Reindeers ride into showground for Vintage Tractor Show

Jennie Woodcock pictured with reindeer Stella

Arctic reindeers will be bringing some early Christmas cheer to Newark next month when they visit the Newark Vintage Tractor and Heritage Show for the first time in the event’s history.

Haughton Park Reindeer will be attending the popular event visited by thousands of visitors each year to give the public the chance to meet, pet and feed the reindeer and learn about how the animals survive in such cold environments around the world.

Jennie Woodcock, owner of Haughton Park Reindeer, said she is excited to bring the reindeer to Newark Showground on the 12 and 13 November for the Show.

She said:

I used to be a teacher but moved out of teaching into the world of farming. I started doing educational talks about reindeer in schools, it is a passion of mine and we are very much farmers who are diversifying.

We are looking forward to coming to the show in November and speaking to people about the reindeer and educating them on the breed.

As well as reindeer, there will be a variety of native ponies, sheep, cattle and goats at the show for visitors to see alongside the impressive array of 800 vintage tractors and heritage machines.

Now into its 14th year, the Newark Vintage Tractor and Heritage Show is known to be one of the most prevalent vintage tractor shows in the country and is becoming a key date in the agricultural calendar.

Turners, Single Cylinders and anything Marshall will be a special focus of this year’s event in the show’s feature marquee.

Another key part of the show is its Remembrance service, attended by around 500 people alone, every year. During the War agriculture and farming was affected hugely. With the men sent off to fight, farms suffered, leaving a skeleton staff.

Women started work in the fields and the Women’s Land Army was born in 1917. The effects of War were felt across the country. Every year the Newark Agricultural Society marks the Remembrance with a special ceremony and display.

Helen Nall, who is a Council member of the Society and helps arrange the Remembrance display, said:

It is our duty as a Society to remember all those lost at War and the struggles that were felt both at home and abroad.

This year we are focussing on the Battle of the Somme and as always at this time of year, we will be raising funds for the Royal British Legion. We want to stress the impact that the War and the Somme had on men and women who worked the land in Nottinghamshire and the country as a whole.

The service will take place in the George Stephenson Exhibition Hall on Sunday at 10.45am. Poppies are available to buy at the Show on Saturday and Sunday.

The Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show is open to visitors from 9am – 5pm on Saturday 12 November and from 9am – 3.30pm on Sunday 13 November 2016.

Advance tickets cost £10 for adults per day, with a £2 increase on the gate on show days. Children under 17-years are free of charge when accompanied by an adult.

Weekend Experience Passes are also available for those wanting to camp for three nights and include two adult admission tickets for each day all for £50. The advance offer is available until 30 October. Tickets to see the rare tractors are now on sale online at www.newarkvintagetractorshow.com or can be purchased by phoning 01636 705796.

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