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Barnards Bastille Day Run, Sunday July 14th, 2024

Mar 01 2024

Bernard and Sylvia Holmes have very kindly invited Club members to Barnards Farm on Saturday July 14th this year. For the many people who have visited on previous occasions, they will know that there is much to do on arrival, from a leisurely walk around the grounds to enjoy the sculpture and gardens, to a trip on the estate train where, no doubt, there will be new features to see, and then there is the world’s finest collection of veteran and Edwardian De Dion Bouton motor cars to admire. For those who want to expend more energy, the track is available for tricycles and quadricycles to use. Two small electric jeeps are on hand for children to drive under supervision.


Guests are welcome from 10.30am and there is ample parking for trailers. The trains run from 10:30 to11:45 ,and then this year we depart for Downham Hall, a run of some 17 miles. After lunch it’s a return to Barnards via the byways of Essex. A side excursion is available to the nearby RHS Hyde Hall where you could enjoy an afternoon tea. Routes will be provided.

For those club participants wishing to attend, please email Nick Canfor ( with the number of participants, an indication of any special dietary requirements. An early response will be helpful to organise catering.


The cost per head is £40 and payment should ideally be made directly to the Club bank account (sort code: 30-91-91; account: 34965060) stating surname as a reference. If a cheque is the only option, make it payable to De Dion Bouton Club UK and send it to Nick Canfor, 3 Malthouse Close. Easton. Winchester SO21 1ES

Bernard and Sylvia are looking forward to welcoming you in July
Nick Canfor ( 07887 690405 )


“Bastille Day is a holiday celebrating the storming of the Bastille—a military fortress and prison—on July 14, 1789, in a violent uprising that helped usher in the French Revolution. Besides holding gunpowder and other supplies valuable to revolutionaries, the Bastille also symbolized the callous tyranny of the French monarchy, especially King Louis XVI and his queen, Marie Antoinette.”


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Tom Cook



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Michael Edwards, Nick Canfor