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History and Horsepower at Hoghton Tower

Written by on 01/09/2018

With the end of the long summer holidays in sight,  there’s no better way to make them end with a “Vroom!” than a brand-new classic car show coming to the area.


On Sunday September 2nd, Hoghton Tower, just outside Preston, joins a fleet of exclusive venues in hosting one of the premier events in the UK motoring calendar.  Providing the perfect backdrop, the spectacular ramparts will be reverberating to the roars of classic cars, motorcycles, vans, trucks and impressive ex-military vehicles.


With plenty to keep the whole family at full throttle, there’ll be trade stands and auto jumble for the avid aficionado in the family, while the more ‘backseat driver’ can sit back and enjoy full arena displays and commentary.  Photo-opportunities and chatting with other enthusiasts are popular at these friendly events, as is bringing your own classic if you have one to exhibit.


Home to the de Hoghton family since the 12th century, the 16th-century fortified manor house boasts daunting defences, grand state rooms, and a wealth of history, art and artefacts.  With plenty for all the family, there’s acres of gardens and grounds for the kids (and well-behaved dogs) to run off the last of the summer-holiday energy.



Located just off the A675 Preston Road, and easily accessible from the M6, M61 and M65 motorways, show admission is just £7 per adult and £2.50 for children.  This includes the walled courtyard, tilting yard, gardens, extensive grounds, and tea room, offering special afternoon teas.


Hoghton Tower stands on the highest hill in the area, making a stunning backdrop for photographing these classic exhibits.   And if you’re more ‘corbel’ than ‘coupe’, there are fascinating tower tours from 11am, often led by a member of the family, for a small additional fee.


Organiser Mark Woodward says; “It’s fantastic to give people in the heart of Lancashire the chance to come and see hundreds of stunning cars in this amazing historic setting.  My tip is: don’t forget your camera- this will be a chance to get something really special; a fantastic memento with a spectacular backdrop, right up close to the ramparts.”


Head to for more information on what you can look forward to on the day; then rev up and head to Hoghton for a roaring end to the summer!