World Championship rallying returns to Cheshire this weekend

Cholmondeley Castle plays host to Rallyfest

The high-octane thrills of World Championship rallying are returning to England this weekend as Cheshire’s very own Cholmondeley Castle hosts its second not-to-be-missed RallyFest event on Saturday 28th October.

The fun-fuelled RallyFest is designed to appeal to new rally fans as well as those attending with children, who will benefit from easier access and more facilities than the traditional forest stages.

Last year’s inaugural event at Cholmondeley marked the first time since 1999 that top-class WRC action had ventured outside of Wales, and it proved to be an immediate success.

Organisers have implemented a number of upgrades - including a new traffic management system, more catering outlets plus a revised timetable and a host of additional entertainment and activities.

The stunning World Championship cars and stars will arrive in the afternoon for an electrifying blast around the castle’s parkland roads, with their presence providing an awesome climax to a full day of epic entertainment for all ages.

On-track highlights will include demos from 50 historic and legendary Group B rally cars, a supercar cavalcade featuring Ferraris, McLarens and Porsches plus rubber-burning antics from SuperMoto bikes.

Visitors will also be wowed by BMX stunt shows from Lee Musselwhite and his high-flying ‘Bike Battle’ team, while Red Bull will host its own Street Fighter Fan Zone with three Street Fighter consoles to keep gamers amused.

The dedicated Family Fun Zone will include an 18ft climbing wall, a caving tunnel, human hamster balls, bungee runs, Segways, an inflatable obstacle course, penalty shoot-outs and giant garden games.

Other notable RallyFest attractions include: appearances by Welsh Rally Legends; autograph and selfie sessions with today’s WRC stars; big screen coverage; live commentary; a catering village; trade stalls; car club displays; a face-painter; mini tanks and funfair rides.

There will also be a wonderful opportunity to take a memorable passenger ride in a number of eye-catching classic and sports cars provided by the Sporting Bears Motor Club in return for a charity donation.

“We’ve done more than ever to make this a fantastic family-friendly event,” enthused Ben Taylor, managing director of Wales Rally GB.

“I can’t think of a better way to round off the half-term week than to give the family a brilliant day of fun before watching the best cars and drivers in the world in one of Cheshire’s most beautiful settings.”

Full details of 2017 Dayinsure Wales Rally GB and the Toyota RallyFest at Cholmondeley Castle can be found on the website.



RallyFest at Cholmondeley Castle (Saturday 28th October 2017)


09:00                  Gates Open

09:20-09:55        Historic Rally Cars Demo Runs

09:30-10:00        BMX Bike Battle Stunt Display 1

10:00-10:15        SuperMoto On-Track Display

10:00-15:00        Sporting Bears Passenger Rides

11:00-12:30        WRGB National Rally Special Stage

12:30-13:00        BMX Bike Battle Stunt Display 2

12:30-12:45        Supercar Parade

12:45-13:00        SuperMoto On-Track Display

13:05-14:15        Historic Rally Cars Demo Runs

13:45-14:15        BMX Bike Battle Stunt Display 3

15:00-15:30        BMX Bike Battle Stunt Display 4

15:00-15:35        WRC Autograph Session

15:45-17:30        Dayinsure Wales Rally GB Special Stage

16:00                  No Further Access to Event*

18:00                  Venue Closes

* a one-way system will provide swift egress for those leaving the venue

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