More details have now been confirmed for our 2020 rally and the online booking form will be live very soon. The main rally will be held on the Sunday 9 August at Holkham Hall, Norfolk (NR23 1AB) where classic car rally entries will be displayed in front of the Hall.
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 – 01485 542555, or at Kings Lynn Caravan and Camping Park, North Runcton, PE33 0QR – 01553 840004.
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 around the Medieval parts of King’s Lynn. Hear the stories of the characters who inhabited this once famous port on the Great Ouse.
Friday daytime:- Trip to Engine Farm (maximum capacity 30), Cambridgeshire. This is an eclectic mix of one of the largest collections of Massey Ferguson tractors, agricultural equipment, gypsy caravans, household goods through the ages, Daleks, recreations of 1940’s shops etc, etc. Then onto The Museum of Technology at Throckenholt, followed by a visit to the Georgian town of Wisbech, parts of which have been used for filming productions such as David Copperfield, Vanity Fair, Martin Chuzzlewit and Micawber to name but four.
Alternative routes will take in Oxburgh Hall (National Trust) / Burrell Museum, Thetford / Dad’s Army Museum,Thetford and Thetford Forest.
Friday evening:- London Red Bus excursion to The Mariner, Old Hunstanton for an evening meal in the Sunset Room at 7:30 pm. A visit to the former Royal Station at Wolferton will be made en-route. The cost of the fare and evening meal, including menu options, will be announced by the end of April.
Saturday daytime:- Drive up through West Norfolk, via Snettisham, Heacham, Hunstanton and along the North Norfolk coast, with an afternoon visit to the Sandringham Estate where Wolseleys can be displayed informally.
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 be announced by the end of April.
Sunday day time:- Drive through Norfolk to Holkham Hall (NR23 1AB) for the static National Rally with a special guest appearance of the oldest 6-cylinder Wolseley in the world – a 1909 Wolseley Siddeley Landaulette, which is owned by the Hall. The Rally entry fee will cover admission to the grounds of Holkham Hall for all occupants of the car. Two for One vouchers will be available for those wishing to access other attractions on site: Walled Garden, Field to Fork exhibition and tours of the house itself. Refreshments will be available from the Courtyard café and there is a well-stocked gift shop. Dogs on leads are allowed in café and grounds.
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.
The rally application forms will be available both online and in Wolseley World around the end of January. Expressions of interest in the various optional activities are being collected initially, to be confirmed nearer the event. Meanwhile, any questions should be directed to the Events Team on firstname.lastname@example.org
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.