We are pleased to announce details of our 2020 rally so you can save the date and begin to make plans. The main rally will be held on the Sunday 9 August at Holkham Hall, Norfolk (NR23 1AB).
We encourage participants to stay at the Knights Hill Hotel and Spa, South Wooton, 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.
Friday daytime:- Trip to Engine Farm, Cambridgeshire and The Museum of Technology at Throckenholt.
Friday evening:- London Red Bus excursion to Le Strange Arms, Old Hunstanton for an evening meal in the Sunset Room.
Saturday daytime:- Drive to the Royal Station at Wolferton, and up through Hunstanton and along the North Norfolk coast, with an afternoon visit to the Sandringham Estate. Alternative routes will take in Oxburgh Hall (National Trust) / Burrell Museum, Thetford / Dad’s Army Museum, Thetford / Fakenham Gas Museum.
Saturday evening:- Annual Rally Dinner in the Knights Barn at the 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.
Sunday day time:- Drive through Norfolk to Holkham Hall (NR23 1AB) for the static National Rally.
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 in time for our rally.
The rally application form will be available with the Jan/Feb Wolseley World. 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.