The Robey Trust Calendar of Events


Please phone Alex: 07597 797053 in advance if you wish to visit with a group or


Our Events Calendar 2020:

Here are the events we are intending to attend in the coming year:

  • Bere Alston Summer Carnival & Fair - 8th to 9th May,
  • Launceston Steam Fair - 23th to 25th May - CANCELLED
  • Tavistock Garden Festival - 24th & 25th May,
  • Tavistock Steam & Vintage Fair - POSTPONED
  • Tavistock Pannier Market Events - 13th and 20th June,
  • Morwellham Lister Weekend - 27th & 28th June,
  • Lion's Fun Day, Tavistock - 11th July - CANCELLED
  • Tavistock Carnival - 18th July - CANCELLED
  • Boconnoc Steam Fair - 24th to 26th July,
  • Torbay Steam Rally - 31st July to 2nd August,
  • West of England Rally, Stithians - 14th to 16th August,
  • Harrowbeer 1940s weekend - 22nd to 23rd August,
  • The Great Dorset Steam Fair - 27th to 30th August,
  • The Works Heritage Open Days - 19th & 20th September,
  • Tavistock Dickensian Evening - 4th December,
  • Bere Alston Victorian Evening - 5th December.

Tavistock Steam & Vintage Fair 2020 - POSTPONED

This year's steam fair falls on Sunday 7th June. So many exciting things to experience,

  • Full-size and miniature steam engines,
  • Get a ride around town behind the engines,
  • Vintage Tractors,
  • Classic Cars,
  • Local Food and Drink,
  • Entertainments,
  • More to come...!

Call back to the website or like and follow us on Facebook for Updates. If you are interested to come as an exhibitor, send us a Facebook message or email;

Alternatively, contact our Steam Fair Organiser, Alex Masters at, Mobile; 07597 797053

Public Access Statement...

The Robey Trust recognises that it has benefitted enormously form the receipt of funds disbursed from a variety of sources.

All of these grants have been carefully administered to ensure full compliance with the funders conditions. that the best value for money has been sought , and strict monitoring of quality and costings have been carried out. The Trust, therefore, has facilities which are identical to those for which the applications for grant aid were made in the first place, thus the benefit to the public is maximised, and in particular that:

  1. All Local Authority and Planning regulations are complied with, especially with regard to safety of all visitors of any age and with due regard to the needs of disabled people.
  2. That the facilities created can be of maximum use and benefit to all who visit, whether to participate, learn or just to view.

In the furtherance of this, it is the Board's declared intention that

  1. Full public liability and other insurances are in force, in accordance with best advice.
  2. The facilities created will be carefully looked after, cleaned, inspected, refurbished when necessary, etc., to maintain acceptance by whoever wishes to use them.
  3. The facilities will be made available to all members of the Trust and members of the public at all fair and reasonable times, and at minimal or no cost, as appropriate.

In this regard, this Public Access Statement declares that the 'New Perseverance Ironworks' of the Robey Trust Ltd., and all the facilities within will be open as follows:

Most Saturdays, throughout the year (1100 - 1700) Approx. 50 days

[the only days the Works will not be open on these days will be (i) public holidays at Christmas, Easter, etc., and (ii) when an important event, eg. the Tavistock Steam Fair, requires the attendance of most engines and crews off site. In these events, the collection is still available for public enjoyment at the venue]

Open Days, such as:

  • The Heritage Open Days in September, 2-4 days
  • Tavistock Heritage Festival week in October, 2-4 days
  • The Spring Works Open Day, 1 day
  • Special Events Open Days, e.g. the Devon & Cornwall Tractor Run, 2 day.
  • Various special stationary engine events (once our new steam boiler is commissioned)

Additionally, the works can be open for special events and group visits by request such as:

  • Professional bodies for a formal visit. These include: the Institution of Engineering and Technology; The Trevethick Society.
  • Local Groups and societies, e.g., U3A; Tavistock History Society; Scouts, &c.
  • Enthusiasts groups, e.g. The National Traction Engine Trust AGM, The Road Loco society, RRA, &c.
  • School groups, including institutions for those with learning and special educational needs.
  • Any Club, Society or Association who wishes to use The Lincoln Room for meetings arranged through our Community Manager.
  • By arrangement with any individual, e.g. student, etc., who wishes to use the Archive for research, authors for a work in progress to be published, etc.
  • In addition, the Works is open when internal machine-tool and engine management training courses are being held, as well as on days when special engineering tasks are being undertaken, e.g. boiler riveting.