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 2018 Review
This year’s Transport Festival was, yet again, the best to date according to feedback received. It is the friendliest show of its kind in the area and exhibitors are really keen to get a place. The amount of money raised for charity was the most we have made to date, the number and quality of exhibits was really excellent, as ever, and the number of people coming to see the event was also a record. This year the show reverted to a somewhat smaller size as we didn’t use the Scout’s field and so some exhibitors were disappointed.
All this success is due entirely to the management committee and the helpers on the day, both of whom put in an awful lot of work both beforehand and on the day. A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped. We do have an excellent management committee but, due to illness and work commitments, we would welcome new committee members. It is not an onerous task – one meeting a month between November and May plus helping on the day, and it is extremely rewarding.
This year we raised a record £13,000 for charity and this was split between Rolleston Almshouse modernisation, Rolleston United Foundation, Midlands Air Ambulance, Clay Mills Visitor Centre Appeal and Derbyshire Blood Bikes; all local, worthy causes.
John Morris 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
- Staffordshire/Shropshire Blood Bikes
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 tenth 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.