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Shows / Events

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. With the demise of both Little Downham Bygone & Organ Extravaganza and Rushden Historical Transport Society's Cavalcade events, and the Nice Society's (Rackheath) Vintage Fayre both changing date and moving site further away from us into Norfolk, we've made a couple of changes to our schedule this year. We're returning to NVTEC East Anglia's Stradsett Park Vintage Rally, and also covering Eastern Bus Enthusiasts' Fenland Busfest at Whittlesey, and may also try and fit in another full weekend rally in July.

Read More/View ImagesWe missed the July Whaplode Bluebell classic car meet due to holiday, and thought the same was going to happen in August, as I was due to be down in Essex working all day, but an early start luckily made an early finish, so was able to tootle over as soon as I was home, which at least meant being parked near the gate for a change. Most of the gravel parking was given over to motorbikes and scooters and like Parson Drove a few weeks ago, anything on two wheels is in through the gate. Again, there are some vintage and classic amongst the modern stuff, but you have to look for it. Through the gate into the grass camping field, it seemed...More/Images > > >

Read More/View ImagesThe 6th March Steam & Vintage Show took place at Floods Ferry Road March over the weekend of 3-4 August. There were a few minor tweaks to the layout this year, with the bygones & model displays moving back across the roadway along with the classic caravans to join the stalls and club displays on the right-hand side of the showground as you come in the gate, leaving the left-hand side clear for the vehicle displays, fairground and occasional stalls or catering if required. The other change was that the stationary engine lines moved across the roadway further towards the centre of the field, although most of the steam engines remained in the...More/Images > > >

Read More/View ImagesMy intention to spend the whole weekend at Parson Drove was postponed again, due to it being the wife's birthday on the Sunday and as a family, we wanted to take her out for dinner, so decided to fit in a visit in the morning before heading out elsewhere later. For the last few years, the car-parking has been on a field opposite the show-field so that the whole of the playing-field can be given over to the show, but even now, although it was very well marshalled, the field was pretty much full. Paid camping was closed quite early this year so if anyone does want to take up this offer to enjoy Saturday's music programme, best book early on as space is limited. Parson Drove...More/Images > > >

NB: Due to Covid-19, all these shows in 2020 were cancelled, and the calendar for 2021 is still to be confirmed. After the latest government announcement, early shows are starting to be cancelled, such as Stradsett, and there is some doubt over the viability of later shows, until such time as large outside events are safely allowed.

2019 Rally Calendar
30th - 31st March: Norwich Eastern Counties Vintage Show
1st May - 4th Sep: Whaplode Bluebell Classic Car Meets
5th - 6th May: Stradsett Vintage Rally
19th May: Whittlesey Fenland BusFest
1st - 2nd June: Woolpit Steam Show
9th June: Euston Rural PasTimes
15th - 16th June: Holbeach Vintage Rally
13th - 14th July: Felthorpe Starting Handle Club Show
20th - 21st July: Parson Drove Car Bike and Trike Show
3rd - 4th August: March Steam and Vintage Show
17th - 18th August: Lincoln Steam and Vintage Rally
24th - 26th August: Earls Barton Transport Show
31st Aug - 1st Sep: Boston Steam and Vintage Festival
7th - 8th September: Haddenham Steam Rally
21st - 22nd September: Little Casterton Working Weekend
9th - 10th November: Newark Tractor Show
Other (Past) Events
Lamport Festival of Country Life (2018)
Rackheath Vintage Fayre (2018)
Little Downham Organ and Bygone Extravaganza (2018)
Heckington Show (2017)
Rushden Cavalcade Rally (2017)
Carrington Steam Rally (2016)
Holkham Country Fair (2015)

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.