The International Steam Pages

UK Steam Rallies 2021

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Click here for the "UK Steam Rallies" index page.

If you want to see Britain at its best visit one of the many Steam Rallies held each year. That's not my opinion, it's Yuehong's, even after 6 years she still enjoys them. Although the novelty has worn off somewhat she loves to sit down and soak up the atmosphere. Of course, these days most tag on "country fair" and / or "vintage transport" to broaden the attraction and its appeal. However, given the nature of this site you will find only steam power in these pages. I had planned to introduce Yuehong to this phenomenon in 2012 but the generally wet weather and other business meant it was put off until 2013, since when we have made up for lost time. Initially not having a car of our own, we employed a little bit of cunning to get to these public transport free zones cheaply. Later we took advantage of competitive weekend hire car rates to travel further from our base in West Gloucestershire and in 2018 we took the plunge and invested in our own set of wheels, definitely a luxury given our traditional lifestyle. It meant more freedom, of course, and for me four hours less time commuting to Gloucester needed to pick up and return a hire car.

Choose the rally you are interested in which will generally take you to a further index page. Within each linked page click on a thumbnail for a larger image. Then click again to return to the previous page. What will 2021 bring? The 2020 rally season was a complete write off, of course, and understandably 2021 won't be much better. I am writing this at the end of June and to my knowledge, the number of events actually held so far is in the low single figures and I have very few dates left in my diary for the rest of the season.

We started visiting steam rallies in 2013.
Click here for the 2013 reports.
Click here for the 2014 reports.
Click here for the 2015 reports.
Click here for the 2016 reports.
Click here for the 2017 reports.
Click here for the 2018 reports.
Click here for the 2019 reports.
Click here for the 2022 reports.
Click here for the 2023 reports.

If your first love is 'steel on steel' or even has no wheels, then 'Working Engines' will normally be of more interest, these are the subject of our YouTube video clips. I have not attempted to distinguish between the various kinds of that group I would call 'traction engines' so 'general engines' includes 'road locomotives' and 'tractors', indeed many owners have engines have been rebuilt over the years so they have swapped categories.

I owe a vote of thanks to David Collidge whose Steam Scenes website ( is a fount of information and was invaluable in identifying engines when they were late entries or the rally programmes got it wrong... David is still out there attending rallies etc, but unfortunately the site has not been fully updated for several years; however includes discussion of recent (and future) events. I make no claim to artistic beauty in what is essentially a set of record shots. Two dedicated enthusiasts have done that in classic books, both of which are readily available at a modest price through AbeBooks or Amazon. Yuehong has sat drooling over my copies. I have added a third book which is very approachable study which covers mainly threshing and ploughing.

  • Traction Engine Album by Malcolm Ranieri (2005) - ISBN 9781861267948

  • Classic Traction Engines by Paul Stratford (2010) - ISBN 9780857040541

  • Steam on the Farm by Jonathan Brown (2008) - ISBN 9781847970527

Bressingham Gathering
(26th - 27th June, 2021)

Stroud Auctions
(6th & 10th July, 2021)

(31st July - 1st August, 2021)

Weald of Kent
(14th - 15th August, 2021)

(4th - 5th September, 2021) 

Steam Plough Club
(4th - 5th September, 2021)

(25th - 26th September, 2021)

Stotfold Mill
(9th - 10th October, 2021)

Klondyke Mill Steam Party
(16th - 17th October, 2021)

Blenheim Palace
(October 2021)


Rob and Yuehong  Dickinson