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Our policy is to feature events we visit as exhibitors and occasionally as visitors, and report independently in words and pictures. We do not organise events ourselves, and do not endorse, feature or advertise shows that we do not attend. Our 2015 calendar is very similar to 2014 but with a couple of changes. Parson Drove Car & Bike Show will replace Whaplode Drove, and Ramsey Steam Rally in place of Hilgay Country Show. Other events will also include the East of England Vintage & Heritage Spectacular in April and Rackheath Vintage Fayre in May.

Ramsey Steam & Vintage Show After a personally disappointing trip to Hilgay last year, we had two other invitations for the same weekend for 2015, viz the Whitwell & Reepham Railway's Steam Rally over in Norfolk or the 2nd Ramsey Steam & Vintage Rally closer to home in Cambridgeshire. Distance alone swung it towards Ramsey but of the three, I think we chose the best. Based at Ramsey Camp, a wartime searchlight unit still retaining several old original period buildings, the main part of the show was on the grass field bridging the gap between the Camp and the Ramsey Rural Museum premises, site of our last visit back in 2011. This was a completely different event to the old single-day Ploughdays, being a fully-fledged...  More/Images > > >

Heckington Show After visiting Holkham on the Saturday, Heckington Show beckoned on the Sunday. Well it sort of beckoned as we weren't very keen, given the weather forecast was decidingly wet from late morning onwards. After stopping for breakfast and a chat with Harold at the Anglia Motel, we arrived around 8.30am to be checked in at the visitors' car-park entrance to the show field, then in and find a space on the engine line. The only spaces left were up near the toilets so down comes the recently erected fence, carefully drive over and put the fence back up. We're here. What to do, put up the waterproof gazebo but then have to pack it up wet to go in the car, use the fishing umbrellas later if or when it starts to rain, or brainwave, turn...  More/Images > > >

Holkham Country Fayre After the cancellation of the newly-added 2014 Holkham Country Fair, the event has now reverted to the bi-annual format of the last full weekend of July. The various vintage exhibits had also reverted to their former positions and for the National Vintage Tractor & Engine Club's East Anglia Group were more formalised than previously had been the case. After criticism two years ago from the stationary engine exhibitors, the Club had played safe with a reduced number of entries but the show organisers had honoured their commitment to space and we were given a whole avenue top-to-bottom parallel to the trade stands with tractors, horticultural, models & bygones on side, stationary engines the other, all good news for the future.  More/Images > > >

2015 Fixture List
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19th April:
2nd - 4th May:
23rd - 25th May:
30th - 31st May:
7th June:
20th - 21st June:
Various Dates:
25th - 26th July:
25th - 26th July:
1st - 2nd August:
22nd - 23rd August:
29th - 31st August:
5th - 6th September:
12th - 13th September:
19th - 20th September:
7th - 8th November:
Little Downham Organ and Bygone Extravaganza
Cottenham Yesteryear Road Run
Rushden Cavalcade Rally
Carrington Steam Rally
Woolpit Steam Show
Euston Rural PasTimes
Holbeach Vintage Rally
Whaplode Bluebell Classic Car Meets
Holkham Country Fair
Heckington Show
Ramsey Steam & Vintage Show
Lincoln Steam and Vintage Rally
Earls Barton Rally & Country Fayre
Boston Steam & Vintage Festival
Haddenham Steam Rally
Little Casterton Working Weekend
Pensthorpe Vintage Rally
Newark Tractor Show
Other Events
Hilgay Vintage and Country Show (2014)
Belvoir Castle Steam Festival (2012)

Fens Vintage does not have any direct organisational involvement with the events listed. Requests for information should be made direct to the event organisers, using the contact details listed in the box at the top of each event's page. Email or website links are provided where possible. Where there is no information given, generally this is because the event is by Invitation only.

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