National Rally 2010 Chatsworth 18 -19 September 2010

 National Rally 2010 Chatsworth 18 -19 September

Peaks and Pennines Region invite you to join them at the magnificent Chatsworth House, the ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park

Saturday 18th September:
Organised runs throughout the Peak District National Park with an evening event, details to be advised.

Sunday 19th September:
Main rally event starting at 10.00am

Watch out for more details in due course.



(please note previous thread moved to members area as it had gone off topic, we will add back all the additional Chatsworth info here shortly.)


The 2010 National Rally is to be held in the grounds of Chatsworth House, the ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, situated in the heart of the Peak District National Park,over the weekend of the 18th & 19th of September 2010, Peak and Pennines have secured a stunning location directly in front of the house itself.

Like all past events, we needed to have a really special pre rally get together, and this year will be no exception; our chosen venue for the evening’s entertainment will be the Beauchief Hotel,  who has agreed a special rate for MX5 owners of just £60 per room, including a full English breakfast.

There is another hotel we have chosen which is close by it’s the Sheffield Park Hotel you will need to quote “MAZDA 18” in order to receive a special rate of £69 per room which also includes breakfast. <o:p o=“http://unknownprefix/o”></o:p>

If however you prefer the feeling of canvas above you and the ground below you, then there is always camping! <o:p o=“http://unknownprefix/o”></o:p>

And of course Derbyshire has many to chose from, however for convenience of location, cost, parking and amenities, we have chosen as our “A” site “Barlow Lakes”  here you will find trout and carp ponds and a small log cabin selling breakfasts at very reasonable prices., so if you fancy your hand at a spot of fishing, this one is for you. <o:p o=“http://unknownprefix/o”></o:p>

Our second choice is for the more discerning, quieter and a little more expensive, is Barn Farm . Open the link and see the view you will be waking up to

Please contact your chosen location direct to book either your room or your pitch. <o:p o=“http://unknownprefix/o”></o:p>

Some other web sites which may be useful are, and<o:p o=“http://unknownprefix/o”></o:p>

Saturday daytime, we have arranged two organised drives through the beautiful Derbyshire countryside, however if that’s not for you, then you could always try some retail therapy in the nearby Meadow Hall Shopping Centre, or for the more energetic amongst you, there is a pay and play golf course within walking distance from the hotel, and a large national gym that will accept hotel guests for a nominal fee. <o:p o=“http://unknownprefix/o”></o:p>

Later that evening, there will be a live band playing dance music in a private marquee situated in the hotels grounds; we have also laid on a home made pie and pea supper to help you dance the night away, you could even call it a “Northern Dinner Dance” for just £10 per person. <o:p o=“http://unknownprefix/o”></o:p>

We are looking into arranging transport for Saturday night to get you from camp site “A” and the Sheffield Park Hotel to the party and return.<o:p o=“http://unknownprefix/o”></o:p>

Early Sunday morning we take the 20 minute drive to Chatsworth for the Rally itself, the rally site opens at 9:00, to avoid congestion Chatsworth have requested that the majority of the MX5’s are on the rally site before 10:30,we appreciate that some members will be driving a conciderable distance to attend, and this may not be possible

For those who have never visited this part of the country before, Chatsworth is well renowned for its stunning location, fabulous architecture and magnificent gardens, the house is well worth a visit, and for MX5 owners only, on presentation of your membership card, they will allow you in at a discounted price. <o:p o=“http://unknownprefix/o”></o:p>

If the house isn’t for you, then why not try the gardens. <o:p o=“http://unknownprefix/o”></o:p>

You could enjoy a special picnic hamper, which would need to be pre-booked, prepared by the chefs at Chatsworth House, for £13.50 each, you could be tucking in to a crayfish and Caesar salad sandwich, farm shop pork pie with onion marmalade, Hartington stilton and pickles, a salad of haricot beans, green beans and roasted vegetables, piper’s sea salt crisps, strawberries and clotted cream and a bottle of Belvoir elderflower cordial, this is no ordinary picnic, this is a MX5 picnic.<o:p o=“http://unknownprefix/o”></o:p>

If however you have brought your own food, then why not wander around the extensive grounds, where you will find a restaurant, cafe, ice cream shop, gift shops and a farm shop full of tempting luxuries.<o:p o=“http://unknownprefix/o”></o:p>

We are expecting many hundreds of MX5s this year, so rest assured, there will be our usual valued traders tempting you into spending your hard earned cash.  G K Group will be bringing a few cars for us to view; MX5 parts will be there, Footman James, Mazda on Track and many more yet to be confirmed.

This year we have even invited a caricature artist, who will create a spitting image of you for just £10, however due to limited numbers, you will need to pre order to avoid any disappointment.  <o:p o=“http://unknownprefix/o”></o:p>

There will be a best in show competitions, raffles, and many more attractions to help you enjoy a wonderful day with friends in the heart of the <st1:place xmlns:st1=“http://unknownprefix/st1” st=“on” st1=“http://unknownprefix/st1”><st1:placetype st=“on”>Peak</st1:placetype><st1:placetype st=“on”>District</st1:placetype><st1:placetype st=“on”>National Park</st1:placetype></st1:place>. <o:p o=“http://unknownprefix/o”></o:p>

Oh, did I mention that it will be free for OC members to enter, yes free, no charge, how can you fail not to come?<o:p o=“http://unknownprefix/o”></o:p>

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Taken from Soft Top Hard Top February 2010 article compiled by Trevor Walker

Also see

 looking forward to this. does anybody know if there will be any camping facilities on the weekend?


Ady n Rita




I don’t know if there are going to be any specific club arrangements but there are loads of local camp sites in the area. (Both tents and caravans)



thanks lancs lad. that is what we will be doing. last 2 years we have been to the VW festival at harewood house, and had a great time. fingers crossed for the weather {#emotions_dlg.indif}


The Beauchief Hotel is now fully booked on Saturday night, (as of March 2010) it’s the venue for the evenings entertainment, with a bus will link from Camp Site in Barlow and the second nearest hotel, The  Sheffield.Park Hotel,

Whilst the Barn Farm Camp Site  at Birchover is close to Chatsworth, it’s a good 30 minute drive to the Beauchief,

We are not proposing to organise a bus link from Birchover to The Beauchief
Finding the locations

The Beauchief

Located at the junction of Abbeydale Road South and Abbey Lane, on the A621 on the southern outskirts of Sheffield,

Post Code S7 2 QW or grid ref.SK 327 821 will take satnav users directly to the hotel.

The Sheffield Park Hotel

Is a 7 minute drive from the Beauchief, located on the south bound carriageway of the A61 mid way between Sheffield and Chesterfield, visitors punching in S8 8BW or SK 352 809 will find themselves at the entrance to this modern hotel.

Barlow Camp Site

Approached either from Chesterfield on the B6050 / B6051, or from the Derbyshire end of the valley again on the B6051, the site is located centrally within the village, follow the signs for Barlow Fishing Lakes,  Sat-Nav users should enter S18 7TJ or SK 338 758

Barn Farm Camp Site

The scenic view from many pitches on the camp site and the rustic village pubs will be the rewards for members who book onto this site.

Approached on either the B5056 Bakewell to Rowsley or the B5057 Matlock (Darley Dale), or via Post Code DE4 2BL  SK 241 622

The Rally Site -Chatsworth House

Chatsworth is 8 miles north of Matlock off the B6012.

It is 16 miles from the M1 Junction 29, signposted via Chesterfield (follow brown signs), 42 miles from the M6 Junction 19.

If you are using a GPS enter Post Code DE45 1PP or SK 250 710.

The rally site opens at 9:00 on Sunday morning, to avoid congestion Chatsworth have requested that the majority of the MX5’s are on the rally site before 10:30.

We appreciate that some members will be driving a conciderable distance to attend, (or may be suffering from the excesses of the night before)and this may not be possible

For further Hotel, B & B, and Camp sites in The Peak District see, and

Up date April 28th Need another booking form? down load one at


 Quick google search for Hope Valley (Castleton) about 15 minutes from Chatsworth

 Shame this, would have been better with camping on the site… still hoping to go, probably just during one of the days though.


Hi Russell,

If you have a look at
maps of the area, several camp sites close to Chatsworth come up,
in fact
The Caravan Club has a members only, site in the old walled gardens, unfortunately its
for caravans or motor homes only.Visiting members are given a door through the wall key, its then a 10 minute walk to the site of the rally<o:p></o:p>

The site behind the Robin
Hood Pub, is intended for back-packers, its tents only, parking is by the side
of the pub, in a un secure car park, the site is then a 20 minute walk away, up
a cart track, just two toilets and a cold tap.<o:p></o:p>

The small site by the
river in Curbar, is run by an old lady with strict morel views, married couples
only, quiet by 10:30 etc.<o:p></o:p>

The pub site just to the
south of the Chatsworth estate, did not want to encourage tent campers, as
their cars will take up space in the car park, deterring punters for meals,
which is their main business. Shame, nice site, and pleasant staff<o:p></o:p>

There are
several log cabins, in the woods type sites, which do not take tents.<o:p></o:p>

The next two sites are
the ones the
organisers are suggesting, the run from these sites to Chatsworth is
on scenic side roads, designed for MX5’s

The weblink to the Barn Farm Site does not appear to be working at the moment, other links ‘Barn Farm Birchover’ can be found via google

Anyone wanting feed
back on any other local sites, please email me, <o:p></o:p>

<st1:city w:st=“on”><st1:place w:st=“on”>Burton</st1:place></st1:city><o:p></o:p>


Just found this info on Chatworth from EnjoyEngland. It is the 90th birthday of the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire and there will be celebrations until October.

Really annoyed that we can’t come to the rally as it is the same weeked as Goodwood.  Was looking forward to coming. :frowning:

Hi we’ve booked in to the beauchief hotel on the Saturday but I’m unsure how to a) book for the evening dinner and dance, and b) how to book a picnic hamper for the Sunday.

We tried to book the hamper through Chatsworth but they told us it should be booked through the Mazda Owners Club but I haven’t found any links




 Hi Jim,

We intend to put the booking form on the forum, or on the rally web site as a PDF attachment, shortly.

It has been drafted for several weeks, but some items ie the slot car racing has been removed (The Dukes 13 amp extension lead would not stretch from his bed room window!!) and the facility to book the coach to, and from The Beauchief, and several other things need adding.

We have another meeting tonight, the form/s will be added to the web shortly


Up date April 28th Need a booking form? down load one at


rally site opens at 9:00, to avoid congestion Chatsworth have requested
that the majority of the MX5’s are on the rally site before 10:30.

appreciate that some members will be driving a conciderable distance to
attend, (or may be suffering from the excesses of the night before)and this may not be possible

we’ll be there with or without hangover but…any news on the hampers?


The booking
forms will appear shortly on the forum, in PDF format, and as an insert in the
late spring edition of Soft Top Hard Top.<o:p></o:p>

Down the editor, is due to drop in on us to see how are things are progressing,
and may have chance to sample one of the famous Chatsworth

The cut off point for ordering the hampers is months away, so in the words of Corporal Jones, do not panic



It’s fine now BARN FARM

John Wink

 Hoping not disturbing…


I can assure it’s worth the visit. Not only the house, but the surroundings. I spent 8 months over there working as an ice-cream seller, with my Bedfrod van, and delighted! Also I attended a  farm festival into the Devonshire properties-absolutely astonishing {#emotions_dlg.thumb}

 No sign of a booking form in my late spring issue of STHT. When can we book on line.

Regards John Kent