Just five miles from the Pier is Henham Park. Best known as the home of the Latitude Festival, it also plays host to numerous other events, including the Grand Henham Steam Rally every September. This year it’s taking place on the 15th and 16th.
It’s the 44th iteration of the Rally, and all bar a handful have been held at the beautiful Henham Estate over the four decades.
The Rally draws a large number of exhibitors every year – visitors will be able to see over 2,000 steam machines in action – tractors, cars, army vehicles, fire engines, lorries and of course, steam engines. You can even try your hand at driving one of these incredible machines – this year for the first time organisers are giving you the opportunity to get behind the wheel, an unmissable experience for any steam enthusiast.
But it’s certainly not just steam vehicles at the Rally, there are plenty of other attractions to enjoy, including chainsaw carving, a vintage fairground and fun fair, and live music throughout the day.
Numerous trade stands, craft stalls and food outlets will be dotting the Estate, and there will be a special area for children to enjoy, with entertainment provided by Andy the Clown, and a traditional Punch and Judy show.
The displays are always a highlight of the Rally, and this year the programme includes the Ken Fox Wall of Death, the Lowestoft Dog Agility Display Team and the internationally popular Dog and Duck show in which Stuart Barnes and his team use trained sheepdogs to herd flocks of ducks.
As well as providing entertainment and a chance to rediscover the golden age of steam for thousands of people, the Grand Henham Steam Rally raises money for a number of charities. This year they are supporting the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Southwold Lifeboat, UK Sepsis Trust, Wrentham Community First Responders and SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.