The Robey Trust Calendar of Events

Ongoing Restoration & Maintenence Every Thursday & Saturday 11am - 5pm.

Please phone Dave: 01822 615960 in advance if you wish to visit.


Our Next Event:

We will be participating in the Tavistock Dickensian Celebrations on the Evening of the 7th December 2018

Tavistock Steam & Vintage Fair 2018 - Sunday 3rd June

This year's steam fair falls on Sunday 3th June. So many exciting things to experience,

  • Full-size and miniture steam engines,
  • Get a ride around town behind on of the engines,
  • Vintage Tractors,
  • Classic Cars,
  • Military Re-enactors
  • 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, sent us a facebook message or email;

Alternatively, contact our Steam Fair Organiser, Simon Williams at, Mobile; 07964 063555

Application Forms for Vintage cars/Motorcycles and Traders are available by clicking the links.

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]

3. Open Days, such as {contact: the organiser of the event}

(i) The Heritage Open Days in September 2-4 days

(ii) Tavistock Heritage Festival week in October 2-4 days

(iii) The Spring Works Open Day 1 day

(iv) Special Events Open Days, e.g. the Devon & Cornwall Tractor Run 2 days

(v) various special stationary engine events (once our new steam boiler is commissioned)

  1. By request from Professional bodies for a formal visit. These include: the Institution of Engineering and Technology; The Trevethick Society. {contact: any Board member}
  2. By request from local groups and societies, e.g., U3A; Tavistock History Society; Scouts, etc. {contact: Kevin Dickens}
  3. By requests from enthusiasts groups, e.g. The National Traction Engine Trust AGM, The Road Loco society, RRA, etc. { contact: any Board member}
  4. By request and in co-ordination with schools and our Education Liaison Officer for school groups, including institutions for those with learning and special educational needs. (contact: Mrs Alison Kerswill}
  5. By arrangement with any club, society or association who wishes to use The Lincoln Room for meetings arranged through our Community Manager. {contact: Kevin Dickens}
  6. 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. {contact: Dave Davies}
  7. 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.

Currently, the 'Works' is open for about 150 days per year.

Dave Davies March 2014