You can take part in our open days (Trolleydays) in various ways.
Period and Classic Vehicles
Our programme of Trolleydays features a number of events when period and classic vehicles are on display. If you have a period vehicle and are able to bring it to the Trolleybus Museum to display on one of those days, you will be most welcome – in most cases you should download an entry form by clicking on the event below, complete it and send it to us, but for some of the Trolleydays just let us know in advance by emailing us.
Details of our 2019 events when you can book to take part is still being finalised. Keep an eye on this page for information in due course!
In 2018, you could have brought your vehicle to:
Sandtoft Gathering 2018 (Sunday, 29 July) has now come and gone! The 'Gatheing is the biggest event in our calendar when we stage an exhibition of old and modern buses and coaches along with vintage commercial vehicles and cars & vans that are more than 25 years old. It was well supported, with over 100 interesting visiting vehicles entered.
Reading Trolleybus Weekend took place over the August Bank Holiday Weekend - Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 25, 26 & 27 August – when we celebrated Reading’s trolleybuses in style! This event was organised by the British Trolleybus Society with photographic opportunities featuring our operating Reading trolleybuses and some visiting Reading-area motorbuses. Just email us in advance that you will be bringing something!
Steam Rally Weekend took place on Saturday and Sunday, 22 & 23 September, with visiting steam vehicles of all sorts attending on both days, along with visiting vintage tractors, stationary engines and machinery and other items of engineering interest, classic cars and vans, emergency and military vehicles and such like!
Isle of Axholme Running Day & Rally (Sunday, 14 October) was again organised by the Doncaster Omnibus & Light Railway Societ .
Transport Interest, Memorabilia & Other Sales Stands
Spaces will be available to purchase online for, amongst others, the following events in 2019: (click on the event to start the booking process):
Sandtoft Gathering 2019 (Sunday, 28 July 2019). The 'Gathering is the biggest event in our calendar and ALL the under-cover sales stand plots were taken up by traders in 2018 - thank you to them for supporting last year's Sandtoft Gathering and helping to make it such a success.
Isle of Axholme Running Day & Rally (Sunday, 13 October 2019) - this event is organised by the Doncaster Omnibus & Light Railway Society – visit www.dolrs.org.uk .
Craft Stalls and Sales, Charity Stalls, Novelty Stalls, etc.
We are always interested to hear about stalls and worthy causes that might be suitable to be at the Trolleybus Museum on open days (and particularly on Sandtoft Gathering Day). Email us with details.
The Trolleybus Museum has a period street scene where its trolleybuses operate, so is well-suited for drama groups to come along on Trolleydays in period dress to generally have fun and add to the atmosphere and/ or even to stage small pieces of drama. Email us if you (or your drama group) are interested in joining in with a Trolleyday, particularly our “themed” days. We are always looking for something new to add to our Trolleydays, so if you have any ideas how your drama group could be part of a Trolleyday, please contact us.
Period Interest Exhibitions
If you are part of a local history group or have a collection of interesting period items or machinery, social history and the like, would you be interested in staging an exhibition or display at the Trolleybus Museum on one (or more) of our Trolleydays? Email us to discuss.
Car Club “Meets”, Shows and Rallies and the like
The Trolleybus Museum has the space and infrastructure to host car club “meets”, shows and rallies and other such events, so are always interested in discussing with organisations how their events could be staged as part of open days at the Trolleybus Museum. Email us if your organisation is interested in such an opportunity.