IMPORTANT NOTICE – CHANGE TO VENUE FOR SUNDAY STATIC RALLY – SEE BELOW
Our 2021 Wolseley Register National Rally will be held over the weekend of 26th to 31st August, with visits to various attractions over the weekend including Medieval Kings Lynn, Sandringham Estate, Bressingham Steam & Gardens 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 had originally planned to hold the Sunday static rally at Holkham Hall. However, owing to circumstances beyond our control a change of venue has been necessitated because Holkham Hall are staging a wedding that weekend and the display area in front of the house is no longer available.
The new venue is Bressingham Steam Museum and Gardens, Low Road, Diss IP22 2AA – 2.5 miles west of Diss centre / 14 miles east of Thetford on the A1066. Public opening times are 10:30am – 5pm. The Rally entry fee will cover the car and driver but all additional passengers will be required to pay £7.50 on the day (cash or cheque payable to Wolseley Register). This is approximately half the normal entry rate for the venue and allows all attendees full access to all the attractions on site.
We are still able to visit Holkham on Monday, 30 August when classic cars will be allowed to park in front of the house if arriving by 10:30 am.
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). Numbers are required for each activity and any payments will be collected on the day.
Thursday afternoon:- A walking tour round the Medieval parts of King’s Lynn meeting at 4pm at the Saturday Market Place, opposite the Town Hall. 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. Cost £5 per person, please bring cash for this activity.
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. This must be booked in advance and there will be a £5 per person charge payable in cash or by cheque to “Wolseley Register”.
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 in the Small Barn 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. There will be an entry fee of £10 per car to include preferential parking and 2 tickets to the gardens and museum. Entry to the House will be an extra £5 per person.
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 July and payment for non-residents will be available through our online shop.
Sunday day time:- Static Rally at Bressingham Steam & Gardens.
The unique Bressingham Gardens are renowned worldwide for their horticultural excellence. With nearly 20 acres, four linking gardens and 8,000 species they can be a truly tranquil place, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the scenery.
The Bressingham Collections
Take a trip on one of the four railways at Bressingham, the collection of working locomotives will take you round our magnificent gardens and woodland, or ride on the steam Gallopers.
A trip to the locomotive sheds brings the power and the glory of mighty steam engineering up close. The National Dad’s Army collection lets you wander through Walmington-on-Sea looking at original props and vehicles from the series, you’d be a stupid boy to miss it!
Whether your passion is Gardens, Steam, Exhibits, Rides or even a mixture of them all, we are confident that Bressingham has something for all, even Royal Coaches! Note that only registered guide and assistance dogs are allowed on site.
Things to do at Bressingham
• Take a trip on the narrow gauge railway
• Visit the Locomotive Shed and Dad’s Army exhibition
• Enjoy the unique and extensive gardens
• Have fun at the fairground or ride the 1897 ‘Gallopers’ carousel
• Browse the gift shop and garden centre.
Facilities at Bressingham
• Refreshments available from the on-site café and kiosks
• Toilets can be found in the café
• The site, gardens and buildings are wheelchair-friendly with the exception
of one gallery in the museum
Club activities – Presentation of class winners and awards; Raffle; Regalia and Publications stalls.
As always, the static 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.
Monday day time:– Drive through the West Norfolk countryside to Holkham Hall. Classic cars arriving before 10:30 am may access the grounds via the South Gate, (for SatNavs use NR23 1RU). Later arrivals and non-classics must use the public car park – enter by the North Gate (NR23 1RH). Public parking is £5 for all day but this may be redeemed against purchases of £20 or more in the gift shop.
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!
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’ have been working to get the car on the road again, hoping this would be in time for our visit but it is now unlikely that the car will be available to view by the end of August. Before Covid, they had 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.
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. Forms and cheques can be posted to the address given on the form or the form can be scanned and emailed and if wished payment can still be made, 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. The latest information including change of Sunday Static Rally venue has been given to Rally entrants and published in Wolseley World. Any further updates will be communicated to Rally entrants and posted on this National Rally webpage.
Rally packs will be posted out to pre-booked entrants during the first week of August. Online booking will close on 13 August 2021 but on the day entries can be accepted. Please bring a completed application form and £15 entry fee to save time on the day, plus £7.50 per additional passenger arriving at Bressingham Steam & Gardens.