge House Caravan and Campsite. Near the River Thames, it is quite picturesque and a great place to call home for a while. Abingdon offers a variety of hotel accommodations suitable for frugal and lavish travellers.
Getting To Appleford
Drivers from the A34 will exit at the roundabout in Abingdon and head east on the A4130. You will encounter a second roundabout where you will remain on the A4130 by taking the first exit heading north. Then, the A4130 will curve to the right and pass through two more roundabouts. At the third roundabout, exit the A4130 and head north to the destination.
Other Things To Do Around The Area
While you are visiting Abingdon, be sure to stop by the Abingdon County Hall Museum, with three floors of fascinating exhibits including celebratory buns thrown from the Museum's roof. Oxford is less than 10 miles north of Abingdon and is home to the History of Science Museum that dates to the 17th century with an unrivalled collection of early astronomical and mathematical instruments from Europe and the Islamic world.
Be sure to call Appleford 70 or make a new Facebook friend with the rally organisers to check on any parking considerations, if dogs are allowed and on wheelchair accessibility. Then go check with your great-grandparents to see if you can fit into any of their clothes from the 1950s to wear to the Appleford 70th Anniversary Steam Gathering and Rally
When is the next Appleford 70th Anniversary Steam Gathering and Rally?
The Appleford 70th Anniversary Steam Gathering and Rally is planned to take place at Appleford, Nr Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX14 4PH, Saturday 25th July, 2020. This is a Steam Rally.
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