National Hamfest: Rally Information

Rallies are a great resource for radio amateurs – a good place to meet other amateurs and pick up a bargain. On this site, we look at the various UK rallies, so you can decide which ones to visit. Here’s a look at one of the UK’s rallies:

National Hamfest (Newark Rally) Information

This rally is probably the largest and most well-known in the calendar. It’s a two-day event which is held at the Newark Showground. It’s mostly an indoor event, although there is also an outside car boot sale and demo area.

The event is usually attended by the majority of radio manufacturers. The RSGB also has a sizeable presence at National Hamfest

  • When: Annually, Usually October (Friday & Saturday)
  • Admittance Price: £4 (2022 price) – pay in-car on arrival (or you can book online)
  • Location: George Stephensons Hall, Newark Showground, NG24 2NY
  • Parking: On the field at the showground
  • Catering: Indoor cafeteria. Outdoor burger van
  • More details: National Hamfest Website

(Information correct at the time of writing, but subject to change – check with the event organisers)

National Hamfest Video

There’s a review of the 2017 Hamfest in episode 17 of this popular online TV show:

National Hamfest Photos

Hamfest 2019 (Photo courtesy Essex Ham)
Hamfest 2019 (Photo courtesy Essex Ham)
Outside at Hamfest 2018 (Photo courtesy Essex Ham)
Outside at Hamfest 2017 (Photo courtesy Essex Ham)
Hamfest 2017 (Photo courtesy Essex Ham)
RSGB booths at Hamfest 2017 (Photo courtesy Essex Ham)

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  1. Harold Windsor


    Far too late in the year with no camping available even if you were hardy enough to stand the cold.l in October. Half the people visiting camp, and even at the end of September it can be freezing at night. It’s a no from me this year.

  2. P. Webster


    Why take it to Peterborough don’t you want to cater for amateurs from
    further north. Let’s face it a good few struggle with Newark why don’t you try for the Doncaster area gives amateurs from the Scots side and Irish side a better chance to attend the show. That would still be more viable to the amateurs from the South of the country. Or is it just the South side that you want to cater for let’s face it there is far more rallys in the South of the country.

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