Once a year, on the Spring Bank Holiday, Rolleston plays host to a fantastic array of vintage vehicles, bicycles, motorbikes, stalls, fairground rides and much, much more. These are displayed on the Croft, Burnside and surrounding areas in the village of Rolleston On Dove. The festival is organised by a dedicated team who give up their time to give something back to the community in which they live. It is this dedication which has helped to raise vital money for local charities. Without the continued support from you, our visitors, we would not raise a single penny. So please support the festival and join us in May when Rolleston once again attracts polished chrome and bodywork for enthusiasts and the whole family to enjoy.
In addition to the Transport Festival the day also sees the village-wide Grand Garage Sale Tour where vintage buses will ferry visitors around the many garage sales all over the village. The combination of the two events make this a unique day out for all the family.
Rolleston Transport Festival 2019 Review
“What a great day! Thank you to all of those that attended. Mixed weather, but we had a full complement of vehicles exhibiting. The rained stopped just in time for the BOBMF Dakota fly past. Boy, was it low and it did 3 passes. The spontaneous applause after the last one made the hairs on the back of your neck tingle!”
The above were some of my initial thoughts shared on our Facebook page immediately after the event. These were quickly reflected with comments from followers such as “The whole day was fantastic, the heavy rain came and then ping, beautiful blue sky, sun and then the Dakota. Just so good. Thanks, all” from Malcolm H, “Congratulations to everyone who organised. Really enjoyed the festival. Thank you” from Gillian C and “Another great event, thank you to all those involved you all made it a success” from William E – it is great to have such positive feedback!
The biggest relief for me was that the event had gone smoothly and without any issues as it was my first year as chairman and hopefully you all thought it was as much a success as it had been in the previous 10 years?
The public turnout for the event was very good even though there were other events in the area including The Rams playing at Wembley and the weather was changeable.
We were at near to full capacity exhibitor wise, with both The Croft and The Service Station being full and only a few spaces left on Burnside.
Thanks also, must go to everyone who volunteered on the day, we really couldn’t do it without you and I hope you enjoyed your day with whatever task that you carried out for us, from bus conducting to welcoming people to the event and all of the numerous tasks in between – thank you!
And finally, to the Committee who have been planning the event since last November! They were there on the Sunday before the event, setting up, and the Tuesday after packing everything away ready for next year. As ever, if you would like to get involved, please feel free to contact me – it really is a special event to be involved in.
Paul Simnett Chairman – Organising Committee
- St Giles Hospice
- Midlands Air Ambulance
- St Mary’s Church
- Rolleston Almshouses Renovation Appeal
- Burton YMCA
- Burton Sea Cadets
- Rolleston Pre-school Playgroup
- Rolleston Methodist Chapel
- Rolleston United Foundation
- Station Heritage Group
- Derbyshire Blood Bikes
- Claymills Victorian Pumping Station
A Few Pictures From Our Festivals
A Few Video Clips From Our Festivals
The original intention of the organisers of the Festival was to provide a day out for Rolleston and surrounding residents. It became apparent that we would need to raise money to put the event on and then that we would, hopefully, more than cover our costs. This proved to be the case and, after deducting costs, the money raised was given to local charities. This continued over the years and to date we have raised approximately £45 000 for charity.
Whilst the first aim was always to provide a good day out, raising money for charity has become a large part of the organisation. Last year we took the decision to make the event free entry for both exhibitors and the viewing public. Unfortunately asking for voluntary donations was not successful. We have decided to go back to a fixed entry fee. This will be £5 per adult with school age children free. Every party also gets a free copy of the souvenir brochure. This is not expensive for a good day out. Be assured that we are a non-profit organisation and all money raised goes to charity.
Sponsors of Rolleston Transport Festival
TL Darby Major Sponsor Of The 10th Rolleston Transport Festival
This year will be the eleventh Transport Festival and each year the number of exhibitors and the number of visitors has grown substantially.
We are very pleased to announce that TL Darby will be sponsoring the festival again this year and will cover a large part of the running costs. This will enable us to put the majority of the money collected on the day towards our charities. TL Darby are a local firm of car dealers who have been trading for 50 years and are agents for Volkswagen and MG. We are very grateful to Richard Darby for his generosity and hope you will visit his display on the day.
We are still looking for sponsors who would not be in competition to TL Darby and who would have access to a large number of car enthusiasts and be linked to a very successful venture with many opportunities for advertising. Please contact John Morris (see contact details) if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity.
Exhibit Entry Form
Entries are now OPEN for this years show. Please fill in the entry form below*
Passes will be sent out to everyone who applied and will be sent out w/c 13 May
*Please note in line with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations), your entry information will not be shared & will be permanently deleted from all records after the show