About Biddenden Tractorfest
Biddenden Tractorfest and Country Fair is run entirely on a voluntary basis by members of the Biddenden Entertainment and Social Team (BEST) which aims to annually stage an event that is fun and affordable for the whole family and which raises funds for charities and other organisations – many of them local.
The event is keen to support local crafts and businesses and this helps to boost the friendly, easy-going nature of the show.
Tractorfest began in a small way in 2013 on the recreational fields in Biddenden and then transferred to Michael Palmer’s land just outside the village on the road to Sissinghurst. It grew substantially year-on-year and moves in 2018 to larger fields beside Woolpack Corner on the road to Tenterden.
Leading the Tractorfest volunteers is BEST chair Sue Boon whose dynamism is well-known in Biddenden and surrounding areas and who was one of the organisers of the Biddenden Blaze bonfire celebrations that used to be held annually in November.
When the Biddenden Blaze was discontinued, Sue and a group of supporters thought a summer event could be started and hit on the idea of having it related to tractors.
While tractors remain central to attracting visitors, the essence of Tractorfest is the provision of a gentle summer day out in a countryside fair setting with nostalgic sights and sounds, varied programmes in the arenas, a large array of craft and other stalls, and plenty of food and drink.