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Steam CultivatingShrewsbury Steam Rally is a fantastic two day event that takes place at Onslow Park, Shrewsbury, over August Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday.

Each year it attracts thousands of people to marvel at the site of steam-powered vehicles of all kinds in action and on static display.

If you’ve never experienced the sights, sounds and smells of steam engines in action then this is the place to be.

Over 1,000 exhibits

Classic motorbikesThis year there will be over 1,000 exhibits, including:

  • Steam-powered tractors, cars and other vehicles of all shapes and sizes
  • Historic military vehicles
  • Veteran and classic cars and commercial vehicles
  • Classic motorbikes
  • Vintage tractors
  • Vintage fairground organs and other machinery

The Main Arena

General GoughThe Main Arena is the centrepiece of the event over the two days, with the Grand Parade of Steam Engines, set to nostalgic music and poetry, being the highlight, and parades of all kinds of other vehicles, from historic lorries and classic cars, to heavy horses and even a birds of prey display.

Outside the arena the exhibits will be on display if you want a closer look, as well as a range of oil and steam-powered static engines and military vehicles.

Working Field

Our working field brings the past back to life with a range of demonstrations showing the history of farming as it has changed through the last century.

A top attraction here is always the teams of shire horses which will plough part of the site, as well as steam-powered cultivation.

Other attractions

There’s plenty of food and drink on offer at stalls around the ground, as well as a licensed bar, and everywhere you look there’s vintage machinery on display and in pristine condition – from an Olde Time Fairground and organs, a craft and hobbies marquee and 6 acres of trade stands to go bargain hunting.

Come along in your vintage costume!

Joe PolicemanMany exhibitors already do, but all visitors are also invited to join in the atmosphere and dress in costume from the 1930’s to the 1960’s.

Camping and caravanning

There’s so much to see over the two days of the Rally, why not join us for the whole weekend! You’ll have two full show days, plus the evening fairground and entertainment in the bar marquee on the Saturday and Sunday evenings. More info here – Caravan & Camping Info.


Main Arena Programme

This is just an example of what you can expect to see in the Main Arena. All events and demonstrations are subject to weather conditions and availability.
Vintage Tractors on the Move
Convoy of Historic Commercial Vehicles
Working Horses on Parade
Pre-World War II Cars
Vintage Cycles and Perambulators – Riders in Period Dress
Grand Parade of Steam Engines - 2.00pm both days
Classic Motor Cycles on Parade – Sound and Vision
Post-World War II Cars
Miniature Steam Engines Parade
Tug of War
Novice Steering Competition