Our 2021 Wolseley Register National Rally will be held over the weekend of 26th to 31st August at Holkham Hall, with visits to other attractions over the weekend including Medieval Kings Lynn, Sandringham Estate and the Engine Farm. We will also be holding our National AGM over the weekend, to which we encourage all members to attend!
We look forward to welcoming you to the county where Horatio Nelson was born, and where Sir Robert Walpole, England’s first prime minster had his country retreat. The area is famous for its big skies, large expansive beaches, and impressive sunsets over the sea at Hunstanton, which have to be seen to be fully appreciated. There is something for everyone in this packed weekend, and we guarantee that we will show you a side of the county that tourists rarely see.
We encourage participants to stay at the Knights Hill Hotel and Spa, South Wootton, King’s Lynn, PE30 3HQ, which will be the base for the weekend’s activities. Rooms have been reserved from the Thursday to the Sunday at a special rate of £78pppn for dinner, bed and breakfast or £55pppn for bed and breakfast only. You will need to book direct on 01553 675566 and mention ‘Wolseley Register’ in order to get these special rates, so DO NOT use online booking sites. Access to the spa is included.
Other hotels and B&B options are available locally. Camping is available at: Sandringham Camping and Caravanning Club site on the Sandringham Estate PE35 6EA – Tel 01485 542555 – quote WOLSELEY to request being sited with other Rally bookings if possible; OR Kings Lynn Caravan and Camping Park, North Runcton PE33 0QR – Tel 01553 840004.
Some members may of course have other accommodation plans, or wish to join in various activities from home if they live near enough to do so. Please let the team know so we can plan around the numbers attending.
Participants are encouraged to make a long weekend of it, and optional activities will include opportunities to drive your Wolseleys to local places and attractions (additional entry fees to the various attractions will be payable as required).
Thursday afternoon:- A walking tour round the Medieval parts of King’s Lynn. This will take just over an hour, and will show the town’s connection to Europe through the Hanseatic League of north European merchants (a forerunner of the EU). They formed a protective trading partnership in the 14th century. The town was one of half a dozen English ports welcomed into the league because the Germans had established trading links here.
Friday daytime:- Trip to Engine Farm, Cambridgeshire. This is a privately-owned eclectic collection which comprises a huge mix of farming implements from the 15th century onwards, as well as more Ferguson tractors than you can shake a stick at. Traction engines, Gypsy caravans, classic cars, village shop re-creations, model car collections, dolls and doll houses, domestic kitchenalia which will bring back memories for many. There will be two trips for 25 members – one in the morning and one in the afternoon. There will also be a visit to The Museum of Technology at Throckenholt where there is a very interesting collection of telegraphy, telephony, audio, military and civil communications, warfare, photography and electrical domestic equipment from the period 1850-1980.
A visit to Peckover House (National Trust) in Wisbech.
Alternative routes will take in Oxburgh Hall (NT); Burrell Museum, Thetford; Dads Army Museum, Thetford; Fakenham Gas Museum.
Friday early evening:- The Register will hold its AGM at the Knights Hill Hotel, Kings Lynn. All members welcome!
Saturday daytime:- Drive from the hotel to the 7,000 acre Sandringham Estate and Country Park. You can explore the extensive grounds or the gardens with an option to visit the large red-brick house itself, and the collection of royal cars and carriages. Rally participants will need to book direct with Sandringham for whatever areas they wish to visit – details of costs and how to book will be posted when available.
The route for the rest of the day will take you on to the Lavender Farm at Caley Mill, Heacham – then on to Hunstanton and along the North Norfolk coast – with an afternoon visit to the Royal Station at Wolferton.
Saturday evening:- Annual Rally Dinner in the Knights Barn at the Knights Hill Hotel. This will be charged at usual Dinner rate for the hotel, but Rally entrants not staying at the hotel will be able to book just for the Dinner. The cost for non-residents will be £35. Menu choices will hopefully be announced by the end of June.
Sunday day time:- Drive through the West Norfolk countryside to Holkham Hall for our static rally. There will be a guest appearance of the oldest 6-cylinder Wolseley in the world – a 1909 Wolseley Siddeley Limousine, owned by Holkham’s family since new. The Hall can be visited and the ‘Holkham Stories Experience’ exhibition can be enjoyed, as well as walks around the large lake. Something for everyone – guaranteed!
As always, the rally is open to non-members and non-Wolseleys alike, but we hope to see a good turn-out for the 125th anniversary of Wolseley cars and to join the resident Wolseley of Holkham Hall which is being recommissioned by them in time for our rally.
Wolseley’s connection to Holkham
Holkham Hall is home to a 1909 20/30 Wolseley Siddeley limousine. It was last running in 1985, and hasn’t moved since being deposited in the corner of a barn when the Bygones collection was closed in 2014.
A team of ‘restoration volunteers’ are working to get the car on the road again, in time for our rally and they have already got the engine running for the first time in 24 years. The car is believed to be the only six-cylinder Wolseley-Siddeley that survives, and the oldest six-cylinder Wolseley in the world.
Monday – Mystery tour round the back lanes of West Norfolk, with coffee and lunch stops.
Please complete the online application form below and then pay for your selections through the online shop. However, if you would prefer to apply offline, please download a paper application form. You can then, should you wish, pay online through our shop.
Please now pay for your Rally Entry fee (£15) here.
We look forward to seeing you and your car in Norfolk over the Bank Holiday weekend. Note that some of the optional activities will have additional entrance fees. More information will be given to Rally entrants as soon as possible and published in future editions of Wolseley World and on this National Rally webpage.