RSR National Rally 2018
At Newby Hall, near Ripon, North Yorkshire
Following our policy of alternating national rallies in the Midlands with those in the regions, for 2018 we are off to North Yorkshire with the rally being held on Sunday the 24th June from 10a.m. at Newby Hall near Ripon, HG4 5AE.
The Hall is just off the A1 which, as it heads north, roughly divides the Yorkshire Dales to the west and the Vale of York and the North York Moors to the east. For those who think they are not familiar with the area, this is the setting of James Herriot’s ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ with truly wonderful and varied scenery.
Designed under the guidance of Sir Christopher Wren, Newby Hall, home to the Compton family, epitomises the Georgian “Age of Elegance”. It’s beautifully restored interior presents Robert Adam at his best and houses rare Gobelins tapestries and one of the UK’s largest private collections of classical statuary. There is a permanent exhibition of 70 Dolls houses. The award winning gardens, created in the early 1920s, boast one of Europe’s longest double herbaceous boarders and are of interest to specialist and amateur gardeners alike. Newby also offers a large, thoughtfully designed Adventure Garden for children, a miniature railway, excellent restaurant, shop and plant centre. Fans of the ITV ‘Victoria’ series might like to see if they can spot the parts of Newby Hall used for filming – it was one of many Yorkshire locations that contributed to the sumptuous evocation of Royal life.
RSR NATIONAL RALLY 2018
The rally fee of £7 ( inc postage of entry pack) provides access to the rally site and toilets and a commemorative plaque. For those wishing to visit the hall or gardens at Newby Hall we have a group rate. Whilst the group rates have not yet been confirmed for 2018, the rate for 2017 was £9.50 for the gardens or £14.50 for the Hall and gardens, OAPs paying £9 and £13.50 respectively.
For those who wish to make a weekend of it, rooms are available at the Best Western Plus Cedar Court Hotel, Harrogate at the B and B rate of £45 per person per night for Friday and £57.50 per person per night for Saturday and Sunday. There is a single occupancy supplement of £20 per room per night. Those wishing to stay at the hotel should book by telephoning the hotel direct on 01423 858585 and quoting the Rover Sports Register.
Only 20 rooms have been reserved at the hotel for booking on a first come first served basis so book now if you want to stay there. A dinner has been arranged at the hotel on the evening of Saturday the 23rd June which should be booked using the rally entry form (which shows the menu) and not via the hotel.
During the day on Saturday there is an optional roadrun giving the opportunity to visit some of the splendid local areas. The committee are most grateful to Dave Perrins, RSR Regional Representative in Yorkshire, for undertaking all the arrangements for the rally and handling the entry bookings. This is a wonderful opportunity to visit a superb part of the country in your Rover and meet fellow enthusiasts.