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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 2016 calendar is similar to 2015 but with a couple of changes. The East of England Vintage & Heritage Spectacular in April replaces Cottenham, and Ramsey Steam Rally in place of Hilgay Country Show. Other events we'll also include are the Rackheath Vintage Fayre in May, and the Parson Drove Car & Bike Show in July.

Euston Rural PasTimes The 2016 Euston Rural PasTimes event seemed to have a more spacious feel to it this year as far as the vintage exhibits were concerned and one could see some developments ideas taking shape. The tractors occupied six or seven rows from the vintage Grafton ring up towards the church and continued to have adequate room to manoeuvre on and off their pegs. The area in front of them was largely open apart from The Sheep Show and a few farm machinery stands, one from the local farming company showing off the vegetable produce they grow alongside John Deere machinery from 1952 & 2016. The stationary engine compound started lower down the hill near the exhibitors' entrance and this time went around a newly-formed corner near the public entrance. Some of the early bird entries seemed a little put out by this as they thought they wouldn't see much public, as in...  More/Images > > >

Woolpit Steam Show The 2016 Woolpit Steam event celebrated a "Year of Anniversaries" display staged by The Ferguson Club which commemorated 80 years of Ferguson Brown (Model A) tractors, 70 years of the Ferguson T20 and 60 years of the Ferguson 35 grey-gold variant. There has always been a pretty good display of grey Ferguson tractors at the show due to the proximity of the now-disposed Rackham collection but this display was more focused and enabled a more diverse selection of models and associated equipment. In 1936 the Ferguson Model A tractor produced in conjunction with David Brown was the first tractor to incorporate Harry Ferguson's 3-point linkage and approx. 1200 were made before Ferguson & Brown parted company and the former made his way to America to open negotiations with Henry Ford. A decade later the Ferguson TE20 (TE for Tractor England) entered...  More/Images > > >

Carrington Steam Rally The big change for the 57th Carrington Steam & Heritage Rally was the layout, which seemed to find almost universal approval from all I spoke to over the weekend. To try and freshen things up a little, and also to make things easier for the cars and commercials if the weather turned wet (a rare thing at Carrington, not), the field layout had basically been reversed. This benefited the stationary engines no end as they moved away from their compound with two or three rows of camping to occupy three sides of the far end of the field, where they used to be some years back, all with camping behind the engines. However, this event saw the first double safety fence for the engine lines with a rope fence outside the traditional sheep-netting. This was apparently a new National Traction Engine Trust authorised requirement, which is frankly taking the...  More/Images > > >

2016 Fixture List
19th March:
9th - 10th April:
30th Apr - 2nd May:
4th May - 7th Sep:
22nd May:
29th - 30th May:
4th - 5th June:
12th June:
18th - 19th June:
17th July:
31st July:
6th - 7th August:
20th - 21st August:
27th - 29th August:
3rd - 4th September:
10th - 11th September:
17th - 18th September:
12th - 13th November:
Little Downham Organ and Bygone Extravaganza
Norwich Eastern Counties Vintage Show
Rushden Cavalcade Rally
Whaplode Bluebell Monthly Classic Car Meets
Rackheath Vintage Fayre
Carrington Steam Rally
Woolpit Steam Show
Euston Rural PasTimes
Holbeach Vintage Rally
Parson Drove Car, Bike & Trike Show
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
Newark Tractor Show
Other Events
Holkham Country Fair (2015)
Cottenham Yesteryear Road Run (2014)
Hilgay Vintage and Country Show (2014)
Pensthorpe Vintage Rally (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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