2016 Summer Day Out
More than 50 MGs ranging from 1935 to 2016 gathered at Millets Farm for this year’s Summer Day Out. After registration, when route books and rally plates were collected, there was time for fortifications in the café and a foray into the Farm Shop before taking to the road to this year’s destination of Broughton Castle.
The very rural route through the Oxfordshire lanes and byways was chosen well since it was a very quiet one with very little other traffic encountered. The only other users out and about were a few monster agricultural machines, horses and riders, walkers both serious, i.e. maps and hiking boots, and those strolling with dogs and lycra-clad packs of cyclists. On this particular Sunday, however, all appeared content to share the space with a smile and a wave. Perhaps it’s the feeling of well-being generated by the Olympics!
After a leisurely two-hour journey taking in the views and pretty villages and making mental notes of the attractive pubs, Broughton Castle came into view and it was time to park alongside the moat and break out the picnic. Then it rained! Fortunately, it was just a short shower and didn’t dampen spirits or sandwiches. After refreshments it was time to explore the Castle gardens and take advantage of the heavily discounted admission charge to tour inside the house. Some also took advantage of the mouth-watering cakes on offer in the tearoom before heading home hoping to get there before the gathering storm clouds did their best to spoil a good day out.
Many thanks to Summit Motors of Maidenhead for sponsoring the rally plates.