THE SANTA TRAIN EXPERIENCE - NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2023
Join us on an exciting adventure through the magical setting of Stradbally Woodlands. Meet Santa and Mrs Claus and their band of merry elves. Check out our Steamin’ Brews Coffee Hut and enjoy a hot chocolate while you take in the sights of other engines on display alongside the festive atmosphere.
This year our steam train Róisín will have the very important job of hosting Santa, Mrs Claus, bunches of busy elves and lots of lucky families, as they journey through the enchanted Stradbally Woodlands!
Running on November 25th & 26th and December 2nd & 3rd and 9th & 10th, tickets are selling fast!
Each train rides includes a story read by Mrs Clause while the train is moving, the chance to meet and get a photo with Santa afterwards and a free present for all the children!
FULL STEAM AHEAD FOR THE 60TH NATIONAL STEAM RALLY 2024
The 60th event in the series will take place in Stradbally, Co. Laois, on Sunday 4th & Monday 5th August, 2024, preceded by a Steam & Vintage Rally on Saturday 3rd from 7pm in Stradbally Village. This event is considered by many to be the premier event in the calendar of steam and vintage shows throughout Ireland.
Steam Engines – Vintage Cars – Tractor Display – Commercials – Over 70 Trade Stands – Carnival – Autojumble – Blacksmith Village – Steam Working Arena – Massive Saw Benching Display with the Celtic Steamers – Truck Displays – Oil Engines – Steam Engine Rides – Live Music – Bouncing Castles – Kids Area – Craft Village – Pet Farm – Dog Show and much, much more!
The National Steam Rally is a fun-filled Family Friendly event, and we look forward to seeing you all in Stradbally,
for our Irish Steam showcase event in August 2024.
60th National Steam Rally
Stradbally in Co. Laois,
Sunday August 4th – Monday August 5th 2024
Preceded by a Steam & Vintage Parade in Stradbally VillageSaturday August 3rd from 7pm!
Weekend Camping & Caravan Park
Full Weekend Experience in 2024!
Prepare for an extraordinary weekend celebrating the 60th Anniversary Event. Exclusive weekend camping and caravan parking options will be on offer, ensuring your comfort from Friday, 2nd August at 2pm, until Tuesday, 6th August, at 11am.
Our vigilant security team will oversee the campsite around the clock. You’ll have access to amenities such as water, restroom facilities, showers, and waste disposal, conveniently located on-site.
Elevate your experience by planning an entire weekend immersed in the enchanting ambiance of Stradbally, Co. Laois. Stay tuned for booking availability.
Decarbonising Our Heritage Sector
The National Steam Rally in Stradbally is a celebration of Ireland’s rich steam engine heritage. This event attracts steam enthusiasts from all over the world, who come to marvel at the impressive displays of vintage machinery, steam engines, vehicles and enjoy a huge variety of amazing events and activities. The rally is held annually, and the 2023 event was particularly special because it was powered by carbon neutral biofuel for the very first time.
The use of this carbon tax free coal alternative at the National Steam Rally is a testament to our commitment to reducing carbon emissions and promoting sustainable energy practices. The biofuel used at the rally was supplied by Arigna Fuels , and is produced using sustainable methods, which minimises the impact on the environment. By using carbon tax free fuel, the National Steam Rally is setting an example for other events and industries, demonstrating that it is possible to enjoy our rich heritage while also protecting the planet for future generations.
Visitors to our 2024 event can enjoy impressive displays of steam and vintage machinery, family-friendly activities, including live music, dancing, food & trade stalls, a funfair, displays and demonstrations and so much more. The National Steam Rally is a must-visit event for anyone interested in Ireland’s industrial heritage, and this year, it is an event that is sure to leave a lasting impression on visitors.