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An exciting 40th anniversary this late May bank holiday for Launceston Steam and Vintage Rally

The late May bank holiday is coming up, which means it’s time to plan fun activities and look forward to making the most of what we hope will be some late spring sunshine. The return of the annual Launceston Steam and Vintage Rally at Five Lanes, near Launceston, is just the ticket!

Kicking off the bank holiday with fun, excitement and a whole lot of community spirit, Launceston

Steam and Vintage Rally - in its 40th year - will be offering three full days of vintage vehicles, tractors,

steam engines and much more, making the perfect long weekend for all the family.

The rally is held every year over the late bank holiday weekend of May, and raises money for a range

of local charities and organisations over the three-day event. In previous years, they have included

Launceston Carnival, Launceston Voluntary First Aid Service, Cornwall Accessible Activities Program,

Chemo Hero, Launceston Lions, Tregadillett Guides, LanSEN Together and Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Over the weekend of Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 25th, 26th and 27th May, the event - which always proves to be a highlight of the local calendar - will welcome the masses to the site at Five Lanes, located just outside Altarnun, near Launceston.

Organisers promise an exciting lineup of activities over the three days, including a new attraction for 2024, a vintage fairground. An abundance of games, performances by Punch and Judy and a children’s

treasure hunt will mesmerise the little ones, and make sure to pop over to the face painting stand, admire the alpacas and have lots of fun with airsoft and laser tag. The fun dog show will be a huge hit, with rosettes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd!

Like last year, visitors can expect to see the steam engines join in with a song by shanty group Barrett’s Privateers, who will be performing in the evening on Saturday, 25th May.

The main ring will be full of entertainment over the weekend. But, for many visitors, who are so familiar with the rural community around them, the highlight will be admiring the rally itself. Visitors can enjoy steam engines, tractor pullers and trailer rides, slow tractor racing, the vintage cars, caravans, trucks, vans, bikes, tractors, steam engines, stationary engines and farming equipment.

Food vendors will be serving up a treat, from crepes and cakes to burgers and fish and chips, and don’t forget to head to the beer tent for a round of refreshing drinks, certain to quench your thirst in the late spring sunshine.

Dexter, the rally’s resident mascot, will be drifting in and around the grounds to meet visitors and pose for photos - if you can catch him for a snap, it will definitely be one for the memory book!

The committee said: “We are so excited to welcome people back to Launceston Steam and Vintage Rally in its 40th year. We have so many new activities and attractions to celebrate this milestone year, and we hope this will be a great way to get the local summer events calendar off to a flying start!”

For more information about Launceston Steam and Vintage Rally, visit


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