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The annual celebration of rural pursuits and agriculture yeilded another great day out for all ages whilst raising money for a range of charities and good causes including St. Nicholas Hospice Care. Next year will be its 27th year

Admission: Adults: £TBA, under 12's: £TBA while under 5's go for free.

Dogs are very welcome on the Showground.

The Flower Show at Euston Rural Pastimes

flowersThe Flower Festival at Rural Pastimes is a very prestigious event, with a different theme each year, brought to life by the very talented local people who take part and make this Festival so special.
The theme this year is "Our Sceptred Isle"

If you wish to take part in this prestigious event and display your arrangement at next years Flower festival - please contact Sally on 01359 268923

Traction Engines

Traction engineMany years ago machines like this dominated British agriculture. In fact not only agriculture but many areas of industry. From ploughing the fields to harvesting the crops, road haulage, timber extraction....

See these impressive monsters in action, some working the same machines they did 80 to 100 years ago.
Demonstrations include a working mobile sawmill, threshing machine....

The sight, sound and smell of steam never fails to impress. Steam power was as vital a part of the revolution in agriculture as it was in the industrial revolution. As our event is an event of many parts, aiming to suit all tastes, we deliberately have a small but carefully picked selection of mainly agricultural engines on show.

All the full sized engines on display have had a full working life in the countryside, mostly during the early part of the last century, running threshing machines for the mobile threshing contractors, powering a rack-saw for cutting timber or on haulage duties.

Many of the various manufacturers are represented, some built in East Anglia and we are always particularly pleased to see a Burrell or two, manufactured just up the road in Thetford.

They have all been lovingly restored from various states of neglect, are meticulously maintained and enthusiastically rallied by their owners and carers, most doing the "circuit" of steam rallies during the summer months.

We are also pleased to host a variety of scale models steam engines. Some are carefully manufactured from scratch replicas of full size counterparts, while others are built from kits, but all are fully functioning and safety tested steam engines and a credit to their builders and owners.

Classic and Vintage Cars

Classic Cars Stewards Sue & Ian Lord
As we prepare for our 3rd year as Stewards we have been reflecting on the popularity of this element of the Rural Pastimes Event and how it has grown. Yet again we are set to break the record number of entries and anticipate reaching our maximum number of 400 Cars. This year we have had to order more new metal peg markers to be manufactured to accommodate the increasing number of entries and this should enable everyone to locate the cars listed in the programme more easily. In addition, we have a new section this year of Kit Cars which will be parked separately from our usual display, as they are so different.
As in previous years we are well supported by the Classic Car Enthusiasts, who come to join in the fun and when parked together create a stunning spectacle for us. This year we will have Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club, Daimler & Lanchester Club, Norfolk Vehicle Club, Kings Lynn Capri Club, Bury Retro Car Club, Newmarket and District Vehicle Club, Norfolk Austin 7 Club, Phoenix Cherished Vehicle Club, Reliant, Sabre & Scimitar Club, Stag Owners Club and the North Norfolk Classic Vehicle Club, TR Register and Wymondham Old Timers, plus many more and for the first time they will be joined by the BMW Owners Club. We are so grateful to these groups as well as all the individuals who take the time to care for these wonderful vehicles to preserve them for future generations and then bring them to share for one day, with us all.
As always, the cars will be judged to find the best Vintage Car, built before 1931 and the best Classic Car which must be over 25 years old. We will be choosing an interesting selection of Cars to go into the Grafton Ring for our special display and we will endeavour to give you interesting information and the story behind each one. Do come and join us at around 12.15pm. The owners are true enthusiasts and will be happy to talk to you about their unique vehicles as you wander up and down the rows. Do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have. Fingers crossed for a warm, sunny day, with lots of visitors, to help us raise much needed funds for St Nicholas Hospice and other charities. We wish you all a wonderful day out.

Tractors

First there was the Horse...
and then there was the Tractor.

a bit of a lie actually because Traction Engines came in between, and Human power preceded everything

tractors at the 2012  Rural Pastimes Show The Tractor took agriculture to where it is now...Higher yeilding crops, easier, faster, versatile and less labour intensive. More to the point can be switched on or off at will and eats nothing in between.

Rural Crafts

Rural CraftsWe have a large rural Crafts section covering sometimes old and overlooked crafts. Everything from the wood and metal related to beekeeping and farriery.

There are several demonstrations throughout the day of these crafts, you will find us near the Suffolk ring.

More information can be obtained from the Steward, Tim Fogden on 01359 268923 or by emailing us at:
craft@eustonruralpastimes.org.uk

Heavy Horses

Suffolk Horse getting readyThese lovely animals were the prime mover for agriculture, and in fact many of this countries industries since time immemorial.


Euston Park Rural PasTimes Event

Enjoy a lovely day out at this ever-popular Country Fair
in the heart of beautiful Suffolk countryside.

In 1990 Honington Church was in need of essential repairs and a fund-raising committee was set up under the Chairmanship of Dr Giles Smith. The Farm Manager, the late John Farrow suggested that Euston Park could be used and with The Rev Sally Fogden and her husband Tim, who for many years did most of the hard work, started what we now know as The Euston Park Rural Pastimes Event

The project quickly grew from being a church-led event to one involving the whole village, and therein lay it's strength. The community spirit grew around the project and it was not many years before enough money had been raised to pay the whole of the Church's repair bill. After the initial objective had been met the beneficiaries grew to be the four churches close to the Euston Estate and St Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St. Edmunds. Now in it's 27th year the event has raised a total of more than £523,000 for the charities it supports.

The early shows were based around a large show ring where spectators were entertained by parades of vintage tractors, classic and vintage cars, horse drawn vehicles, heavy horses and demonstrations of sheep dog skills, logging, Hounds, falconry and many other rural pursuits. The event soon attracted local interest from trade, craft and catering stalls who were all invited to join the occasion. Peripheral attractions grew around the main ring such as a dog scurry, ferret racing, children's attractions like the merry-go-round and the bouncy castle, rides around the estate on tractor drawn trailers and sometimes helicopter rides and flypasts of WWII planes.

In 1994 a Flower Festival was incorporated into the event which always takes place in the beautiful Euston Church set in the park over the weekend of Rural PasTimes with a service of dedication led by Rev'd Sally Fogden on the Sunday morning. It was also in 1994, by which time it had become apparent that Euston Rural PasTimes was 'here to stay', that The Duke of Grafton at Euston Hall was invited to become President in which role he continues to this day. The organising committee are most grateful to His Grace for his continuing patronage and interest.

By 1995 the event had grown to such a size that it was decided to add additional show rings for specific interests. The Norfolk ring continues as the main ring featuring all the attractions, whist the Suffolk ring is dedicated to heavy horses and their equipment and the Grafton ring features hundred of tractors of all shapes, sizes and ages.

Chairman Giles comments 'a thumbnail historical sketch like this cannot encompass everything that happens, or has happened over 27 years, or thanks the huge number of people involved adequately. It is an occasion which draws together the whole community and which has achieved spectacular results. Since we started we have raised £523,000 for St Nicholas Hospice, local charities and churches. Come and join us for the 28th Euston Rural PasTimes event on 10th June 2018 and enjoy a lovely day out for all the family at a traditional Country Fair'.

David Williams (publicity - Rural PasTimes)