Our Vintage Weekend in May is but a distant and very pleasant memory now and this website must apply itself to those who wish to hold their Weddings here or host wonderful Private or Corporate Events in our fabulously varied grounds and buildings;  but for those who have not seen this page before and who were here in May: we hope we will see you here again in 2016 and:

A HUGE THANK YOU

TO EVERYONE WHO BROUGHT THEIR PRECIOUS TOYS

AND TO ALL OF YOU WHO CAME TO HELP TO RAISE FUNDS FOR SO MANY SMALL CHARITIES AND CONSERVATION GROUPS

without all of you, there would have been no show, no fun, and no money!

the next

FAWLEY HILL VINTAGE EXTRAVAGANZA

FUND-RAISING FOR SMALL CHARITIES 

will be on 

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May 2016

starting on Friday evening (20th) with

ROCK on THE HILL !

again!

THIS ONE WILL BE CELEBRATING SIR WILLIAM MCALPINE’S 8O TH BIRTHDAY 

PLEASE NOTE: EVERYTHING BELOW THIS LINE IS NOW HISTORY.  THE WEBSITE WILL BE REBUILT BUT FIRST WE HAVE TO CONCENTRATE ON THANKING THOSE WHO TOOK PART AND COUNTING THE MONEY!

WE DO HOPE WE WILL SEE YOU AGAIN IN 2016

MEANWHILE:

 IF YOU ARE PLANNING A WEDDING: GO TO “WEDDINGS AT FAWLEY HILL.                                                                            IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING A PARTY OR A PRODUCT LAUNCH OR A FUND-RAISING EVENT:  GO TO “EVENTS AT FAWLEY HILL”:

AND IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A FILM OR ARRANGE A PHOTO-SHOOT: CHECK OUT THE “LOCATION” SHOTS

OR JUST CALL US !

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MIKE READ, VINCE HILL & ELVIS! and MORE

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Girls – this is NOT Elvis: it is Ben Portsmouth: local lad: Utterly Brilliant!  see ROCK on THE HILL page

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then all the usual fun and music:

10.00 a.m. – 10.30 p.m. Saturday

10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. Sunday

N.B.: Because we are now a registered charity, we are asking you to make donations in exchange for tickets

AFTER 1st  MAY:  DO PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING:

YOU CAN BOOK NOW FOR EASE OF ENTRY ON THE DAY; BUT ONLY IF YOU CAN PRINT OFF YOUR RECEIPT.  IF YOU CAN’T, DON’T WORRY: YOU WILL BE ABLE TO DONATE AT THE GATE.

PARK FIRST -THEN GO THROUGH TICKET BOOTH TO ENTER FIELD

PLEASE NOTE: IN ORDER TO SAVE EXPENSES THIS YEAR, WE WILL NOT POST WRISTBANDS: SEE BOOKING PAGE 
YOU WILL STILL HAVE PRIORITY ENTRY 
WE ARE VERY SORRY – BUT THE CAMPSITE IS NOW FULL
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THIS WILL AGAIN BE A CELEBRATION OF ALL FORMS OF TRANSPORT: AND MUSIC!!

from CAMELS to PLANES (Hurricane, Spitfire, Red Arrows’ plane, Nine Tiger Moths + more coming)  and MACHINERY: from STATIONARY ENGINES TO  TRACTION ENGINES, HORSE-DRAWN PLOUGHS to PLOUGHING ENGINES to JCBs. STEAM CARS to FERRARIS, STEAM ROLLERS, LAWN MOWERS, MOTOR BIKES, BUSES, VANS, LORRIES, SCOOTERS, BICYCLES, an AMAZING ARRAY OF MILITARY MIGHT,  FIRE ENGINES, a STEAM BUS, the odd TANK, a FOUNDRY: even BOATS!

Our 101yr old Steam Engine, No. 31 may be joined by a few visiting engines and will puff up and down the world’s steepest gradient all day each day carrying passengers from our Victorian Station.  Don’t forget the HUGE Railway Museum too: only the NRM has anything comparable and some say this is better!  We are offering guided tours.

WE KNOW WE WILL HAVE SEVERAL “CENTENARIANS” COMING TO THE PARTY AGAIN: SO IF YOU HAVE ONE (even Mother in Law!) PLEASE MAKE SURE WE ARE AWARE OF IT/her/him.  There will be a special enclave for vehicles from 1920 or earlier.

and of course much of our  ”HERITAGE” STEAM-DRIVEN FAIRGROUND is over 100 years old

(Sir William was responsible for the establishment of the Fairground Heritage Trust)

We  have a lot of really interesting entries in all categories: please keep them coming!  All vehicles pre 1970 please

and: why not dress “in period” either with No.31 (Edwardian) or with your vehicle? or Rock’n Roll or wear flowers in your hair and remember Woodstock!

PRIZES will again be awarded for outstanding effort.  

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by all means bring a picnic: BUT we will have

FANTASTIC FOOD

We have really GOOD catering concessions coming: NO greasy muck! 

AWARD-WINNING local CHEF PAUL CLEREHUGH is bringing his FABULOUS “CROOKED BILLET” PUB TO the big top and there is a wealth of other terrific catering: including of course the GURKHAS with their famous CURRY TENT.  The Fire Engine Bar will be here again, with The American Diner and of course the little Bluebird Caravan, with its world-famous fish finger sandwiches. There will be a BBQ, Fizz and Cakes at the station raising funds for the Henley Summer Fireworks (which, like this event, raises funds for small local charities) Several charities will have Tea Tents. You will NOT go hungry!

WE WILL DEFINITELY HAVE AN AUTO-JUMBLE/CAR BOOT AREA – and as space is limited, could you please book this when you book your tickets. 

IF HE IS IN THE COUNTRY: BEN FOGLE WILL JUDGE OUR DOG SHOWS – both days!

entry forms available in advance from http://www.waysandmeans.org.uk/images/Canine%20Capers%20form%20for%20website.pdf                                        or from The Veterinary Centre, Reading Road, Henley on Thames

YOU WILL LOVE OUR ‘GREEN’ CREDENTIALS: there will be plenty of good ideas for increasing your own…

and lots of local craftspeople to show you how to do it yourself and an opportunity for the children to get creative.

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We will present a fantastic programme of entertainment ALL DAY each day WITH STARS on Friday and  Saturday evenings.  We have so many bands and performers wanting to come and play: Opera,Folk,Jazz,Rock…. VINCE HILL, ELVIS (really!), Sam Brown with 100 Ukeleles! Fire-dancers,Belly Dancers,Steel band,Morris Dancers,HAODS, Harpists, Celebrities from all walks of life: a surprise at every turn! e.g.Jeremy Paxman introducing “Oh What a Lovely War” on Sunday lunchtime.

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COME BY TRAIN!  FIRST GROUP HAVE OFFERED BUSES FROM HENLEY STATION                           __________________

SMALL CHARITIES have been INVITED TO USE THE WEEKEND TO RAISE FUNDS: and we now have over 50 so have closed entry: we are sorry if you missed out.  Book now for 2016!

At the simplest level: we envisage charities hosting hospitality areas – to which they will sell tickets: to include entry of course.  Obviously they can do much more than this: provide lunch, a comfortable resting place, teas, run a game, a bag-store, a creche?  This works well and gives everyone a slice of the cake.  Obviously we will make sure you are not all trying to do the same thing!

 NATURALLY ANY COMPANY WISHING TO SPONSOR ANY PART OF THE EVENT IS URGED TO CONTACT FAWLEY HILL.

If you put Fawley Hill into a search engine you will find pictures, videos and information galore: not all of it accurate but the pics show Fawley Hill and train and the May 2013 event.                                                                                           —————————— – —

“This is a Birthday Party, not a formal “Rally”, we are celebrating British Engineering and transport in all its forms; but this Party would not have been possible without the vast number of enthusiasts who have given help and advice and many of whose treasures are here for all to enjoy.  It is heartening to see that, despite concerns to the contrary, there ARE young people with the same passions as their parents and grandparents, who want to preserve historic and beautiful engineering creations for future generations.  We may be dismissed as petrol heads, trainssexuals (as a Swedish friend described us) boffins, grease monkeys, nuts: but without us a whole swathe of our heritage would have been lost, consigned to the sort of books that detail Roman central heating – learned but unread by the majority.   So – enjoy our passions, nurture your own, preserve everything that is beautiful and interesting so that it may inspire future artists, engineers and problem-solvers.  Remember how much the world owes to BRITISH engineering and problem-solving curiosity.  Without the railways, there would have been no Industrial Revolution and no Empire.  Without British engineers, there would have been no railways! “

FLYING SCOTSMAN TRUST

 Registered Charity No. 1152646

FAWLEY HILL, FAWLEY, HENLEY-ON-THAMES RG9 6JA

phone: 01491 574873 e-mail:  events@fawleyhill.com

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