History of The Great Northern Hamfest – Barnsley Radio Rally

Here’s a brief history of the Great Northern HamFest

In 1987 the first HamFest took place at Willowgarth High School in Grimethopre.
The rally was held at Willowgarth for the first 7years of its infancy.

It was decided to relocate to the MetroDome leisure complex simply to accommodate more visitors and facilitate easier access to all. The Great Northern HamFest has been held for the last 14 years at the MetroDome leisure complex in the main hall.

The event has capacity of 163 tables available for usergroups, charities, repeater groups, special interest groups and amateur radio dealers as well as tables for radio amateurs themselves to exhibit their own particular field of interest or equipment.