The Launceston Steam Rally

Posted on July 1st, 2016

A Steam and Vintage Family Day Out

There is something quite special about a day at a country fair. From the Grand Royal Cornwall Show to the little town events, they all have something to offer for a family day out. We have been to the Launceston Steam Rally before and the triplets had fond memories of falling off climbing ropes and trying to ride backward facing bikes. After a quite check on their website, it didn’t take much persuasion to return once more on a beautiful sunny day.

Family fun at the Launceston Steam Rally

If I’m honest Farmer Nick is the leading force behind our visit. He loves to see the old tractors and admire the vintage cars and as the boys have grown up they have come to share in his appreciation. I must say I’m not much of a car enthusiast, but I do find some of the old American cars quite fun.

Cars and Tractors at the Launcestion Steam Rally 2016. A fun day out From Coombe Mill elf catering holidays. Cornwall

New for 2016 was a tractor pulling challenge. To me is was plumes of smoke and dust and plenty of engine noise, but Nick and the boys spent ages watching each display of strength.

Tractor Pulling

I prefer the vintage model steam fair where there are some wonderful fairground displays full of character from years gone by.  

Musical circus world at the Launceston Steam Fair #circus #minature #modellife #fair

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Clio had her friend with her and while the boys studied machinery and I watched the model fairground they perused the craft and food tents.  The lure of pretty jewellery and delicious fudge and chocolate samples kept them quite happy.

Girls Attractions at the Launcestion Stream Rally. A fun family day out from Coombe Mill. Cornwall

For the children, the only real disappointment was discovering that their favourite fun stalls from last year had not returned. Undeterred they made their own entertainment investing in a bubble blowing set.

Bubble blowing at the Launcestion Steam Rally

We enjoyed lunch in the sun from one of the many hot food tents and took our time to soak up the sun and enjoy some quality time together.

Launcestion Steam Rally enjoying lucnch & family time

Throughout the day the main arena had events going on. Most were just watching the various vintage steam attractions parade round, but the one that really had the kids paying attention was the trial bike team races. The kids placed bets on who they thought would win each race shouting on their favourites.

Trial Bike Races at the Launcestion Steam Rally

 Thank you Launceston Steam Rally for a lovely day, I’m sure we will be back again next year.  

Launceston Steam Rally Highlights


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