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20 Apr

Cumbria Easter Rally, Market Square.


Saturday 20th April, 2019

When and where is the next 2019 rally?  The Cumbria Easter Rally will take place at Market Square, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4QT, Saturday 20th April, 2019. The event organisers are available on 07769 94 9788 for general, and trade inquiries.

What can I expect at the Cumbria Easter Rally?

T he Cumbria Easter Rally, the UK’s biggest, free rally of classic commercial vehicles turns 21 on Easter weekend, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April 2019, when the quintessential event returns to Kirkby Stephen and Brough. Held at some of the most picturesque locations in the Upper Eden Valley and in the Cumbrian North Pennines’ area of outstanding beauty and the recently extended Yorkshire Dales National Park (Westmorland Dales), the two-day event attracts thousands of people to South East Cumbria to view the impressive display of much loved vintage vehicles that, alongside a picturesque road run across the fells, frames a host of other activities and stalls for shopping and food and drink. Well-preserved and lovingly restored vintage lorries, buses, coaches, Land Rovers, military and utility vehicles, tractors and other farming vehicles, vans, wagons and old pedal bikes will be exhibited across various sites across Kirkby Stephen and Brough with free classic bus rides available between them. A highlight of the 21st Classic Easter Rally will be the amazing annual road run through the fells, which takes place on Saturday 20th April. The evening procession of classic trucks and buses will delight the crowds lining the route with the fells of the Westmorland Dales creating a spectacularly beautiful backdrop for sightseers, professional photographers and Instagrammers alike. Entry is free for exhibiting historic, commercial vehicles and the free, family-friendly event features a mini-roundabout and other activities for children, plus local artisan, craft and food stalls and extended parking to manage visitor numbers comfortably. The Easter Rally provides two days of nostalgia as well as a fascinating visual history of commercial vehicles. Encounter Eden, a not-for-profit, social enterprise designed to give the area an economic boost with a series of events in the region took over the co-ordination of the classic commercial vehicle rally last year. The Rally was previously organised by the Eden Classic Vehicle Group and the now-retired Hamer Family (returning as exhibitors). Entry forms are available from Entry to the public is Free. Email contact: QUOTE: Nanette Rigg of Encounter Eden: ‘Encounter Eden took on the task of organising and promoting Cumbria Easter Rally in 2018, to help maintain what has become the first main visitor attraction of the Cumbrian tourism calendar. The event has also proved its importance to the local community as a flagship event, with local observers reckoning that 10,000 attended the event in 2018, bringing an extremely welcome estimated £100,000 into the local economy. Encounter Eden is looking forward to helping bring together exhibitors, visitors and locals together again for the 21st Cumbria Easter Rally and build upon the much-loved tradition in 2019.’ RALLY SITES: • Grand Prix yard in Brough - classic vehicles and stalls; parking across the road • Geoff Atkinson’s yard in Brough - The Bedford Enthusiasts Club • Jubilee Park in Brough - vintage pedal bikes • The Auction Mart in Kirkby Stephen - classic vehicles and stalls. Limited camping for exhibitors. Please reserve. • Market Square and Market Street Kirkby Stephen - classic vehicles displayed and craft/artisan and food stalls as well as stalls for motor enthusiasts. • The Kirkby Stephen CoOp car park - exhibitor displays on Sunday only. • Kirkby Stephen Parish Church - ‘the Cathedral of the Dales’ - bric-a-brac and cafe SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEKEND: The free classic bus service from Kirkby Stephen Railway Station to Brough - buses run in approximately 15-minute intervals. First bus 10:00. Last bus 16:30. Road Run on Saturday 20th April at 16:30 starting at Grand Prix in Brough. If you want to take a bus to join the route please be at the Grand Prix at 16:10. Note to Editors: Encounter Eden has been established under the leadership and guidance of Kirkby Stephen solicitor Alex Birtles. Encounter Eden’s mission is to help give the local economy a boost in the face of the continued economic downturn by catalysing and promoting the visitor economy. Its aim is to increase visitor numbers, length of stay and visitor spend utilising the area’s unique location with the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Lake District National Park on its doorsteps, along with its 1000 acre nature reserve owned by the John Strutt Conservation Foundation. For further information, to offer voluntary support or to offer sponsorship, contact: Nanette Rigg, on 07769 949788 and Entry forms for the 2019 Cumbria Easter Rally are available from Entry for Exhibitors and the public is Free. Companies wanting a stall at the event; who what to sponsor the event and people who want to volunteer for the event and all other enquiries to

Where is the Rally taking place?

Market Square

Kirkby Stephen


CA17 4QT : Use this postcode for satellite navigation systems.

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  • CA17 4QT

  • Latitude : 54.473358

    Longitude : -2.348302

  • Grid Ref : NY775087

  • Easting : 377526

    Northing : 508722