Old Dalby Day

Old Dalby Day Important News

There will be no Old Dalby Day event this year, 2019 !

Old Dalby Day has taken place on the August Bank Holiday every year – and has done for over 30 years, providing a full day of family entertainment in a traditional village setting.

Residents of Old Dalby and Queensway were recently invited to join a depleted committee to help organise Old Dalby Day for August Bank Holiday 2019. Unfortunately, the request had very little response and a meeting held on Feb 27th attracted no further help. 

With diminished numbers the committee was left with no choice but to suspend Old Dalby Day for a year. There simply was not sufficient personnel available. The organisers were painfully aware of the iconic nature of the event and that it annually raises a large amount of funding for local charities and groups. The scouts, village hall, church, cricket club, school and several others have greatly benefited from the day for over thirty years and it was felt that the event should be reinstated as soon as possible. However several key duty roles, essential to the running of the event, were left unfilled. Although there is no time this year to fill these duties, hopefully residents will step forward so that the event can be reinstated for 2020. 

There will be no Old Dalby Day event this year, 2019 !


The roles required to put on the event are many and include; coordination of market stalls, selecting, booking and organising entertainment, arranging and manning the car show, approaching and winning sponsorship, advertising and program production, completing risk assessment, insurance, maintaining and updating the web site and social media, liaising with road traffic management, organising volunteers and marshals, disseminating signage, transport of equipment, radio distribution, toilet and bins organisation, police, emergency services and council liaison, ensuring first responders,…the list is long. Most of this work is started by dedicated residents early in the year, not just shortly before August. Though some of these duties could be covered many could not. The charity is also in need of a new treasurer. 

The committee thanks all who have worked so hard over the years to produce Old Dalby Day and hopes to gain new members for the future. There will be a meeting, on Monday 29th April at 7.30 in Old Dalby Village Hall, which will be open to anyone wishing to help plan a 2020 Old Dalby Day community or come forward with their vision and aspirations for the future. 

If you would like to help design and build future Old Dalby Days, or just wish to comment, please get in touch via the web site here, Facebook or olddalbyday@yahoo.com. Please complete the brief survey below.

No Old Dalby Day this year but perhaps a different, exciting event for 2020?


Useful links;

See the programme of events from 2017

Old Dalby Day Stall Booking form

Classic Vehicle Show entry form

Dog Show Pre-registration form

Horticultural Show leaflet & entry form

Car parking £5 per car
11am, Bank Holiday Monday, 27th August 2018
Proceeds to Local Charities
Regardless of weather, the day will go ahead!

Events & Forms

The Classic & Vintage Vehicle Show

We usually have between 100 and 130 vehicles attending the show. Due to the size of the site we are unlikely to be able to accept any entries on the day of the show.

Vehicles previously entered have included vintage and classic cars, motorcycles, tractors, tricycles and prams.

Only vehicles registered prior to 1990 are eligible but “Interesting Vehicles” registered after 1990 may be accepted at the organisers discretion.

Download the Vehicle Entry Form

Classic Vehicle Show

The Hill Race

The Hill Race has been suspended. We hope to reintroduce it in the future but would require volunteers to organise this aspect of the event. If this is something you might like to undertake, please get in touch.

Craft Stalls and Street Market

If you want to have your own stall, book early as places are limited - Our stall holders book year after year and tell us we're their favourite venue! Please download the Stall Holders Form - note there are some delays in processing forms - please bear with us, you will get a reply.

Download the Craft Stalls Entry Form

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The Horticultural Show

Whether it's biscuits, buns, cakes, flowers or veg, the Old Dalby Day Horticultural Show and Awards has been a favourite for over 25 years. Anyone can enter! Or just come and see us at the School site. Lots to do for kids too!

Download the Horticultural Entry Form and Schedule

Download a free carrot cake recipe
The Horticultural Show is sponsored by David Greaves Landscape Design.
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The Dog Show

To enter the dog show, please fill out the form below and send it to sblain@olddalbyday.org.uk

The Dog show entry form

For a full list of the events, please view the about page