Roaring success at Newark’s Vintage Tractor and Heritage Show

More than 10,000 people visited Newark Showground for the Vintage Tractor and Heritage Show.Caption: More than 10,000 people visited Newark Showground for the Vintage Tractor and Heritage Show.

THE HUSTLE and bustle of engine demonstrations, woodcarving and an auction created a buzz around the Newark Vintage Tractor and Heritage Show on what proved to be its best year yet, organisers have said.

November’s wintery weather may be here but that did not stop upwards of 10,000 people from enjoying themselves at Newark Showground’s two-day spectacle where 850 rare tractors and machinery along with over 100 trade stands filled the 200-acre site.

The showground was packed with attendees of all ages eager to experience all the show had to offer and it was not just tractor enthusiasts that came through the gates – the event was full of families enjoying a day out together and with so much for the children to see and do they wouldn’t have been disappointed.

The rare and native breeds were hugely popular at Newark Showground.
The rare and native breeds were hugely popular at Newark Showground.

The hive of activity only came to a standstill on Sunday when a cannon blasted to mark the beginning of a two minutes silence to remember those lost at war.

Led by Southwell Minster on the show’s 13th year, George Taylor show manager, said up to 500 people joined the service on Sunday 8 November to pay their respects.

He said:

There is always so much going on across our two day event and there truly is something for everyone with trade stands, craft demonstrations, hundreds of vintage tractors and the rare breeds on site.

The Remembrance service is always very well attended with around 500 sitting in on the service this year.

You can hear a pin drop across the showground during the two minutes silence and it is a time for reflection – a huge difference from hearing the sound of engines whirring and animals being moved around the site.

We are an all weather event and despite the rain this weekend it did not dampen spirits, I want to say a huge thank you to all of our traders, staff and exhibitors who made it a truly successful event.

As well as hundreds of vintage tractors, rare and native breeds of ponies and sheep turned out in their best to wow the crowds and provide a unique glimpse into an integral part of the UK’s farming heritage.

A total of 48 trophies were presented including ones for the exhibit that had travelled the furthest, best tractor entered by a lady, best Ford and Fordson plus lots more.

The Brown & Co Saturday auction proved to be a popular hit with visitors as machinery parts and tractors were sold to the highest bidders.

For more information including a full list of results and images from the weekend please email or contact 0115 8532110.

To read more information on Newark Showground’s full calendar of events visit

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