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The annual celebration of rural pursuits and agriculture promises another great day out for all ages whilst raising money for a range of charities and good causes including St. Nicholas Hospice Care. This will be it's 26th year

Admission: Adults: £10, under 12's: £5 while under 5's go for free. You can buy tickets here or 'on the gate' on the day.

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 CarsCars hold a long lasting attraction for a great many people. All comers from enthusiasts to sentimentalists took great delight from the vehicles on display. We must thank all the owners of these vehicles for looking after and renovating such lovely cars for our enjoyment and pleasure and for bringing them to Sundays rally.

The memories and adoration felt by many of us when walking around these can only be created when many fine vehicles are assembled in one place. We had over 190 vehicles on display supporting the show and the charities it aims to support. I was touched by the kindness and enthusiasm for Sunday's event by all entrants and would like to thank them for their continued support.

Classic cars are one of the real attractions at the Euston Rural Pastimes Event. The sparkle, sheer number and variety of these wonderful machines is exceptional.
Classic means over 25 years old, over 90 of these cars were pre 1960. The Cars ranged from a 1906 Rover 6 Horse Power car to a 1986 Mini Piccadilly with many other makes including Armstrong Siddley, Rolls Royce, Triumph, Lotus, Morris, Wolseley, Scimitar. Cars are parked at their allocated "Peg numbers" so they can be identified in the programme. Around midday there is a Classic Car parade in the Grafton Ring, which is near to the main park gates for Euston Hall.
We welcome a large variety of Classic Car Clubs. These include, Brandon Classic Cars, Bungay Veteran & Vintage Cars, Cortina Owners, East Anglian Practical Classics, Landrover Series I & II, MG Owners, Naylor Cars, North Norfolk Minors, North Norfolk Classic Vehicles, Stag Owners, Suffolk Vehicle Enthusiasts, West Norfolk Minors, Wymondham Old Timers, "A" Series Minis and many others.

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 26th year the event has raised a total of more than £495,000 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 25 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 £495,000 for St Nicholas Hospice, local charities and churches. Come and join us for the 19th Euston Rural PasTimes event on 12th June 2011 and enjoy a lovely day out for all the family at a traditional Country Fair'.

David Williams (publicity - Rural PasTimes)