About the Avon Valley YFC Steam and Vintage Vehicle Rally
The Battle of Sedgemoor took place on July 6th, 1685 near Bridgewater in Somerset County. Soon after, two wanted men escaped to the home of an elderly lady named Alice Lisle near the town of Ringwood, located about 75 miles east of Bridgewater in south-west Hampshire on the River Avon. Unfortunately for Alice, the English Army did not appreciate her giving refuge to the men and she was sentenced to be burned at the stake for her deeds. Due to her social status, the sentence was later reduced to beheading so we hope Alice appreciated that gesture as she was led to the chopping block. Visitors to Ringwood today can give a toast to Alice at the Alice Lisle Pub and then make plans to attend the Avon Valley Young Farmers Club (YFC) Steam and Vintage Vehicle Rally held each year in the late spring at the Lower Kingston Farm in Ringwood.
Steam enthusiasts, lovers of vintage vehicles, and perhaps wanted men seeking refuge will enjoy this event that celebrates over 70 years of the Avon Valley YFC.
This is a one-day event that features full-size steam engines, miniature traction engine rides, vintage tractors, working displays, children’s activities, and stalls, locally produced food and drink, and much more. After 5:00 p.m. there will be live music with a barbeque and a bar.
Avon Valley Young Farmers Club
The first YFC opened in 1921 in Hemyock, Devon with the United Dairies milk factory tasking the children of the area's milk producers with calf rearing and awarding prizes in a competitive environment. Today the YFC organization has over 23,000 people aged between 10 and 26 years of age. The YFC promotes youth activities in agriculture, sport, community volunteering, the environment, and other social programmes.
Entry To The Rally
The YFC Rally will officially begin at around 11:30 a.m. but don’t be too surprised if there is some unofficial activity before that. This is a free event so no need to stand in line to redeem tickets. The event does not end at sundown. It goes on into the evening with a BBQ, live music, and a bar to embolden you to get up and dance. Keep in mind that any donations will benefit charities like the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI), the Avon Valley YFC, and The Lighthouse Youth Project.
Somewhere to Stay in Hampshire
Campers and Caravaners have a variety of choices to stay for the weekend or a few days longer. The Red Shoot Camping Park is dog friendly and is an award-winning family campground. Shamba Holidays is another highly rated campsite on a seven-acre level park conveniently located off A31. There is also a small cluster of hotels near A31 and Salisbury Road for those needing hotel accommodations.
Other Things To Do Around Kingston
The YFC is a youth organization so any young person in your group will enjoy a visit to the Liberty's Owl, Raptor & Reptile Centre where a large collection of birds of prey, including owls, hawks, falcons, and vultures, as well as a collection of reptiles and other creepy crawlies that await their arrival. Those with an interest in historical attractions will want to visit the Ringwood Meeting House that is officially recognised as Ringwood’s historic centre.
In addition to the free entry to the Avon Valley YFC Steam and Vintage Vehicle Rally, parking is also free. Dogs are welcome if they are on a leash and well-behaved. The outdoor terrain is largely level and grass covered, but any significant rainfall could present a problem for people in wheelchairs. At all times visitors are encouraged to look for the ghost of Alice Lisle based on numerous accounts of her ghost being seen around Ringwood.
When is the next Avon Valley YFC Steam and Vintage Vehicle Rally?
The Avon Valley YFC Steam and Vintage Vehicle Rally WAS planned to take place at Lower Kingston Farm, (just off the B3347), Kingston, Ringwood, Hampshire, , Sunday 6th June, 2021. This is a Vintage Rally.
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