About the Tinkers Park Steam Rally
Bordering on the English Channel is the city of Eastbourne. Francis Trevithick, the inventor of the steam locomotive (a claim disputed by some), is reported to have spent some time here. Twenty miles north of Eastbourne is the village of Hadlow Down, home of the New Inn, a historic pub of "national importance'. And half a mile from the pub is the site of this year’s Tinkers Park Steam Rally.
For two days, usually, in May, Tinkers Park comes alive with the sounds of the mechanical musical instruments from the famed Jessett collection and much more for every member of your family.
Steam rollers, tractors, motorbikes, and cars will be on display. Market stalls that sell everything from tools, plants, books and maybe even that proverbial 'kitchen sink' will be there. Kids will want to spend the whole day at Mouse Town while you can head over to the beer tent. Bring your own food for a picnic or better yet try the delicious treats offered by the various food stands.
Tinkers Park is named after Claude Jessett’s steam engine 'The Tinker' that he bought in 1942. Claude and his wife Joyce began to collect steam engines and other items like fairground organs and narrow-gauge railways. The first Tinkers Park Steam Rally displaying their collections was held in 1966 to raise funds for Cancer Research UK and has continued to do so every year since.
Entry To The Rally
The Rally will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day. Kids under 5 can enter for free while the adult entry fee is £8.00. People age 5-16 pay only a £2.00 fee. Parking is free, and well-behaved dogs are quite welcome except in the museum where the fairground organs will be on display.
Somewhere to Stay in East Sussex
People looking for a night or two in a B&B or hotel will find several choices near Tinkers Park. The Iwood Bed and Breakfast is about three miles east of the park in Heathwood. Another is The Bull on the green in the charming village of Newick. This was once a stopping place for pilgrims travelling between Winchester and Canterbury. There are many other good hotels to the west along A272 and A22. Campers and Caravaners will also find campsites in the general area of Tinkers Park.
Getting To Tinkers Park
The A22 meets the A26 at the Black Down Roundabout. Drivers from this spot will need to travel in a northeast direction along the A26 to Budletts Roundabout and head east on the A272. The steam rally is located about 3 miles down the road on the right side of the road. Drivers approaching from the east from the A21 will head northwest from the Scotney Castle Roundabout onto the B2169. This road will curve to the left and meet the B2100 (The Slade). Make a left turn onto The Slade, and this road will terminate at the A267 (Mayfield Road). Take a left turn and stay on the A267. The road will meander a bit until it meets with the A272, then take a right turn and the destination will be on the left side of the road.
Other Things To Do Around Nr Uckfield
Tinker park is only about 20 miles from Brighton on the south coast of England. Those who enjoy the results of the fractional distillation of ethyl alcohol can take a Gin Tour to find out more about the history of craft gin and how Brighton Gin started on a kitchen table by the seaside. Do note that this is for people 18 and over. Another small city to visit is the resort town of Eastbourne, where the whole family will enjoy Redoubt Fortress, a 19th-century British fort. You can also test the waters of Eastbourne Beach and walk along its three-mile promenade.
Visitors in wheelchairs should verify with the rally organisers about areas of Tinker Park that might not be so accessible. All people are advised to wear proper footwear to help make the event a comfortable experience as well as a fun one.
When is the next Tinkers Park Steam Rally?
The Tinkers Park Steam Rally is planned to take place at Tinkers Park, Hadlow Down, Nr Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 4HS, Saturday 5th June, 2021. This is a Weekend Steam Rally.
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