The Sandtoft Gathering 2023

It’ll soon be Summer and time for the Sandtoft Gathering!

After a triumphant return in 2022 after the pandemic, this year’s Sandtoft Gathering will be held on Sunday 30th July.

What is the Sandtoft Gathering?

Our biggest and best event of the year. In addition to our usual attractions there will be:

  • Visiting car, lorries, buses
  • Extended motorbus tours of the local area
  • More trolleybuses in service – we usually manage to run at least 9, rotating them in batches of 3 every few hours
  • Jazz band
  • Real ale beer tent provided by the Doncaster Brewery & Tap (, which is CAMRA listed and LocAle accredited.


When is it?

The Sandtoft Gathering is always held on the last Sunday in July. This year it’s on 30th July. The Museum is open from 10am to 6pm.

How do I get there?

If you’re coming by road we’ll have extra parking available. For visitors coming by public transport we run additional free bus services to the Museum. Details of these will be posted when available.

I have an historic vehicle – can I bring it?

Yes – vintage road vehicles are welcome – and even some newer ones often take part, at our discretion. Although there’s no entry charge (and the driver plus two passengers get free admission) we do need you to complete an entry form, which can be downloaded here  or you can complete an on line form below.Show More

    First, please read the terms and conditions:

    • Free vehicle entry and free admission tickets are only valid if arriving with the vehicle you have entered, or with a substitute similar preserved / historic vehicle. The driver and two passengers get free admission, but you will still need to present a ticket voucher to enter the Museum.
    • Additional passengers MUST pay normal entrance charges. The purchase of admission tickets in advance will speed your entry to the Museum. Prices and the ordering facility are on the downloadable booking form and the on-line form.
    • We would prefer to communicate via email and send your voucher for admission tickets electronically. However if you would prefer a paper  voucher please enclose a S.A.E. with your application, or add postage if using the on-line form.
    • If you want details of your vehicle to appear in the programme we need to receive your entry by 16 July. We will accept entries after then but please enter your vehicle before coming; whilst we don’t usually turn away visiting vehicles providing we have space, we do appreciate prior notice!
    • Entry for any vehicle less than 20 years old is at the discretion of the Museum Management.
    • Road traffic laws, including drink- and drug-driving legislation, apply on private land to which the public have access: this includes the Museum premises and its approach roads. Therefore, all visiting vehicles must be insured for use both on and off the highway. Only authorised and insured drivers holding a full driving licence for the class of vehicle involved may drive vehicles on land used by the Museum for this event.
    • Sales stands adjacent to displayed vehicles are chargeable and subject to the conditions for stall holders (see below for stall booking details).
    • The instructions of Trolleybus Museum officials must be followed at all times.
    • A visiting vehicle mustn’t cause an obstruction and we reserve the right to move any that are.

    Can I bring my sales stand?

    One of the highlights of the Gathering is the transport flea market, housed in our main depot building. You can find more details and the booking form on the sales stand webpage.