19th September 2021 all-day
Claydon Estate Aylesbury Vale Buckinghamshire England
Burton and Lesley

The latest information about this event is on  the clubs main website under Club Events > National Rally



Picking up the postponed plans for the MX-5 National at the Claydon Estate, this year the rally will look to go ahead on Sunday September 19th, the traditional date for the event.

The grounds of a magnificent house and gardens will be a fantastic backdrop for the MX-5s and we have a lot lined up with guests and entertainment, hopefully chances to catch up with MX-5 friends, tech sessions, Club displays and much more. The walled garden at the house will be setting for a special MX-5 Le Mans display, if you are a Le Mans owner we’d love to have your vehicle on display, we are inviting as many of them along for this special event as possible as we know that as time goes on the rarer these cars are becoming.

About the venue

The House

Often referred to as “an unexpected Georgian jewel”, Claydon house is a fascinating testament to eighteenth century extravagance. Its unassuming exterior hides some of England’s most extraordinary interiors; soaring double height rooms crowded with intricate carvings of fanciful creatures and exotic designs.

Claydon House was built in the eighteenth century by Ralph, 2nd Earl Verney, as a demonstration of wealth and status. he set out to create a country house of extraordinary grandeur to dazzle his wealthy neighbours and outdo his political rivals. Thirty years later he was facing financial ruin.

The house that remains today is around a third of the Earl’s creation and is saturated with surprising stories and fascinating objects from four hundred years of Verney family history, which includes connections by marriage to nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale.

Now in the care of the National Trust the house is open to visitors. For further information and to check opening times visit the National Trust Claydon website.

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The Gardens and Park

Claydon’s gardens and park surround Claydon House and are a classic example of fine English country house gardens. The current gardens were initially laid out for the 2nd Earl Verney by James Sanderson, a pupil of Capability Brown, in the Eighteenth Century although successive generations have made their mark on them.

With beautiful herbaceous borders, attractive pools, a large productive and decorative walled garden, and an unusual historic glasshouse, there is masses to explore. Visit Lady Verney’s interesting Florence Nightingale Centenary Garden, and enjoy stunning views over Claydon’s parkland.

The Gardens and Park are in regular use for events and have featured on television and in films, most recently Claydon appeared as William Boldwood’s home in the 2015 adaptation of ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’.


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The Church

​The Church of All Saint’s, Parish Church of Middle Claydon, nestles in the gardens beside Claydon House. There has been a church on the site since the 1200s and it is still in use today.

The interior of the church is beautiful and contains a fascinating array of monuments to various Verney ancestors including Sir Edmund Verney, Standard Bearer to King Charles I, and Sir Harry Verney, 2nd Baronet, who lived at Claydon for over 60 years and for 50 of them was a Member of Parliament.

For further information please visit the Parish of The Claydons website.


As previous years there will be two options (well three if you include stay at home !!)

  • Come directly to the Claydon Estate on Sunday – watch the forums for meeting points
  • Make a weekend of it, leave the P&P area at 8;30 on Saturday , arrive at Bletchley Park around 11:00, spend rest of day at The home of The Code Breakers, stay overnight in the area (to be chosen). Go across to The National Rally on the Claydon Estate on Sunday morning.

More details of Peaks and Pennines visit to follow

The latest information about this event is on page 9 of the February edition of Soft Top Hard Top